Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Stupid...It Sells.


In case you missed it, FOX-News recently went after religious scholar Reza Aslam for writing a book about Jesus.


Because he's a muslim.

Predictably, the TeeVee Network of the New-Dumb has done its best to circle the wagons and blame the backlash on a LeftistLiberalKenyanMarxistFascistUsurperJumpshooter plot.

Or some such thing.

But here's the bizarre twist that even Howard Beale would never have predicted...

Turns out this crap sells.

Not the FOX-News crap itself.

But, instead, it is selling Mr. Aslam's books by the bushel full. Matilda Battersby, writing for The Independent, has the story:

...But all publicity is good publicity, as they say, and this embarrassing episode for Fox News has had an extremely positive outcome for Mr Aslan whose controversial biography of Jesus, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, has now reached number 1 in the Amazon books charts.

Publishers Random House had to rush to meet a surge in demand for the book, ordering an additional 50,000 copies to be printed on Monday, bringing the total copies in print to 150,000.

The biography, published on 16 July, had already been selling well prior to Mr Aslan’s appearance on Fox News, having reached number 8 in the Amazon book charts on Friday, but Mr Aslan is “thrilled” at the increased exposure on the back of the viral interview.

“I’ll be perfectly honest — I’m thrilled at the response that people have had to the interview,” Mr Aslan told the New York Times. “You can’t buy this kind of publicity.”...


It really is a strange, mixed-up world we live in.


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