Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Case for Murder Against Bush

[As an author of one of the seven impeachment books, I can relate to Bugliosi's frustration about the mainstream media's blackout of his book. In his case, because of his fame, mainstream cred, sterling publishing record and the market out there for his case against war criminal Bush, his book is nonetheless selling extremely well, despite the blackout.

This Times' article represents a chink in that wall of silence, although the article fails to mention - and thereby perpetuates - mainstream media's silence about impeachment. Bugliosi's point in the piece below about corporate media's fear of the right wing and not vice-versa is, of course, very true and a central element in today's political climate.

The right gets to do and say literally anything it wants and the "left" or better put, mainstream and quasi-left, feel that they need to tiptoe around and not incur the wrath of the right wing banshees. Yep, Ann Coulter, I'm thinking specifically of you.]

From the New York Times, 7/7/08:

Ex-Prosecutor’s Book Accuses Bush of Murder


As a Los Angeles county prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi batted a thousand in murder cases: 21 trials, 21 convictions, including the Charles Manson case in 1971.

As an author, Mr. Bugliosi has written three No. 1 best sellers and won three Edgar Allan Poe awards, the top honor for crime writers. More than 30 years ago he co-wrote the best seller “Helter Skelter,” about the Manson case.

So Mr. Bugliosi could be forgiven for perhaps thinking that a new book would generate considerable interest, among reviewers and on the broadcast talk-show circuit.

But if he thought that, he would have been mistaken: his latest, a polemic with the provocative title “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder,” has risen to best-seller status with nary a peep from the usual outlets that help sell books: cable television and book reviews in major daily newspapers.

Internet advertising has been abundant, but ABC Radio refused to accept an advertisement for the book during the Don Imus show, said Roger Cooper, the publisher of Vanguard Press, which put out the book.

ABC Radio did not respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Bugliosi, in a recent telephone interview from his home in Los Angeles, said he had expected some resistance from the mainstream media because of the subject matter — the book lays a legal case for holding President Bush “criminally responsible” for the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq — but not a virtual blackout.

His publisher and publicist said they had expected that Mr. Bugliosi’s credentials would ensure coverage — he is, after all, fairly mainstream. His last book, a 1,612-page volume on the Kennedy assassination, “Reclaiming History,” which was published last year, sought to debunk the conspiracy theorists. It is being made into a 10-hour miniseries by HBO and the actor Tom Hanks.

Mr. Bugliosi said bookers for cable television, where he has made regular appearances to promote books, have ignored his latest offering. MSNBC and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” were two outlets Mr. Bugliosi had thought would show interest, but neither did.

“They are not responding at all,” he said. “I think it all goes back to fear. If the liberal media would put me on national television, I think they’d fear that they would be savaged by the right wing. The left wing fears the right, but the right does not fear the left.”

A spokeswoman for Comedy Central said the staff of “The Daily Show” was on vacation and unavailable for comment. A representative for MSNBC said: “We get many pitches to interview authors and very few end up on our programs.”


On Mr. Bugliosi’s book, Mr. Cooper said, “I expected there would be people who would choose not to talk about it. But I thought some would.”

Mr. Bugliosi has had more than 100 radio interviews about the book, and Vanguard was behind an aggressive Internet campaign that included ads on liberal blogs. “It’s been frustrating on one hand but exhilarating on the other,” Mr. Cooper said. “Using the Internet has been an integral fact in the success of this book. I feel terrific about the sales of this book.”

For the rest of this story, see here.

1 comment:

Arthur84 said...

It is time to stop tip-toe-ing around the truth. I am tired of hearing any conservative bigot shout off his mouth like he knows what he is talking about, yet the left is worried if they barely let out a peep of scientifically proven data.
I am astonished at all the of these religious leaders pushing for creationism to be reinstituted back into our schools, yet they will not push for more funding, more textbooks, more updated textbooks, better qualified teachers, etc. Why, because they want us to go back to the stone age. They are afraid of a more aware populous, and they should be. If the people truly knew what has been happening in out government, in Iraq, Afghanistan, wiretapping, September 11, etc., there would be a total uproar and protest the likes that no one has ever seen before. It is time for the fleecing, and nick and diming of America to stop.