Editorial from INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY 2014
Crony Capitalism: Costco has pulled best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, “America,” from store shelves. It’s not political, the retail giant insists, but its founder and former CEO is one of Obama’s best corporate pals.
Did Costco Pull Dinesh d’Souza’s ‘America’ Book To Please The White House?
On the surface, it sounds like the stuff of conspiracy theories: A top political dissident, now with a best-selling book critical of the president, plus a just-released movie to accompany it, suddenly finds his book removed from the shelves of the third-largest retailer in the country, allegedly because sales were too low.
That would be fine and dandy except the book, “America: Imagine A World Without Her,” ranks No. 1 on Amazon and a significant portion of Costco’s business is conducted in red states, where it’s not a stretch to say there would be willing buyers.
Jerome Corsi of World Net Daily reported that Costco’s chief financial officer, Richard Galanti, “confirmed” to his news organization that the book was pulled, but not for political reasons.
Corsi didn’t use quotes, and he’s gotten things wrong in the past. (Two requests from IBD to Costco for comment went unanswered.) But what’s indisputable is that D’Souza is a well-known thorn in the Obama administration’s side and has in fact been targeted for prosecution in the past over trivial matters.
For example, he was brought up on an obscure campaign finance statute violation after the release of his 2012 documentary film “2016: Obama’s America,” which was based on his 2010 book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”
Even more indisputable is the fact that Costco co-founder, director and former CEO James Sinegal is one of Obama’s closest corporate allies.
Sinegal held a fundraiser at his home for the president and was rewarded for his support with a speaking slot at the 2012 Democratic Convention. Costco itself has donated at least $200,000 to Democratic causes.
Costco is free to sell what it wants, but the possibility that it has had its arm twisted by the White House as a favor to Obama, who is plunging in the polls, is not a good precedent.
If it happened that way, it suggests the consumer Costco cares about most resides in the White House, not in America’s towns and cities.
Editor’s Notes: We looked at Costco, but did not see Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. book: KILLING THE DEEP STATE, The Fight to Save President Trump? But, we did see stacks of the Obama coffee table book, unless it has been pulled off the book section tables at Costco since April 11, 2018.
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