I gotta’ stop laughing so I can type
Before I start, I want to state for the record that I have no inside information whatever on this topic. Everything used in writing this article is from WorldNetDaily, and that makes it all the more ironic.
Jerome Corsi has written four articles at WND outing (or claiming to out) some anonymous birthers. The first was: Meet ‘PJ Foggy,’ birth certificate fraudster: Disbarred attorney organized ‘birther punking’ scheme about an Internet writer named Bill Bryan (AKA Foggy). WND says Foggy sent (but did not create) an Obot-created fake birth certificate on a flash drive to Orly Taitz’s investigator Neil Sankey, with the intent that she would jump to the conclusion that it was real and look foolish when the certificate was exposed as a prank, and indeed within 5 days Taitz filed this anonymous image in a lawsuit, never mind that the form was from South Australia, not Kenya, and that she had never seen a paper copy. Jerome Corsi wrote about this back in mid June.
Rikker was the second Obot to be identified at WorldNetDaily. I don’t know if the identification is accurate, but according to Jerome Corsi, Rikker is “Foggy’s sidekick.” More on Rikker later.
Corsi’s third article dealt with an Internet poster named “JimBot” whom WND says is also “neonzx.” A couple of years ago neonzx posted a message on the PolitiJab forum saying that Ed Hale (Plains Radio) had “outed” JimBot and posted a URL pointing to a newspaper article about James A. Johnson, a former chairman of Fannie Mae (pictured right). Based on nothing more than a statement “Ed outed jimbot” and a URL from an pseudonymous Internet commenter, Jerome Corsi spun out a story about the former Fannie Mae chairman running an army of Obots from Pennsylvania avenue. It was bizarre, but the birthers ate it up like Orly Taitz ate up the fake birth certificate Foggy sent her.
I really thought that WND would wise up in a day or so and quietly make this article disappear. Wrong!
According to WND, Foggy is a fellow who likes to create trouble among the birthers, and is not above trying to fool them. So, pray tell, why in the world would Jerome Corsi and WorldNetDaily go way out on a limb taking a comment from Bill Bryan (Foggy) on their own web site and turning it into a major new article claiming confirmation of their story that JimBot was really Chairman Johnson? The only answer is that a birther true believer will believe anything, even from an Obot, if it promotes their conspiracy theories! My confirmation bias meter has exploded!
So try to get your arms around this: Jerome Corsi takes the word of a known hoaxer as confirmation for a crazy story (that originated from a man who claims to have shot Big Foot). Now to demonstrate confirmation bias: among the comments where WND found Foggy’s “confirmation” Rikker (the second Obot “outed” by WND) says categorically that WND has misidentified JimBot. Why did WND not consider this negative evidence? They probably were too biased to see it.
The Reality Check Radio program I was on last week had a visit from JimBot (whose youthful voice really doesn’t sound like that of a 67-year-old man) and to keep up appearances, Foggy and RC were fawning all over JimBot and calling him “boss” to keep up the charade. I even played along by asking “where’s my check?” (I’ve been using this running joke for a long time, since nobody pays me to blog about the birthers. It’s like folks who do unpaid volunteer work saying they want their salary “doubled.”) But it’s all a joke. Here’s the show if you’re interested. I think JimBot comes in around 54:50.
WorldNetDaily has been punked. Of course in the Birtherverse, they’ll probably never realize it.
But how do I know for sure that Corsi has been punked and why am I laughing? That’s the tricky part. You see, I have connected the dots and figured out the real name of JimBot, and it isn’t Chairman Johnson. Since it is the strict policy of this web site not to identify people using anonymous names in the Internet, I am not going to disclose it (and none of you commenters say it either, or you will find yourselves in moderation hell faster than you can say “certification of live birth”); besides, I would like to give WorldNetDaily more rope to tangle themselves up in. I will give you one huge hint: Obots don’t lie.