Mary Mapes Hits Bloggers and MSM in Upcoming Book
By E&P Staff
Published: October 07, 2005 2:15 PM ET

NEW YORK Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post might have a bigger scoop than he thought. In his online column this morning, as a final, almost throwaway item, he quoted from the first chapter of the forthcoming book by former CBS producer Mary Mapes that covers, among other things, her controversial experience with the Dan Rather/Bush/National Guard “60 Minutes” segment.

Among the excerpts: “I was incredulous that the mainstream press — a group I’d been a part of for nearly twenty-five years and thought I knew — was falling for the blogs’ critiques. I was shocked at the ferocity of the attack. I was terrified at CBS’s lack of preparedness in defending us. I was furious at the unrelenting attacks on Dan. And I was helpless to do anything about any of it.”

He said he had drawn the brief excerpts from the first chapter, which had been posted (as sometimes happens with new books) at He also provided a link. But the link goes to a dead Amazon page. In fact, the book (which is due out on Nov. 8) seems to have disappeared completely from Amazon, except for its audio version (Mapes narrates herself).

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Just remember – Amazon contributes Republican (a RED company) while Barnes & Noble contributes Democratic (a BLUE company). Pump your money blue-ward.

The hardcover version is in Barnes and Noble. I don’t buy books from Amazon anymore after I knew that they are a RED company. I’ve written to them about this and they replied to me. I don’t remember what they said but they were not able to sway me. I go for B&N now. And I’m not even an American.

Though I’m just speculating, I have an alternate explanation: the publisher (or author) may have decided that the excerpt needs editing or that the reader needs access to the full text to understand claims made in the excerpt. Making derogatory claims without all of the evidence smacks of witch-hunting or McCarthyism.

I’m inclined to believe there are those within Amazon who may ‘help’ sway things one way or the other from time to time.

I encountered a few strange situations with them after I began posting reviews for books/films that are skeptical of the government and can be targeted as “hateful”(again, Miller’s take on the “projective”!) or at the least, unfavorable.

Even though I don’t share the email addy I use through Amazon with anyone, nor have any “Amazon friends,” I began receiving bogus Amazon emails requesting that I varify personal info, making claims that ‘they’ had “spoken with someone at my bank” about my supposed credit card that I keep “on file” with Amazon.

I live in a small town, called my bank, and naturally this was untrue. Besides, I don’t keep a card # on file with them in the first place. A week later I began recieving “be my Amazon friend” emails, again, asking me to click links in order to reciprocate(I didn’t).

At that point I contacted Amazon, and their customer service people talked from both sides of their mouths, refused to answer questions, and the ones they would answer, wouldn’t elaborate on.

So yeah, I mean, it’s probably nothing unusual for bumps and gliches like that to occur within an online bizz …however, if I found out that they do help Big Brother keep profiles and records of outspoken dissidents, and supply would-be-cyber-saboteur-spooks with personal info, it wouldn’t exactly surprise me either. This ghastly right wing plague runs deep and wide.

It’s best to buy from Independent bookstores and not ones that donate money to political parties. Multinational corporations like Amazon and B&N have no business interfering in the citizen’s political decisions. And yet both give to politicans who deliver tax legislation designed to give them an unfair advantage over Main St. and local businesses.

If you want more jobs, tax revenue for schools, and decision-making in general to take place in your community, then support indie booksellers and not Multinational corporations like Amazon and B&N. Time and time again, indies lead the way in promoting books like Mapes’ and in defending free speech! M

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