I have purposely stayed away from writing about the release of Joe McGinniss's book in which he makes degrading claims about Governor Palin and the Palin family. Some things, as far as I'm concerned, just don't deserve the publicity. Even the mainstream media, certainly no friends of the Governor, lashed out against McGinniss, who had found a way to weasel next door to the Palins while writing his hit piece. No thinking person truly believed what this character had to say anyway, but today Andrew Breitbart shed further light on what McGinniss is full of.
After a week of universally scathing pans from the reflexively anti-Palin establishment media, McGinniss now faces the fight of his literary life: the accusation that he seems to have knowingly submitted a book to his publisher, Crown/Random House, that was filled with unproved “tawdry gossip” and rumors that lacked “factual evidence.”
In the email below, sent in January of 2011, McGinniss reveals that his manuscript, then under legal review at Crown/Random House, could not prove its most headline-grabbing allegations. And yet, many of these “salacious stories” that lacked “proof” (in McGinniss’s own words) ended up in the book, and on televisions everywhere during the author’s current media tour … without proper sourcing, and without any apparent new evidence to support them.
McGinniss’s panicked state is evidenced by the identity of the recipient to whom he sent his email of distress. Jesse Griffin was the author of an obscure, low-rent, and now-defunct anti-Palin blog that obsessed over Trig Palin’s maternity–claiming, without any evidence, that Sarah Palin was not Trig’s mother.
Was Random House aware that its prized author was making a desperate overtime bid to save face? And if so, why did it allow him to come forth with most of those tawdry accusations without proof or proper sourcing?
This would not be the first time McGinniss has found himself in trouble over accusations of unethical journalism. In 1987, McGinniss agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the convicted murderer who was the subject of McGinniss’s book Fatal Vision. He has also admitted to having surreptitiously distributed a competitor’s manuscript about Palin that was handed to him by his own publisher. The leak allegedly damaged the commercial viability of that book.
In 2003, Random House released a larger-than-life, massive bestseller by James Frey entitled A Million Little Pieces. Later, it was revealed that the book was a fantastical literary hoax that made its way past some of the highest-paid and most respected editors and lawyers in the literary world. Doubleday/Random House felt compelled to offer full refunds to those who had bought the book.
Has history repeated itself?
Mr. McGinniss has not responded to multiple requests for comment.
The email he sent to anti-Palin blogger, Jesse Griffin, clearly depicts a McGinniss in panic because he had no facts to substantiate the attacks on Governor Palin's character found in his book. He was essentially begging for anything to help him in his motive to take her down, acknowledging that as it stood his book was nothing more than smutty gossip. The email speaks for itself. Read it here at Breitbart's Big Government.
Breitbart has updated his original post with the revelation that Random House chose to publish the McGinniss book even after lawyers told him there was no evidence to prove his allegations. He writes:
In an email dated January 27, 2011, Joe McGinniss, author of The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, says that Random House lawyers have told him he has provided nothing more than “tawdry gossip” to substantiate “any of the salacious stories about the Palin family.”
He adds that “No one has ever provided factual evidence” (original emphasis) of the following accusations:
Yet almost all of these accusations appear in McGinniss’s book, without any substantial proof beyond gossip, and without any apparent new information to address the lack of “factual evidence” in January 2011.
You can go here to read those accusations.
Governor Palin has yet to say directly what she's decided to do in 2012, but she has been rather consistent when speaking of the qualifications needed of the Republican candidate who will ensure that ABO (Anybody But Obama) occupies the White House in January 2013. The most vetted candidate is part of her list. Who else is more vetted than she? And the more people attempt to depict her as anyone other than a person with unquestionable work ethic, a stellar record, and upstanding character, the more foolish they make themselves look. She has been held up to more microscopes than a science lab could house, and she has emerged spotless each time. Don Surber puts it this way:
If she runs, I will vote for Sarah Palin satisfied that there are no skeletons in her closet. She is who she says she is. So many people have vetted her that I have full confidence that there is no scandal anywhere.