June 30, 2005
Despite an intensive news blackout, “The Truth About Hillary” will debut on the NY Times best seller list at number 2. Gee, it looks like the 'John Kerry ignore the Swift Boat Vets' tactic isn't working:
NewsMax.com: Despite a near total embargo by TV networks against his book, Edward Klein's sensational new biography of Hillary Clinton will hit the #2 spot on the New York Times best-seller list
The Times' non-fiction list, which will debut July 10, indicates the book – "The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President" – has generated an avalanche of interest.
The book was released just last week and has already created a storm of controversy throughout the liberal media world.
In an unusual move, Sen. Clinton's staff immediately and publicly condemned the book. Quietly, they also have been contacting television programs to keep Klein off major shows.
So far, the TV censorship effort has worked, with major networks such as Fox, MSNBC, NBC and others canceling scheduled appearances with Klein.
But Sen. Clinton's efforts to stop the book – perhaps the most revealing account of her public and private life ever written – has backfired, if book sales are any indication.
The book has also drawn strong controversy among conservatives. Some, like Washington Times editorial editor Tony Blankley, have strongly endorsed the book, calling it "required reading." Others, such as Peggy Noonan, have panned the book.
But the book's success despite the media blackout is probably due to NewsMax.com's intense coverage of Klein's book and the censorship effort against it. The New York Times, The Associated Press and liberal groups close to the Clinton have credited NewsMax's key role in the book's notoriety and its sales success.
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