Crown Publishers Stands Behind McGinniss and “The Rogue”

By Michael Muskal
The publisher of an unfavorable biography of Sarah Palin is standing by the work by Joe McGinniss in the face of a lawsuit threat by the half-term governor of Alaska and potential presidential candidate.In a statement released on Tuesday, Crown Publishers backed McGinniss and his recently published book, “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.”

“We are confident that the reporting in “The Rogue,” is solid, reliable, and well-substantiated. We stand by our publication and our author,” spokesman Stuart Applebaum said in an emailed statement.

On Monday, Palin’s Alaska lawyer, John Tiemessen, sent Crown a letter threatening to sue the publisher and author over the book, which has been panned by several leading book critics.  Tiemessen, who did not return telephone calls, asked the parties to refrain from destroying any documents and email correspondence that could be used in a suit against Crown, which is owned by the German media firm of Bertelsmann AG.

“This book contains a series of lies and rumors presented as fact and combined with ‘anonymous’ sources,” said Tiemessen’s letter.

Palin, the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee in 2008, has kept her current political plans within her family and advisors. Though a possible  presidential candidate, she has not said she would run, but has left the door ajar for a possible bid in remarks at several campaign-style rallies.

Even as she mulls her future, Palin’s standing with poll respondents has been falling. The latest CNN/ORC poll concerning the GOP White House candidates has her at 7%, tied with Herman Cain and well behind the leaders, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

McGinniss, a well-established author whose “The Selling of the President 1968,” made him a star political writer, has defended his methodology in the Palin biography despite condemnation of some of his methods.

“The final work that was published contains most of the stories that Mr. McGinniss complains were nothing more than ‘tawdry gossip’ that amounted to the wishful fantasies of disturbed individuals,” Tiemessen wrote to Crown. “Since both your company, and the author, clearly knew the statements were false, admitted they had no basis in fact or reality, but decided to publish in order to harm Palin’s family, you and Mr. McGinniss have defamed the Palins.”

For his work, McGinniss moved next door to the Palins in Wasilla, Alaska.,0,4800343.story

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Millie
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 18:09:49

    I’ve read all the books that have been published to date and they all show the same thing – Palin is a liar, fraud and unethical. Palin – you have been shown as to what you truly are….not what you project yourself to be. You need to get ‘off the trail’ and hit the high road to – – – -. Just stay out of Alaska – we are sick to death of you and your family.


  2. CO
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 18:14:09

    If it walks like a palin-duck, quacks like a palin-duck, looks like a palin-duck, it must be a palin-duck.

    All these people all these writers have talked with are just making things up, eh. Ri-ight.

    wink wink.
    I still cannot believe this woman winked and blew kisses at the rnc
    on national television. Talk about arrested development.

    Good to hear from Crown.


  3. CO
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 18:16:21

    When someone tells (and shows) you who they are, believe them.
    You too brisket.


  4. Gem
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 18:57:06

    If she sues one, won’t she need to sue them all?


  5. climber357
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 19:32:19

    Another empty threat from sarah and company. Nevertheless, it would be a hoot if Crown decided to call their bluff and sue them.


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  7. akrnc
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 00:21:06

    I went to Amazon to check on the status of the book and her plan to call attention to herself as a “victim” has backfired as the book went from #150 or so yesterday and today it’s back and forth between the 30’s to the 70’s. I’m sure Joe McGinniss would be happy to send her a thank you note for the publicity.

    Many of the negative posters spoke of the entire book being fiction without any sources. Apparently they haven’t read it or noticed the 70+ NAMED sources in the book. Does Sarah really want these people to take the stand against her and speak about her trashy, sordid past? I don’t think so!


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