Birthers Sue Esquire

They don't find joke about Birther book amusing

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 30, 2011 3:22 AM CDT | Updated Jun 30, 2011 4:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nobody likes to be the butt of jokes, and now two birthers are suing Esquire for a jaw-dropping $285 million to make the point. Joseph Farah and Jerome Corsi have filed the suit because journalist Mark Warren said in a satirical piece in May that Corsi's book—Where's the Birth Certificate?—was being yanked from bookstores, reports Forbes. Warren's Onion-style parody screamed "Breaking! Corsi's Book Pulled From Shelves!" because President Obama had just released his long-form birth certificate, essentially rendering Corsi's tome a waste of eye muscles.

Esquire later explained for readers too dull to catch the satire: "We committed satire to point out the problems with selling and marketing a book that has had its core premise and reason to exist gutted by the news cycle, several weeks in advance of publication." Farah and Corsi are claiming the piece cost them a hoped-for fortune in book sales and exposed them to "extreme ridicule." But they deny the book was a waste of time, because they say the long-form birth certificate is a forgery.

Jerome Corsi, co-author of Unfit For Command, speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club October 14, 2004 in Washington, DC.
Jerome Corsi, co-author of "Unfit For Command," speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club October 14, 2004 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
Jerome Corsi, who wrote Where's the Birth Certificate? is suing Esquire for a satirical piece that said it was yanked because its premise was obliterated by the release of Obama's birth certificate.
Jerome Corsi, who wrote "Where's the Birth Certificate?" is suing Esquire for a satirical piece that said it was yanked because its premise was obliterated by the release of Obama's birth certificate.   (AP Photo)
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