Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has rejected a book by soldiers who knew him about Obama’s favorite disserter Bowe Bergdahl. (Remember that Bergdahl is the one Obama gave up five high-level dangerous Taliban to retrieve.) The reason for the rejection of the book? To protect Obama.
Don’t take my word for it. Senior Editor Sarah Durand said so herself:
“I’m not sure we can publish this book without the Right using it to their ends,” Sarah Durand, a senior editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, wrote in an email to one of the soldiers’ agents.
“[T]he Conservatives are all over Bergdahl and using it against Obama,” Durand wrote, “and my concern is that this book will have to become a kind of ‘Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’” — a reference to the group behind a controversial book that raised questions about John Kerry’s Vietnam War record in the midst of his 2004 presidential campaign. (Durand did not respond to requests for comment. “We do not comment about our editorial process,” said Paul Olsewski, vice president and director of publicity at Atria.)
Lately, big publishing houses have been whining about how the internet, particularly Amazon, has been eroding their business. But after decades of dealing with Big Publishing as an author, after seeing some of the crap they do chose to publish, and after reading stories like this, my response to said complaints from the publishing houses is . . .