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. John Gio

    Obama and his supporters are pathetic. If anyone disagrees with Obama, then they are labeled a bigot, a racist, etc. Pathetic.

    The only bigots in this race are Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger and Obama's church.

    August 14, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. Montana is Obama Country


    ......... ......... LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE...!!


    August 14, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. jake

    I've listened to Corsi numerous times and he is NO Bush/Cheney supporter nor is he a McCain supporter. His other books like The Late Great USA should be read too. This is a critique of "who" Obama is and where he came from. He is no bigot either. He is an intelligent, articulate researched author. Read his book and THEN decide I guess, rather than make vicious comments because you don't like the message.

    August 14, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. Reality check #1

    Most of the facts in this book are published in other places, alot of it straight out of Obama's own book. The book is very factual and people should research a candidate before so blindly voting. If you like higher taxes, gun control, bills like Fisa that invade your privacy, etc, Obama is your man. Search the bills he has sponsered and voted for. This book is only repeating for the most part what people who have done their homework on Obama already know.

    August 14, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Gene

    I would love to see the Obama campaign sue the hell out of this guy for slander and take every cent he makes off the book, and then some. Maybe that'll stop these idiots from perpetuating their hateful lies.

    August 14, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  6. President Bo

    RB texas and bobby, You got to be kidding me. Its been proven that this book is filled with lies. In its first 30 pages there are 80 factually incorrect statements. People who are going to buy this book and beleive these lies are people that are already against Obama.

    August 14, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. k6438

    If this book is full of lies and garbage why Obama is not taking Corsi and the author to the court

    August 14, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Tejano

    The first line of defense for Marxist and Communists is to ban or discredit books that speak the truth about their system. Mind control is at the helm of thier agenda. The next is to accuse the challengers of being Racists and Bigots. Do you see a pattern here.,

    August 14, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. susie

    Obama is the bigot. Talks about being religious but stayed in a hate filled church for 20 years. Stayed friends with people who bombed the world trade center, innocent lives were in dismay. Maybe being a bigot himself can identify another one.

    August 14, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. Al Sita


    Simply put, Corsi like people are not believer in God. They lie the way Satan lies to God. People who buy this book try to harm to God and not to his creation. Love and not Lie that is what He teaches us.


    August 14, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. Orange

    After the Edwards story was true from The National Enquirer, anything can be true.

    August 14, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Neal

    NY Times, oh how the mighty have fallen.

    August 14, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Gene

    to jrzshor:

    Are you out of your mind?!

    A book comes out that slams Obama with every lie and internet rumor you can find... and you're calling out Obama for being negative? You must be a McCain supporter.. because only McCain supporters (and some pumas) would actually be whacked in the head enough to make an immensly stupid comment like you just made.

    August 14, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Bayou Joe

    Read Obamas book and learn the truth. If you still want him as President you deserve him. The truth shall set you free and it also may enslave you too.

    August 14, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. Bob

    FL4Obama wrote:
    "Corsi is disgraceful with his lies and distortions."

    Obviously, you must have read the book to know that it contains "lies and distortions".

    Please pick a couple of them (any two will do) and provide any counter-evidence you have which shows Corsi's claims to be lies. Doing that should be very easy to do (if what you claim is true).

    Can't do it? Gee, why am I not surprised?

    For all of Obama's lofty claims of "fighting smears", his people certainly appear to be much more interested in fighting the author rather than in disproving anything that he wrote.

    August 14, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |

    No obama, they are not lies. You are the liar.

    August 14, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. California Gold

    Corsi also said President Bush was going to annex the country of Mexico to the United States AND Corsi says oil is not a finite–he has the knowledge to make oil.

    I couldn't make this crap up. Corsi is a Grade A Flaming Nut Case with a keyboard.

    Slam that sucker at every turn and bird dog Corsi until everyone knows he is a certifiable WACKO.

    August 14, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Obama - MY next president

    Jerome has been proven to be a LIAR.

    What a shame to disgrace the United States of American and the Armed Forces for money.

    My Bible say, "Thou Shall NOT LIE."

    What do the Bibles for the "Christian Right" say?

    August 14, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. Indiana Bob

    So now everyone that opposes The Obama is a bigot instead of a racist. Looks like Obama's high road is pretty deep in slimey mud that The Great One is more than happy to sling. So The Obama is just another debunked slimeball.

    PUMA - Vote McCain

    August 14, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. California Gold

    Erika, KS if you read the footnotes and sources quoted by Corsi you will find he is referencing himself. He makes up lies, stretches the truth and then cites those lies and untruths in his books.

    Try a little critical thinking instead of swallowing every bite set in front of you.

    August 14, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. Republicans for OBAMA






    August 14, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  22. Tired

    TO: Jan from Boca Raton, Florida

    You are the most ignorant person on this blog and all the other blogs you post on. You have won the award. I just wish for once, just ONCE you would have something constructive to come out of your mouth, to maybe change my opinion of you, but I doubt that will ever happen. So wear your crown well.

    If you did your research on the man then you would know why he was called the "fringe bigot". Oh yes, you probably already know about his background, but you felt compelled to take a swipe at Obama anyway. I guess that would be out of character if you did not. Oh by the way did you know he called Hillary a "fat lesbo". Also, you must think like him if you failed to see what's wrong with this man.

    Anyway, I wonder how many points you have accrued for posting for John McCain, you must have thousands. You probably cashed your points in for a McCain T-shirt or mug just for being hateful. I have now labled you the Queen of Ignorance.

    August 14, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  23. ron

    Criticize me and I’ll call you a racist.

    That truly is the name of the game now, isn't it. I wish Obama would pick Kerry for VP. Corsi would make a fortune!

    August 14, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. Mike Dallas

    Go McCain- A real man, a real American hero.
    Wishful thinking.

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

    August 14, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  25. RightWingRealist

    Wow, the left are fuming, spitting mad over this. You Lefties really can't take it, can you? You can sure dish it out. I find it quite amusing. I find it more amusing that some people actually believe in their hearts that John...uh..."Curry"...served the United States honorably in the military, and that Corsi and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are liars. It is amazing what a mental block liberalism is.

    B. Hussein is a Muslim with Marxist beliefs. It's as plain as the nose on your face. Just because Jerome Corsi publishes these already-known facts doesn't suddenly make them "lies". Anyone with half a brain already understands Hussein for what he isn't.

    Get a grip on yourselves. It's embarrasing to see you libs spitting all over everything as your mouths work overtime denying truths.

    Your convulsive reaction to the truth won't change what normal people already know.

    And, since you whack jobs are so quick to place labels on everyone, perhaps I'll make your job a little tougher by letting you know that even though I hate Democrats, Leftist and all other types of Communists, I'm no Republican fan, either. In my opinion, George Bush is guilty of Treason for allowing our country to be overrun by third-world trash from our South.

    August 14, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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