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Reader comment on item: MPAC, CAIR, and Praising Osama bin Laden

Submitted by Roberrt Tralins (United States), Jun 1, 2007 at 12:38


An ad hoc investigation of the publication of many radical Islamist publications reveals they usually have printings of less than 5,000 even though they boast of 20m and up. According to a printer I know from Detroit who conducted a cursory study from 1998 to the present day, "the average print order is less than 1,000; and the circulation is largely given away at demonstrations, Middle Eastern restaurants and groceries in North America."

He went on to say that the editors and writers pocketed most of the proceeds from donors and print as few as they can safely get away it, relying largely on the responses from you, Pipes, and other writers, to make thei most noise.

According to a PR man I know, he said I could print a publication with a press run of 50 copies with "Circulation 45,000" on the front cover, send the copies to media people, and sit back and wait for your responses to kick up a storm of controversy. Then I could go to CAIR, or the MB or the Saudis, show them all the press I got, and ask for "donations" to continue supporting my 45,000 circulation publication and its staff.

Keep up the fine work,

Robert Tralins

cc: Lisl Schick


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