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When Bias Leads to Stupidity

Just a quick hit on this one. Everyone knows the Bowe Bergdahl story is a chaotic one, but when one of the Big 5 publishers elects to pass up a potential of millions of dollars in gross revenue to protect a lame duck president, it’s not an honorable, principled response.

It’s just stupid.

“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 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, director of publicity, at Atria.)

Look for Amazon to step in and buy the rights, and watch our for more letters and self-serving New York Times ads from the likes of Preston, Patterson, and King.

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