Fair and Balanced Barnes and Noble
As you may have guessed, in addition to novels and discounted books, my favorite sections are the social sciences and current affairs. However, much to my chagrin I was met in the “current affairs” section by this:
Yes, you are seeing that right. The authors include:
and, off to the side, Sean Hannity.
Then, to top it off, some of the other books are written about how liberals are destroying themselves (John Edwards).
To be clear, I have no problem with these books being featured at Barnes and Noble. My problem lies in the fact that they are not balanced with an equal number of well-known progressive authors. How blatant can the bias be?
(As an aside, having worked at a bookstore I know that the books that face outwards are the ones they are featuring – so this section is a featured section. It is intentional.)
I was angry, and so were my parents, so I talked to an employee. He was largely disinterested, and I can’t blame him given his minimum wage and likely disattachment to his job. So, when I got home I wrote a letter to the customer service desk at the corporate headquarters. I’ll let you know how it goes.