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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Red Alert: The Holes In Corsi's Latest Attack on Obama
Topic: WorldNetDaily

What's wrong with Jerome Corsi's assertion in an Oct. 14 WorldNetDaily article that Barack Obama donated "nearly $1 million" to the campaign of "foreign thug" Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga? Let us count the ways:

  • All his sources are anonymous. He cites "several highly credible ex-ODM [Odinga's political party] sources WND interviewed in Kenya," but offers no reason why he or anyone else should trust them.
  • Corsi's evidence later in the article doesn't even support his claim in the first paragraph that "Sen. Barack Obama, with a donation of nearly $1 million," is "among the biggest contributors" to Odinga. He cites an purported "internal document obtained by WND" listing "Friends of Senator B.O." has having donated the money -- not Obama himself.
  • Corsi offers no evidence that he has authenticated that "internal document." One clue that it may not be authentic is that it includes the full position titles of the sender and recipient. If it's an "internal document," wouldn't these folks already know they are and, thus, it would be unnecessary to include it?
  • Corsi claims that "72 individuals and organizations" are listed in the document as donating to Odinga, but the document as posted lists only 49.
  • Corsi references an earlier purported email posted by WND in which "Obama personally informed Odinga that "all our correspondence [be] handled by Mr. Mark Lippert." But that email appears to be even more fraudulent than the "internal document."

To summarize: Corsi is basing his current attack on Obama on anonymous sources and unverified, fraudluent-looking "documents."

Posted by Terry K. at 2:29 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 7:05 PM EDT

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