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Punking the birthers: priceless

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.

Foggy

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

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.

JimBot

NotJimBotCorsi’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!

Confirmation

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.

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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.

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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.

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14 Responses to Punking the birthers: priceless

  1. avatar
    J. Potter August 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    I, too, am laughing, but perhaps due to noobery, I am not sure why. Can we get a chart of all this? LOL

  2. avatar
    richCares August 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    Corsi has been told that Johnson is not JimBot by Jimbot/neonzx, both by email and by comments in blogs, You have to be a complete idiot to believe Ed Hale. So why does Corsi continue this nonsense,
    100 paid Obot operatives, how silly. Only a birther would fall for that!

  3. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy August 2, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    I had a really hard time deciding on a title for this post. I was thinking “All your WNDs are belong to us.”

  4. avatar
    J. Potter August 2, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    LOL!

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    I had a really hard time deciding on a title for this post. I was thinking “All your WNDs are belong to us.”

  5. avatar
    Sean August 2, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Was Foggy the creator of the David Bomford birth certificate?

    This reminds me of Bill Ayre’s jke about writing Obama’s book. Birthers and Andrew Breitbart hold on to that one like their lives depend on it. They really want to believe it’s true.

  6. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy August 2, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    According to WorldNetDaily:

    What PJ Foggy makes clear in this Internet blog post from July 23, 2010, was that he was a messenger, not the creator of the fraudulent document. He mailed the document to Neil Sankey, an investigator for Orly Taitz, some time in July 2009.

    Sean: Was Foggy the creator of the David Bomford birth certificate?

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    Dr Kenneth Noisewater (Bob Ross) August 2, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    So does this mean, if I go around on birther websites claiming that Jerome Corsi is a sleeper agent for Obama with the sole purpose of making the birther movement look ridiculous and therefore discredit them, that they would believe it? It all makes sense though Jim Johnson funelled money through CIA front group World Net Daily to publish a book that was meant to make the birthers look bad. Jerome has been in on it since before 2004 where Kerry threw the election knowing Obama would be installed in the next election. Corsi and Kerry worked together to put Obama in power. See how that works now I wait as the birthers turn on Corsi.

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    J.Potter August 2, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    I’ve already heard one birther turn on Orly Taitz for being incompetent and throwing “winnable” cases on purpose. They’ll eventually eat Corsi too without any prodding.

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    John Reilly August 2, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Only one birther has concluded that Ms. Dr. Taitz is “incompetent and throwing ‘winnable’ cases?”

    Doesn’t provide much hope.

  10. avatar
    J.Potter August 2, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Well, one that I know of. If every Obot found just one birther … could be like a scavenger hunt. A Scavenger Hunt for Hope.

  11. avatar
    Randy August 2, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    I believe the Wizards First Rule is in operation in birferland

  12. avatar
    Mary Adams August 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Just listened to last week’s RC Radio show.

    Thanks, Doc, for a way of looking at the birthers (mentally disabled).

    I have downloaded “The Believing Brain” to my iPad and will start it today.

    It is just so hard to understand why birthers believe such crazy stuff.

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    Dr. Conspiracy August 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    I want to make sure that no one misunderstands me to be saying “mentally ill” because I don’t think that. The fact is that everybody is different and some of us do some things well and other things poorly.

    Mary Adams: Thanks, Doc, for a way of looking at the birthers (mentally disabled).

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    G August 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    Oh, I have no problem saying that I certainly think some of them are truly mentally ill and yes, I would put Orly in that category.

    Dr. Conspiracy: I want to make sure that no one misunderstands me to be saying “mentally ill” because I don’t think that. The fact is that everybody is different and some of us do some things well and other things poorly.