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Do you ever get irritated hearing Ann Coulter introduced as "New York Times #1 Bestselling Author. . ."? Especially if she's introduced by someone like Sean Hannity, who hates everything about the New York Times except their bestseller list? And Ann is not alone. It seems like just about everybody on FOX "News" has some sort of conservative screed to sell, from guests to hosts.
I've often wondered how it is possible that Ann Coulter keeps writing the same book over and over again (always pictured in the little black cocktail dress), and every time it hits #1. And every book by Bill O'Reilly or Hannity seems to hit #1 too. Have you ever tried to slog through one of those books? It can't be done. . .well, at least not by me. You'd think an answer this obvious would have hit me right off the bat. . .they cheated.
Horrors! Arch conservatives cheat to get what they want? Of course they do! In this case, a conservative writes a book dripping with froth about how liberals eat babies or something. Then conservative groups (sometimes arms of the conservative book publisher) buy up huge quantities of the books, and sell them at drastic discounts to conservative book clubs, and other conservative outlets. Hell, I might even buy Obama Nation for $1.
Obama Nation, by swift-boater Jerome Corsi, is the most recent #1 best seller in this scheme. The book has been ripped to shreds by fact checkers (not all of whom are liberals), but will continue to be hawked on FOX "News" as a #1 book, and that alone gives it its credibility. Just like the equally ridiculous Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg just a couple of months ago. It's one big cheaty, conservative scam circle, ain't it?
Some links for you:
- From the New York Times, a piece on conservative authors (Corsi included!) who sued a conservative publishing house for the practice of bulk selling, and cutting the authors out of profits. It's sort of a "biting the hand that feeds you" story. Conservative Authors Sue Publisher
- The Conservative Book Club, where you too can get scads of books at a reduced price! Um, suggestion: I was just kidding before about buying any of these books at any price. Just do like I do, and get them from the library.
- And finally, if you want a centralized site to get out your conservative message, here is a (to me, very creepy) site that gives you the links to everybody. Eagle List Company