In this Obama business there have been a handful of jokes that were taken seriously. The fake Obama military oath comes to mind as well as an April Fool story of Obama and Occidental College. Some commenters today pointed to an Esquire Magazine story by Mark Warren today saying:
In a stunning development one day after the release of Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President, by Dr. Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah has announced plans to recall and pulp the entire 200,000 first printing run of the book.
As soon as I heard this, I knew it was ridiculous; however, I guess some didn’t get the joke. I wasn’t even going to write about the story, except that the Wall Street Journal called what Esquire did “disastrous” in their own article: How Not to Write Satire. The Journal reports that Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily got all huffy and is exploring his legal options.
I must say that the Journal just appears to be miffed because their own writer fell for the story. James Taranto writes in his own defense: “A reasonable person could have understood its satire as a truthful report.” All I can say is that if a libel suit is ever brought, they surely do not want this reasonable person the jury.
Farah would be hard pressed to make a case that he was damaged by the story since folks who believed it might well rush out and buy the book before it went off the shelves, and you know what they say about publicity, even bad publicity.