Sunday, April 29, 2012

Will Regnery Publishing Make the Little Children Cry?

Right-wing attack dog Regnery Publishing has announced plans to launch a children's imprint.

Regnery's well-established adult division includes such deep thinkers as Ann Coulter, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh's baby brother David.

They have published books by William "abort every black baby and your crime rate would go down" Bennett and Patrick "Hitler was an individual of great courage" Buchanan. They've published National Rifle Association gun nut Wayne LaPierre, conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi and Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy. They've published Michelle "In Defense of Internment" Malkin, J. D. "You could marry your horse" Hayworth and George "Macaca" Allen.

Now they're coming after the children. Is it too soon to get a restraining order?

The imprint is to be called "Little Patriots," and is aimed at children aged 5 to 8. Their decision is motivated in great part by the success of their recent children's book Sweet Land of Liberty, written by Newt Gingrich's mistress wife Callista. You know that book? Its main character is that quintessentially American animal, the flag-waving elephant, who recounts such moments in U.S. history as when the Pilgrims survived a harsh winter thanks solely to the help of God.

Regnery is evidently still feeling its way in how to properly propagandize children, since their initial offerings include reissues of an older book from VSP Books. That picture book, Woodrow for President, by VSP founders Peter and Cheryl Barnes, recounts the rise of a mouse named Woodrow from humble beginnings to the White House (Mice, of course, have been integral in the teaching of U.S. history to children, going back to Robert Lawson's Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos, first published in 1939 and still going strong.)

But I'm sure Regnery will catch on quickly. Indeed, they are planning a whole series on mice-based history books by Peter and Cheryl Barnes. In 2010, Cheryl Barnes commiserated with Steve Doocy on Fox and Friends that U.S. history was no longer being taught in school:

Steve Doocy: As we have lamented here on this program and on Fox as well, it doesn't seem like our actual history is being taught much in school anymore.
Cheryl Barnes: It isn't. And that's why I hope that my books do a little bit of that.

Is our children learning? Well, I'm sure Regnery will bring to our children the same quality of discourse and devotion to facts that they've brought to their adult readers.

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