Media Helps Corsi's Obama Smear Book Even When Debunking It

09/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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At a Wednesday town hall meeting in Lynchburg, Virginia, Barack Obama derided The New York Times number-one bestseller The Obama Nation, and its author, Jerome Corsi. He's "just making stuff up," Obama said. "But it gets a lot of play on Fox News."

Fox News has been a particularly fruitful platform for Dr. Corsi. During his Hannity and Colmes appearance last week, the Harvard-educated author boasted about the show's promotional capabilities: "There's a great formula, go on Sean Hannity's radio show first to the day. Sean Hannity later in the day, you get a best seller."

Corsi made his television debut on Hannity and Colmes in 2004, discussing his book Unfit for Command--an assault on the military record of John Kerry, co-authored with longtime Kerry nemesis John O'Neill. The book soon rose to the top of the Times's bestseller list, and played a major role in Kerry's defeat.

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