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Ever Wonder ...


... how complete assholes like Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly consistently make it onto the New York Times bestseller list, when (if you've ever read those tomes) their writing is such a mass of incendiary garbage?

 Well, wonder no more!

"Five authors have sued the parent company of Regnery Publishing, a Washington imprint of conservative books, charging that the company deprives its writers of royalties by selling their books at a steep discount to book clubs and other organizations owned by the same parent company," reports an article by Motoko Rich in Wednesday's Washington Post.

"In a suit filed in United States District Court in Washington yesterday, the authors Jerome R. Corsi, Bill Gertz, Lt. Col. Robert (Buzz) Patterson, Joel Mowbray and Richard Miniter state that Eagle Publishing, which owns Regnery, 'orchestrates and participates in a fraudulent, deceptively concealed and self-dealing scheme to divert book sales away from retail outlets and to wholly owned subsidiary organizations within the Eagle conglomerate... In the lawsuit the authors say that Eagle sells or gives away copies of their books to book clubs, newsletters and other organizations owned by Eagle 'to avoid or substantially reduce royalty payments to authors.'"

But the point is, besides gypping these authors out of their royalties — which, considering that some of their books include "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry", "Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America’s National Security” and "Shadow War: The Untold Story of How Bush Is Winning the War on Terror," I really can't bring myself to feel too sorry for these guys — the policy of selling these things a deep discounts through, for instance, the Conservative Book Club, or as a bonus for subscribing to the reactionary mags Human Events or NewsMax or The Weekly Standard, artificially inflates their sales figures to appear as if millions more people are reading these pieces of shit than have ever cracked their covers — and the NY Times, which receives these "sales" figures, duly notes them along with all the actual sales of non-conservative writers' works in actual bookstores or over the Internet from, say, Amazon.com, and ranks them, completely undeservedly, on their bestseller list.

Hopefully, this lawsuit will be a revelation for the Times and anybody else who puts credence in the idea that these idiots are actually being widely read by the American public. 







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