Boasting big sales and claiming the New York Times ‘number one best seller spot for the second straight week despite a mainstream media blackout, veteran journalist Ed Klein‘s new book “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House” has been all but ignored by the mainstream media which is surprising considering Klein’s highly regarded status as a journalist. Klein is the former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. You’d think with those credentials Mr. Klein would be able to at least get a mention from the big boy dinosaur news outlets, but alas, they seem uninterested.
During a recent interview with Newsmax columnist John LeBoutillier Klein had this to say:
“The Washington Post spent 5,000 words about Mitt Romney cutting off somebody’s hair 46 years ago, and doesn’t write a single word about my on-the-record interview with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who was the president’s pastor three years ago. I even called one of the two Chicago newspapers and said Barack Obama is from Chicago, David Axelrod, his political guru, is from Chicago, the Rev. Wright is from Chicago, and the guy who supposedly offered Rev. Wright a bribe is from Chicago. Are you guys going to do a story on this? And the answer was, we’re thinking about it. I feel very proud that while I have been attacked on the Internet by the left wing, nobody named in the book, nobody quoted in the book, not one, has come forward and said, I didn’t say that or it’s not true. There has been no factual challenge to the book.”
Comparing the mainstream media’s coverage or lack of coverage of his book with it’s success in spite of that lack of interest, Klein takes a special sense of pride in the notion that the American public has perhaps begun to outgrow the old dinosaur news agencies which cater to Washington elite’s:
“The interesting thing is that you don’t need the mainstream media to get to the American public anymore”
LeBoutillier’s entire interview with Klein including video can be found here.