why is michael cohen telling it all to a “conservative” publisher?

Es­ti­mated reading time is 3 min­utes.

RAW STORY’S TOP STORIES newsletter ar­rived at 5:51 AM today. The head­line that caught my at­ten­tion was “Michael Cohen is writing a bomb­shell tell-all book on Pres­i­dent Trump to be re­leased be­fore the elec­tion.” The story was at­trib­uted to Tom Bog­gioni (April 18, 2020), who ac­knowl­edged his source as the Daily Beast in his first para­graph. That first para­graph states that “Michael Cohen is hard at work on a tell-all book about the pres­i­dent that should be pub­lished be­fore the No­vember elec­tion [and] will ‘spill the beans’ on the president’s an­tics and deal­ings.” 1

Michael Cohen is per­haps best known for his role in the Stormy Daniels Af­fair, paying the porn star $130,000 in “hush money” not to dis­cuss her af­fair with Donald Trump. (Why the damn li­brull media didn’t dub the af­fair Stormy­gate and run with it will re­main for­ever in­ex­plic­able.) But Michael was in­fat­u­ated with Donald, for whom he be­came per­sonal counsel and was often de­scribed as Trump’s “fixer.”

At one time or an­other, Cohen was also:

•  a co-president of Trump Entertainment
•  a board member of the Eric Trump Foundation
•  a vice-president of The Trump Organization

During 2017-2018, Cohen was deputy fi­nance chairman of the Re­pub­lican Na­tional Com­mittee. And this is where he got him­self into trouble.


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Car­i­ca­ture of Michael Cohen by Rod Em­merson of  The New Zealand Hearl, whose motto is, “Never be­lieve in any­thing until it has been of­fi­cially denied.”

Bring back that sunny day

The Spe­cial Counsel in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Russian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 United States elec­tions led Cohen to plead guilty to eight counts in­cluding cam­paign fi­nance vi­o­la­tions, tax fraud, and bank fraud. He claimed that he vi­o­lated cam­paign fi­nance laws at the di­rec­tion of Trump and “for the prin­cipal pur­pose of in­flu­encing” the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. He sen­tenced Cohen to three years in prison but was just re­leased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ap­par­ently, Cohen has been “shop­ping” the tentatively-titled Trump Rev­o­lu­tion: From The Tower to The White House, Un­der­standing Donald J. Trump, since Feb­ruary 2018. He has sup­pos­edly signed with Center Street, an im­print of pub­lishing house Ha­chette Book Group. HBG is one of the largest book pub­lishers in the world.

Here is where it gets in­ter­esting: Center Street is the im­print under which Hatch­ette pub­lishes fic­tion and non-fiction books for the so-called con­ser­v­a­tive market. Its au­thors in­clude Newt Gin­grich (Trump’s America: The Truth About Our Na­tion’s Great Come­back), Jea­nine Pirro (Liars, Leakers, and Lib­erals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Con­spiracy), Michael Savage (Scorched Earth: Restoring the Country after Obama), and Donald Trump Jr (Trig­gered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Si­lence Us).

While I rarely make as­sump­tions in print, I can make the fol­lowing about Co­hen’s book:

• I as­sume that it will sell mil­lions of copies.
• I as­sume that it will make mil­lions for its publisher.

So why is it ap­pearing on a spe­cialist im­print along­side au­thors that will make anyone who is not a rightwinger—which is the vast ma­jority of book-buyers—reflexively ques­tion its ve­racity and pos­sibly re­frain from even reading it let alone buying it?

Fi­nally, to read Bog­gioni’s story, click here.


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FEATURED IMAGE: The car­i­ca­ture of Stormy Daniels at the top of this page is by H. Ed­ward Brooks. Also fea­tured in this piece is Michael Cohen, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump.



Nor­mally, I would go di­rectly to the source and use that as the foun­da­tion for any ar­ticle that I posted here, but the Beast re­quires a paid sub­scrip­tion to read so I am using Raw Story in­stead. The Daily Beast was launched in 2018 with leg­endary ed­itor Tina Brown at its helm. Its goal was to boldly go where no mag­a­zine hand gone be­fore and “seek out scoops, scan­dals, and sto­ries about se­cret worlds; we love con­fronting bul­lies, bigots, and hypocrites.”

Raw Story claims to pub­lish “coura­geous, pro­gres­sive jour­nalism.” Wikipedia blandly de­scribes it as “a news site, bringing at­ten­tion to sto­ries that it sees as down­played or ig­nored by other media out­lets.” Wiki does note that the site was de­scribed by Newsweek mag­a­zine as “Muck, raked: If you’re looking for al­leged GOP malfea­sance, the folks at rawstory.com are fre­quently scooping the main­stream media.”

2  The Ha­chette Book Group (HBG) is owned by Ha­chette Livre and is the largest pub­lishing com­pany in France and one of the largest book pub­lishers in the world. Ha­chette Livre is a wholly-owned sub­sidiary of La­gardère Group and was formed when Ha­chette Livre pur­chased the Time Warner Book Group in 2006.


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If Cohen has been shop­ping the book around for two years, the real ques­tion is why no lib­eral pub­lisher (which is most of them) didn’t snatch it up?....And if it’s re­ally crit­ical of Trump or some sort of “bomb­shell” will a con­ser­v­a­tive house time its re­lease to do min­imum or max­imum damage to Trump? The sit­u­a­tion IS curious.

Also, those im­ages are of Cohen, Trump and Michael Ave­natti. Don’t see Vlad any­where (my apolo­gies if I’m missing him.)