Thursday, April 07, 2005

The Limbaugh Code

Men in Black
Just how does it happen that a book like this, Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America (Unabridged), written by a conservative lawyer, given a review like this, The Limbaugh Code - The New York Times best seller no one is talking about, by Dahlia Lithwick, get to Number 6 on the New York Times Best Seller List? At Right Books, Wrong Time, we learn that New York publishers discovered conservatives—just a little too late. Who knew those Red state wing-nuts read books?
Dahlia Lithwick in Slate wrote: "If a book lands on the best-seller list and nobody hears it, did it really happen? Mark R. Levin's Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America was ranked eighth on the New York Times list this week; it's been on that list for six weeks now, and seems to be leaping off the bookshelves, despite the fact that it concerns constitutional law and the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet it has been reviewed virtually no place and written up by almost no one. True, Charles Lane did a piece about it in the Washington Post a few days ago; he noted that absolutely nobody who writes, talks, or thinks about the high court has even read it. It's selling, it seems, almost entirely due to endorsements by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Fox News. Men in Black was published by Regnery Publishing—the outfit that brought us Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry last summer.

Jeff Rosen probably had to swallow hard—twice—before even referencing Men in Black in his op-ed on judge-bashing last weekend. But ignoring this book won't keep it from tearing up the best-seller list; and it's unwise to write off everyone who reads it as a Swift Boat lunatic."
David Limbaugh has a posted a response to Dahlia Lithwick's hatchet job: A Flurry of Cheap Shots

Mark Levin Fan also has Mark's response and also audio of Mark describing his book, the New York Times bestseller that "nobody" has read or heard of, Men In Black.

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