Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Why is the "Christian Division" of Simon & Schuster Publishing Frank Bailey's Book?

Frank Bailey, the poster child for malicious disgruntled former employees, has a book coming out soon. Actually, Jeanne Devon (a.k.a. AKMuckracker) has a book coming out soon, Bailey just allowed her to use his former perceived proximity to Governor Palin, and his name to sell the same old tired memes she has blogged about for years. We covered the manuscript at C4P and elsewhere extensively after the it was first leaked online several months ago. To recall the character of Frank Bailey, here is what I posted at Big Government last February:
After reading this manuscript, my only conclusion is that Frank Bailey is a horrible person. A good person, as Frank likes to sell himself as, doesn’t have the capacity to do what he did. Even if Governor Palin was twice the monster he and his leftist allies made her out to be, he still had no right to attempt to have this pile of garbage published. She provided him with a job, which allowed him to provide for his family. At any time, he could have walked away if he felt he worked for someone he could not morally support. Anyone who cannot see this man for what he is, is being willfully ignorant. They are turning a blind-eye to the obvious motives that drove him to betray his former boss.
Frank Bailey's motives in my view, were greed and vengeance. This man of little skill, decided to try and cash-in on the job he no longer had, and was incompetent at when he did have it. He was after all, the only member of the Palin administration who had ever been recommended to receive ethics training by a state investigator. His lack of ethics were his own doing, but this book proves he is incapable of taking responsibility for his actions. Instead, he tries to flip the blame on to Governor Palin and her husband, even though he has no evidence to support his claims. The emails printed in the book (if they're even real) don't say a whole lot. The meat of this trashing is in between the emails, where Jeanne (with her own far-left political motives) practically does nothing more than paste copy from Mudflats.

Without a doubt, this book is designed to destroy the public perception of Governor Palin. It is a book made with the sole purpose of tearing down another individual, and nothing else...

Which is why I was shocked to learn that Howard Books, the "Christian Division" of Simon & Schuster would be publishing it. Howard Books has the following posted in the "About" section of their website:
Founded in 1969 by author and composer Alton Howard, Howard Publishing was among the first Christian publishers to appear in the CBA industry.

Perhaps best known for its gift-book division and bestselling Hugs series (selling over ten million), Howard has other numerous successes to its credit, including New York Times #1 bestseller Mistaken Identity and Rick Warren’s The Purpose of Christmas. In 2006, Howard Publishing was acquired by Simon & Schuster and underwent the subtle name change to Howard Books.
Why on earth would a so-called "Christian" company get involved with this book? What "Christian" message is being sent in an over-sized politically driven hit-piece, designed to destroy?

And just how ludicrous is it that Jeanne Devon is being published as a Christian author? I don't know exactly what her beliefs are, but she has shown nothing but animosity to religious Christians, with everything else she's ever written. She generally refers to them as "whack-jobs," and lists religious blog posts under a tag she calls "whackjobbery." Is this some kind of sick joke?

It's true that Jeanne (and her lefty sidekick Ken Morris) laced the text of the book with Bible verses. In a very deceitful display, the writers try to make Frank Bailey out to be the good guy by making it seem as though he is a man of God, who is only doing this for good and pious reasons. Those verses are nothing more than a blasphemous disguise. To use the sacred text of the faithful as mask and cover in a political lynching is just about the opposite of Christianity. There is nothing Christian about this.

While I have more questions than answers as to why Simon & Schuster chose to market this book in the manner they did, I know one thing for certain... I don't trust that the books published from them are "Christian" books, but I do trust they they are marketing their books to a very large Christian demographic. Is it profit or politics driving them? I don't know but it certainly isn't religion.
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