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MSNBC: Bush's Book Is Popular Because He Was So Hated
Newsbusters.org ^ | 1-1-11 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 01/01/2011 3:53:34 PM PST by Justaham

A Salon political writer gave MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell Friday for why Bush's book is selling better than Clinton's.

NORAH O’DONNELL: And one had the highest ever approval rating for a President, leaving the White House, 66 percent. The other, one of the lowest at 22 percent. So, you would imagine or you might imagine that the popular Bill Clinton’s presidential memoir would far outsell the one written by the very unpopular, unpopular George Bush. Well, guess what? In the two months, in just two months President Bush's “Decision Points” memoir has sold almost as many copies as President Clinton’s “My Life” sold in two years. Alex Pareene is political writer for Salon, and he’s going to tell us why. Alex, so why is that? Why has Bush’s memoir “Decision Points” sold so well?

ALEX PAREENE, SALON: Well, obviously we can't say for sure because we don't know why those two million people have bought it. But, there are, I’ve speculated a couple reasons. It may be the fact that he was hated by so many people actually helped fuel his book sales because people wanted to hear him actually justify himself and explain some of his decisions that he made. And, you know, there are, I mean you can imagine that some people bought it as a gag or some people got it, received it as a gift and didn't really want it. And also the fact is like there are Kindle copies now, there are ebooks that are much more popular and not that’s a much cheaper way to buy a book. But my favorite speculative reason is that it's just half as long as Clinton’s book. Clinton’s book is like 1,000 pages long and George W Bush got his presidency done in 500 pages and then he's out.

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1 posted on 01/01/2011 3:53:36 PM PST by Justaham
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To: Justaham

somebody must have liked him. he was elected president twice.


2 posted on 01/01/2011 3:54:49 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Justaham

LOL.....those lefties are delusional.


3 posted on 01/01/2011 3:55:19 PM PST by tioga (Happy New Year!)
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To: Justaham

>Bush’s Book Is Popular Because He Was So Hated

Oh yes. They hate him so much they aren’t rushing to picket & boycott.

They are throwing millions of dollars at him just to prove that they hate him...


4 posted on 01/01/2011 4:00:04 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Justaham

If Bush is “hated”, maybe it’s because the media has been promoting that idea to mind-numbed sheep for years.


5 posted on 01/01/2011 4:00:31 PM PST by rbosque (12 year Freeper!!! Combat Economist.)
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To: Justaham

Notice how lefties vomit the word HATE so naturally.
Dummies...the Party of HATE


6 posted on 01/01/2011 4:01:26 PM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: Justaham

By that reasoning “Mein Kampf” should have been a bestseller here.


7 posted on 01/01/2011 4:03:36 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Justaham

In my circles he was never hated, for the most part he was a far greater and honorable than the president just before him.

Of course those in my circles, worked to make honest living, loved our nation, served in our military, attended church. Leaned to the right, and did not look for dole outs from the government.


8 posted on 01/01/2011 4:04:14 PM PST by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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To: Justaham

In my circles he was never hated, for the most part he was a far greater and honorable than the president just before him.

Of course those in my circles, worked to make honest living, loved our nation, served in our military, attended church. Leaned to the right, and did not look for dole outs from the government.


9 posted on 01/01/2011 4:04:14 PM PST by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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To: Justaham

Why then are liberal rags dying?


10 posted on 01/01/2011 4:06:47 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Justaham

The only things in Clinton’s book that weren’t lies were the publisher’s mark and date.

He’s another lefty that’s never held a real job....and never will.

What, exactly could he do?


11 posted on 01/01/2011 4:07:08 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Justaham
MSNBC: Bush's Book Is Popular Because He Was So Hated

Can't recall ever buying a book because I hated the author. I doubt many other people have either, certainly not two million.

12 posted on 01/01/2011 4:07:22 PM PST by Will88
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To: Justaham

And if Clinton was so loved then why is his book in the basement in sales? Ok, reverse Lib logic.


