I was reading Roger Kimball‘s blog today and came across this NYT article, Book on Obama Hopes to Repeat Anti-Kerry Feat, where it says that liberals are wailing that the conservative echo chamber gets more books sold than the liberal echo chamber:
Media Matters was created in part to answer a conservative “echo chamber” — one that liberal activists say they have still yet to match — that gives books like Mr. Corsi’s extra bounce.
“There’s just no doubt that in terms of longer-term infrastructure, there’s more out there on the right than there is on the left,” said Cliff Schecter, author of a liberal attack book on Mr. McCain, “The Real McCain,” which, with 35,000 copies in print, did not make the Times bestseller list.
Maybe having real jobs that pay well so you can afford the books, the ability to read, and spending your time reading books instead of whiiiiiining about “conservative echo chambers” are more effective in making a book a best-seller, and matter more than say… Media Matters?
But I digress.
Roger points out the NYT’s dilemma:
The Times was in a tough spot with this book. The paper’s usual procedure with books it dislikes is to ignore them. Someone must have made the calculation that it was better to try to head off Corsi’s book at the pass, to strangle it in the crib as it were. I think they will rue the decision. Most people who read the Times would probably have been only dimly aware of The Obama Nation had the Times not brought it to their attention. Now they have had it rubbed in their faces. The paper did its best to dismiss the book, but questions and doubts will linger–not so much about Jerome Corsi but about Barack Hussein Obama. Who is he? Who are his friends? What does he believe? Is he the sort of person the American public wants leading the country? Is he a “stealth radical liberal”?
It’s worth pointing out that the NYT has ignored books that contradict their long-held beliefs. For instance, Yale University professor Carlos Eire (who was my podcast guest last January), won the National Book Award for his masterpiece, Waiting for Snow in Havana. Eire’s testimony is a scathing indictment on the Cuban Revolution.
To this day, the NYT has not reviewed Eire’s book.
I bought the Corsi book just now and will be reading it. Here’s the Amazon link:
Searching for an answer to Roger’s question, is Obama a “stealth radical liberal”?, TigerHawk reposts Paul Budline’s video, Dig It: