Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Killer Of A President

Former prosecutor and best-selling author Vincent Bugliosi, who obtained convictions for the Manson Family and wrote Helter Skelter, has a new book out that you might not have heard about, especially if you rely on the corporate media for your news and information. It seems that Mr. Bugliosi's book, "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder," well, accuses George W. Bush of being directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and countless Iraqi citizens thanks to his criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003. That sort of blunt talk just doesn't sit well with the powers that be. Bugliosi's publishers have approached numerous radio and television shows about having the author appear to discuss his new work, and so far not one has been interested.

Mr. Bugliosi said bookers for cable television, where he has made regular appearances to promote books, have ignored his latest offering. MSNBC and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” were two outlets Mr. Bugliosi had thought would show interest, but neither did.

“They are not responding at all,” he said. “I think it all goes back to fear. If the liberal media would put me on national television, I think they’d fear that they would be savaged by the right wing. The left wing fears the right, but the right does not fear the left.”

A spokeswoman for Comedy Central said the staff of “The Daily Show” was on vacation and unavailable for comment. A representative for MSNBC said: “We get many pitches to interview authors and very few end up on our programs.”

The editor of Newsweek, Jon Meacham, said he had not read the manuscript, but he offered a reason why the media might be silent: “I think there’s a kind of Bush-bashing fatigue out there.”

Still, all is not lost. Bugliosi and his publishers must be doing something right, as the book is currently at No. 14 on the New York Times best-seller list. Who knows where it would be with just a little mainstream publicity?

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