The other day, when discussing Jerome Corsi’s new “piece of scholarship” attempting to swiftboat Barack Obama, one of the semi-regular, right-wing trolls here asked: “Why doesn’t the NYT just attack the facts of the book . . . typical lefty junk they attack the author, call him names . . . just like the ball-park in a pickup game with 8 year-olds.”
Ah yes, the “facts of the book”… like on p. 145, where Corsi says: “The year 1995 was a banner one for Obama. He had just married Michelle and the couple bought a Hyde Park condo, the first home Obama ever owned.” In reality however, Obama and Michelle Robinson were married in 1992 and they purchased a condo for $277,550 in 1993.
Or on p. 103 where Corsi says: “Senator Obama could claim to be a citizen of Kenya, as well as of the United States. Obama can trace his heritage back to his mother, who was born in the United States and was an American citizen when he was born, and to his father, who was born in Kenya and was a Kenyan citizen when Obama was born.” That might conceivably be true if it wasn’t impossible due to the fact that Kenya doesn’t allow dual citizenship applications for people over 21 years of age.
There’s plenty more where that came from in this 41 page investigative report (PDF format) called Unfit for Publication that not only illustrates that Corsi is incapable of even getting the most basic facts right, also lays waste to his desperate fabrications, distortions and baseless claims. As Rachel Maddow said the other night, the book “stretches the credulity of its classification as non-fiction.”
Just for fun, here’s Corsi from an interview with Western Standard magazine in 2006 about his nutty book Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil claiming there’s an unlimited supply of oil because it’s not a finite product of fossils and prehistoric forests, but rather, according to Corsi, the result of an ongoing biochemical reaction below the earth’s surface that’s brought to attainable depths by the centrifugal forces of the earth’s rotation.
“I remember driving with my dad in a 1952 Plymouth and listening to him talk about the end of oil. Hasn’t happened yet, and it’s not going to happen. I’m at the point where the dinosaur theory seems silly. You take a pile of cats and you bury them, dig them up 10 years later and you don’t get oil. The truth is that there is so much oil around the world that it’s been easy to find. We’re awash in oil. There’s more oil today in proven reserves than ever before in human history.”
As Paul Waldman asked the other day, why on earth would anyone listen to what this kook has to say about Barack Obama? Okay, he didn’t say “kook” — that’s just me playing pickup.
Update: Via Dr. Dawg, here’s a big surprise. Sometimes you can judge people by the company they keep, especially when they’re neo-Nazis, Klan associates and Holocaust deniers.