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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soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. Mike Florida

    Non-fiction?

    August 14, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Hojo

    Jim, I think you have the facts wrong bud. Kerry did prove that the fact
    swiftboat book by Corsi was a bunch of lies. Pickens is the one who said he would pay the million dollars to anyone that proved them lies. Kerry presented documented evidence to Pickens but Pickens back out of the deal. Kerry was going to donate the $$ to a veterans group. Get your facts straight next time before you comment. The Corsi book of Obama has already been proven to be a pack of lies. I guess you are one of the 23% that still believe that Bush is a great president and that Hussien had something to do with 9-11. Get a life!!

    August 14, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. NoMcSame

    Guys like this is doing us a huge favor by bringing people together. White, Black, Brown, Yellow get a chance to walk in the shoes of Obama and feel what we have been feeling from the George Wallace's of the world. We must come together to fight racism everywhere we see it and call them on it. America is or could be the greatest country in the world if we just get rid of these hateful clowns. This man is smiling all the way to the bank because of the lies that he is spreading. He is one of the reasons that GWB is in office now. Just think how much better off we would be fight now if he was not in office. Wake up America and stand up to the lies that this devil is telling.
    Obama08

    August 14, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Independent Voter

    Isn't alot of quotes directly from Obama's books?

    August 14, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. linda from South Dakota

    this is interesting since i heard that many offical people have done researches on this guys aqusations about obama and the author is proven wrong on many,, how can one write such garbage and lies? ya think a rep, made him do it? the book is full of lies and its sad that someone would actually publish this pack of crap,,,,, obviously to make a buck or two, ummm

    August 14, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Lisa, MD

    REPUBLICANS ARE NOTHING BUT DEVILS WHY ARE YOU VOTING FOR MCCAIN HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH OF BUSH AND HIS DEVILISH TACTICS. I GUESS NOT WHAT EVERYONE HAS BE HEADING TO THE POOR HOUSE. PUT MCCAIN IN THERE AND SEE WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE GOOD USA. YOU'LL SEE

    August 14, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Ex-Obama Democrat for McCain

    This author is definetly a sleaze, but the Obama camp needs to stop calling ANY critic or non-supporter of Obama a racist....it's like "the boy who cried wolf"......keep using that name for anyone not in love with Obama and it will lose it's sting when you really can apply it, to a real racist. The Obama camp just tried this a month ago on McCain and Obama had to come out within 24 hours to clarify he "does'nt really think McCain is racist"
    Kathryn, Amherst MA

    August 14, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Dan, MA

    We all know Republicans can't read anyway.

    August 14, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Independent Voter

    Willow, from Iowa "I looked through it at Walmart. However, I refuse to waste my money, or give Corsi any more for this crapola. I really wish that politicians could sue for slander, someone like Corsi. Take him to court, make him prove his facts. Let's see the tapes and the interviews"

    You would think they would, but hum? Could it be it is true?

    August 14, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. samuel williams

    Liar,and more Liar, PLEASE don,t be fooled by this

    August 14, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. AdamW

    Not only should this two bit hack and his book be ignored th epublisher should be boycotted. Find out who they are and stop buying any of their books. The only thing republiSCAMS respond to is hurting them in their wallet. People who buy this lame book already made up their minds, the same people that reas tabloids. Let them enjoy their funny little book since they have no comprhension for real literature.

    August 14, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. NoKoolAidDrinker

    He is white....He is saying negative things about Obama, so he must be racist!

    August 14, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. cliffjumper

    If someone happens to see this man Corsi in the street please tar and feather him.

    August 14, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    This guy got away with murder in 2004- People believed him without knowing anything about him-
    NOT THIS TIME!!!!
    OBAMA 08!

    August 14, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Sarah

    If you aren't for Obama, then you must be a bigot! GMAB
    I am one of the young voters who supposedly adore Mr. Perfect.
    Well guess what, this registered Dem is voting McCain and will do so again, if by some miracle Mr. Perfect wins or runs again if McCain wins this year.

    August 14, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Thomas5

    I have no idea whether the book is filled with lies or not, because I haven't read it yet. That being said, if some of the posters here are so certain that this book is nothing but lies, then perhaps they would be so kind as to give us some concrete, SPECIFIC EXAMPLES of those lies. You know, clear examples where Corsi lied, with documented evidence showing that Corsi lied.

    It's one thing to say that Corsi lied. It's another thing entirely to substantially prove it. If the book is filled with untruths, then it shouldn't be too terribly difficult to pick out a few and clearly demonstrate them to be false.

    So who is up to the task?

    August 14, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Independant Thinker

    I DARE to read the book AND check the over 600 references.

    I have been able to verify quite a few of them. Especially the ones where you check Obama's VOTING RECORDS.

    If just 10% of these turn out to be true, then America is in trouble,

    August 14, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. dittohead with forty names

    I laugh at old man from town and say to him"I never take it off."

    August 14, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. MemeForObama

    Not only should this cause the Obama campaign outrage, Mr Corsi, should be sued for Defermation of Character. Let the whole world see this investigation on tape and show some proof to what the book claims. The repubs are just low down dirty politician, cashing in on lies and more lies and the American people are just gonna sit and let this continue to repeat itselve???? I hope not!!!!

    August 14, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Mr. Corsi is beneath contempt. He surely went to the Karl Rove school of journalism, and is probably connected to John McBush in some way. He is worthy of the Kenneth Star award for sleazy attack stories that he professes to be the truth. He's a joke and really, a very dangerous person. No doubt he is on the republican payroll. Too bad that the country is not as naive` as it once was when he did the exact same thing to John Kerry. Obama needs to silence him once and for all and prove what a liar he is. It's a shame that attack and destroy is the only way the republican party knows how to run a campaign.....from the smallest local campaign to the presedential campaign. They couldn't win any other way, as they don't have any real issues to talk about. Bush took care of their reputation and taking the low road is all they have left.

    August 14, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  21. Keeping An Open Mind

    Obama thinks anyone exposing his past is a racist and a bigot or in his own words "typical white person." Who is the real racist and bigot here? I think the guy who sat in Wright's church for 20 years

    August 14, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. vdemocrat

    speaking of democrat... I am a democrat voting for my first time and i am a hillary supporter. I don't know what to do because Obama is inexperienced. He's never seen real active duty and we need Mcains war backup with georgia and Iraq right now i don't know especially with people writing in hillarys name and nadar running this election is messed up

    August 14, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  23. aware

    Give it up Obama Camp! :(

    I enjoyed this well researched book as well as Freddoso's "The Case Against Barack Obama." These books were not at all harsh but did the vetting of Obama that has been neglected!

    Obama's record of patronage and his obfuscating books tell the story but not everyone does the research. Kudos to Corsi and Freddoso. :)

    August 14, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. KC

    This man is squirl trying to ge a nut. Don't waist your time or money on this garbage.

    August 14, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. TerryDo--Puma +40

    What else would the Obama Camp say, they give
    “Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality.”
    Two Thumbs Up!

    I say read the book and decide for yourself.

    August 14, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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