Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Arizona Cold Case Posse created quite a bit of media attention, and a spike of traffic here, when they held a press conference to publicize their investigation into President Obama’s birth certificate. I certainly got revved up about it and turned out a series of articles.
When I look back over the Google alerts, I find that media attention came in two waves. The first wave consisted of stories that said roughly “long-debunked claims repeated in investigation by sheriff with his own legal problems.” The second wave dealt with the fact that the “chief investigator” was selling a book about the investigation. I, along with a lot of other folks, felt that the commercial relationship between Corsi and Zullo was improper (perhaps “stinks to high heaven” expresses it better).
John Woodman, the author of a competing book (one that is far superior both in its production value and in its integrity), commented here, and when I learned that his review had been pulled from Amazon.com, I resolved to write my own review – not derivative of what John had written, but based on my own critical evaluation of A Question of Eligibility. I got rather worked up about it; I stayed up past 4 AM that night, reading the book, editing the review, and engaging with other reviewers and commenters on Amazon.
In the past couple of days, only one additional review of the book has been added at Amazon, bringing the total to 11 highly positive reviews and 13 highly negative reviews (one of the 5-star reviews is actually a highly-negative review given 5-stars to trick the birthers into reading it). None of the positive reviews have details from the book and consist more of fawning praise for the book being written and accusations that those Obots who attack the book haven’t read it.
The Amazon rank for the book is steadily falling (it’s #5,621 as of this moment down from number four thousand something yesterday). It’s been a day since the last review. It looks to me like the book has fizzled, which is what it deserves.
I’m reading a new book now; stay tuned.