Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Esquire Magazine Telling Lies


By Alan Caruba

There is often a thin line between so-called "satire" and telling lies. That's what happened when Mark Warren blogged in Esquire's "Politics" online segment the following:

"Breaking: Jerome Corsi's Birther Book Pulled from Shelves!"

Not funny, not true.

It is a deliberate act of disinformation intended to hurt the sales of Corsi's new book, "Where's the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President."

I became aware of it when a link was posted on the May 18 Drudge Report in a fashion that suggested it was an actual news story.

Warren appended an "Update, 12:25 p.m." saying "We committed satire this morning..." Warren may disagree with the facts in Dr. Corsi's book, but he has no right to suggest "it's core premise and reason to exist" was "gutted by the news cycle" when Obama released an alleged long form birth certificate that has been judged a forgery.

Dr. Corsi, a regular contributor on World Net Daily and author of several bestselling non-fiction books, is a public figure and subject to such attacks, but to cloth this one as "satire" ignores its obvious intent when it claimed that World Net Daily's "Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Farah, has announced plans to recall and pulp the entire 200,000 first run printing of the book."

Just when one is recovering from a baseless. liberal, mainstream media attack on some conservative and/or Republican political figure, or someone expressing opposition to Barack Hussein Obama, along comes some new, vicious effort like this one.

I don't expect it to stop. Indeed, I expect it to increase as the Obama reelection campaign picks up speed. It is already telling various reporters and media they are not welcome or will not have access because of news coverage deemed unfavorable. Well, too bad.

As is often said, "The truth hurts", and Dr. Corsi's new book may well end the worst presidency of the modern era since Jimmy Carter's. It could even do so prior to the 2012 elections.

(c) Alan Caruba, 2011

8 comments:

JohnC said...

Unless you believe that Corsi actually wrote a book called “Capricorn One: NASA, JFK, and the Great ‘Moon Landing’ Cover-Up,” as the Esquire article stated, then I think it’s pretty clear it was satire from the get-go.

Alan Caruba said...

@JohnC: Then why did the Drudge Report run the link with no mention of "satire"? It was treated as straight news initially...to such an extent that Warren had to jump back in around Noon to declare it a satire. In short, readers initially thought it was real.

Ronbo said...

@Alan:

As one who frequently posts tasteless satire against Leftists on my blog, what was done to Dr. Corsi marks a new low.

I hope radical socialist writers who publish nonsense like this understand they greatly encourage radical capitalists like myself to return the favor with equal injustice.

What comes around, goes around, and more than a few of my political satire articles have caused a blogburst.

Gustav said...

Hey JohnC, why would typical readers know off the top of their head that Corsi didn't write a NASA cover-up book? Most people are entirely unfamiliar with Corsi, and perhaps even with the silly Capricorn One movie, or the book or whatever.

These anti-journalists don't need apologists, do they?? Dang.

dadarch said...

"...alleged long form birth certificate that has been judged a forgery."

When was that? Who judged? And why wasn't I told?

Alan Caruba said...

@dadarch: You're not paying attention. There have been numerous posts on the Net asserting that the most recent birth certificate is a fake, including an YouTube video that explains how and why.

INFIDEL JOE said...

Great source of daily Usurper-In-Chief news - http://www.BirtherReport.com

Alan Caruba said...

@Infidel Joe. I think the whole birther issue is going to blow up in Obama's face sooner than later. I know Dr. Corsi and he doesn't tell lies.