Joe McGinniss himself uses phrases including: a little thin, no one has provided any evidence, unreliable source, rumors … are not facts, garbage, tawdry gossip, malicious 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.