13 posted on 01/01/2011 4:09:40 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Lawyer And A Painter Can Change Black To White)
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To: Justaham
Didn't the liberals hate Reagan too.

The liberals are really delusional, if Bush Sr. was to run again against any Democrat thrown out there he probably would win by a land slide, not because the masses hate him but because the masses hate the Democrats.

Come 2012 I hope to see those hateful liberal journalist heads exploding as their world comes undone.

14 posted on 01/01/2011 4:10:12 PM PST by ReformedBeckite
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To: Justaham

You know, he may be correct. As soon as WJC’s book came out I ran out and bought three copies; one for myself, one for a friend, and one for the library at the local Republican headquarters.

I also buy a lot of rap music ‘cause I hate it so much. Oh, and Scottish cook books. I have about a dozen of those.


15 posted on 01/01/2011 4:10:29 PM PST by Leonard210 (Tagline? We don't need no stinkin' tagline.)
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To: Justaham
Didn't the liberals hate Reagan too.

The liberals are really delusional, if Bush Sr. was to run again against any Democrat thrown out there he probably would win by a land slide, not because the masses hate him but because the masses hate the Democrats.

Come 2012 I hope to see those hateful liberal journalist heads exploding as their world comes undone.

16 posted on 01/01/2011 4:11:46 PM PST by ReformedBeckite
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To: Justaham
By their "reasoning" MSNBC should be the highest rated net. Or, is FOX the highest rated because so many people hate it so much?

I'm so confused.

17 posted on 01/01/2011 4:13:56 PM PST by Thom Pain (November 2, 2010, Step ONE. Repeal 17th, Step TWO. 11/6/2012, Step THREE)
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To: Will88

I bought “Dreams of My Father” by Barack Obama. I hate him, but I use it as a reference document to catch him in many of his lies. I have a sneaking suspicion he did not write it. However, for argument’s sake, lets say he did.


18 posted on 01/01/2011 4:15:50 PM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: Justaham

I’m just stunned that a living soul would actually say the things this jerk said.

Bush was so “hated”? The only people that hated Bush were the media. With them it was a religion.

And THIS is why I think Bush’s book sells better than Clintons. I think a whole lot of people tuned in to see what the hell Bush did that made the media hate him so bad.

This is not to say that Bush was beloved by many in the country but I’m going out on a limb and state I believe that few really “hated” the man. What did he ever do to deserve all this hate?

By some he might have been an ineffective President, maybe they didn’t like his policies, there’s lots of reasons a populace of various sorts would look unkindly on a President. But hate? This pundit is so off the mark, thinking because he and his buds so hated Bush for no reason except it was cool to do so that all of us boobs out here in la-la must too have hated Bush for the coolness of the emotion.

And since we’re speculating here, I’m thinking that Clinton’s thousand page tome is boring as all get out, all about me, me, me. Just a hunch.


19 posted on 01/01/2011 4:16:48 PM PST by Fishtalk (Dance like nobody's watching; Sing like nobody's listening; Blog like nobody's r.eading.)
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To: Justaham

This all makes sense. Hillary’s book didn’t sell because everyone likes HER!!


20 posted on 01/01/2011 4:17:02 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: JohnBrowdie

A lot of conservatives had legitimate issues with some of Bush’s policies. However, considering we could have had Gore or Kerry.....we should be thankful.


21 posted on 01/01/2011 4:17:37 PM PST by edpc (It's Kräusened)
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To: edpc

I’m reading his book right now. it’s fascinating. GWB bears no resemblance whatsoever to his dumb as dirt media caricature. but I already knew that.


22 posted on 01/01/2011 4:22:35 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Justaham

Got it - just like global warming is making it colder. You really can’t beat liberals for stand up comedy.


23 posted on 01/01/2011 4:22:46 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: tioga

Tioga,

Leftist leaders are not delusional in the least and the group members they manipulate appear delusional because they believe what their charlatan leaders tell them.

Groupthinkers prefer group acceptance over the truth.

