Cindy is upset by the media’s photos yesterday showing her sitting at a table alone waiting for someone who also enjoys an alternate reality to buy her book. She really sticks it to the media and the blogosphere today, though. It turns out she did sell books – enough to get writer’s cramp even.
Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and her book publisher are upset about Associated Press and Reuters photos that allegedly presented a misleading impression of her book signing last weekend in Texas. . . . .
Photos of the event, carried widely on the Web, and then picked up by conservative blogs, seemed to imply that the book signing was a bust. The photos showed Sheehan looking dejected, sitting at a table, with no one in the tent except for a couple of photographers. The AP caption simply read: â€œAnti-war activist Cindy Sheehan waits for people to show up at her book signing near President Bush’s ranch on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 in Crawford, Texas.â€
The Washington Post, which carried Evan Vucci’s AP photo, noted that at a protest the same day Sheehan had addressed a crowd of only about 100. â€œIn the morning,â€ the Post observed, â€œSheehan signed copies of her new book, being published this week, for an even smaller crowd,â€ although it cited bad weather as a possible factor.
But in a statement today, Sheehan accused â€œright-wingâ€ sites of â€œspreading a false story that nobody bought my book at Camp Casey on Saturday. That is not true, I sold all 100 copies and got writer’s cramp signing them. Photos were taken of me before the people got in line to have me sign the book. We made $2000 for the peace house.â€
Ahhhhhhhahahahahaha! Ohhhh! Ahahahahahahaha!!! Wow, Cindy! 100 books. That’s a phenomenal success alright.
Her publisher, Arnie Kotler at Koa Books, meanwhile released a letter to her supporters, charging that â€œAP and Reuters posted photos – I can’t imagine why – of Cindy sitting at the book table between signings, rather than while someone was at the table. And now the smear websites are circulating an article, with these photos, that Cindy gave a signing and nobody came. It’s simply not trueâ€¦. the benefit books signing in Crawford, Texas on November 26, 2005 was well attended and a huge success.â€
I think the point, AP, was that a picture COULD be taken with absolutely no one holding a book anywhere near the vicinity of Cindy’s table. Most people would consider a book signing where a line is never actually formed at the author’s table, a miserable showing. While Cindy seems proud of the small groups that wandered in from time to time to give her writer’s cramp, the AP and Reuters, for once, reported the story accurately. It may be the first time all year they didn’t stage people gathered around Cindy and then crop the picture to make it appear like Cindy is surrounded by a massive crowd of supporters. There’s just no getting around it. Cindy’s book signing was a rather large flop.
The AP explains the situation as it actually was, rather than how the left wishes it were.
Asked for a response, an AP spokesman commented this afternoon:
“Photographer Evan Vucci, queried about the incident today said that he was present at the book signing from about 10 a.m. to about 11 a.m. During that time, he said, people were coming in to have their books signed in small groups of a few at a time.
“At the time the photos were taken ‘maybe 5 people had come in,’ Vucci says, and Sheehan was waiting for more to stop by, which they did individually as well as in very small groups. Therefore the wording of the caption is accurate in that Sheehan was waiting for people to show up at her signing.”