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. s.positive

    What a scum. He should change his ways or he is going down with Mcbush and RNC. TYPICAL

    August 14, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. Orange

    Obama camp sure knows how to smear, but is a cry baby when they get smeared. In the end the American people will decide. I thik he is going down.

    August 14, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. Mike Dallas

    Go McCrypt- A real man way past his prime, a real American hero who cannot remember how, when or why!.

    August 14, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. suzyku

    Obama is not allowing these freaks to do to him what they managed to do to Senator Kerry, thank goodness! Unfortunately the American people were not smart enough to see past the lies and distortions that these nasty swiftboat people spewed at Senator Kerry, let's hope this country has gotten wiser this time around and won't fall for this trash again!

    August 14, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. Mk

    This guy has a very specific group of people that he writes to. They are the ones responsible for electing GW BUSH TWICE!!!!
    What is appalling is that CNN and every other MSM is buying into this by giving this morally challenged, bigoted idiot one ounce of air time, news time or any other "time of day".
    CNN is really slumming now

    August 14, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Jim colorado

    Terry do puma plus +40
    MSNBC had your puma leader on tonight. Verified you peole have only 50,000.00 in donations so far . You guys have as much credibility as Corsi. Sore loosers. Try to get a life.

    August 14, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Roger from CA

    How does something "debut" at the top of the NYT best seller list? Is that list like the Billboard top 40–a contrived list that has nothing to do with actual sales results? Is it just based on pre-orders from such liberal outlets like Wal-Mart?

    Boy, if it has nothing to do with actual retail sales and/or is a matter of conjecture, that sure takes the wind out of the argument that the NYT is biased in Obama's favor.... no?

    August 14, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. RB

    I'd sue him for every penny he collects selling that garbage to idiot republicans.

    August 14, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. John in Iowa

    Truth hurts, doesn't it Obamabots? Time to wake up and smell the McCain victory!

    August 14, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. jeremy

    Dick Cheney's Identical twin..lol Looks like a loser, and i would really love to see him say these things out in public.

    August 14, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  11. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    All those good right-wing Christians pre-buying a book of lies! Such hypocrites. They must be big believers of death bed confessions and repentence. Wonder what their God will think of that... Perhaps before they read it, they should ask, "What would Jesus do?"

    August 14, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. Morons

    Republics are morons. This F guy is a menace to the society.

    August 14, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Mike Dallas

    Cindy or Mitt alone have enough coins to get it to the top of the non-fiction list, say 100,000 at 20 a pop. Walking around money for either.. Then CNN will give them a free medium from which their ilk to make potshots. Sure beats spending any of that 84 million on actual advertising stating exactly what McCrypt's definition of "success in Iraq" would be.

    August 14, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. Frank from Peterborough

    No wonder the outside world considers Americans as a country of regressive rednecks still living in the gunslinging days of the 1800's with little or no knowledge of anything in the outside world. Just read some of the trash in these blogs and you'll see why they think this way.

    Your country is well on it's way to self destruction and all you talk about is rumour with no attention paid to issues. WOW!

    August 14, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Lourdes

    Just another right-winger appealing to the lowest common denominator of American consumers. They love to keep us ignorant.

    August 14, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. Texas Trail Kitty

    This Corsi character is trying to be a 'King Maker' again. He helped to sink John Kerry and now this vicious little maggott wants to do it with Barack Obama. If America allows this again, we absolutely deserve McSame and company. I sincerely wish these disgusting bigots would GO AWAY and take those hormone-crazed PUMAS with them. And Hilliary, please, please just go away!

    August 14, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. David Goldman for OBAMA

    BUSH SR., BUSH JR., GOT ELECTED WITH FEAR

    AND SLIME. THE CALL FOR THE FEAR & SLIME

    PEDDLERS TO COME OUT & SCARE THE HELL OUT

    OF AMERICAS IS OUT. THEY HAVE TAKEN THEIR

    HOODS OFF & ARE USING THE MEDIA TO GET

    MCSHAME ELECTED, SAME GUY THAT CLAIMS EXULTED

    AMERICAN HONOR, BEHAVING THE MOST DISHONORABLE.

    IT SAYS A LOTT FOR MCSLEAZO'S SUPPORTERS AS WELL.

    August 14, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. strict script

    Not this time. Americans are smarter and well informed, you racist nut.

    Change is coming. Deal with it.

    August 14, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. John Lear, Burlington, IA

    RBin Texas

    Yeah John McCain is a real man, he cheated on his wife, left her and his kids for a trophy barbie doll. He's backed Bush from the get-go, and has voted for war every time. He's a piece of trash, and he WILL lose.

    August 14, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  20. Texas Trail Kitty

    Erica, KS, stop it. Just stop it. This book is just a pack of lies created especially for gullible fools like you. I suppose you have never had an error in judgment? Well good for you missy. The rest of us are human and Obama is the one for us.

    August 14, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Al

    I haven't read anything from this Corsi book, but I'm just curious – is there actual "bigotry" in it, or is that just a popular buzz word now?

    His Swift Boat stuff was B.S. though. Kerry twice submitted challenges to Pickens due to that $1 million bet, but Pickens said they were not substantial enough.

    August 14, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  22. Josh

    As someone who knows Corsi, he definitely has an agenda that he has stated for a long time. On the other hand, as one who had read the manuscript, there are some items that are true. In the 41 page memo, there are some facts that are skewed a tad. It's tough to admit some items in his past that may have a negative effect on his campaign, but it must be done. We all know that McCain is the farthest thing from clean. Obama did go to that church for over 20 years, he did grow up in a different society and for what its worth, he is black. BUT...

    by no means does that determine whether or not he can be POTUS. So, I'm not a McCain or Obama supporter, but in this country of free speech, this book must get its time like the neo-nazis get when they want to march. Sad reality at times, but this is what we vote for and fight for.

    August 14, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  23. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    NEITHER OF THE BUSHS COULD HAVE BEEN ELECTED

    ON THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR RECORDS. NEITHER

    CAN MCBUSH. MCSENILE IS JUST A SHADY, SENILE,VILE,

    VIOLENT BRAINLESS LITTLE GIMP. HE IS WORSE THAN BUSH.

    THIS DIRT BAG GOT BUSH SR.BUSH JR. ELECTED.

    WHY NOT MCBUSH. IF AMERICANS WANT MORE OF

    WHAT THEY HAVE & WORSE , LET THEM VOTE MCBUSH IN.

    IN FOUR YEARS WE WILL BE IN TWO MORE WARS,

    IF NOT WORLD WAR THREE, HOW THESE BIGOTS GET RICH.

    August 14, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Texas Trail Kitty

    Debby, Debby, Debby. If you can trust McCain you can trust Obama. Stop being a bigot and swallowing all that conservative nonsense. They don't care about you. My guess is that you are a plain, ordinary person and believe me., the Republicans don't give a darn about you. Wise Up!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  25. dilmont

    There's no 'fringe' about it.

    August 14, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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