MSNBC and other MSM outlets are groupthink leftist mindguard organizations devoted to preventing leftist followers from reassessing their assumptions upon which are built their collective entrenched ignorance.

With apologies to Irving Janis, here is their template cast as commandments:

I Thou shalt create an illusion of invulnerability shared by most members to foster excessive optimism and encourage extreme risks taking

II Thou shall not allow any member to question the group’s inherent morality, instead members shall be encouraged to ignore the ethical or moral consequences of their decisions

III Thou shalt promote collective efforts to rationalize in order to discount warnings, or other information that might lead members to reconsider their assumptions before they recommit themselves to their assumptions

IV Thou shalt reinforce stereotyped views of enemy leaders as too evil to warrant genuine attempts to negotiate, or as too weak and stupid to counter whatever risky attempts are made to defeat their purpose

V Thou shalt self-censor any deviation from the apparent group consensus, inclining each member to minimize the importance of their doubts and counterarguments

VI Thou shalt create and maintain a shared illusion of unanimity concerning judgement conforming to the majority view

VII Thou shalt apply direct pressure on any member who expresses strong arguments against any of the group’s stereotypes, illusions, or commitments, making clear that this type of dissent is contrary to what is expected of all loyal members

VIII Thou shalt appoint mindguards to protect the group from adverse information that might shatter their shared complacency about the effectiveness and morality of their decisions

Regards,
Eddie01


24 posted on 01/01/2011 4:27:21 PM PST by Eddie01
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To: Justaham

I was going to say you left off the barf alert tag but then see you started out with “MSNBC” - a barf alert would have been redundant.


25 posted on 01/01/2011 4:28:10 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: Justaham

“MSNBC: The Bible is by far the bestselling book of all
time Because it is So Hated”


26 posted on 01/01/2011 4:29:53 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: Will88

My thinking exactly. I do not believe I’ve ever purchased a book by an author I disliked.


27 posted on 01/01/2011 4:32:44 PM PST by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: Justaham
Well, obviously we can't say for sure because we don't know why those two million people have bought it. But, there are, I’ve speculated a couple reasons.

Well, at least he admits he hasn't asked them why they bought it, but I'm sure if he did, he'd only keep the negative comments. But it still begs the question: if he didn't try to find out why people bought the book, why is he on a TV show speculating as to the reason why? Is he an "expert"? Is he on just to spout the liberal line and make it into news?

28 posted on 01/01/2011 4:37:54 PM PST by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: Justaham
...we don't know why those two million people have bought it.

Try asking, Alex. You're supposed to be a journalist.

29 posted on 01/01/2011 4:39:05 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: castlegreyskull

“I have a sneaking suspicion he did not write it. However, for argument’s sake, lets say he did.”
______________________________________

Bill Ayers has already admitted to haveing written it.


30 posted on 01/01/2011 4:39:20 PM PST by AlexW
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To: Justaham
Bill Clinton’s presidential memoir...

Interns, secretaries, and the "fun" he had with them... hee-yuck!

George Bush's presidential memoir...

Serious matters ranging from 9/11 to Iraq and Afghanistan decisions.

Which one wold anyone not on drugs, or forced to while in Gitmo (torture), read? Did Bill Clinton include phone numbers, email addresses, and ratings (1 through 4 stars) of the women?

31 posted on 01/01/2011 4:40:59 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird
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To: Justaham
"But, there are, I’ve speculated a couple reasons."

1) MSNBC employees bought all of them for their nut-job leftist friends as Winter holiday presents?

32 posted on 01/01/2011 4:44:24 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird
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To: AlexW

Either way, I still purposely bought a book from an author that I hate. Although my motives are atypical of those of a normal reader, when purchasing a book.

I did buy and read Bush’ “Decision Points”, which was far better written, enjoyable and more sincere than that of “Dreams”.


33 posted on 01/01/2011 4:47:12 PM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: Justaham; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...

