Jerome Robert Corsi first gained public attention in 2004, when he co-authored the book Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. In 2008, he attempted to replicate his success in political authorship with The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality. Inbetween, starting in October 2004, Corsi began writing for the conservative website WorldNetDaily, where he presently holds the title of Senior Staff Reporter*.
Corsi has also authored several other books, which have increasingly illustrated his predilection for poor reasoning and conspiratorialist thinking. Among his published works are 2007’s The Late Great U.S.A.: The Coming Merger With Mexico and Canada (which promotes North American Union conspiracy theories), 2011’s Where’s the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President (promoting Birther conspiracy theories) 2012’s The Great Oil Conspiracy: How the U.S. Government Hid the Nazi Discovery of Abiotic Oil from the American People (promoting pseudoscientific conspiracy theories about how oil is created), and 2013’s Who Really Killed Kennedy?: 50 Years Later: Stunning New Revelations About the JFK Assassination (promoting, obviously, JFK assassination conspiracy theories). It may thus be fair to say that after Alex Jones, Jerome Corsi is America’s most widely-read conspiracy theorist.
This website, however, is not primarily concerned with Jerome Corsi’s conspiracism, his smearmongering, or his offensive views. Other sites have adequately documented those aspects of his work. Rather, this blog is designed to collect examples of Jerome Corsi’s blatant dishonesty as a journalist, and his flagrant violations of journalistic ethics. Claiming to possess documents that he doesn’t have. Claiming to have conducted research that he hasn’t done. Lying about the sources of information that he reports on. Publishing documents that he knows to be false. And, of course, plagiarism.
All of this adds up to the obvious conclusion: Jerome Corsi is a dishonest and disreputable source of information who cannot be trusted. He will lie to his readers and listeners. He has lied to them, repeatedly. And the fact that WorldNetDaily calls him their “Senior Staff Reporter” despite this speaks volumes about WND’s credibility as a news organization.
*Corsi has achieved this status despite having no journalistic credentials (his degrees are in political science) or journalistic experience prior to 2004. That, however, says more about the journalistic credibility of WorldNetDaily and its staff than Corsi himself.