August 14th, 2008
06:37 PM ET
6 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. Denver Dem

    Good Obama group, get the facts out about Corsi being biggoted trash. There are many blogs from him on the internet where he goes off on minorities, hebrews, and women. It disgusts me that people would by his book. But I guess the 27% of Kool-aid drinkers are to stupid to know better, crying shame.

    Obama 2008

    August 14, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Cecil

    pure trash

    August 14, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    Tell it like it is.

    Corsi writes "books" like pigs excrete "fertlizer."

    August 14, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. Griff

    McCain's PHONY-EXPRESS..Obama is just another dream, you keep having.
    But I live in the real world.... Where are your commitments in this world... McCains PHONY EXPRESS," is not much of a definition of how you feel., Come-out of your Web...
    Speak your piece.. Be Counted...

    August 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. gully

    ...and...?

    August 14, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. Retired Veteran from New York City, NY

    Mr. Corsi is nothing but a bigot, anti-America. 4 years ago, he came out with a book against John Curry's Presidency and ultimately with that came the Swif-Boat. He's trying to do the same thing this election season, but fortunately his lies will not sustain this time around.

    The legacy of President Bush/Cheney made American people little wiser and little smarter now to realize that those bigots far right fanatics are the enemies of America. They don't care about the image of America that has been salvaged by this administration because of Bush-Cheney and because of people like Mr. Corsi. America lost her prestige, lost her integrity, lost her dignity , lost her leadership role in the world and for Mr. Corsi that's fine with him. Because of what America has became, countries like Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Peru, Zimbabwe and the rest of the majority of the Arab nations including those so-called allies, they don't listen to America anymore because they believe that America is full of people like Mr. Jerome Corsi the bigot and liar.

    His book is full of lies by a bunch of unsubtantiated statements, try to plant a sead of doubt in the mind of certain voters in order to derail the election in favor of Senator McCain, eventhough that McCain has no clue about what's going on, and has nothing to offer America but the same old stuff. I hope Novembe comes little faster for the verdict to be delivered against the right wings bigots like Mr. Corsi, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh etc. Obama 2008

    August 14, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Denise

    Won't work. Obama and his campaign knew this would happen. Obama is going to be the next POTUS. Have you seen the state polls? Trailing in a galaxy, far, far, far, away!

    August 14, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. mel

    It is very sad to know that there still peoples out there that
    still hate.Dirty,negative campaigning and slander,I have heard
    it all when it comes to Obama.If anyone other than Obama this
    would not be happening. Please stand by leave this man alone,
    he has much right to run for office as anyone.Don't accuses a man
    of here say. Put the mess out for the public to see, but are smart
    we understand because don't want see him office.This is america
    land of free but control slander.

    August 14, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Jim

    Has everyone forgotten John Kerry making a $1 million dollar bet with T. Boone Pickens that he would disprove the Swift Boat allegations by the end of 2007? Nothing has materialized. Gee wonder why. This just adds credibility to the Obama allegations.

    August 14, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. pam Eugene OR

    Liar, Liar, pants on fire!
    Please don't be fooled by this crap a second time America. Let this pack of lies sit on the shelf in the book stores.
    You got us last time with this crap Rethuglicans and it won't work twice.
    Obama 08/12

    August 14, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. LAVAUD HOLD DESMOULINS, AKA THE C.R.J.

    I AM PICKING UP A COPY OF HIS BOOK- THE BEST OF HIS. THEN, I WILL BUY ME A CUP OF COFFE TO SPEND A NIGHT READING ITS CONTENTS- HIS BRAIN; THEN, I WILL SAFELY PUT HIS CHEZ-D'OEUVRE SOMEWHERE ON MY BOOKSHELLS; THEN, I WILL RETURN IT JUST ONE-SINGLE-DAY BEFORE OBAMA IS ELECTED; AND THEN, I WILL BUY ME A BOTTLE OF RED WINE WITH THAT REFUND; AND THEN, I WILL LAUGH; AND THEN, I WILL SLEEP FOR THE FIRST TIME, PERHAPS.