I saw the video on Breitbart, and after actually hearing the explanation (the title had me howling with laughter), I could see where some Bush-haters, out of a certain morbid fascination, would buy the book to see how he explains himself.

PING!


34 posted on 01/01/2011 4:48:18 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (up)
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To: Justaham

Yes, that makes complete sense!

They HATE him soooo passionately that they are willing to spend 20-30 dollars of their own hard earned money to stick it to him!

That makes total sense -— to a complete Moron.

There you go W, take my money because you are such an evil person I just need to send in to you!!

That’ll show ‘em!


35 posted on 01/01/2011 4:50:26 PM PST by R0CK3T
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To: Fishtalk
I don't really trust that 22% figure for Bush--a lot of people were unhappy with how he was handling things toward the end, but that doesn't mean that all but 22% of the people hated him.

Bush got over 62 million votes in the 2004 election. 2 million copies of his book being purchased means 1 in 30 of those who voted for him (at least once--many of those people also voted for him in 2000) bought the book (assuming no one bought it who was under 18 in 2004, or not a US citizen, or voted for someone else in 2004, or didn't bother to vote).

36 posted on 01/01/2011 5:03:19 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: JohnBrowdie

Yeah, the media painted G.Bush as stupid and dumb as dirt. We had all the information on him, his grades, all of it. We have NUTHIN’ about Obama. No grades, no IQ, nuthin’. Just Katie Couric’s and Tom Brokeoff’s word that Obama is a GENIUS! - (and, of course, so are they, just take their word for it).
Why you reckon that is?

They paint Governor Palin that way, too. As stupid. Up is down. Down is up. Black is white, White is black.


37 posted on 01/01/2011 5:22:13 PM PST by Twinkie (Awake and strengthen that which remains . . . . . . . . Revelation 3)
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To: Justaham; All
The myth that George W. Bush was hated by normal Americans was parroted by the sub-normal American media, and all the sub-normal Americans believed it, even if they didn't personally hate George W. Bush.

Bill Clinton's book didn't sell because everyone, and I mean *everyone* from the anarcho-capitalists to the moonbat Marxists knows that Bill Clinton is a professional liar, and his book would contain nothing of consequence, because it would be full of self-serving lies.

The "Bush Lied" meme was a projectionist attack on GWB from the Left, who worship Satan with lying as a sacrament.

There is no attempt at a "Clinton told the truth" meme, because even Hell knows there isn't anyone stupid enough to believe it.

Hence the book sales differential.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

38 posted on 01/01/2011 5:22:19 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: Justaham

Loons all of them. Liberals do not think rationally. It sometimes makes me wonder. Where that many babies dropped on their heads by their mommies?


39 posted on 01/01/2011 5:29:33 PM PST by crazydad
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To: Justaham
Garsh, this means President Bush could probably double sales of his book by simply announcing that he eats kitten sandwiches three times a week.
40 posted on 01/01/2011 5:32:22 PM PST by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground - the Hogwarts of Stupid.)
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To: Justaham

I run right out to patronize writers that I despise all the time.. .</sarc >


41 posted on 01/01/2011 6:30:00 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: All

I wish I was hated like Bush 43 so I can make $$$ selling my bio.


42 posted on 01/01/2011 6:33:27 PM PST by ak267
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To: Justaham

That’s ok. Let the jealous Leftists say what they will. GWB is having the last laugh. #1 nonfiction book in the nation for 7 consecutive weeks and counting. Over 2 million sold in just two months, and sailing along toward at least 2.5 million sold in its first printing. Who knows how many copies will be sold by six years from now.


43 posted on 01/01/2011 6:40:56 PM PST by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Justaham

Contrary to media opinion, more Bush supporters are literate than Clinton supporters.


44 posted on 01/01/2011 6:44:55 PM PST by lonestar
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To: Justaham

Let’s see... I loathed Clinton, but I didn’t rush out to buy his book. hmmmmm


45 posted on 01/01/2011 10:41:02 PM PST by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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