August 14th, 2008
06:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama camp dubs anti-Obama author 'fringe bigot'

Jerome Corsi’s picture graces the cover of the Obama campaign memo trashing his new book.

Jerome Corsi’s picture graces the cover of the Obama campaign memo trashing his new book.

(CNN) - One day after reports that a new book slamming presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama would debut in the top spot on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list, his campaign called the author “a discredited, fringe bigot” and sent reporters a 41-page memo laying out alleged inaccuracies in his latest release, “Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality.”

"Jerome Corsi is a discredited liar who is peddling another piece of garbage in order to continue the Bush-Cheney politics he helped perpetuate four years ago," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor.

"His is one of what will likely be many lie-filled books rushed to print this election cycle that are cobbled together from debunked internet sources to make money and advance a partisan agenda. We will forcefully respond to these smears with all means at our disposal."

Corsi co-wrote a 2004 work attacking then-nominee John Kerry’s military record titled “Unfit for Command”; the Obama team called its response “Unfit for Publication.” It plans to post the contents of the document in full on its “Fight the Smears” Web site.

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  1. Concerned American


    August 14, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. MC- Atlanta,GA

    This guy is a nut job, complete and total.

    August 14, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. Not a ridiculous bitter PUMA person

    I've read all the sewage that has been written about Obama and all it does is make me go out and donate more to his campaign. Folks, this isn't about Obama's church, Obama's wife, Obama's family, Obama's candidacy. It's all about the Republicans painting any Dem who dares run for President, a far left liberal whacko or communist or any other ugly name they can try and pin on any Democrat. They have been doing this for years. Had Hillary been the nominee, don't think they wouldn't have put out such a book about her and Bill, because they would have. It's all about the haves and the have nots. The 1% who have benefited from W's 2 terms in office are the ones who want to continue to benefit. Those who buy this book as some means to justify their not voting for Obama, then don't vote for Obama and waste your money buying garbage that is not going to benefit you in any way. Will buying this book put more gasoline in your tank? Will buying this book make healthcare more affordable? Will buying this book create millions of jobs? Did the book he wrote about Sen John Kerry produce any benefits for this country? If you like war, unemployment, highest foreclosures, highest food and fuel prices, then by all means buy the book and vote for the other guy who wants to continue the same policies.

    August 14, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. lila

    Corsi is a homosexual child molester, who reminds me of John Gacy, the homosexual killer clown. I challenge any and all to prove Corsi is not a homosexual child molester. You can't. And by Corsi's own logic that proves it is true.

    August 14, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  5. PulSamsara


    who cares.

    August 14, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  6. Robert from Washington

    I hope Americans have learned since 2004, but I doubt it. Never underestimate the gullibility of the American people or its depressing eagerness to believe the worst about someone despite all evidence to the contrary.

    August 14, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  7. Who is he really?

    Will the real Obama please stand up. I don't want to vote for Obama or McCain. I'm kinda mad at the people who supported him and left us with a unprepared candidate. Obama his wife his reverend and alot of his supporters seem very rasist. I don't know how this brings us together.

    August 14, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. Blaze

    To Kaci

    yeah we are a country of idiots because we allow freedom of speech and publication in our country. People are free to speak their minds based on whatevery they feel/believe/whatever. We also have the freeedom of our own opinions. so if you like China so much go ahead and move over there where only what china likes gets published.

    August 14, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  9. old boy

    the pot calling the Kettle Black?

    Well Obama is an Outright Bigot (remember Obama's racist comment: "just a typical white person"– Obama's context: that whites are all racist at the core.
    and we don't need to go into entitled lazy white women comments, or Rev. I-Hate_Whitey's nasties.

    why is it anytime anyone says anything bad about Obama he ( and the press) see it as racist?

    the Pot calling the Kettle Black:-)

    August 14, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  10. Foreign Observer

    Jim - yes, Kerry disproved it, and Boone welshed on the bet. Google's your friend! On the Obama book - get thee to Very solid debunking on facts so easily checked it's not even funny how Corsi thought he could get away with it... stuff like "he doesn't dedicate his book to his grandma!" Debunked by: Obama quote dedicating book to grandma. Etc.

    August 14, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. Brad

    Wow, people who post these comments sound as though they are in the 9th grade. I've never read so many hate-filled, age discriminating, prejudice comments. All of you people need to get off your computer and go outside.

    As far as the book goes...why don't you read it, check the sources, and determine for yourself if it is legitimate or not? Many of you will not do that.

