Ignatieff’s book uses bogus, out of context press quotes to deceive buyers

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Imagine if Sarah Palin’s book did this!    …Oh my, the sides of me belly she aches with the laughter. 

But in this Ima Progressives Iggy instance, the liberal-luvin’ Canadian Press lets him off easy, ending their apologetic story by literally letting him off the hook, for him.  They actually take the time to state, in their ever so news-y article, as a matter of proper and news-y fact, “It is common practice for movie and book promotions to use snippets of reviews that often bear little resemblance to the original critiques.” 

Is it now.  God knows if Sarah Palin did it –  or if George Bush does it in his upcoming book — ye whole world shall hear about it in spades for weeks or months on end, without any reference to any “oh golly take a pill, news readers, it happens all the time…”.

But don’t worry, Iggy says he dint know nuttin.  I guess he’d never read any of the reviews, such as the one from the National Post when the hardcover first came out, and so it didn’t strike him as odd that suddenly the National Post liked the paperback edition of the same book.  Nope, dint know nuttin.

Bogus book blurb transforms tepid reviews of Ignatieff book into raves
Joan Bryden, THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Politicians frequently claim their remarks are distorted and taken out of context by the media.

But in a sharp reversal of roles, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff now finds himself accused of taking the media out of context to promote paperback sales of his latest book, “True Patriot Love.” The jacket of the book trumpets a number of excerpts from newspaper critiques that leave the impression the tome won rave reviews when first published last spring.

Take this snippet from the National Post: “Plenty of scope for a rich story … Some wonderful anecdotes, particularly about George P. Grant … Well written.”

In fact, the Post review in its entirety was far from laudatory.

“True Patriot Love offers little that is new on the Grants save some wonderful anecdotes, particularly about George P. Grant. As an exploration of patriotism, it offers up cliches about modern Canada but little more,” wrote Post reviewer Robert L. Fraser.

“True Patriot Love is a well-written disappointment.” 

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Here’s the National Post’s review.  At least they reviewed it, which is more than we can say about the New York Times and any of Ann Coulter’s seven best-sellers which have this nasty and possibly embarrassing habit of ending up on the New York Times’ own best-sellers list.  They apparently refuse to critique them lest they draw even more attention to them.

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