This Girl's Voice
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
•• Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton: Record Breaking book sales on Day 1••
Monday: Fans wait in line for Sen. Clinton to sign copies of
"Living History" outside a Barnes & Noble bookstore in N.Y.C.
Back in 2000, when Hillary Clinton's book deal with Simon & Schuster was announced, Alfred Regnery, rightwing Publisher and President of the rightwing conservative movements' book publishing company Regnery Publishing Inc.., wrote in Regnery's sister company, Human Events magazine:
First, the Clinton advance is simply too large–the largest ever except for that received by Pope John Paul II for world rights to his memoirs, a book that was subsequently published worldwide, in countless languages. Clinton’s $8 million is far more than Simon & Schuster would ever have to pay her in royalties. Publishers calculate advances on the basis of how much in royalties the author may ultimately earn. Under a usual and customary royalty deal, an $8-million advance would require sales of over two million copies of the Clinton book. No political book, no memoir, no autobiography has ever, ever sold that many copies.
Today's headline in today's NY Times Business section reads:
"For Mrs. Clinton, One Day, 200,000 Copies"
The Washington Post reports that:
"Clinton's Memoir Sets Nonfiction Sales Record"
Over at CNN's International website, the headline in the Politics section reads:
"Clinton memoir breaks sales record"
Of course, the Rightwing Echo Chamber fronting as "news" outlets, are not about to Report the news and allow you to Decide;
The NewsMax store is selling the "Deck of Hillary" cards and is offering an "exlusive" should you wish to sign up and pay for a subscription to NewsMax, whereby they'll throw in the "Deck of Hillary" cards for free along with the "Deck of Weasels" and the Iraqi Most Wanted "Deck of Death Cards". Quel deal. Pun intended.
The best the rightwing newspaper outlets could muster about this news was through convenient omission of those inconvenient facts and by inverting the "good" news, by instead skewing the article starting off with this doomsday headline at WorldNetDaily, which read: "Hillary book doing poorly in the heartland" and over at the Reverend Moon-financed Washinton Times', the headline reads: "Veterans of Clinton wars pan, doubt Hillary's book".
Dream on Mr. Regnery; i'll bet daddy's rolling over in his grave.
It's only Day 2, Simon & Schuster have ordered 300,000 more books to be printed, and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is just at the beginning of a fully booked cross-country media blitz publicity campaign and book promo tour.
And we still have President William Jefferson Clinton's record breaking book sales to look forward to.
posted by voxpopgirl | 6/11/2003