    August 14, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. Big D

    Good for Obama for pushing back! But why is the media covering this garbage book at all? This article doesn't list all of Corsi's fringe theories – but there's a bizarre list of things that he supports too. And we know that he's spread lies before, and only wants to cash in by spreading trash. So why is the media providing an outlet for him to do this? It's sad that Obama has to refute this on his own – the media never should have given coverage to this trash in the first place.

    August 14, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. Puffy

    Lies lies lies please don't buy it !!!!!!! One America.

    August 14, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. Sean

    Might be a good time for news organizations like CNN to actually report the facts regarding this book rather than just getting a bunch of commentators to endlessly editorialize about it.

    How about a nice simple breakdown of what this book of lies claims, compared to the actual, established facts? It's the responsibility of independent news organizations to help inform people so that partisan, dishonest pieces of junk like this don't muddle reality.

    August 14, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Wes

    This lunatic obviously has no regrets regarding his first hatchet job. Hate to say it, but watch the polls slowly change in favor of McCain as, once again, a littany of falsehoods will generate fear among small-minded voters (i.e., those who essentially put GW back in the Whitehouse in 04). America, wake up! Don't fall for the lies and deception again. Corsi, like his publisher Matalin, and sycophantic moutpieces Hannity, Limbaugh, and Liddy, already have far too much influence–and have done enough damage to our great country.

    August 14, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. jr california

    SUE, Michigan August 14th, 2008 7:47 pm ET
    It's sad that a well-researched book like "Prosecution of GWB for Murder" by Vincent Bugliosi does not get any media attention, and this crap does, enabling it to be sold to millions. This country really is full of racists, bigots, and just plain dumb people who still think Bush is doing a good job, and that McCain will be even better. That scares me more than the Taliban does.

    THANK YOU. SOMEBODY ON HERE IS AWAKE.

    August 14, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. BrendaF, Mesquite, TX

    With all the outright lies, misstatements and truth mangling, shouldn't this joke of a book be moved to the NYT fiction list?

    August 14, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Why is it that Obama and his camp always pulls the race card when someone is telling the truth. I believe everyhting in this book is true and I'm sure there is a lot more to come. iF OBAMA BECOMES THE NEXT PRESIDENT WE ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE.

    August 14, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. Clinton/McCain

    Oh and we're supposed to believe Mr. Bigot himself (Obama) after he played the race card against the Clintons and accused McCain of being a racist. I'd rather believe Corsi than any one of Obama's surrogates.

    August 14, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. David from Ohio

    What a shock–Republicans trying to "swift boat" Obama. I suppose though, that when you have no ideas, attacking the other guy's ideas is all you have left. What's really sad is that there's a publisher for this trash.

    August 14, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  21. Darrel from Denver

    It's a valid characterization of the weasel. This guy is a jerk, a joke, and a loser.

    August 14, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. FL4Obama

    Corsi is disgraceful with his lies and distortions. He represents one of the main reasons I left the Republican Party–too much fear & smear, not enough inspirational direction.

    Will McCain denounce these same tactics used for Bush in 2004? Oh who am I kidding? His promise for respectful campaigning has already been abandoned in too many ways. Sad.

    August 14, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. Chuck

    We should all buy a copy of his book and then have a huge book burning party.

    August 14, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. Mike in NYC

    joe wrote:

    "This guy is an old, white, conservative fake."

    So now "white" is a bad word? How about Obama is a "young, black fake"?

    Funny thing is, BO's right-wing opponents have said very little that can be construed as truly "bigoted." Republicans play the anti-racist game as much as Democrats do, and constantly take pains to parade their anti-racist credentials. They even claim to be the original civil rights party!

    But since "bigots" are clearly worse than murderers, rapists and gangbangers in the mind of the modern liberal, the word makes the perfect all-purpose slur. So fire away, I guess.

    August 14, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Jo Ann

    Anybody that think this book is true is only because they want to.

    August 14, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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