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An Irritated World Net Daily Denounces Terrible Reviews

By Larry Keller on May 10, 2010 - 11:01 am, Posted in Media Extremism

For an organization that loathes the mainstream media, World Net Daily sure craves their acceptance. The book publishing division of the far-right, Obama-obsessed organization released a new title about the president last week and it’s furious about the contempt with which major news organizations have greeted it. So much so that WND sent out two E-mail alerts last week to complain bitterly about the hostility. And, in a novel marketing ploy, the publisher urges people to buy the book as a means of defying the same traditional media whose approval it covets.

The book — The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott — was among Amazon.com’s top 10 sellers last week; it had fallen to 16th as of this morning. It claims to have uncovered “copious new details” about Obama’s ties to one-time Weather Underground co-founder William Ayers and to a “radical, far-left church” during his childhood, as well as his supposed associations with the Nation of Islam and black political extremists. There also are claims linking Obama senior advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod to communist activists.

“The book seeks to expose an extremist coalition of communists, socialists and other radicals working both inside and outside the administration to draft and advance current White House policy goals,” says a WND press release.

This is standard fare at WND, which continues to obsess over Obama’s birthplace, even though there is no credible evidence he was born anywhere but Hawaii, making him a U.S. citizen.

Klein’s publicist was greeted, not with mere indifference, but downright hostility after she sent press releases pitching The Manchurian President to her list of media contacts. She couldn’t even give the book to some of them. Here were some responses she received, according to WND:

• “Ridiculous crap” — a New York Daily News editor

• “Absolute crap” — a Huffington Post editor

• “Never, ever contact me again” — a Time magazine writer

• “Sensational rubbish” — a Newsweek editor

• “Seriously, get a life” — an AOL writer

Some might see these responses as merely reflecting a lack of interest in searching for dubious links floated by often anonymous sources to draw predictable conclusions. WND, however, sees it as proof of that the media is protecting an undeserving president. The Web-based publisher breezily dismisses the mainstream news organizations as “the dying, dinosaur media” who are “not even interested in a good story! That’s why it’s important for you to crush the gatekeepers, stomp on them, destroy their temples, burn their groves, smash their false idols. You can do that by doing the opposite of what they want you to do. In this case, they don’t want you to know about Manchurian President, apparently because it dethrones one of their political icons. So be sure to read it.”

And then, WND helpfully displays a link and a telephone number to order the book and “poke them right in the eye by being aware of their efforts to control you and what you know” — and, of course, to help WND’s bottom line.

  • Steaming Pile

    Can you imagine what WND would be up to had Hillary Clinton been elected President? Entire forests would have had to be cleared to print all the anti-Clinton Dynasty stuff from WND, Regenry, etc.

  • beholder

    Mason Green,

    Wow. I stopped reading WND even as a curiosity a few years back, about the time that Bill O’Reilly pulled his column from there and they started going from drudge-style muckraking (which I have no problem with, in theory) to flat out lunatic fringe. There was a time when they may have had some intellectual value, if for no other reason than to keep the mainstream media honest. No more.

    Vox Day has always struck me as a really tormented individual who has a secret admiration for Nazism. Now I guess it’s not so secret.

    Nice call by the way — a worthy update.

  • Mason Green

    One of WND’s longtime contributors (“Vox Day”) has just come out of the closet as an open white nationalist, and has begun to advocate ethnic cleansing.

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201005110061

  • http://theblogthatam.yolasite.com/blog.php IludiumPhosdex

    Quoth “skinnyminny:”


    In fact, if we were able to choose which channels we wanted on cable, Fox wouldn’t be one I’d want in my cable package.

    So what exactly prevents us from making our feelings known in this respect to the cable TV companies (which we, as “morally superior” Americans, have the right to do), with advice to replace Fox News with something more cosmopolitan (as well as “fair and balanced”) such as BBC World News, France 24 or Deutsche Welle?

    On the other hand, in the interim, you can ask your cable company to put a block on the Fox News signal for your account.

  • skinnyminny

    And there you have it! Some people tend to think that everybody must believe everything that is said. As for me, I wouldn’t buy this book, nor would I waste my time checking it out at the local library. I am so tired of these people bashing the POTUS on every angle. They feel that this would grant them votes, to the point of trying the stunt of running black Republicans – well guess what, they have forever lost me, I will never, ever, ever return to the republican party again. I have no interest in buying their products like books, I have no interest in viewing their television ‘news’ broadcasts. In fact, if we were able to choose which channels we wanted on cable, Fox wouldn’t be one I’d want in my cable package.

  • Gregory

    There is a reason that the WND is called the World Nut Daily.

  • Tezuka fan

    “Some might see these responses as merely reflecting a lack of interest in searching for dubious links floated by often anonymous sources to draw predictable conclusions. WND, however, sees it as proof of that the media is protecting an undeserving president.”

    Sounds familiar (replace the “an undeserving president” part with anything else “controversial”)…