I don’t know if Dinesh D’Souza would want to characterize his book, America: Imagine a World Without Her, so simplistically, but that is obviously how the decision-makers of Costco viewed it. They have pulled it from their stores.
From Jerome Cosci at WND.com:
The book, heavily critical of Barack Obama, was officially released June 2. A corporate decision to return the books was issued July 1, just as it is about to debut on the New York Times bestseller list.
[CFO Richard] Galanti confirmed to WND the “pull order” was in effect and that D’Souza’s book is in the process of being removed from Costco stores this week, with the goal to have all copies of D’Souza’s book out of Costco stores nationwide and shipped back to the vendor no later than July 15.
He said the decision to pull D’Souza’s book was not political but was based solely on sales, arguing Costco’s national goal is to market books that show up on the New York Times bestseller list.
The book will make the New York Times list July 13.
Galanti could not explain why Costco book buyer Pennie Clark Lanniciello decided to pull the book just as D’Souza’s movie was being released and the national marketing campaign on the book and movie switched into high gear.
Galanti insists there was no political motive for pulling the book from their stores.
I think that is as believable as multiple hard drive crashes eradicating emails that Congress is subpoenaing from the IRS.
Here’s some context from WND:
In January, Obama paid a visit to a Costco store in a Washington, D.C., suburb, “proving,” as Jaime Fuller of the Washington Post commented, “that his administration’s romance with the second-largest retailer in America is stronger than ever – and might just be the most successful union of a politician and a supermarket in American history.”
[Costco co-founder Jim] Sinegal spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, which nominated President Obama for a second term. Sinegal, who retired as Costco CEO in January 2013, said Obama’s re-election would be better for businesses than a country led by Mitt Romney. American companies, he said, need “a president who takes the long view and makes the tough decisions,” said Sinegal.
“That’s why I am here tonight supporting President Obama, a president making an economy built to last,” he said.
In total, Costco has given $100,000 to Obama and another $100,000 to Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC.
Sinegal was the author of an email blast sent out by the Obama campaign in July 2012. Obama also held a fundraiser at Sinegal’s house in Seattle, during which the incumbent president said “the story of Costco and everything that you guys have done I think is representative of what America is all about.”
At least one critic of Obama is not seeing his book pulled from Costco. Dr. Ben Carson, frequently mentioned as a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has a new bestselling book called “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future” on the shelves. However, Carson sits on Costco’s board of directors.
Many other Costco directors are clearly not in Carson’s political corner. Former Yahoo President Susan Decker contributed to the Obama campaign in 2008 and to Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2007, according to campaign-finance website Opensecrets.org.
Galanti gave money not only to Obama’s campaign in 2012, but to Bill Bradley’s in 1999.
It is only a matter of time before Carson and many other non-progressives are moved off boards and out of other positions of power and influence. Mozilla shows us how it will be done. The cultural revolution is happening right now.