Sadly St. Martin's
Press, shaken by threats and intimidation from the GOP, has decided to recall and burn all 70,000 copies of Fortunate Son. The author's only
real mistake was his refusal to disclose the three sources that told him Bush was arrested
on cocaine possession in 1972, and a friendly judge expunged his record as a favor to
George Bush senior.
you can criticize me, but don't criticize my children and don't criticize my
daughters-in-law and don't criticize my husband, or you're dead." infowars.com
Soon after publication,
of J.H. Hatfield book Fortunate Son he was found dead of an alleged
suicide. A housekeeper found his body July 18, 2001 in room 312 at Days Inn
in Springdale, Arkansas. messageboard
Bush Like Stalin, Burns Books To Silence Free
Posted August 15, 2001 thepeoplesvoice.org
By the EDITOR
Sadly St. Martin's Press, shaken by threats
and intimidation from the GOP, has decided to recall and burn the critical biography of
Texas Gov. George W. Bush entitled, Fortunate Son, by J.H. Hatfield. Though there
may be flaws or errors in the book, the utter erasure of the work from existence has
frightening fascist overtones. The author's only real mistake was his refusal to disclose
the three sources that told him Bush was arrested on cocaine possession in 1972, and a
friendly judge expunged his record as a favor to George Bush senior.
Bush and his dad both deny the statements made in Hatfield's book, and have protested,
"fraud and ugly", typifying the metaphor, 'pot calling the kettle black.' There
was even talk of lawsuit, but the GOP settled on smear and defamation as the best course
of action. The author Hatfield, was promptly investigated and it was discovered that the Dallas
Morning News once reported another James H. Hatfield had been convicted of the
attempted murder of two of his supervisors at a Dallas real estate firm in 1987. Though it
wasn't the same James H. Hatfield, St. Martin's
folded under the pressure and announced the immediate removal of the book from the
shelves, and the incineration of all 70,000 copies of Fortunate Son. The national
press corps could be called the nationalistic press corps for praised the decision to burn
the book, and criticizing Hatfield and St. Martin's for publishing it.
The conservatives have stepped over the edge into a fascist fantasy world believing that
the rumors about Bush's cocaine use will end with the silencing of a writer and the
destruction of his book. With characteristic childishness the
right-wing Washington Times gleefully joked about the successful obstruction of
free speech; "Thought he would set the world on fire, he just didn't figure that it
was his book that would be the kindling." The Washington Times, a trash rag
financed by multi millionaire cult leader and Bush
Myung Moon, also said: "One hopes the finality of the furnace puts an end to the
story." [WT, Oct. 28, 1999]. One wonders if the finality of the furnace also puts an
end to free speech.
The corporate controlled media blatantly ignores the truth on this and many other issues,
choosing instead to emphasize only that which they want Americans to know. The astounding
fact that Bush is encouraging the burning of books in order to silence free speech has
received scant coverage.
During the height of communism in Russia, Stalin collected and burned publications which
contained derogatory statements about him. Not in the 200 year history of America and the
freedom for which it once stood, has an American president been a party to book burning,
Since the Supreme Court presidential selection the corporate White House and Bush have
exerted complete control over television, radio, and the print media, but they have not
been able to silence the internet. The bush administration first tried strong-arm tactics,
threats and coercion, the tools of the GOP, to shut down web sites that spoke out about
him and his corrupt administration. Bush declared, "there ought to be limits to
freedom," after he ran into a wall called the first amendment.
Like his father, George junior believes laws and constitutional rights only get in the way
of his "New World order," a world ruled by the super rich, where the majority
are powerless and voting is pointless.
With much of the cocaine information coming from Republican sources that personally knew
Bush, the throttled media can only say Bush's use of cocaine is
Bush easily denies charges like marital infidelity with little argument from the public,
but the cocaine rumors persist. Could it be that there are just too many people walking
around who did cocaine with George Bush, or saw him do it?
A greater threat to freedom of speech has not existed in our American democracy since it's
inception 200 years ago. One must question if America will continue to enjoy freedom of
speech and free elections, or will the rule of law succumb to the rule of the corporate.
© 2001 thepeoplesvoice.org, subject to FAIR USE
Daddy Bush's chief of staff said
to be a source of claims G.W. used cocaine January 25, 2000
By Bev Conover While much
of the American corporate media have done their best to discredit the messenger, while
spreading his message, the Sunday Times of London scooped the story of Michael
Dannenhauer, chief of staff to former President George Bush, becoming the only
on-the-record source for G.W. Bush's alleged cocaine use in the new introduction to J.H.
Hatfield's "Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American
controversial book, which its original publisher, St. Martin's, Press recalled and
destroyed, following howls from the Bush family and questions about Hatfield's background,
has been reissued by Soft Skull Press and will be back in bookstores beginning this week.