In coordination with the release of WorldNetDaily managing editor David Kupelian's new book "The Snapping of the American Mind," WND has republished Kupelian's 2006 book "The Marketing of Evil" in paperback.
A WND article by Kupelian -- weirdly presented as a letter to his "friends" -- asserts that the book has had "a decade-long run as a hardcover culture-war bestseller." We highly doubt that; Kupelian offers no sales figures to back him up, and most actual "bestselling" books don't take nine years to go from hardback to paperback.
Kupelian then moves on to a slab of historical revisionism regarding a controversy involving the book:
Banned on campus!
Within a few months of its release, “The Marketing of Evil” became the focal point of a national scandal when several openly homosexual professors at Ohio State University brought “sexual harassment” charges against head librarian Scott Savage, a Christian, after he recommended “The Marketing of Evil” as required reading for all incoming freshmen. The gay profs maintained that merely recommending the book constituted an act of “harassment due to sexual orientation.” (Chapter 1 documents, in “gay rights” leaders’ own words, their brilliant but little-known strategies for mainstreaming homosexuality in a largely Christian country.)
The rest of the faculty members were so intimidated by the angry gay professors that they voted in agreement with them. It was so obviously bizarre and unjust that major media exposure by Sean Hannity, Brit Hume on Fox’s “Special Report,” MSNBC, the New York Post, Human Events and many others – plus stout legal pressure from the Alliance Defending Freedom – caused the university to cave in and drop the insane charges.
As a direct consequence of being publicly branded as “hate literature” and “homophobic tripe” by the Ohio State University faculty, “The Marketing of Evil” immediately became one of the hottest-selling books in the country, topping Amazon’s daily “Current Events” bestseller chart for more than a week.
First, the book was never "banned on campus," or anywhere for that matter; Kupelian is simply lying.
Second, as we documented at the time, Kupelian and WND were working closely with the Alliance Defense Fund (now Alliance Defending Freedom), which represented Savage, to promote the controversy (in which, by the way, the book was never banned) -- and, thus, boost sales of the book. Isn't that an evil bit of marketing, not to mention a violation of journalistic ethics?
Third, Kupelian alters the details of the incident to make it sound more significant than it was. It didn't occur at the main Ohio State University campus in Columbus but, rather, at a satellite campus in Mansfield, Ohio. Savage wasn't accused with "sexual harrassment"; as Kupelian admits, the specific accusation was "harassment based on sexual orientation."
And Kupelian's book is very much filled with "homophobic tripe." He fails to mention that the book includes a discredited attack on sex researcher Alfred Kinsey as a "full-fledged sexual psychopath who encouraged pedophilia." We've documented how Kupelian repeated the wild claims by discredited anti-Kinsey obsessive Judith Reisman that Kinsey's "Table 34" somehow proves he performed sexual experiments on children. Despite claiming that Kinsey either conducted or caused "criminal sexual molestation" to be done "for the purposes of obtaining 'data' for his research," he never proves it.
We're guessing that Kupelian lets his falsehood-ridden attacks on Kinsey stand in the paperback version.
Meanwhile, Kupelian has bigger news to promote:
Finally – coming soon – I'll be able to tell you the story of how "The Marketing of Evil" is featured on-screen in an upcoming Hollywood feature film starring A-list actors, dramatizing the total transformation of a young person from a life of darkness to one of light – and who credits reading "The Marketing of Evil" as having played a significant role in that conversion! More on that later …
We'll believe that when we see it, especially the part about it being a "Hollywood" film involving "A-list actors." Given his track record, Kupelian's claim may very well be just as dishonest as the rest of the marketing for his book.