Jerome Corsi

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Jerome Corsi (b. 1946) is a regular WorldNutDaily columnist and non-fiction author. Despite getting a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard,[1] his modus operandi is to cash in on the fringe wingnut conspiracy theory du jour by giving it a veneer of legitimacy. Some of his more infamous works include:

Corsi is also the author of the novel The Shroud Codex, about the Shroud of Turin.[5] It's full of blatant errors that make it look like it was never proof-read after he finished writing it. He also declared that Barack Obama was married to his male Pakistani roommate(!) before he married Michelle, which must set some record for combined unsubstantiated Wingnuttery and Homophobia in a single conspiracy theory.[6] And just like most conspiracy memes of this kind, the gauntlet got picked up by at least one fellow nutter (Scott Lively, no less) who was also dumb enough to think that it was a perfectly valid argument.[7]

Corsi is also convinced that proof of Obama's Kenyan citizenship can be proven by the fact that there was a photo of him on a Kenyan calendar from 2005 when Obama was still a Senator from Illinois.[8] With standards of evidence like that, there's every indication that he's in a competition with Joe Arpaio for the 2012 Booby Prize in late-period Birther silliness.

Basically, Corsi is useful as a benchmark or barometer for current fashions of conspiracy theory and crankery. If Corsi writes on it, it's hot on the fringe. Think of him as a device powered by crank magnetism.

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  1. Politicking as Crimson-Hued Blood Sport, Harvard Magazine, 8.28.08. The title of Corsi's thesis was Prior Restraint, Prior Punishment, and Political Dissent: A Moral and Legal Evaluation and it was apparently pretty good, according to Harvard Magazine, unlike his subsequent crankery (also according to Harvard Magazine).
  2. Review by Eric Boehlert
  3. Review by Alex Koppelman
  4. Review by Media Matters
  5. The Shroud Codex on Simon & Schuster
  6. Corsi: Obama Was in Gay Marriage to Pakistani Roommate, Dispatches from the Culture Wars
  7. Scott Lively Pushes Claim that Obama Was Once Married to a Man, Right Wing Watch
  8. Corsi Finds His ‘Smoking Gun’, Dispatches from the Culture Wars
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