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Re: Forged Documents

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 14:59:09 -0500
Archived: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 11:13:25 -0400
Subject: Re: Forged Documents

>From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 11:18:42 EDT
>Subject: Re: Forged Documents

>>From: James Horak <jchorak7441.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 16:25:06 -0700 (PDT)
>>Subject: Forged Documents [was: 'American Spy Satellite Downed In Peru'?]

>>>From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993.nul>
>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 13:49:49 EDT
>>>Subject: Re: 'American Spy Satellite Downed In Peru'?

>>And you're going to tell me a publishing house has no stake in
>>the veracity of what they publish?

>In other words, the political agendas of publishers sometimes
>get in the way of the truth. They don't vet the books, and in
>this case, didn't care if the information was true or not as
>long as it fit into their political views. They had no stake in
>the veracity of what they published as long as it was what they
>wanted to believe.

That's an excellent description of Regnery, which caters to
rightwing nuts and has released a lot of crazy books which serve
political ideology, albeit not history. (Media critic Eric
Alterman remarks, "Regnery's big sellers for the past decade
have focused on fantastical accusations and near-science-
fiction-level plots involving Bill Clinton and a host of his
allegedly murderous associates.") More mainstream publishers,
however, generally try to validate controversial claims when
they concern political matters, current events, or history
likely to draw attention and scrutiny in mainstream media.

Mainstream publishers' carelessness and cynicism manifest most
strikingly in their handling of books on fringe subjects, to
which (for example) the New York Times Book Review seldom gives
space, and then only to ridicule or otherwise reject. The
publishers rightly judge that consumers of fringe books are
generally not readers of the NYT Book Review anyway.

Mark Lane, whom Kevin mentions in something I've snipped, is
notorious not for his writing about Vietnam atrocities committed
by American troops (whose occurrence no serious person disputes;
My Lai, anyone?) but for his Rush to Judgment, which gave birth
to the JFK-conspiracy industry and which has been repeatedly
debunked for its many inaccuracies, distortions, and inventions.
Today, as a consequence, more Americans believe in a JFK
conspiracy than in evolution. Which may help explain what
America has come to in 2007.

Jerry Clark

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