Whether you agree with it or not, “The Manchurian President” is big news. At #1 on the Amazon non fiction best seller list and #4 on the general best seller list, the people have spoken. The book has become a legitimate story.
Maria Sliwa, publicist for the book by Aaron Klein of World Net Daily fame was stunned at the outpouring of hatred she got from prominent reporters in replies to her announcement and accompanying offer of an advance copy of “The Manchurian President, Barack Obama’s Ties To Communists, Socialists and Other Anti American Extremists”. The book has triggered an unprecedentedly partisan response from reporters who are supposed to maintain a guise of neutrality.
What kind of response did Maria Sliwa get that stunned her so ? Consider the following.
Ridiculous crap,” retorted John Oswald, news editor for the New York Daily News.
“Never, ever contact me again,” wrote Time Magazine senior writer Jeffrey Kluger.
Newsweek deputy editor Rana Foroohar quipped,”This is sensational rubbish that is of no interest to any legitimate publication.”
“Absolute crap,” replied Evelyn Leopold, a Huffington Post contributor who served for 17 years as U.N. bureau chief for Reuters until recently.
Nancy Gibbs, editor-at-large for Newsweek, fired, “Remove me from your list.”
David Knowles, AOL’s political writer, responded, “seriously, get a life.”
Ben Wyskida, publicity director for The Nation, claimed Klein’s book is “so offensive” and “so far afield.”
The above responses were letters refusing a review copy. They were not responses from reporters who had read or received the book, which bills itself as listing more than 800 references to President Obama’s radical associations and influences.
If the reporters who told a publisher to “never contact them” thought that the “Manchurian President” was dangerously misleading or false, they could have given it a bad review. They could have cited instances in which allegations of Obama’s radicalism were false, misleading or taken out of a context.They could have attempted to prove that the quotations cited by Klein are benign in a larger context. Instead, they reacted in a partisan manner, using their positions as gatekeepers of public discourse to shape the news rather than to report it.
“The Manchurian President” seeks to alert the American people to what it sees as Obama’s stealth radicalism. In attempting to spike a legitimate news story of a non fiction best seller, the reporters who replied with such sophomoric hatred to Maria Sliwa have created yet another story. The reporters who were bravely quoted by Maria Sliwa have alerted the public to a powerful and overt bias that is conduct unbecoming for a journalist. We should all be concerned about this journalistic abdication of duty. Because it affects us all.
Funny how Obama's supporters never point out the "lies" and present evidence to prove their case. They just start namecalling.
When the libbies and commies are squealing before they have even bothered to read the book, Klein has done his job, which is why I stopped reading liberal rags such as TIME and Newsweek years ago. Huffington Post is not even good enough to line my cat box with. Good job, Klein. You are one of a dying breed of investigative reporters left out there.
You can always tell how accurate a book is by how much the lib piggies squeal. SIEUeeeeeyyyyy progressive pukes! Oblunder is busted as a bleating, blaming, blathering, blowhard Soros buttlicker.
Hi - In response to Gate Keeper, thank you! I'm Ben Wyskida, one of the people named in the article. I did tell the publicists that her pitches were far afield but the quote above is out of context and not accurate. WND of course gives no way to make corrections or comments. I've even read the book! As one of the "prominent reporters" (I'm not even a reporter) named in the piece, I can say flatly that its inaccurate.
Shouldn't you do your own reporting before posting those names and comments. Did you check to see if they actually said what Maria Sliwa said they did? And in what context. What were they saying was crap? Do you care about the facts? Clearly not. Clearly you are a lemming, following every order from Beck, WND, Fox, and Hannity....
This book is pretty much b.s. The journalists were reacting to the her pitch, which said that the President was a stealth muslim -- and not a natural born citizen. Both lies. And that's a fact.
I do not feel there is any question what so ever that obama is a stealth muslim terriorist trying to to jihad our country from within. Just look at his economic policies and how he plans to tax and destroy us to the point we suffer so badly financially, he destroys all the middle class and much of the upper class. "how much money do you need", was that not the comment he made recently. How many people have ever been hired by a poor person? I never have !
GateKeeper, recently a state worker that is in charge of official documents for the State of Hawaii came out and said there is not and never was an official birth certificate for Obama.
Typical right wing pandering with no points. Taxes are down on the middle class, down on the poor. During his "how much money do you need" was a statement taken out of context by surprise surprise Fox News, he was talking about his own earning and went on to stay, but if you are making a good product in the U.S.A. you can make as much as you want, which can be seen as an attempt to get American's to make good American products again. I suppose though that you are probably a birther as well.
Sorry to inform you, but the Rich don't pay the taxes. The consumers pay the taxes. The Rich are rich because the middle class and the poor, give them money. They don't print their own money. Hence, any tax on the Rich is immediately transferred to the consumers (middle and lower classes) with higher prices and/or lowering costs (firing people, lowering quality or service, etc...). The poor pay taxes with lack of opportunity to buy things they possibly could with lower taxes, or simply making it next to impossible to get a job. Look at prices of the stuff you normally buy are they down or are they up? Is there more employment?