Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Is Jerome Corsi on Drugs?

Jerome Corsi says you can't trust a drug user when they say they've given up drugs. Using an argument childishly similar to 'he who smelt it delt it', Corsi and his publisher are refusing to acknowledge that Senator Barack Obama has repeatedly stated he gave up his use of drugs - other than cigarettes - long ago. Noted this drug use was never more than casual and certainly no more than the average college student is exposed to, even those from Harvard - like Jerome. Certainly, the current President has lied about a lot but has anyone suggested he has lied about giving up blow? Or Drinking? Maybe we should ask Jerome.

Jerome Corsi has no intention of correcting the errors in his book The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality. This is despite the fact he views his effort as investigative rather than prosecutorial (why either would require a lesser degree of accuracy is beyond me). Simon & Schuster the silent publisher is only likely to be interested in the revenue which is why they signed up Mary Matalin to become a 'publisher' in the first place. Fiction or non-fiction what's the difference anymore? The book hasn't been fact corrected. It may not even have been read by Matalin who commented (NYT) that the book “was not designed to be, and does not set out to be, a political book,” calling it, rather, “a piece of scholarship, and a good one at that.” What is she doing at S&S if not political books? And given the level of scholarship and the errors cited by numerous sources perhaps this book should be excerpted in the National Enquirer.

Corsi's name is emblazoned on the cover of this book with the attendant "Phd" in a visual attempt to imply scholarship. The central points made in this book are no more accurate than those in the CIA ghost written memo noted in Suskind's book The Shadow War which came out earlier this month. Interesting that the two books are published by the same publisher. There has been no discussion about inaccuracies in the latter and indeed Suskind stands on solid ground for his diligence in reporting the facts what with all the actual interview recordings. Not so Corsi who says “The goal is to defeat Obama,” Mr. Corsi said in a telephone interview. “I don’t want Obama to be in office.” Obviously, at S&S the standards vary widely depending on the purpose. On the one hand you might have factual grounds for impeachment on the other simple political mud raking.


Michael Herrmann said...

Good for you! I think the entire publishing industry should be up in arms about Simon so obviously becoming a propaganda tool of the right. If Mary Matalin is a publisher, I'm Marie of Roumania.

You expect this kind of crap from Regnery, not Simon. But Simon, Random, and Penguin have all set up these idiotic right-wing imprints, because there's tons of money to be made milking the right. Not that there are lots of people out there waiting to be stoned on the right-wing message, but right-wing groups will buy these books in bulk to get their message on the bestseller list and try to look popular even when, as we know today, they are certainly not. Books like this have very little life in the stores--all the copies go to institutional sales.

It's a cynical enterprise from start to finish, and Simon should be ashamed of itself. Corsi is a proven liar and a fraud.

Anonymous said...

And in a related development (announced today), Simon is publishing McCain's daughter Meaghan's book about her Dad. They must have the McCain franchise or something.