June 30, 2011
WASHINGTON—“Birther” proponents continued to bang the drum against President Barack Obama Wednesday at the National Press Club in D.C. as they unveiled a $30 million defamation lawsuit against Esquire magazine over an article that said they’d abandoned their cause and backed away from a book supporting their theory.
“This was a serious mistake by Mark Warren [the author of the article] and Esquire for which they will pay dearly,” said Larry Klayman, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the case. “It was obviously calculated with malice to destroy not just the book and its sales, but the reputations of Mr. Corsi and Mr. Farah.”
Corsi and Farah are Joseph Farah, who runs the conservative news website World Net Daily and its bookpublishing arm WND Books, and WND reporter and conspiracy-minded author Jerome Corsi, who’s best known for writing the SwiftBoat book that foiled Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.Corsi’s latest, which was the subject of the Esquire article, is“Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack HusseinObama is not Eligible to be President,” which has gone to number sixon the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction,despite its having been released not long after Obama released hisbirth certificate.
Given the people and the issue involved, this was not your typical press conference, certainly not your typical press conference about a lawsuit. Instead, it was something of a birther forum—Corsi kicked off the presentation by claiming credit for forcing Obama to release his birth certificate when he did (that meant taking credit away from Donald Trump, who’s relied on Corsi for advice). Then he called the document a forgery and a fraud.
This article was posted: Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 2:37 am