Last night I talked a bit about the resilience of birtherism on
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
, but I forgot to mention one of yesterday's key conspiracyverse developments. In the morning, the Drudge Report
teased a scoop
about a new book that would "REVEAL OBAMA'S 'TRUE' IDENTITY." (There was a question mark after "identity," of course.) The tease was for one of the site's occasional exclusives, which looked
remarkably like a press release
for Jerome Corsi's new book
Where's the Birth Certificate?
The street date is a LONG month away, and author Jerome Corsi, the man who torpedoed John Kerry's presidential dreams with SWIFT BOAT, has gone underground and is holding his new findings thisclose.
"It's utterly devastating," reveals a source close to the publisher. "Obama may learn things he didn't even know about himself!"
If a book's publisher says a book is good, you know a book... is being published. And Drudge's tease, which led the site for most of a slow domestic news day, resulted in this:
Corsi's book is being published by WorldNetDaily, whose founder and editor Joseph Farah is one of the savviest people in conservative new media. The book has been teased by countless exclusives from Corsi and a short TV ad that might have gotten more coverage on liberal news sites than TV channels.
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Happy Constitution Day!
Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.