It begins "UNFIT FOR PUBLICATION: Setting the Record Straight on the Lies in Jerome Corsi’s “The Obama Nation”- Once again, bigoted fringe author Jerome Corsi is trying to make money off of an election, spinning garbage as journalism and relying on the right-wing echo chamber to pump up sales. Make no mistake: “The Obama Nation: is nothing but rehashed lies."
The document, amusing to read regardless of one's political persuation, goes point by point challenging what it characterizes as Corsi's lies.
Most interesting are the comments regarding 9/11 conspiracy theories. Corsi, a writer for World Net Daily, did not typically address the issue of 9/11 conspiracy or adhere to the possibility of 9/11 being an "inside job". He in fact often plays into the right wing fears regarding Muslim boogeymen who are out to get us, such as his 2005 article "An atomic Iran is imminent ... mullahs may have bomb by June." Endorsing the official 9/11 government version at that time, Corsi warned, "An atomic 9-11 is not the type of nightmare awakening the world can bear to experience. Finding out there were terrorists in our midst by seeing the second plane fly into the World Trade Center towers was bad enough."
Nevertheless, critics on the left and right seized on a radio interview Corsi did with Alex Jones in 2008, in which Corsi surprisingly addressed the issue of questions concerning 9/11.
On August 14, 2008, Obama's campaign sent out The Obama Action Wire- Get the Truth Out About Jerome Corsi ,urging supporters to read the 41 page report, as well as to send out an e-mail to friends with a preformatted message (which can be read here, and was quite lengthy itself). The introduction read "The Obama Action Wire relies on the strength of our movement to respond to smears and other important issues as they happen. It will take all of us to make lasting change in this country. Help us grow our movement and spread the truth about Jerome Corsi -- invite your friends to get involved. You can even use our email contact importer to make it easier. Don't worry -- we don't hold on to any of the email addresses you share."
This action alert, as well as Coris's controversial comments on Alex Jones show, were reported by ABC News, Politico, The New York Times, and many others. Most of them linked to this youtube clip of Corsi's remarks on Jones show.
Regarding 9/11/01, the Obama campaign document states on page 2:
"The author: a discredited, fringe bigot - Of course, the lies in “The Obama Nation” almost pale in comparison to the bizarre, conspiratorial views that Jerome Corsi has advocated in his broader work. He believes that President Bush is trying to merge the United states with Mexico and Canada. He believes that there is a literally unending supply of oil beneath the ground. And in perhaps the gravest sign that his views can’t be trusted, he alleges a government cover-up of the 9/11 attacks and denies that airplanes were to blame for the towers’ collapse. ...In short, his record of attacks is disgusting and false, and so is this book."
On page 35, Obama defends George W. Bush and refers to the Alex Jones radio show and Professor Steven Jones:
"CONSIDER THE SOURCE: CORSI HOLDS WIDELY DISCREDITED BELIEFS
Corsi is an advocate for fringe, conspiratorial arguments: that President Bush is trying to create a North
American Union merging the United States, Mexico and Canada (which he blames for the Minnesota bridge collapse); that, despite scientific evidence, there is an unending supply of oil; and, perhaps most disturbingly, that the government is hiding the truth behind the attacks on September 11th, arguing that airplanes were not truly to blame for the collapse of the twin towers. CORSI IS A 9/11 TRUTH BELIEVER—THAT AIRPLANES WERE NOT TRULY TO BLAME FOR DESTRUCTION OF WORLD TRADE TOWERS
Corsi is a 9/11 Truther. In a radio interview, Corsi said, “I’m gonna come out with a story, I think is gonna be earth-shaking, and that is from Steven Jones, the physicist from BYU who’s been dismissed. Well, he’s now gotten samples of the World Trade Center dust, and he’s demonstrated the dust has formed these spheres, these iron spheres, that can only be formed under extremely high temperatures. And I know enough about the science to know he’s right. The fire, from jet fuel, does not burn hot enough to produce the physical evidence that he’s produced. so when you’ve got science that the hypothesis doesn’t explain--evidence--then the hypothesis doesn’t stand anymore. It just means the government’s explanation of the jet fuel fire is not a sufficient explanation to explain the evidence of these spheres--these microcopic spheres--that Steven Jones has proved existed within the WTC dust...In attacking these things, first scientifically...for me, what tips the scales is when you’ve got science that the conventional hypothesis doesn’t explain.” [Alex Jones show, 1/29/08]
CORSI FANCIES HIMSELF AN EXPERT—AND IS HAPPY TO WRITE BOOKS—ON ANY AND
The Obama book and 9/11 controversy is over two years old now. More recently, Corsi, a Catholic, has written a book on the Shroud of Turin and is making the media rounds promoting that book. He has not, to my knowledge, revisited the issue of explosives in the World Trade Center.