It Isn't Easy Being Dan Brown
But that example shows how the media have given Brown's statements a pampered free ride, a cushy, non-critical acceptance of anything that rolls out of his (or his publicist's) mouth.
Edward Wyatt, the NY Times person who wrote the book-jacket story is just one of many in the mainstream media who are blinded by Brown's celebrity and the awesome publicity machine that Random House has mustered for the occasion.
Fortunately, we have seen any number of occasions where blogs have picked up on the truth and broken stories that the mainstream media were too blind, too clueless, had too many conflicts of interest or spent too much in bed with those it should be covering.
As I mentioned above, this thread began at Lee Goldberg's Blog: A Writer's Life. It's well worth reading.