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Posted on 08/24/2004 7:07:25 PM PDT by Maigrey
Bookstores: Conservatives to the back of the Store
Editorial by the Gonzo News Service
24 August 2004
There is an AP wire report out today remarking on the ire of book consumers, who were outraged that the one book that has turned the political horizon afire is currently out of stock at some of the largest booksellers. The book, Unfit for Command has been a literary firestorm for the last two weeks, eager in anticipation by conservatives eager to read the documentation about Democratic candidate John Kerry, and political moderates who are curious at the media attention.
The first publishing run for Unfit for Command was 40,000 copies. This has proven to be insufficient, since their seventh publishing run, which is for this week, will be 550,000 copies. And there seems to be a large demand for the book. Customers across the nation are resorting to ordering online, and directly from the publisher to obtain the book. Customers, who do not wish to do such, are putting their names on request/order lists, in the hope of getting the book in the next couple of weeks. Bookstores are hard-pressed to keep customers happy when the book is sold out. What makes this a high-demand book? What could this book contain, information-wise, that would make it into such a number one best seller with minimal advertising, marketing, and media time for the author?
The focus of the book is the four months time that Sen. Kerry served in Vietnam, along with his actions, reports, and citations. In the book, there are questions being posed about the nature of his injuries some of which might be self-inflicted, or injuries sustained by carelessness and some award citations issued from fraudulent after-action reports. There are also comments by some of the people who served in the same unit as Kerry, and their reactions to him as a naval officer, and as a future politician.
Sen. Kerry has, through his campaign spokesman Chad Clanton, that the book is full of lies, and that the publisher should refrain from further publishing the book. According to a published article in the 19th August 2004 edition of Salon.com, "No publisher should want to be selling books with proven falsehoods in them, especially falsehoods that are meant to smear the military service of an American veteran." Regenry spokesman have said publicly that they would continue to publish the book, but, in fairness, would be willing to reissue the 1971 book, The New American which was written by Kerry and his fellow members of the Vietnam Veterans Against War.
But what if, just if, you went to the bookstore, looking for the book, and the employee behind the counter told you that it hasnt been released yet, because it was being revised for slander? How about telling customers that the book wasnt being released until October? Or placing the book in a non-prominent location within the stores location, say in a back corner of the store? This seems to have been the case at some bookstores.
From Nashville, TN to central New Jersey to San Diego, bookstore employees have told customers that the book was not being released for a time, due to revising the book due to slander contained within the book. A bookstore in Pennsylvania was hiding their case of books in the bargain section, and when pressed to explain why the #1 book was not up front with the Bill Clinton book, their response was that they did not want to spark and political controversy. Even in my hometown, a large bookseller had the books stacked at the information kiosk, and had them hidden in plain sight by turning the display book backwards.
Or how about a cashier at a California bookstore who was upset because the book supply was purchased by a customer, before he could obtain them, and incinerate them.
What could be so damaging about this one little book, that it would spark such controversy with the consumers the American Public? Could it be that the one platform that Kerry was running on his four months of Vietnam service has some holes in the plank, and others who disagree with him personally as opposed to him politically, are trying to cut the rest of the boards from under his feet. Could it be since the mainstream media outlets are not investigating that the curious public is interested in Kerry as a person, and wants to know who he is, and what his character is. As the line from the movie Pulp Fiction says, Just because you are a character doesn't mean that you have character. The public wants to know if Sen. Kerry has character, or is just a character.
However, what I have been waiting to hear from the Kerry campaign is how is this book falsehood? What can one little book do to damage a presidential campaign? What parts of the book are incorrect? If the book is so wrong, why wont Sen. Kerry release more documents like the incumbent to dispel these allegations? This happened to the President about his Texas Air National Guard service. The press hounded him about his time of service in the TANG as well as his service time in Alabama. As a result, he released his service file, which contained 300 pages of information.
Why hasnt Kerry put a stop to all of the sniping and muckraking? Surely he doesnt enjoy being the focus of so much negative publicity, unless is official records (which do include the sanitized ones currently available) are more damaging politically?
Could it be that, just maybe, 200 plus veterans, are right about their opinion that Sen. Kerry is Unfit for Command?
The second that Kerry files a lawsuit and a judge accepts, then all of Kerry's records - including his military records - are open season during the discovery phase of the lawsuit.
Kerry wants to harrass others to refrain from selling the book, but doesn't want to sue O'Neill because of having his records ripped to shreds. He's got plenty to hide, and is trying his d***est to hide it while also silencing the critics.
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