Non-Denial Denial

10 Jan

Ben Smith wants to know who wrote “O”.   In his search for truth he asks, “a few of the likelier suspects” if they are the anonymous author.  Nearly all deny, or offer wry non-denials.  But Smith, who has thrice written about the book on his widely-read blog subtly named, “Ben Smith,” offers no such denial of his own.

Let’s assess the evidence:

Ben Smith has (presumably) been “in the room” with President Obama (unconfirmed)

Ben Smith has publicized the upcoming release on multiple occasions

Ben Smith, when faced with the opportunity to address the possibility of his own authorship, declined to offer an explicit denial

Further inflaming speculation, Smith failed to directly address rumors in subsequent emails.


UPDATE: Smith denies.


2 Responses to “Non-Denial Denial”


  1. Tweets that mention Non-Denial Denial « Aggregate Appeal -- - January 10, 2011

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Karl Frisch and others. Karl Frisch said: RT @BenGroCo: Why does @benpolitico refuse to deny he is the author of "O: A Presidential Novel"? […]

  2. Smith Goes Simpson « Aggregate Appeal - January 11, 2011

    […] on the previous post.  Ben Smith has officially given the Bart Simpson reply to rampant speculation that he is in fact […]

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