Diana’s next book could be titled: ”Conservative Betrayal”: An open assault on my character instead of debating the merits of a book based on facts alone.
In Diana’s column this week, she focuses on the immense ‘stir’ her book ‘American Betrayal’ has caused in traditional conservative news outlets, such as FPM and American Thinker. In place of civil, productive debate and counter argument, something that such a book by Diana should have warranted and deserves, what has transpired however has been nothing short of outright attacks peppered with vitriol that can only be accurately described as a character assassination meant to kill any sales of the book.
What did I do on my summer vacation?
I stayed home. The family went to the country this week but not me. I stayed behind to deal with a white-hot controversy.
Thus, I am now engaged in the painstaking job of rebutting an explosion of falsehoods and distortions about me and my new book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character. These attacks began appearing on the Internet last week at several neoconservative websites: first and mainly Frontpage Magazine (FPM), Pajamas Media and American Thinker.
Close to 10 pieces have appeared (more promised), all of them emanations of a 7,900-word book review at FPM that reviewer Ronald Radosh described as a “take-down” in one of his own three follow-up pieces. Two writers who followed suit admitted in print that they hadn’t read the book.
It is important to note that this lengthy “take-down” comes after an earlier, positive review of “American Betrayal” appeared at FPM. Controversial books spark different reactions, of course, but instead of leaving the original, positive review posted and commissioning a new review from a different perspective, FPM editor David Horowitz – noted free-speech advocate – pulled the positive review off the website.
The recent spate of attacks advance one notion in particular. They impugn my credibility as a writer based on allegations (which I am currently rebutting) against my accuracy, integrity and even sanity. Clearly, they want to kill this book. Thus, they depict me as inaccurate and dishonest. Fortunately, I have a nearly 30-year reputation as a journalist, columnist and published author to stand on as I mount what is, in fact, a defense of my livelihood.
NOTE: A comment by Chester Riley to an earlier post: