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. Timber (ex dem)

    There we go with the race card again!! Anyone who dares disagree with Obama is called a racist and a bigot!! This is why I will NEVER vote for Obama. He is being a facist by crushing any dissent with hysterical accusations of racism. He has BIG plans for this country should he become president and they are not pretty.

    August 14, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Obamaniac

    Same old, same old from the Obama camp:

    If you criticize or question Barack Obama, you are a RACIST!

    All you folks on the fence ready to deal with four years of the President being off-limits to all criticism, lest you be forever branded a bigot?

    Don't let the Obama thugs bully and threaten you into silence. They're always, ALWAYS going to cry "racist" when you dare challenge his holiness. Don't back down, and don't be shouted down.

    Remember what pointing out simple lies like a self-inflicted wound for a Purple Heart and a fictional trip to Cambodia got you? They turned "Swift-boating" into a bad word. This is what the Liberals do – they call you names. The Obama camp just keeps using the same names: bigot and racist.

    August 14, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. No Kool Aid Please

    Of course he MUST be a racist bigot. He has the "audacity" to question The One????

    August 14, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Mike

    Liberals hate the truth and always attack the messenger. John Kerry was revealed as a self-serving fraud. Obama is a radical, left-wing, anti-American who is not qualified to be president. The only reason he is where is is because of his race. He and his supporters will stop at nothing to use race it to smear their opponents as racists. Obama and all who support him are the very definition of racist. Obama raised the issue of race first and now I hope McCain beats him down with it.

    August 14, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Luis

    Ahhhh, the Race Card yet again...............

    Really the only weapon this media created fraud has left.....and America is wise to it.

    Vote McCain or join the insane

    August 14, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. Copperfield

    Funny how all the comments saying "read the book before you judge it" are coming from PUMA members and McCain die hard supporters.

    That right there is enough reason not to read it for me.

    August 14, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. joseph

    Corsi has it right. How many Hussein's do you know that are not Muslim???

    August 14, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Bob Smithers

    I was swayed by the book and i was for obama, until i read it.

    Bob (Master's Degree, not un learned : )

    August 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. JDB

    You don't even have to read the book to discredit it – just check out the footnotes. As mentioned on another network, 9 of the first 11 references are made to previous writings by Corsi himself. Oh yeah, it's a real piece of "scholarship" alright.

    August 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. Ron Nebraska

    Of course, if you're part of the lunatic fringe and write a book, it's just delivering facts. If you're a Bush administration critic and you write a book you're just out to make money. The stupidity in this country is reaching epidemic and extremely dangerous proportions!!!!

    August 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. allblues

    A question for the Obamunnists screaming about lies, bigotry blah blah blah. How many of you have read the book you are so furiously denouncing?

    August 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Joe Reg

    The repubs tactics will not work this time.

    This time he is on the fringe.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    August 14, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. Sherry, Atlanta


    August 14, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. The Real Texas Trail Dog!

    Everthing about OBAMA is a lie. Why not would he call a man who researched him for the truth a liar? WHY NOT?

    August 14, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. Billiam

    OMG! More swift-smut. More Christian values at work. Can't you feel the love, the caring?
    How did these shady people come to represent Christian and family values. Jesus would be offended.

    August 14, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. linda

    Why did CNN photoshopped the cover tho?

    On the originial, it says, "Brought to you by Bush/Cheny Attack machine"

    why CNN? Why?

    smells fishy.

    August 14, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. Not fooled by lies and smears

    Obama knew this was coming – hence the wisdom of using the "they're going to try to scare you" stump speech. Pretty smart. It difuses it somewhat. The media has done a fair job of debunking his hooey, but there are still the gullibles and, quite frankly, the angry that will lap it up. They're the perfect bush era bitter republicans – and how many of them can there possibly be left?

    August 14, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. Tammy - KCMO

    Would make for good bathroom reading when low on toilet paper.

    August 14, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. Peter

    this man is an idiot, he cant sink obama, mccain already tried

    August 14, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. Why not?

    CNN – why not post the 41 page Obama rebuttal?

    August 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. silverspring

    This man is a fake. Why does anyone pay any attention to him?

    August 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. Turnabout is Fair Play

    jrzshor August 14th, 2008 8:48 pm ET

    when will the obama machine stop being so negative. calling someone “fringe bigot” is not positive.

    When ignorant racists like the idiot writing this book of lies stop doing so, we will stop calling him a fringe bigot. Corsi writing a negative book about our candidate is not a positive so shut it.

    August 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. PUMA

    Mr Corsi is a BIG FOOL that has nothing to offer. shame on u Corsi, a God-forsaken creature.

    August 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. RJ, CA

    Kaci, did you actually earn a high school diploma? Or did you - just maybe - write a Princeton thesis?

    August 14, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Posn

    Smell the fear..

    August 14, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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