Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Kids now being protected from...Sesame Street?

Following yesterday's item regarding kid's books being edited to omit references that could be seen as dangerous, the NYT reports that DVDs of the original seasons of Sesame Street will carry warnings that the shows are "intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child." Evidently the show's dingy masonry, trusting relationships between adults and children, and comic outbursts by Oscar the Grouch are considered inappropriate for today's preschool set.

Other problematic themes cited in the article include the skepticism showed by the adult cast members over the existence of Big Bird's giant, hairy, and unseen friend Snuffleupagus, as well as the dietary habits of the sweet toothed muppet Cookie Monster. And these are just the episodes from the early '70s, well before the real trouble erupted when Burt joined the jihad.


Wash Times, The Hill report on Willey's book

Today's Washington Times features a profile on Target, our new book by former Democratic activist Kathleen Willey. And The Hill also published a 20 questions feature with the author.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Amazon launches Kindle e-book reader

The battle for e-books to gain mass acceptance took an interesting turn today as Amazon unveiled its version of a portable e-book reader. Named Kindle (a great pun if ever there were), the slim device will download books wirelessly from Amazon using the Sprint's cellular network. New releases will average $9.99 per download, and users can also subscribe to newspapers and magazines. The reader itself will cost $399, a fee which includes access to the cellular network. Kindle costs $100 more than Sony's competing product.


Kid's books being "purged of risks"

The Telegraph reports that children's books in the UK are increasingly being "purged of risks" in an effort by publishers and editors to shield themselves from parental criticism. Walking alone, carrying a sharp object, and climbing a ladder are mentioned as examples of specific edits that were requested to make sure books don't "[go] against health and safety."


Friday, November 16, 2007

Pugnacious, not dastardly

That's how Stanford Magazine describes World Ahead in an article profiling our publishing company, complete with a quirky photo of co-founder Norman Book and yours truly.


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Kathleen Willey discusses Bill and Hillary Clinton's intimidation campaign

Our new book Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton, written by Kathleen Willey, arrives in bookstores this week. The book breaks Kathleen's prolonged silence about not only Bill Clinton's assault of her in the Oval Office, but even more importantly about the terror campaign waged by Hillary and Bill's "secret police" to scare her into silence.

Kathleen gave her first interview yesterday to "Hannity & Colmes," which they have posted on their website in two clips (part one and part two). In other coverage, Art Moore at WND investigates the alleged involvement of a PI in the Clinton intimidation team as recounted in the book, and the Daily Mail speculates about the book's possible impact on Hillary's presidential campaign. And, of course, the predictable Clintonites at Media Matters flailed away, except they really don't have anything to say (except declaring their eternal love for Hillary).

Take a couple of minutes to watch Kathleen's interview. She makes an excellent point that everyone needs to know: "This is not about what happened in the oval office, this isn't about something that happened to me twelve years ago, this is about what’s happening today. This is about what Hillary Clinton is doing to women like me so that she can attain the presidency."

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Terrorists love Tinseltown

Terrorists continue to heap praise on Hollywood celebrities. The latest recipient of their affection is Naomi Campbell, who went to hang out with Hugo Chavez last week, an act of anti-Bush defiance that warmed terrorists' hearts according to Schmoozing with Terrorists author Aaron Klein. Rush & Malloy and TMZ (which has an audio file) chronicled this love fest.

UPI also ran a short piece on Aaron's interviews with jihadists about Hollywood, politics, and the media, a topic which Aaron discussed on the O'Reilly Factor last Friday.

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Media's political bias quantified by new study

A new study from the Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center finds that the mainstream media overwhelmingly favors Democrats. This graphic from an excellent Investor's Business Daily editorial on the subject neatly summarizes the results:

As IBD wryly notes, Harvard is "hardly a bastion of conservative orthodoxy," but I'm sure these findings aren't enough to convince leading Dems to abandon calls for a Fairness Doctrine 2.0.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Schmoozing makes the rounds

FrontPageMag has a great interview with Aaron Klein, author of Schmoozing with Terrorists, and the Huffington Post picked up on the topic of terrorists endorsing Hillary.

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