Palin hater’s “last best chance” falls flat in McGinniss book

Joe McGinniss himself uses phrases including: a little thinno one has provided any evidenceunreliable source, rumors … are not facts, garbagetawdry gossipmalicious speculation and third-hand rumors when discussing content for an attack-book on Gov. Sarah Palin in an email to one of the Palin-hater kings.

Head over to Andrew Breitbart’s post at Big Journalism to read McGinniss’ cry for help as lawyers and editors reviewed the book that was presumed to feature multiple nails that would finally seal the Palin political machine into a woodshed in the Alaska outback.

Not so much.

In January, after spending the previous summer living and working next door to the Palin’s in Wasilla, McGinniss seems to have been slapped into a somewhat lucid state by lawyers at Random House who told him “this is all bull manure.”

OK, I paraphrased a bit.

McGinniss so badly wants the rumors to be true he’s begging Jesse Griffin – who previously operated an anti-Palin blog – to provide him with the names of his sources so he can contact them to substantiate any of the rumors.


Breitbart notes, with my emphasis in bold.

[In the email] 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.

So in short, the book included “revealing” facts about the Palin family that were already known, plus a bunch of unsubstantiated rumors created by wacko Palin-hating lefties online that even the National Inquirer won’t use as a news source.

One telling sentence McGinnis writes to Griffin should sum it up for you. He was absolutely desperate and wanted it all to be true … but alas, it’s pure BS.

My book represents the last best chance to put the truth about Sarah in front of the American people in a documented, verifiable way.

Update: Breitbart adds another post this morning.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Anybody but Obama on September 22, 2011 at 8:58 am

    He’s lined himself up for a job at the NYTor huffpo.

  2. NH-Jim on September 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

    It’s time for Sarah Palin to file defamation lawsuits against all this vile ilk, not just threaten to.
    We must stop this lynch-mob.

  3. Murphy on September 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    He must have helped Al Bore write the screenplay for “An Inconvenient Truth”. And that was a sequel to Liar Liar.

  4. Dimsdale on September 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    This is no different than the way Democrats have treated Palin since she was selected to run with McCain.? Right out of Alinsky….

  5. Lynn on September 26, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Usually, I don’t believe in lawsuits, not in this case. Let’s make the liars pay for their BS.


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