Got this last week from Publisher’s Marketplace. It’s fun. Especially the Twittler Team’s response–last sentence. And here I am thinking lying and plagiarism and insanity and a few other things are “the real issues facing this country.”
So, hey, I know what hashtags are but don’t know how to start one off on its merry rounds.
Don’t you think #TheyAreAllLiars should be a hashtag?
In the wake of CNN’s article showing that Monica Crowley’s 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened copied material from numerous sources, HarperCollins was “looking into the matter” and announced on Tuesday to the NYT. “The book, which has reached the end of its natural sales cycle, will no longer be offered for purchase until such time as the author has the opportunity to source and revise the material,” Harper said in a statement. (Published by their Broadside Books imprint, the print version has sold only a handful of copies over the last three years at outlets tracked by Nielsen Bookscan.)
Crowley was nominated to serve as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council. Initially, a Trump team statement had asserted that “any attempt to discredit Monica is nothing more than a politically motivated attack that seeks to distract from the real issues facing this country.”
P.S. We all remember that HarperCollins is owned by Rupert Murdoch who, post Bannon and Breitbart, actually almost seems like an actual media mogul these days. Almost.
P.P.S. I’m thinking, you know, it may not be such a bad thing that The Twittler is appointing and nominating people with a history of serial lying to important positions–especially, as with Crowley, in communications. From now on we can just hear or read what they say without needing to analyze or fact-check it. We’ll know it’s a lie as soon as they open their mouths. As David Remnick wrote of Trump during the campaign, “The mouth moves and the lies pour forth.”