Dear Harper Collins Publishing House,
What a disgraceful display of censorship. Having selected media banned from a book signing, (Going Rogue, Sarah Palin, 22 Dec 2009, Wasilla Alaska), an event listed and promoted by your company as a public event, was at the very least a shameful act of cowardice, unbefitting a business dependent upon a citizen’s right to freedom of speech.
The local Alaskan media banned from this event had every right to attend, to report, to ask questions of your author, and to get their copies of her book signed. None had reputations or past histories of creating public disturbances. They were neither armed nor posed any form of threat to your author. To ban certain media ahead of an event based solely on the premise they ‘might’ ask the hard questions or ‘might’ write an unfavorable review only shows how ill-deserved your client is of the fame you proffer her.
I am so appalled by your role in this anti-American act of media censorship I will never again purchase another book with the name Harper Collins on the jacket.
You’ve lost a long-time customer.
In light of how Gryphen, Dennis Zaki and Shannyn Moore were banned from the public book signing in Wasilla yesterday, I have just emailed the above letter to each of the addresses below.
I’m also urging all of my family and friends to cease purchasing any and all Harper Collins products and hoping you will all do the same.