Just days after his most recent film, America, opened in theaters nationwide, WorldNetDaily reported that Costco sent word to all of its stores to remove conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s latest book.
The book, which has the same title as the film, is meant to give audiences a different perspective of the same topic, D’Souza said in a recent interview with Western Journalism. Both projects call into question the motivation of leftists who contend that America is an inherently evil force in the world.
In a statement to WND, D’Souza expressed alarm at the reports of Costco’s decision to stop selling his book, which reached the top spot in Amazon’s list of political commentaries.
“If true, this would be very odd,” he said, asserting that he is “in the process of finding out what’s happening.”
Less than a month after its release, the retail giant issued an order that all copies of the book be removed from shelves by July 15. When contacted by WND, most locations had already complied.
“I look forward to getting to the bottom of this,” D’Souza said, “and continuing the strong relationship my publisher and I have always had with Costco and their millions of shoppers.”
Costco’s friendly association with Barack Obama – a frequent target of D’Souza’s work – is common knowledge. Then-CEO James Sinegal addressed the Democratic National Convention in 2012, and the company donated a total of $200,000 to Obama’s campaign and an affiliated political action committee.
Obama held a fundraiser at Sinegal’s home and suggested that Costco’s story “is representative of what America is all about.”
This report comes on the heels of a Washington Examiner report criticizing the New York Times for artificially keeping D’Souza’s book off of its venerable bestsellers’ list during the month of June. Judging by sales, the book would have reportedly achieved a ranking as high as number 8 that week.
D’Souza explained that a position on the list is a big boost to sales.
He concluded that while the Times has the prerogative “to rig their list anyway they like,” he said that “if they are doing it, people should know.”
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