Damn You Cindy Adams…

How could she go and get me all excited about the sheer audacity of this bit of gossip:

PUBLIC AFFAIRS is publishing the pa perback original “Election 2004: How Kerry Won and What You Can Expect in the Future.” They’re calling it “A behind-the-scenes look at the Kerry-Edwards presidential victory.” Authors are four of Newsweek’s top political reporters. Commissioned over a year ago, it has already been sold abroad. Even audio rights have already been sold. Whether there’s a title change on Nov. 3, this I don’t know.

When it turns out to be only half right…

Election 2004 How [kerry/bush] Won And What You Can Expect In The Future

A full year before the presidential election, four Newsweek reporters are detached from the magazine to work fulltime on getting inside the campaigns of the Republican and Democratic candidates. Because Newsweek promises not to reveal any information until after the votes are cast, the reporters receive highly unusual access.The New York Post needs to take her out behind the barn and “Old Yeller” her…

Update: Bill at INDC Journal wrote the post I had that I was thinking of writing, then had to retract.

Update 2: Glenn Reynolds points to the Amazon listing for the book that mentions Evan Thomas (who even the books publishers don’t list). The strange thing is that the Amazon listing was not showing up in searches at Amazon this morning. Here are the two sentences that are different than the publishers site.

An extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the 2004 Kerry presidential victory reported by Newsweek’s premier political reporters, including bestselling biographer Evan Thomas.

Evan Thomas has been the writer for this project for the last three elections, and each time, he has brilliantly woven together an award-winning narrative of the campaign, based on the reporting of the Newsweek team.Maybe Bill was on to something, maybe it’s just sloppy copy editing…

So what’s the real story – incompetence or conspiracy?

Update 4: I hadn’t bothered looking at the How To Order link at the publisher site. There’s the offending text.

An extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the 2004 Kerry presidential victory reported by Newsweek’s premier political reporters, including bestselling biographer Evan Thomas. …

Oddly the book details link leads back to the description that has no mention of Thomas or the a Kerry victory.

Update5: The LLama Butchers had photos of the dual book covers (from the promotional material) a few weeks ago. Of course this just proves that Cindy Adams is a talentless hack, just like Evan Thomas…

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