Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Letter to Penguin Publishing

June 21, 2005

Susan Peterson Kennedy
Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10014

Dear Ms. Peterson Kennedy,

I am writing in response to a recent letter David Brock of Media Matters wrote you complaining about the “editorial standards” and “fact - checking” of one of your imprints, Sentinel, for the publishing of Ed Klein’s new book on Hillary Clinton.

Brock, in his letter to you, which he publicized on his website, accuses Penguin of “gross negligence at best.”

For the record, I have not read Klein’s book, but I have read Al Franken’s book, Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them, published by another one of Penguins imprints, Dutton.

And while Brock and Franken claim that “painstaking research” and “detailed documentation” went into Franken’s book, I have documented numerous lies and distortions, equally as reprehensible as alleged by Brock on Klein’s book, which will be made public in my upcoming book, Pants on Fire- How Al Franken Lies, Smears, and Deceives (WND).

Unfortunately, Brock has a history of trying to silence those he does not agree with. Some may call this sad attempt, censorship.

Here are just a few examples:

September 30, 2004 Brock sent a letter to MSNBC demanding that they cancel Frank Luntz’s (who is a Republican) focus group following the Presidential debates.

October 26, 2004 Brock demanded that NBC not feature Rush Limbaugh on election night.

August 20, 2004 Brock sent a letter to bookstores demanding that they remove, Unfit for Command, from their shelves.

Lest you think that I am just a “right winger” out to discredit David Brock, I’d like to refer you to a column written by Timothy Noah of ‘Slate’, a liberal on-line magazine, under a column called Chatterbox.
The article is titled, ‘David Brock, Liar: A lifelong habit proves hard to break.’ Dated March 27, 2002.

Here are some excerpts from the column where Noah is reviewing Brocks book, ‘Blinded by the Right’:

“Whiny, histrionic, and so factually unreliable that Chatterbox practically gave himself a migraine trying to figure out which parts of Brock’s lurid story were true, and which parts were false.”….But Blinded by the Right offers plenty of evidence that for Brock, lying has been a lifelong habit.” “…How can we trust a writer who won’t even summarize his own book truthfully?” (You can read the entire column at: http://www.slate.com/id/2063759/)

I thank you for taking the time to read my letter.

Alan Skorski


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