Birthers Sue Mag For $120 Million

CorsiJust another stunt to sell books, one suspects. From Jeff Bercovici’s blog at Forbes:

Joseph Farah and Jerome Corsi have some pretty interesting beliefs. They believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not there’s no proof Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.* They also believe Hearst Corp. and a writer it employs ought to pay them hundreds of millions of dollars for making fun of them for believing that first part.

Farah, the CEO of WorldNetDaily.com, and Corsi, author of “Where’s the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President,” have filed suit against Hearst, Esquire magazine and writer Mark Warren over a satirical article that they say defamed them and damaged their business interests. They’re seeking compensatory damages of $100 million and punitive damages of $20 million, plus legal costs. [Update: As a commenter points out, that’s only for one of the five counts; the full amount sought totals more than $285 million.]

Warren published the article on May 18, 2011, just after Obama released his long-form birth certificate, answering the doubts of Corsi and other so-called birthers. An Onion-style parody, it was headlined “BREAKING! Jerome Corsi’s Birther Book Pulled From Shelves!”

As often happens with satire on the internet, the article was received my many readers (or non-reading reTweeters) as straight news, forcing Esquire to add an update “for those who didn’t figure it out yet”…

[continues at Forbes]

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  • Andrew

    Stupid, delusional racists.

  • Andrew

    Stupid, delusional racists.

    • Just me

      I would love for Obama to sue, then maybe the truth will come out as to why he spent millions keeping educational records and birth records hidden, I am still waiting for him to show his real birth certificate, the recent release was an obvious fake.

      • Andrew

        Obama didn’t spend millions to keep his records hidden, and he did show his real birth certificate.

      • Mr. Coffee

        this far into his term and people are still cutting themselves and sobbing about birth certificates? 

      • Tuna Ghost

        Yeah!  Except that he didn’t spend millions hiding that information, and the birth certificate was legitimate.  Regardless, those brown people should always be ready to provide their information that we don’t request from white people.  Show me your papers, boy!  

  • KxBk6U

    People like this need to be called out on their ridiculous theories and accusations.  His motivation for writing such clap-trap is solely to make money off of other peoples ignorance. He’s just pissed because his book was exposed for the bullshit it is. He should feel lucky Obama isn’t suing him and all the other birther assholes for defamation.

  • KxBk6U

    People like this need to be called out on their ridiculous theories and accusations.  His motivation for writing such clap-trap is solely to make money off of other peoples ignorance. He’s just pissed because his book was exposed for the bullshit it is. He should feel lucky Obama isn’t suing him and all the other birther assholes for defamation.

  • Just me

    I would love for Obama to sue, then maybe the truth will come out as to why he spent millions keeping educational records and birth records hidden, I am still waiting for him to show his real birth certificate, the recent release was an obvious fake.

  • Just me

    I would love for Obama to sue, then maybe the truth will come out as to why he spent millions keeping educational records and birth records hidden, I am still waiting for him to show his real birth certificate, the recent release was an obvious fake.

  • Andrew

    Obama didn’t spend millions to keep his records hidden, and he did show his real birth certificate.

  • Andrew

    Obama didn’t spend millions to keep his records hidden, and he did show his real birth certificate.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder.  When these Constitutional wunderkinds lose their case will they try and sue everyone for making fun of them?

  • postpunkprometheus

    I wonder.  When these Constitutional wunderkinds lose their case will they try and sue everyone for making fun of them?

  • Anonymous

    web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/news26060403.htm

  • JoiquimCouteau

    web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/news26060403.htm

  • Andrew
  • Mr. Coffee

    this far into his term and people are still cutting themselves and sobbing about birth certificates? 

  • Tuna Ghost

    Yeah!  Except that he didn’t spend millions hiding that information, and the birth certificate was legitimate.  Regardless, those brown people should always be ready to provide their information that we don’t request from white people.  Show me your papers, boy!  

  • dogbeard

    nice return.  both, one after the other were interesting to read.  thanks.

  • dogbeard

    nice return.  both, one after the other were interesting to read.  thanks.

  • blabla

    Where is his moms passport?  There must be some documentation of her travels?  But regardless, his mom was an American and he can be president!  

  • blabla

    Where is his moms passport?  There must be some documentation of her travels?  But regardless, his mom was an American and he can be president!  

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Gotta be tough…trying sell a book that was based on lies from the start, but didn’t hit the presses until after the lies had been countered with facts that make the book not just irrelevant…but actually kind of sad and pathetic.

    Oh…wait…they aren’t even trying to sell it…they’re just trying to compensate for hopeless failure by suing their way into the money the book can’t make anyway. Clever actually. Beats working for a living I suppose.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Gotta be tough…trying sell a book that was based on lies from the start, but didn’t hit the presses until after the lies had been countered with facts that make the book not just irrelevant…but actually kind of sad and pathetic.

    Oh…wait…they aren’t even trying to sell it…they’re just trying to compensate for hopeless failure by suing their way into the money the book can’t make anyway. Clever actually. Beats working for a living I suppose.

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