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Jerome Corsi's Greatest Hits

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A few minutes of Googling around the voluminous hate sites on the web and we quickly discover that Jerome R. Corsi is well known for holding many "controversial" views. According to Corsi watchers, he called Islam "a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion," and referred to the Koran as "the 'software' for producing deviant cancer-cell political behavior and violence in human beings." He also calls Muslims "Ragheads" and "Boy-Bumpers." But Corsi apparently doesn't care much for Catholicism either: "Boy buggering in both Islam and Catholicism is okay with the Pope as long as it isn't reported by the liberal press." Corsi calls Senator Hillary Clinton "Hillary FAT HOG Clinton," and he calls John Kerry "John Fucking Commie Kerry." "Anybody ask why HELLary [sic] couldn't keep BJ Bill satisfied?" Corsi asks. "Not lesbo or anything, is she?" And on Kerry: "After he married TerRAHsa, [sic] didn't John Kerry begin practicing Judiasm? He also has paternal grandparents that were Jewish. What religion is John Kerry?"

Corsi, like Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and other chickenhawks, staunchly supported the Vietnam War when he was draft age but he ducked military service with the excuse of being afflicted with "hereditary eczema." His love for the Vietnam War did not translate into love for the veterans who fought it, or else Corsi might have hesitated before Swiftboating vets who disagreed with his defamation of John Kerry's exemplary Vietnam War record.

Corsi is also well known for his paranoid ramblings about the "North American Union," which is a "black helicopter" conspiracy theory that posits that the Council on Foreign Relations is seeking to impose on the United States a "super-government" that will comprise the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It is a favorite argument of the extreme anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican crowd.

In their front-page story about Corsi's book in the New York Times (August 13), Jim Rutenberg and Julie Bosman refer to Corsi rather affectionately as a "conservative gadfly." The word "gadfly" benignly implies someone who is well intentioned, even iconoclastic, who seeks to provoke thought in others, not a lying, white supremacist, propagandist.

As Corsi slithers from one television and radio show to another hawking his smears against Obama in the next few weeks with the admitted goal of "defeating" the Democratic candidate this fall, Dick Cheney's hatchet woman, Mary Matalin, who published the book and stands to profit from it, told the media that Corsi's hack job is "a good piece of scholarship." If Matalin truly believes that Corsi's book qualifies as "scholarship" she should subject it to a standard academic peer review. I'm sure we can find many Government professors who would happily volunteer some of their valuable time to give Corsi's book a scholarly evaluation.