    Undecided 08

    August 14, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. lila

    Oh, and Waldman took Corsi apart on Larry King Live last night. Corsi was a sack of collapsed chin, bug eyed, quavering gelatinise, clown remains, after Waldman was through dismembering him.
    Go Waldman! I hope CNN gives you your own show. You would bring in the ratings.

    August 14, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  13. pjizzle

    is this the august suprise clinton was talking about? with bill making that statement 2 weeks ago(out of nowhere) i am not a racist. and know hiliary wants her name added to the nomination. this is what is called a coup if obama was weak they would have ran him over. because that is what they are trying to do. if we can not notice the brilliance of this man because of his skin we will never prosper to our once great country. Because if that is the only caucasin candidate left i am sure their are several more minority candidares better than mccain. i believe hiliary would have been a great president i think she is smart and a hard worker but her tempermant is not presidential. how can anyone call a harvard law school grad who graduated magna cum laude a empty suit. the president of harvard law review a feat that has not been accomplished by any president. judgement is the most important factor that faces the president. i want a president who is going to analyze it from all angles and come up with the best decision. just because you are a great worker does not mean youn will be a great manager. presidents should take some kind of aptitude test to ascertain their analytical skills.

    August 14, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. JROY

    Jerome Corsi is the ideal VP for McSHAME/McLIAR

    August 14, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  15. TonyinKentucky

    Well jowled Republicans using fabricated sensationalism to influence elections and make some greenbacks for themselves?

    YOU DON'T SAY?!?


    Another fine example of the near stone cold fact that there are only three kinds of Republicans-Stupid (the one's that buy this crap), Evil (the ones that perpetuate this crap), and recovering (the one's that are tired of the crap). If you locate yourself a Republican that is decent, honest, and stands behind America's citizens then you're looking at a future Independent, Libertarian, or a Democrat.

    Republicans are like a money hungry and power addicted version of the Taliban. They'd crack down on more but it would hurt the revenue.

    August 14, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Ahhh! The poster child for planned parenthood speaks!

    Corsi your sister, who is also your momma, just stole your banjo. Go get her!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. w.l. jones

    The more knowledge a person learnt the sooner he find out he dont know as much as much as he thought he did. By which they never tell what "did" or didnot do in there life. As for inexperienced not one ceo. had working experience before taking his first job it and on the job train ing. This person or person should be in the cia so some of our analistcy can take take a well deserve vacation.

    August 14, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. WORST PERSON !!!

    "Jerome Corsi is a discredited liar who is peddling another piece of garbage in order to continue the Bush-Cheney politics he helped perpetuate four years ago,"
    Corsi is big Pie Face IDIOT .....I saw Crosi talking with Sean Hannity Thumb Sucking A_S.....and CNN if the media is aware of this Guy lies
    why give him COVERAGE
    TO Erika, KS Everything you will read in this book has already been printed somewhere else ...not everything Cnn did a FACT CHECK ...lots of LIES in the Book .....TerryDo–Puma +40 -IDIOT
    McCain Should denounce these tactics

    August 14, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. short timer

    are you kidding? censoring the image on the real cover of this?

    you should be ashamed.

    August 14, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. James from bk/LI

    i didn't think that the american public were so stupid. you guys let this guy reach best sellers status....... this is crazy. Kerry would have been a way better candidate than bush, anyone can be better than bush and that guy is trying to force you guys to believe that Obama is not good enough.........i never thought the great american ppl can be fool so easily. it's your choice america, while some of the bush administration collect huge paycheck from big oil company, you, the american ppl are paying close to 5 dollars a gallon for gas. you think bush was bad wait till you see mccain.

    August 14, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. Andrew

    As the article states, there's a 41 page memo available that gives written evidence debunking the lies in the book. Instead of stating that it's "true" like a couple of you have, maybe instead of posting comments here you should go read that and realize that you're being had.

    August 14, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  22. Northwest Washington

    If guys like this are promoted and win the news cycle. America is definitely entering into its last days.

    August 14, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |

    Hey what about ????

    August 14, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  24. dollorbil

    This guy is a bigger terrorist than Ben laden. Just think there will be some americans that will fall for this terroristic book full of lies and subversive diatribe. Come on america don't make him richer don't buy the book!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |

    Funny how the Dems on here haven't even read the book yet are trashing Corsi. I trash Obama because he said "I can no more disown reverend Wright than I can the black community." Two weeks later after the polls said he was slipping, he threw Wright under the bus soooooo fast. Guess Rev. Jackson was right that he is dissing the black community as well. Glad you Dems like Obama...he is a two faced liar.

    August 14, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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