None Dare Call It Bullshit

Jerome R. Corsi's Obama Nation is the #1 best seller on the New York Times book list. The author stands by what he wrote in the book. He said it has hundreds of primary sources (many from right-wing blogs, white supremacists, etc.) and it has nearly 700 footnotes. If the author tells that, if must be true...

Here's what the conservative critics are saying:

"[T]here is one enormous problem with Jerome Corsi: he's a habitually dishonest buffoon who will say absolutely anything to make a buck. He's the Rights's Michael Moore, except that Michael Moore has much more talent -- and certain boundaries beyond which, even he won't go." ...

"Keep in mind, folks, this is the same lunatic who has been running around for years telling people that George Bush is going to somehow personally merge the US, Canada, and Mexico over the objections of the American people and Congress. In other words: Jerome Corsi is a conspiracy nut whose credibility level is zero." Hawkins added sarcastically, "Oh yeah, let's put this embarrassing nutjob on point in the attack against Barack Obama -- what could go wrong?"

John Hawkins of rightwingnews.com

"It isn't just that Corsi himself is a conspiracy theorist and a crank, or that his best-selling farrago of innuendo and outright smears exemplifies everything that's wrong with a certain sort of right-wing publishing, or that David Freddoso's The Case Against Barack Obama demonstrates that it's perfectly possible to write an anti-Obama book without descending into the fever swamps. It's that this is an election where conservatives need to be very, very conscious about the importance of line-drawing: If the Right is going to resist the ongoing attempts by Obamaphiles to define various sorts of normal political elbow-throwing (cutting ads making fun of Barack Obama's political style, calling attention to the controversial public utterances of Michelle Obama and Jeremiah Wright, etc.) as inherently racist and hatemongering, conservatives need to be very clear about where the line actually is, and what sort of attacks are actually beyond the pale and worth condemning."

The Atlantic Monthly

"Corsi's approach to politics is both destructive and self-destructive. If Senator Obama loses, he should lose on the merits: his record in public life and his political philosophy. And while it's legitimate to take into account Obama's past associations with people like the Reverend Jeremiah Wright -- especially for someone like Obama, about whom relatively little is known -- it's wrong and reckless to throw out unsubstantiated charges and smears against Senator Obama.

"Conservatism has been an intellectual home to people like Burke and Buckley. The GOP is the party that gave us Lincoln and Reagan. It seems to me that its leaders ought to make it clear that they find what Dr. Corsi is doing to be both wrong and repellent. To have their movement and their party associated with such a figure would be a terrible thing and it will only help the cause of those who hold both the GOP and the conservative movement in contempt."

A former White House Aid


Check out this analysis by the Young Turk on Larry King interview with the author:

I college I learned about a researching technic that gets used in books like this. It's called "circular referencing."

Wikipedia says: A circular reference happens when a person tries to explain or prove something based on what it is they are already talking about. For example, a person trying to prove the reliability of what is written in a book by referencing something written elsewhere in the same book.

Example: The Bible is truth. How do I know the Bible is true? Because the Bible says it is so.

In some cases, circular references can be found in technical documentations and dictionaries. This leads to confusions and sometimes also lower productivity in solving the problem at hand than not having the documentation as circular reference.

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