Friday, August 15, 2008

Corsi's Lies in "The Obama Nation"

Click here to read 'Unfit for Publication'

Jerome Corsi, the author of The Obama Nation, states that the purpose of the book is to defeat Barack Obama. Corsi also co-authored the book, Unfit for Command, a linchpin of the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign which was also full of misinformation and malicious innuendo. Corsi does not dispute the fact that his books may not be factually correct, but says that any "misinformation" contained in his book is unverifiable.

Not wanting to fall victim to the inaction as characterized by the Kerry campaign 4 years ago, the Obama campaign has released a 41-page pdf file that was developed to rebut accusations made in Jerome Corsi's book. This document destroys the rampant lies and distortions in the book.

Download and read Unfit for Publication: An Investigative Report on the Lies in Jerome Corsi's "Obama Nation".

Jerome Corsi and Media Matters' Paul Waldman discuss the blatant lies and misinformation in Corsi's book, The Obama Nation on Larry King Live:



Here are excerpts from a New York Times review of the book:
In the summer of 2004 the conservative gadfly Jerome R. Corsi shot to the top of the best-seller lists as co-author of “Unfit for Command,” the book attacking Senator John Kerry’s record on a Vietnam War Swift boat that began the larger damaging campaign against Mr. Kerry’s war credentials as he sought the presidency.

Almost exactly four years after that campaign began, Mr. Corsi has released a new attack book painting Senator Barack Obama, the Democrats’ presumed presidential nominee, as a stealth radical liberal who has tried to cover up “extensive connections to Islam” — Mr. Obama is Christian — and questioning whether his admitted experimentation with drugs in high school and college ever ceased.

Significant parts of the book, whose subtitle is “Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” have already been challenged as misleading or false in the days since its debut on Aug. 1. Nonetheless, it is to make its first appearance on The New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction hardcovers this Sunday — at No. 1.

The book is being pushed along by a large volume of bulk sales, intense voter interest in Mr. Obama and a broad marketing campaign that has already included 100 author interviews with talk radio hosts across the country, like Sean Hannity and G. Gordon Liddy, Mr. Corsi said on Tuesday.

The publisher is Threshold Editions, a division of Simon & Schuster whose chief editor is Mary Matalin, the former Republican operative turned publisher-pundit. And it is a significant, early success for Ms. Matalin’s three-year-old imprint, which is also planning to publish the memoirs of Karl Rove, President Bush’s longtime political guru. Threshold says it has undertaken an extensive printing effort for anticipated demand, with 475,000 copies of “The Obama Nation” produced so far.

In a telephone interview, Mr. Corsi said, “The goal is to defeat Obama. I don’t want Obama to be in office.”

He said he was planning to aid several conservative groups that intend to run advertisements against Mr. Obama this fall, though he would not name them.


Media Matters brings Corsi to task for his interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Network:
During the August 12 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, Jerome Corsi, author of The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality (Threshold Editions, August 2008), claimed that the "whole point of the book" is that the assertion by Sen. Barack Obama that he stopped using illegal drugs when he went to college is "not reliable." But in his book, Corsi does not make that point; rather, Corsi made the false assertion that Obama "has yet to answer questions" concerning whether "he stopped using marijuana and cocaine completely in college, or whether his drug use extended into law school days or beyond." As Media Matters for America has noted, Obama wrote in his autobiography, Dreams from My Father, that he "stopped getting high" shortly after moving to New York City to attend Columbia University as an undergraduate -- a statement contradicting Corsi's claim in the book that Obama had not said whether he stopped using drugs.

On Hannity & Colmes, Corsi said: "[M]y objection to what Obama says is Obama says well, you know, in college he -- it were -- he quit drugs. My whole point of the book is self-reporting from people they admit they use drugs is not reliable as to when they quit." But that point was never made in any of the book's passages about Obama's past drug use.


Read the entire New York Times article about Jerome Corsi and "The Obama Nation" here.

Read the Media Matters.org articles about that liar and yellow journalist Jerome Corsi here and here.

Download and read pdf file of Unfit for Publication: An Investigative Report on the Lies in Jerome Corsi's "Obama Nation" here.

[Hat Tip: Jonathan Martin's Blog]

plez sez: relying on crackpot references and innuendo, jerome corsi weaves an incredible tall tale of distortion about Barack and Michelle Obama; books like this panders to right wing-nuts.




2 comments:

DJ Black Adam said...

I wonder how many people will fall for the okedoke on this...

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

i read that finally got some ballls
unlike kerry