World Net Daily Pulls Jerome Corsi’s Birther Book, Will Destroy All Copies [Or, Maybe Not]

As Steven Taylor noted back in April, “investigative reporter” Jerome Corsi was to have come out this month with a book contending to prove that Barack Obama is not eligible to be President. Now, it’s publisher, World Net Daily publisher Joseph Farah, has pulled the book and appears to be backing away from the entire birther story completely:

In a stunning development one day after the release of Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President, by Dr. Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah has announced plans to recall and pulp the entire 200,000 first printing run of the book, as well as announcing an offer to refund the purchase price to anyone who has already bought either a hard copy or electronic download of the book.

In an exclusive interview, a reflective Farah, who wrote the book’s foreword and also published Corsi’s earlier best-selling work, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak out Against John Kerry and Capricorn One: NASA and the Great “Moon Landing” Cover-Up, said that after much serious reflection, he could not go forward with the project. “I believe with all my heart that Barack Obama is destroying this country, and I will continue to stand against his administration at every turn, but in light of recent events, this book has become problematic, and contains what I now believe to be factual inaccuracies,” he said this morning. “I cannot in good conscience publish it and expect anyone to believe it.”

When asked if he had any plans to publish a corrected version of the book, he said cryptically, “There is no book.” Farah declined to comment on his discussions of the matter with Corsi.

A source at WND, who requested that his name be withheld, said that Farah was “rip-shit” when, on April 27, President Obama took the extraordinary step of personally releasing his “long-form” birth certificate, thus resolving the matter of Obama’s legitimacy for “anybody with a brain.”

“He called up Corsi and really tore him a new one,” says the source. “I mean, we’ll do anything to hurt Obama, and erase his memory, but we don’t want to look like fucking idiots, you know? Look, at the end of the day, bullshit is bullshit.”

Of course, this was BS long before April 27th but WND still fanned the flames.

Update: Given that the Esquire piece linked here is tagged “humor,” it looks like its parody. My apologies

 

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Comments

  1. Franklin says:

    Oh, yeah, I really thought World Nut Daily was the paragon of truth. It’s a good thing they scrapped this book or my adulation of them would shatter.

  2. jwest says:

    Let’s hope this example of honesty is followed by the NY Times and the rest of the liberal media.

    Perhaps they can recall all the newspapers they published with bullshit articles against Sarah Palin.

  3. mantis says:

    Yeah, this didn’t seem right to me, for a couple of reasons. WorldNetDaily was doubling down on birther madness this week with an article by Corsi claiming Obama’s newly released birth certificate is a fraud. Plus, I don’t think there’s a real book called Capricorn One: NASA, JFK, and the Great “Moon Landing” Cover-Up. Seemed too good to be true that Farah publishes old crazy conspiracy theory books (as opposed to the new ones – he’s a current affairs guy).

    Lesson: They will never accept reality. They will never give up.

  4. Have a nice G.A. says:

    Perhaps they can recall all the newspapers they published with bullshit articles against Sarah Palin.

    Yup….

  5. Wiley Stoner says:

    You need to check your sources Doug. Corsi has done more research in a month than you have done in your lifetime. You just do not like the results of that research.

  6. Wiley Stoner says:

    I noticed Taylor calls Dr. J. Corsi an investigative reporter. Do you or Taylor know what Corsi got his Ph. D. in? Corsi is a F ing scientist. I will take his findings over your opinion every day.

  7. mantis says:

    For wingnuts, “making stuff up” and “research” are synonymous.

  8. mantis says:

    Do you or Taylor know what Corsi got his Ph. D. in? Corsi is a F ing scientist.

    Corsi got a Ph.D. in political science. Scientist. Heh.

    Btw, Taylor has Ph.D. in government. Scientist!

  9. Franklin says:

    So now Wiley Stoner believes scientists, but only if they are political scientists and certainly not climate scientists. Fascinating!

  10. mantis says:

    Farah is not only threatening to sue Esquire, but claims the White House is behind the parody. Everything is a conspiracy! Hilarious.

  11. george says:

    So now Wiley Stoner believes scientists, but only if they are political scientists and certainly not climate scientists. Fascinating!

    Nothing odd about that. Political scientists are known for the accuracy of their predictions, whereas the predictions of physical scientists seem almost random. For instance, does anyone really trust Maxwell’s Equations, or quantum mechanics, or feel comfortable driving over a bridge designed by a civil engineer? Whereas if a respected political scientist says something will work, you know there’s a very good chance it will work.

  12. @WS:

    I noticed Taylor calls Dr. J. Corsi an investigative reporter. Do you or Taylor know what Corsi got his Ph. D. in? Corsi is a F ing scientist. I will take his findings over your opinion every day.

    Actually, Doug used the label (appropriately in scare quotes). If you had clicked through to the link, you have noticed that I stated he had a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. I also noted that despite the impressive pedigree that he was a hack.

  13. 24AheadDotCom says:

    Wiley Stoner’s first comment, times 9000.

    Here’s an example from Twitter of the sheer brilliance of Doug Mataconis:

    twitpic.com/3yppqw

  14. jwest says:

    “I also noted that despite the impressive pedigree that he was a hack.”

    As have I, in regards to Barack Obama.

  15. Neo says:

    So what is in Jerome Corsi’s book that Esquire doesn’t want us to know ?
    I’ll have to get a copy now.

  16. george says:

    “I also noted that despite the impressive pedigree that he was a hack.”

    As have I, in regards to Barack Obama.

    Which might be interesting, except that every President we’ve had for at least a century has been a hack.

  17. jukeboxgrad says:

    jwest:

    Let’s hope this example of honesty is followed by the NY Times and the rest of the liberal media. Perhaps they can recall all the newspapers they published with bullshit articles against Sarah Palin.

    I hear this a lot, but always without details. Can you show an example of NYT stating a falsehood regarding Palin? Just curious. Please be specific.

    By the way, examples of Palin stating multiple falsehoods are here and here.

    ====================

    Jerome Corsi’s Birther Book

    The book is currently #28 at Amazon Books (link). Birtherism is alive and well.

    Some of the reviews at Amazon are funny. I like this five-star review: “So gentle on my delicate skin!”

    Let’s see if she gets sued.

  18. jukeboxgrad says:

    jwest:

    Let’s hope this example of honesty is followed by the NY Times and the rest of the liberal media. Perhaps they can recall all the newspapers they published with bullshit articles against Sarah Palin.

    I hear this a lot, but always without details. Can you show an example of NYT stating a falsehood regarding Palin? Just curious. Please be specific.

    By the way, examples of Palin stating multiple falsehoods are here and here.

  19. jukeboxgrad says:

    Jerome Corsi’s Birther Book

    The book is currently #28 at Amazon Books (link). Birtherism is alive and well.

    Some of the reviews at Amazon are funny. I like this five-star review: “So gentle on my delicate skin!”

    Let’s see if she gets sued.

  20. I was going to say that I read Pat Buchanan’s columns regularly @ WND and they were still advertising the thing a couple of days ago. Went there to see and sure enough, top story “White House Panic: Corsi book targeted.” Although, the first thing I thought of today when I read the proposed speech Nixon was supposed to give if the moon landing failed was “Where the hell do these nuts come from”?