Over the years, I’ve met writers whose work impressed me more than anything I see on the bookstore shelves, yet they pile up rejection letters and never seem to be noticed. This morning, during a C-SPAN appearance, Jerome Corsi shed a little light on the topic when he shared the journalistic advice his father gave him: If you aren’t making people angry, you aren’t doing your job.
I think it is safe to assume that Jerome probably exceeded his father’s expectations with comments like these:
- Corsi on Islam: "a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion"
- Corsi on Catholicism: "Boy buggering in both Islam and Catholicism is okay with the Pope as long as it isn't reported by the liberal press"
- Corsi on Muslims: "RAGHEADS are Boy-Bumpers as clearly as they are Women-Haters -- it all goes together"
- Corsi on "John F*ing Commie Kerry": "After he married TerRAHsa, didn't John Kerry begin practicing Judiasm? He also has paternal grandparents that were Jewish. What religion is John Kerry?"
- Corsi on Senator "FAT HOG" Clinton: "Anybody ask why HELLary couldn't keep BJ Bill satisfied? Not lesbo or anything, is she?"
And accolades like these:
- He plagiarizes and can’t write a book on his own.
- He’s embarrassing.
- He’s a white supremacist.
Not only have the good people of the Midwest called his work “classic gutter politics,” others have written that he is ugly, inside and out. Millions of people are outraged by the deceptive garbage he writes and it’s rumored there are plans for a million man and woman march planned on Simon and Schuster for publishing it, probably in honor of the close relationship Corsi’s father has with Louis Farrakhan. (Please research this footnote and observe that this is not merely an insinuation that the father is as gay as the son is)
The books probably just earned brownie points, extra hugs, and seconds on dessert.
Then, I remember that some of my writing friends anger people daily. The Chive™ sent a few people into flaggot rages, Devin Barber draws hatred from all fifty-nine states and a few foreign countries, and others manage to have someone remove their comments or tattle to Gather almost hourly. But, as far as I know, those writers haven’t been picked up by their local newspapers or Mother Jones, much less Simon & Schuster. There had to be something more to this than something as simple as Jerome Corsi hanging out in the men’s room for a little between-stalls footsie at Simon & Schuster.
Mr. Corsi cleared this up for me as well. When questioned about the trash he has written, he referred the questioners to the footnotes in his books (for the parts he either couldn’t remember or didn’t want to admit in public) and said he supports freedom of speech. Therefore, I am exercising his version of free speech with this article to see how it feels to write from the perspective of a best selling, plagiarizing, lying, hen-pecked by a wife who doesn’t speak English, winner of the biggest loser award who blew his lid and attacked George Bush but somehow managed to avoid prison.
I hope my use of footnotes is impressive enough to earn me a column somewhere.