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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soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. donna4hillary

    i DO believe the parts of the book that are directly taken from obama himself. obama cant argue that. obama wouldnt have to go on the defensive if he had spent the past 18 months or so DEFINING himself to the american people. this is what happens when he doesnt tell america who he is, what he belives in and what his SPECIFIC plans are to fix our problems. if he doesnt like what people are saying about him then he needs to come out and tell us who he is. whats he so afraid of? that we wont like him? too late, most dont.

    August 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. Tom Meyer East Windsor CT

    And still we are inundated with the unAmerican Republic machinery. The Republican party personifies what makes terrorist having free reign in America. This man is a disgrace. Intelligence is not measured by how one person can demonstrate his lack of it. This time around the American public has been so overexposed by the corrupt and lying Bush Presidency-the public will see this as anoher pathetic excuse for a human being. All the more reason to vote Obama to purge the Bush contamination of our precious country.

    August 14, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Democrat for John McCain

    Truth hurts. Obama has backing of liberal media including CNN. Thanks. Dr. Corsi for this book. We are happy that you reveal the truth and American people deserve to know who is Obama and What is Obama. I wanted to see Obama in the white robe (Somali/Muslim outfit)

    August 14, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. TOM

    HUSSEIN can't stand the heat, just like HANOI JOHN KERRY couldn't stand the heat...."THE TRUTH HURTS"......Saw Corsi on Hannity and Colmes last night.....What a "Great American" as Sean Hannity would say.......HUSSEIN IS "COOKED MEAT"....

    August 14, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Dealt

    Last time americans paid attention to Jerome Corsi they got 4 more years of Bush.

    August 14, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. Clif, Ga.

    Hey! If that trash can go all the way to the top of the best seller list. I need to write one. Let me see. The title would be (Undercover Racist in America) It's a shame that this is the only kind of crap that sells in America.

    August 14, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Helen, NY

    Dr. Corsi. Thank you very much for telling the truth. Larry King is liberal. He wants to bring all celebrity on CNN and be a mouthpiece of liberals like Barack. Mediamatters is another liberal media. It is a joke. Anyway American people have a chance to judge what is Obama. They will teach him a lesson in November.

    August 14, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. MikeH

    Fringe bigots, liars, neocon republican slime, what drives them anyway, do they want a NAZI dictatorship where they can inflict pain, suffering, and death?

    How many of you twisted nutjobs are posting on here today?

    Luis, you Republican toe-sucking sycophant, is this guy your secret lover? Or are you in fact this guy, using a cover name?

    We'll never know, but I know these people are inherently evil and would be serial killers if they got their way.

    August 14, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. Tim

    Right on, this guy is a fringe bigot!!! This guy and his book are pure trash. He is a fake, a liar and a sick little man.

    August 14, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. independent

    Well, this IS just a rehash of old ill-founded rumors. It's irrelevent.

    August 14, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Americanvet

    My wife is a Librarian and she agrees with others this should be filed under non-fiction with StarWars...............................
    When we read his references, he uses himself the first 9 footnotes or someone I know said he heard someone say........................STUPID!
    Unreal that someone would continue to publish lies and call it FICTION. Greed and Money Brings out the True Person! Take that to the bank!

    August 14, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Robert

    Erika, KS........right on! Guess the truth hurts....and I bet Senator Obama is just as taken back about this as he was about the outrage of America when his Reverend was exposed as a GD America white hating individual. This type of recurrent and ongoing 'blindlness to reality' is not what OUR America needs!!!!

    Vote for America....Vote McCain!

    August 14, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Howie

    I wonder how many of those who left negative comments have actually read the book before they say it is full of lies. I have not read it so I do not know if it is racist, full of lies etc. We should read it before we condemit

    August 14, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Brownie

    Where is the story about Obama's chartered plane emergency? Pilots called in an emergency call when at 32,000 feet they lost control-ability for the up and down of the plane. The strangest part is that they called it in to the FAA as an emergency and yet it was not reported that it was an emergency by those at the FAA that took the phone call even though they were informed that Obama was on the plane with forty something members from his campaign. They even had an emergency landing. Why is this not on the front page of the any of the news sources? Kind of makes you wonder, doesn't it? Oh, yeah – I'll get all kinds of comments about this and that conspiracy theory b.s. but this it's things like this that really make you wonder if the conspiracy theory card is simply used to throw curious minds off course. Where's CNN on this story?

    August 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. Roz, IL

    August 14, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. Paris

    I guess the truth hurts 🙂

    August 14, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Ron Nebraska

    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.

    August 14, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. Vigla

    I see a lot of fools posting on this ticker. Republicans are just proving to me that they have become the party of IGNORANCE. The Reagan revolution is dead, it has been co-opted by the religious right and low IQ Bush supporters.

    The book is a joke. Even one lie in a book claiming to be non-fiction is enough to discredit the whole thing. Corsi's "sources" are conservative bloggers. 'Nuff said...

    August 14, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. michael minorgan

    this guy is nothing but SCUM to the lowest degree if the American people fall for this crap they deserve the outcome,..McCain should denounce him in the strongest of terms he is complete GARBAGE. How his trash made it to the best seller list is totally beyond me. There is so much good in this world and we have to support garbage like this...God forgive us!!!! lets get real America lets put this guy in the trash dump where he belongs..why are you buying his book and making him rich??????????????????/

    August 14, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. flavoter

    I listen to this person on Larry King and he stated that he marched with some muslim group / leader nothing against my muslim brothers and sisters but does he by that statement does me mean he's a supporter of muslim Extremist?? Because thats how I take his statement. Typical scum but he has the freedom of SLANDEROUS speech..

    August 14, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. sarah

    standard obama response to anyone who questions him or criticizes him. " that person is a bigot". ever heard of the boy who cried wolf too many times?

    August 14, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. marge

    This guy crawls out from under a rock every election's his "money making" season. LOL!LOL!.

    August 14, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. michael minorgan

    Its true that politics ALWAYS plays to the lowest common denominator..See above some of them actually believe this..that is what is scary to me America!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    August 14, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. Alan Boyer

    It's on like popcorn! Go get'em, Barack!

    August 14, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. Latinos for Obama

    Corsini is a bigot and this garbage will only be devoured by others with the same characteristics.

    August 14, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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