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Members of the news media, including from publications such as Time and Newsweek, have reacted harshly to the announcement of the No. 1 non-fiction book in America, which investigates President Obama, with multiple reporters sending expletive-laden e-mails to the author’s publicist saying they did not want to receive a copy.
“The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and other Anti-American Extremists” officially was released Monday.
With more than 800 citations, the book bills itself as the most exhaustive investigation ever performed into Obama’s political background and radical ties. Klein’s co-author is historian and researcher Brenda J. Elliott.
As is customary in the run-up to the release of a new title, Klein’s publicist, Maria Sliwa, last week sent a press release to key media contacts announcing the forthcoming book.
Sliwa, who has represented dozens of best-selling titles, has cultivated a list of reporters to whom she regularly sends releases.
Sliwa, however, said she was stunned by what she described as “unprecedented” e-mail replies she received regarding the “The Manchurian President” announcement.
“Ridiculous crap,” retorted John Oswald, news editor for the New York Daily News.
“Never, ever contact me again,” wrote Time Magazine senior writer Jeffrey Kluger.
Newsweek deputy editor Rana Foroohar quipped,”This is sensational rubbish that is of no interest to any legitimate publication.”
“Absolute crap,” replied Evelyn Leopold, a Huffington Post contributor who served for 17 years as U.N. bureau chief for Reuters until recently.
Nancy Gibbs, editor-at-large for Newsweek, fired, “Remove me from your list.”
David Knowles, AOL’s political writer, responded, “seriously, get a life.”
Ben Wyskida, publicity director for The Nation, claimed Klein’s book is “so offensive” and “so far afield.”
The reporters rejected the thoroughly documented book before receiving review copies of the title.
Sliwa noted that when reporters are not interested in her releases, they normally do not reply. She said in her 10 years of working in public relations, she never has received the kind of response from reporters provoked by publicizing “The Manchurian President.”
Sliwa, who identifies herself as liberal, teaches journalism at New York University and lists Robert Thurman, Gandhi and Malcolm X as her heroes. From 1999 to 2005 she publicized the genocide and slavery in Sudan. In 2005, she started her present company, M. Sliwa Public Relations.
She said her goal in publicly exposing the e-mail responses to “Manchurian” is not to embarrass the journalists, but she believes it is important to “call them out on their duty as members of the press to leave their biases where they belong – at the door.”
Klein, the book’s author, said he is not surprised by the emotional response.
Stated Klein: “Future historians will have to grapple with the fantastic phenomenon of the U.S. news media’s having, as a class, almost completely abdicated their traditional responsibility when it comes to investigating Obama’s background.”
“Despite an astonishingly radical first year in office,” continued Klein, “which has awakened unprecedented voter outrage and caused Obama’s popularity to plunge, the news media largely continue to ignore the reality of who Obama is, what he really stands for, and who influences him.
‘Manchurian President” being promoted in New York’s Times Square
“I hope this book helps to rectify such obvious journalistic malpractice,” he added.
On the Savage Nation radio program with Michael Savage, Klein explained the red flags about Obama were numerous, from his attendance in a radical Sunday School with links to Students for a Democratic Society to the extraordinary lengths to which he has gone to conceal his college transcripts.
For example, Klein cited one of the first political speeches by Obama was at Occidental College, where the event came under the auspices of a group with links to leftist radical Tom Hayden.
That “extremism,” said Klein, now has been installed in the operating procedures at the White House.
Savage asked how such radical elements can be pushed forward in America, and Klein explained it is because the media is failing to look into what “obviously has been the most radical year in American politics ever.”
Sean Hannity, on his Fox News show, said just the title of the book “is going to make liberals’ heads explode.”
“The Manchurian President” charges Obama has deep ties to an anti-American extremist nexus that has been instrumental not only in building his political career but in crafting current White House policy.
The book seeks to expose an extremist coalition of communists, socialists and other radicals working both inside and outside the administration to draft and advance current White House policy goals.
“The Manchurian President” contains potentially explosive information not only about President Obama but also concerning other officials in the White House, including top czars and senior advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod.
The book also includes an extensive investigation into Obama’s own background. The work uncovers, among many other things, Obama’s early years, including his previously overlooked early childhood ties to a radical, far-left church. The book provides copious new details about Obama’s deep ties to the unrepentant Weatherman Underground terrorist group founder William Ayers and about the president’s boyhood years in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
Of all Obama’s radical associates from the past, few received more attention or were as shocking as his connection to Ayers. The book uncovers for the first time where and how Obama first met Ayers – and it is much earlier than previously believed.
“The Manchurian President” also unmasks, exclusively, important aspects of Obama’s carefully covered-up college years, with new details of his student career at Occidental College and later at Columbia University.
Obama’s associations with the Nation of Islam, Black Liberation theology and black political extremists also are revealed, with extensive new information on the subjects.
Also detailed are Obama’s deep ties to ACORN, which are much more extensive than previously documented elsewhere. The book crucially describes how a socialist-led, ACORN-affiliated union helped facilitate Obama’s political career and now exerts major influence in the White House.
In one chapter, the book unmasks the extremists among Obama’s “czars” and other top advisers, including new information linking Axelrod and Jarrett to communist activists.
The many issues pertaining to Obama’s eligibility to be president are carefully examined and given a much more extensive analysis than in previous works, including questions about Obama’s birth documentation and whether or not he legally qualifies as a “natural-born citizen” according to the U.S. Constitution.
“The Manchurian President” also exposes how Obama’s health-care policy, masked by moderate populist rhetoric, was pushed along and partially crafted by extremists, some of whom reveal in their own words that their principal aim is to achieve corporate socialist goals and a vast increase in government powers.
“I believe this work is crucial to Americans from across the political spectrum,” says Klein, “including mainstream Democrats who should be alarmed that their party has been hijacked by an extreme-left fringe bent on permanently changing the party to fit its radical agenda.
“Indeed, this book will document, with new information, Obama’s own involvement with a socialist party whose explicit goal was to infiltrate and eventually take over the Democratic Party and mold it into a socialist organization,” Klein claims.
Klein began investigating Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign and broke major national stories. He first exposed the politician’s association with Ayers in a widely circulated WND article.
That story prompted the Nation magazine to lament, via the CBS News website, that “mainstream reporters now call the Obama campaign to ask about Klein’s articles.”
It was in a WABC Radio interview with Klein that Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to Hamas, “endorsed” Obama for president, generating world headlines and sparking controversy. Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and Obama repeatedly traded public barbs over Hamas’ positive comments.
Klein was among the first reporters to expose that Obama’s “green jobs” czar, Van Jones, founded a communist organization and called for “resistance” against the U.S. government. The theme was picked up and expanded upon by the Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck, leading to Jones’ resignation last September.
Co-author Brenda J. Elliott is a historian, author and investigative researcher known for her blogging during the 2008 presidential election about Ayers, Tony Rezko and other controversial figured linked to Obama. Since 1988, Elliott has been responsible for a number of historical projects, has won an award by Project Censored for her work and has been named “One of the Intriguing People” by Central Florida magazine.
The introduction to “The Manchurian President” relates: “Barack Obama is backed by and deeply tied to an anti-American fringe nexus that, as this book will show, was instrumental not only in mentoring Obama and helping him to build his political career, but essentially in overthrowing the moderate wing of the Democratic Party and in securing and powerfully influencing Obama’s presidency.
“As will be seen, these radical associates not only continue to influence Obama and White House strategy, but some are directly involved in creating the very policies intended to undermine or radically transform the United States of America.”
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