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. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Bobby August 14th, 2008 7:54 pm ET

    I seen him on CNN last night he seems to be a pretty forthright guy to me, it was the crazed Obama supporter who came unglued and made himself and Obama look like an Idiot. I purchased this book, and most of the details I have already heard about and based on many of these facts I knew I have decided that I cannot in good faith cast a vote for Obama. Primarily his hate filled church membership of twenty years, that was enough for me….

    Dem Not for Obama

    RB Texas August 14th, 2008 7:54 pm ET

    Everything in this book is true. Obama supporters should actually READ the book before they start criticizing it.

    The truth hurts, but its reality.

    Go McCain- A real man, a real American hero.
    You two are the kind of retards that this racist idiot depends on to buy his book of lies and feed right into it. Stupid is as stupid does apparently. I have read the book and I don't let my mind twist obvious lies into a convenient truth just to spew hate but when you're schizoprenic, I guess you can't help your loss of intelligence and reality. Idiots.

    August 14, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. Venus


    Not this year buddy! This time we are going to swiftboat you!

    August 14, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. Jim

    PUMA =Republican Bigots pretending to be Clinton supporters.

    August 14, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. Wake UP America

    Most of this is probably quite true.....

    August 14, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. laurence

    corsi's a joke. a bad at that! but that right-wing high priced call girl leslie sanchez takes the cake don't you think? beautiful, smart and dangerous. she's a quart of poison in pint jar. where does she get her logic? oh i forgot, same place corsi got his ethics. off the bottom of some big time right-wingers shoes.

    August 14, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |


    August 14, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. I toldyouso

    Corsi is another of the republican scum.

    August 14, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. khaya

    come on now...this a stupid attempt at trying to close the gap but it aint goin work this time!!! stupid republicans!! why would someone buy this knowin very well it is just a smear campaign...

    August 14, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Donkey Party

    Only the scared sheep Republicons and PUMA sissy club members eat this garbage up. The same fools that voted for Bush not just once, but twice, and chomping at the bit to keep the Bush dream alive with McBush.

    August 14, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |

    Work of Advise for GOP..... Just look behind McCain when he is giving a speech or pause much mix and match hmmmmm. Says alot about the GOP's party affiliations and agendas.

    They just don't represent the rest of America!!

    August 14, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. Nija

    I walked through one of the big book stores in Houston and I asked them how the book is selling and they said NO ONE IS BUYING. This will tell you that poeple are tired about smears.

    August 14, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Ron Democrat turned independent

    obam's past is not fit for a president. how can the news media ignore all that went on in his past, this man wants to be president, it's comes off almost like the enemy within. I'd still like him to explain why he won't buy his kids Christmas and birthday presents. to show them limits, don't wash when he turns around and rents a super jet and an NFL stadium just to promote himself. but the fact that Muslims have the same belief bothers me no end. he scare the hell out of me

    August 14, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. prosanto

    With book 'Obamanation published, it appears that republicans talk of moral and Christian value, but act as Political Mafia with Dick, George and Dobson, as political mob bosses. America's best days are behind us. God save our Country from Republicans

    August 14, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Billiam

    Where are those who condemned Rev. Wright for spreading hatred.
    SPEAK UP!!
    Corsi help put George Bush in office. George brought this country to its knees. It shows Corsi has a poor sense of judgement. He should be writing his next edition of swift-smut about "George Bush, country killer."

    August 14, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Ken

    Hopefully the book will bring down Obama and then Hillary Clinton will become the nominee and our next President.

    You kept Kerry from making it. So now I hope that you can do them say with Obama.


    August 14, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. Enough!!!

    Corsi is from the true church of Satan. He is paddling the same canoe as Bush/Cheney/McCain. This is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. This will not work this time and I speak this into existence, that they will choke on their own vomit this time. It will not work. It will backfire on them. They have an audience of people who do not like change, but that audience is dying off the scene. His desire to peddle trash about Senator Obama is fuled by his own racial hatred and his willingness to deny the well documented facts about McCain's past, now that's a best seller. I say this a thousand times over and over, this book will not serve their desired purpose, but will backfire on them. Corsi has poisoned himself w/his own venom.

    August 14, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. Xavier

    When will the Republicans stop running negative campaigns?

    August 14, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Observer

    If this book is anything like the Corsi wrote about Kerry, the New York Times put it on the wrong bestseller list–the Fiction list is where it would need to go.
    Also, I don't think the book will change any minds about Obama. Instead, I think it will reinforce the ignorance of non-thinkers, while being ignored as a sham by the thinkers.

    August 14, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. laurence

    the people who buy into this kind of trash are same kind who fought to keep slavery in this country. i think maybe a little revolution would be healthy for the country. it would help us remember what's really important. and it would give us a chance to call some of the bigoted, racist scum on their mess.

    August 14, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    The republicans, and to some extent, McCain has to take responsibility for this idiot.

    Barack Obama is a true American patriot. I would be a very happy American with Obama at the helm. I would be ashamed of us and this country if we continue to fail with the republicans.

    August 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. JZ

    Fox News Sucks

    August 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  22. Will Johnston

    If only democrats are as organized as Repuglicans are. The moneyed corporates and rich sponsor the lies from all quarters while democrats do not have unity just within the party.

    When will this end? when America is down in the dumps, people are homeless and jobless? Well, even then the poor whites will rise and kill everyone else and Dems with their guns? A fired target employee goes off and guns down Arkansas Dem party leader? Is this the face of America to come? People all over the world are now thinking: duh, do these Americans ever learn!

    I feel bad that this is the America I have chosen to live in. I worry for my kids.

    August 14, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. Orlando

    Obama supporters, do I see the truth coming out and we finally get some serious journalism.

    August 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. Enough!!!

    These people will do and say anything to try and keep Obama from the White House. They are the unpatriotic and unAmerican ones. There are those people who would rather believe a lie than the truth. They will win some w/this book, but it will not have the desired affect. The Obama's are the image of African American families that they don't want people to see in the media. Trying to tarnish the image of highly successful people to gratify systemic racism. This is just another failed attempt. They are only strengthening Senator Obama w/each blow. Keep up the good work Corsi, you are more of a help than a hinder, and the best part is that you yourself don't realize it. I speak it into existence that this book will propel Senator Obama to the position of the presidency.

    August 14, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  25. Keith Reyes, PhD

    No one should wonder how Jerome Corsi’s smear book on Obama got on the New York Times best seller’s list. Two reasons: One, McCain’s campaign spent over a million sponsoring and buying up this book of bigotry; two, the New York Times must be really desperate to squander their credibility in this way on the discredited Corsi and his book of lies. Corsi is a disgrace to the academic community; he is proof that degrees can be bought. Anyway he must be laughing all the way to the bank at the expense of his naive and sinister sponsors. What a low life activity!
    Keith Reyes, PhD.

    August 14, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
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