The tabloid website WorldNetDaily and its PhD propagandist Jerome Corsi continue their series of articles designed to create anxiety among the birthers by creating distorted and fearful images of Obama online minions called Obots and trying to identify them as real-world people.
This time Corsi names businessman and Democratic fundraiser James A. Johnson, the former chairman of Fannie Mae, as an Obot, and has him allegedly managing a “100-strong attack team from Pennsylvania Ave”. When WND uses the word “allegedly” in a context like this, they mean: “we found somebody willing to say it, so we can blame it on them if it turns out to be a lie.”
The person willing to “say it” is none other than Ed Hale, the colorful proprietor of an Internet radio station, Plains Radio. According to Corsi, Hale was called from the White House by James Johnson when Johnson was drunk; Johnson spilled the whole story of his disinformation operation. Corsi, cursed by an incredible streak of bad timing, puts this out as “news” yesterday when in fact Hale claims to have made the identification two years ago. Yup, this is old news.
Is there supporting evidence? Well, WND offers some screen shots from the defunct PolitiJab web site that suggest “JimBot” shares the ID with “neonzx”. Then there is supposedly evidence that neonzx claims to be Johnson1, although I been unable to actually see it in the fuzzy screenshot labeled “Exhibit 4” WND presents. However, even if JimBot, neonzx, and former Fannie Mae chairman James A. Johnson are the same person, that doesn’t get one to “disruption,” “knowledge by Obama,” and the 100-strong Obot army.
On a personal note, I had never heard of JimBot, neonzx or James A. Johnson before I read it this week and I have no idea who he is. And frankly, if there were really a 100-strong Obot army they surely would have contacted me, which no one has. The whole thing seems to be nothing more than one of the flights of fancy that Ed (Big Foot killer) Hale is noted for.
The usual Obot/birther wrangling has erupted in comments on the WND article including this classic:
Another commenter denies the association between JimBot and Johnson:
Orly Taitz jumps on the bandwagon from her web site:
1In passing I want to mention that “James A. Johnson” is an incredibly common name. It’s the name of a law firm in Mobile and an airport in Arkansas. A query on the name excluding entries with the word “mae” returned over 1.4 million hits on Google. The Wikipedia has three articles on persons named “James A. Johnson.”