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Posted on June 2, 2015
Best selling writer Peter Schweizer, who’s most recent work – Clinton Cash – is currently #3 on the New York Times Best selling list, has been ignored by the local media.
Other than a visit on WFLA’s Morning Show with Preston Scott, Schweizer has not scored any local coverage in the Tallahassee Democrat, on WFSU, or WCTV.
Why is this news?
Not only does Mr. Schweizer live in Tallahassee, the investigative research organization he founded, the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), is located in Tallahassee. GAI employees that live in Tallahassee helped produce Clinton Cash! You would think that would be news.
New York Times called “Clinton Cash” the most anticipated and feared book in a presidential cycle. So, while the New York Times, 60 Minutes, the Washington Post, Fox News and MSNBC provide coverage of a book that has captured the attention of the nation, no local media outlets have found the time to pursue a story about the author who resides in Tallahassee.
You say Mr. Schweizer must be aloof and unavailable.
He recently appeared at the Tiger Bay luncheon, which I am told drew a large crowd and is a rather accessible venue, but it was not worthy of any coverage. Yet, Tiger Bay Speaker Charlie Crist, in April 2014, received coverage in the local Gannett paper under the headline, “Crist speaks to Tiger Bay, Embraces Obama’s ACA.”
You say he is a one hit wonder.
Have you heard of Throw Them All Out and Extortion – both New York Times best sellers?
In 2012, Schweizer’s book, Throw Them All Out, was the basis for a comprehensive report on CBS’ 60 Minutes. The book resulted in a Federal law that addressed insider trading among members of Congress. The research was non-partisan in that it identified Democrats and Republicans who took advantage of a loop-hole in the law.
You say he must be an uneducated right-winger.
Have you heard of Oxford University? Yes, the one in England.
Mr. Schweizer has a B.A. from George Washington University and a Masters in Philosophy from Oxford University.
So, how many New York Times best-selling authors with a degree from Oxford live in Tallahassee? How many best selling authors house their research operations in Tallahassee? How many authors have had their book used as the basis for a Federal law that garnered bipartisan support and live in Tallahassee?
And remember, your read about him in Tallahassee Reports.