Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The downside to wingnut welfare

In the NYT today, we learn that authors of such best-selling, uh, favorites as Unfit for Command: Swiftboat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry and Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America’s National Security are suing their publishers for practically giving away the books so as to drive up sales figures (and inflate the sense of national interest in the books). From the article:
“They’ve structured their business essentially as a scam and are defrauding their writers,” Mr. Miniter said in an interview, “causing a tremendous rift inside the conservative community.”
So the next time you're tempted to lose faith in humanity when you see a stand of Ann Coulter books in the bestseller display, remember that the author is likely getting screwed. These books are simply a very expensive version of the whisper campaign, and it's really a loser for everyone. At least telling 16 of your closest friends that John McCain fathered an illegitemate mixed-race child isn't killing trees.
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