Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Cindy Sheehan responds to book signing photos


Remember the Cindy Sheehan book signing that was deserted? Apparently it was all a right-wing plot to spread a false story. Or at least that's her story, and the story of her Publisher.

But in a statement today, Sheehan accused “right-wing” sites of “spreading 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.”

Her publisher, Arnie Kotler at Koa Books, meanwhile released a letter to her supporters, charging that “AP 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 true…. the benefit books signing in Crawford, Texas on November 26, 2005 was well attended and a huge success.”
The photographer responded:

"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."
So basically the thing was a complete flop and the photographs told an accurate picture. Selling 100 books is nothing when you've been a media darling for months. And getting writer's cramp from signing your name 100 times? Give me a break!

Cindy Sheehan: fifteen minutes well and truly UP.

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