A Certain Woman
A recent article in the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/20/AR2011012004349.html?hpid=topnews) stated that the journalist would refuse to mention the name of a certain woman, currently residing in Alaska. That did not surprise me. I was surprised by the number of times her name appears and the rationale for her popularity with media outlets. (That is understandable; her appeal to a broader audience is not). Her name generates viewership, which is important for an internet site: clicks equal revenue.
I prefer to toil in obscurity to playing that game. Unlike her, I am not a hypocrite (most of the time, anyway). She belongs to the P.T.Barnum school of fool-a-whole-bunch-of-people and rake in the money for personal enjoyment. Clever politicians and evangelical preachers have learned to milk the human cow--the stupid, gullible variety. There are clowns of the same ilk on conservative talk radio stations and certain television channels that have also learned play a role and to turn bluster into dollars. Their personal income is more important than the damage they cause to the country and society they exploit.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.