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  • Barnes & Noble Claim They Can't Keep Up With Swiftie Demand

       August 23, 2004

    Barnes & Noble is selling out of "Unfit for Command", but they claim it's not their fault. The chain says they're being bombarded by both the left and the right with "thousands of complaints."

    That's interesting. I can understand complaining that they don't have the book in stock. But complaining that they're carrying it? Why, it almost sounds like some lefties are (gasp!) trying to suppress someone's freedom of speech. Well I never.

    What's even more interesting is that almost no one is out there trying to actually prove the Swift Boat Veterans wrong. This is in stark contrast to the reaction to F 9/11, which spawned countless webpages devoted to refuting Michael Moore point by point. Perhaps, and now, this is just a guess, it's because what the Swift Veterans claim is true.

    And, this is the part of the story that's the most interesting of all. Some Republicans are accusing B&N of purposedly not stocking enough books. B&N counters by claiming that the book's publisher cut their order in half.

    Why would Regnery cut the Barnes & Noble order? They had to realize they had a monster hit on their hand. Even if their initial run wasn't that much, you'd think they'd make damn sure that B&N and Amazon were stocked to the gills, even at the expense of other booksellers. Wouldn't they?

    The other explanation is that Barnes & Noble really is trying to hide the book. One book means nothing to them (although it means the world to Regnery). B&N's spokesperson says that the chain has no political agenda. Is that true? Well, Wednesday a group of 200 business leaders endorsed Kerry for President. Guess who was on that list? None other than Leonard Riggio, founder and chairman of Barnes & Noble.

    Now, take a look at the article linked at the top of this post. Do you think they mention this fact? If you even had to think about it you haven't been paying attention.


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