Via the Daily Caller, you would think an eyewitness account of the disappearance of the last American POW in Afghanistan would be easy money for a publisher.
But sometimes there are higher considerations.
While the U.S. Army weighs whether to bring charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed earlier this year after spending nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, six of his former platoon mates are shopping proposals for a book and movie that would render their own harsh verdicts…
“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’”
Why did she write that knowing that it might leak and force Atria to explain precisely how damaging to Barack Obama a book can be before it’s unfit for publication? That’s something you’d say inside an office at Simon & Schuster while sticking pins in a Ted Cruz doll, not something you’d put down in print and then hand over to someone whose book you’re rejecting.
Here’s the “about” page for Atria Books, by the way, which begins by emphasizing the vision of its publisher. Any guesses as to which presidential candidate she favored in the last two elections? Do a [Judith Curr]....search at Open Secrets if you can’t stand the suspense...