After conservative pressure, Costco restocks Dinesh D’Souza’s weak-selling book

By Scott Kaufman
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:14 EDT
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Costco has restocked copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s book America: Imagine a World Without Her not because of conservative protests, but because D’Souza’s film, America, has created an uptick in sales.

Conservatives were up in arms after the retail giant pulled copies of the book from its shelves on July 1, 2014.

Rush Limbaugh said that Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal, “a major, major Obama groupie,” pulled the book because he “is just a liberal protecting the man he loves in the White House.”

“Here’s the thing about these people,” Limbaugh continued. “They are scared to death of any opposition. They simply don’t want to deal with it. They call themselves tolerant. They call themselves open-minded and all this stuff. They’re the most closed-minded, bigoted people you can find and they’re scared to death of anything that’s contrary to what they believe.”

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, a Costco representative named “Dave” wrote that “Costco is not a book store. Our book shelf space is very limited. We exercise discipline in the best utilization of that limited space based solely on what our members are buying. We can’t carry every title that our members are interested in reading. We are constantly monitoring book sales, and make decisions to pull books off the shelves frequently based on sales volume to make room for other titles. Politics or controversy over content do not influence our decisions.”

In the wake of renewed interest, however, Costco has decided to begin stocking the book again.

On Monday, D’Souza’s lawyers also sent a letter to Google demanding to know why searches for America are not being directed properly. According to the letter, Google results are “misdirecting many users who mistakenly believed the film was not playing in theaters.”

“We understand this was brought to your attention for correction five days ago,” the letter continued, “yet the problem persists.” It also demanded to know “whether human or automated error was the source” and “what measures have been taken to fix the problem.”

As of Wednesday morning, Google searches for “America” and “movie” or “film” still yield results that also contain the world “America” in the title, most notably installments of Marvel Studio’s hit Captain America franchise.

["Dinesh D'Souza photograph" by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons licensed]

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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