Friday, 29 April 2011

The Birthers' Bazaar - they say timing is everything...

Prior to President Obama's publication of his birth certificate, last Wednesday (27th April 2011), this book is/was due to be published on 17th May 2011

As you can see from the book's cover, its author, rabid Republican and doyen of the US 'Birther' movement, is one Jerome Corsi - he an habitué of that Birthers' bazaar and stridently conservative website, World News Daily (WND) - a site so right wing that Attila the Hun would be considered a dangerous pinko liberal.

Like his fellow WND stalwarts, Corsi (pictured left)'s a man who has a curious relationship with facts and reality - so curious, in fact, that it embraces being downright tenuous. Indeed, Wikipedia describes Corsi's output as being prone to "numerous factual errors" - but why submit to facts when you've an allegedly factual book to promote?

As with many things in life, they say timing's everything: and were the WND Birther Borg and Corsi to be considered actual journalists, then they themselves might have shown some journalistic integrity and admitted defeat on this score - alas, they're both from the lunatic fringe of the Birther movement and won't let facts (like the production of Obama's birth certificate) get in the way of a 'good' story. Expect to see this publication out on its due date next month.

That being the case, here's the email I've just sent to Corsi, WND Editor-in-Chief, Chairman & CEO, Joseph Farah, and his wife(?) and WND's Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Elizabeth Farah:

From: Bren Tierney
Sent: 29 April 2011 17:23
To: ''
Cc: ''; ''
Subject: Pulped Fiction

My Dear Mr Corsi,

Just a quick note regarding your entire-print-run-about-to-be-pulped ‘Birther’ tome: ‘Where’s the Birth Certificate? – The Case that Barak Obama is not Eligible to be President.’

I’m guessing that right about now that your publisher, WND [what’s that, ‘Weapons of No Destruction’?] Books, are ruing the day they agreed to your manuscript?

Never mind, I believe your two other works of fiction can be found in the penny bins at gas stations the length and breadth of the US, so that must come as some comfort, eh?

In naval parlance, and what with Wednesday’s announcement and publication of his birth certificate,  Mr Obama has well and truly spiked your guns – what with your book due to hit the stands on 17th May. Oops…

What you and your Birther backers at WND fail to understand, in your ceaseless exertions at self-promotion (regardless of the veracity and provenance of your collective output – I can’t call it ‘journalism’), is that you make the US look like a backwards nation: one where mere personal opinion and fact-free, bumper-sticker rhetoric is confused and conflated with what we, outside the US, know as ‘facts’. Indeed, with very little effort on your part, you’ve managed to secure equal billing with that other rampant lune, Orly Taitz.

Apropos the new book, there may be some immediate consolation: if it’s not pulped as now being proven both wrong and redundant, people can buy it in bulk and not have to worry about running out of toilet paper for at least six months. You may get one or two rye comments as to the properties of its absorbency and lack of quilting, but hey, at least it’ll be cheap and readily disposable – especially as the only way you’ll be able to shift it from the shelves is to give it away free.

So, what’s next for you? A book on how Nelson Mandela supported the Apartheid regime? No? How about one on how Lavrentiy Beria and Joseph Stalin were both merely ‘misunderstood care givers’? Still not grabbing your fancy? OK, how about one on ‘The Functional Illiteracy of GW Bush’? Actually, thinking about it, that would mean straying from your usual fiction genre and be too much of a stretch in credulity – even for you.

Anyhow, it’s been a gas watching you and WND making public poltroons of yourselves. Do keep up the good work – satirists on this side of the herring pond do so treasure the opportunity for good source material.


Bren Tierney


1 comment:

  1. Cosmic Navel Lint20 June 2011 at 17:04

    These clowns at World Net Daily are still banging the drum as to the authenticity of Obama's birther certificate:

    <span>Ex-CIA: 'Forged document' released as birth certificate</span> <span>Gen. Paul Vallely: Congress afraid to probe 'possible felony' over fears of 'black backlash'</span>

    Read more: Ex-CIA: 'Forged document' released as birth certificate


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