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David Corn Loses it at Barnes & Noble

H/T Sean Hackbarth of the American Mind via Twitter:

MSNBC Contributor and Mother Jones’ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn apparently got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

He was spotted in the Barnes & Noble at Union Station throwing a fit because his new book — his fifth — fitting called Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party out today didn’t have its own display. He was overheard yelling at the manager that “every paper in America” was going to be talking about his book today and yet nobody could find it there.

The manager explained that corporate tells him what books get displays and that the order did not call for that. Corn maintained that the bookstore wasn’t well run and stormed out in a huff.

“It was a scene,” our spy tells us.

Corn, who is usually very amiable, explained to FishbowlDC what happened. He admitted he was “agitated” but said he did not “lose his temper” with either the Nook salesman out front or the manager in back. “Agitated? Yes. Losing my temper? No. I was exasperated.” Corn said he was upset that this is the only bookseller left on Capitol Hill and that his book was not prominently displayed, as he’d been promised.

“It could just be this bookstore didn’t get the memo,” he surmised. “People are walking by. This is the day you want them to see the cover. You don’t know what it means the day your book comes out and your book is not prominently displayed.”

Our spy said the manager kept his cool. “Manager was awesome. Totally calm. Looked up the order for him to confirm no display. Actually, he acted as if he gets a bunch of jerks coming in there with similar demands. Washington!”

Media Bistro goes on to report the book was later given its own display hours later.  They also report Corn offered to do a book signing to smooth things over.

Having frequented more than a few book stores, I can’t imagine what it’s like to get memos from publishers about which books to push and which ones get their own tables, displays and what not.  I also can’t imagine what it’s like to be a bookseller in a town where practically one out of every 1,000 residents can honestly tell you, “I wrote a book, why isn’t it being displayed?!?”

Also will say I’m a tad shocked that the B&N at Union Station is the last book seller on the Hill.  Tells you there needs to be more than bars and cheap food joints on the part of Pennsylvania Ave which lies north of the Capitol.

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  • kevinbinversie

    Cheaper cost of living.

  • In a free market?  I thought anyone performing services of great enough value could reap a wage in excess of what would be needed to live comfortably in any location.

  • Billiam

    Never heard of this guy. Must be an east coast thing.