May 18, 2011

Fabricated Report About a Fabricated Book

As you may have heard, Jerome Corsi, the author of the John Kerry swift-boat book, has a new book out called "Where's the Birth Certificate," which was announced months ago and hit #1 on Amazon after Matt Drudge mentioned it. The publisher behind it, undeterred by the whole part where Obama actually released his birth certificate this week, has gone ahead and released the book this week.

Esquire, in an act of satire, ran the following report this morning:

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.
World Net Daily, the nutty website from which many stories of the birther hoax emerged, reacted incredulously:
National mag publishes fabricated report attacking Corsi book
Esquire claims best-seller being disavowed by publisher, 'pulled from shelves'
A major national publication that endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008 today published a completely fabricated news story claiming Jerome Corsi's new best-selling "Where's the Birth Certificate" has been disavowed by the publisher, taken out of stores nationwide and refunds given to any and all customers.
Farah goes on to accuse Esquire of having "demonstrated its total disregard for the truth." Little bit of hypocrisy there, huh?

I don't know what's worse- that they failed to recognize it as satire, or that they're calling a parody of their book fabricated, when the book itself is fabricated.

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 18, 2011 01:51 PM
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