From Big Government.com:
Explosive Email Shows Anti-Palin Author McGinniss, Random House Likely Published Literary Hoax (Updated)
by Andrew Breitbart
The awful launch week for the over-hyped, expected bestseller The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by controversial author Joe McGinniss, just got worse. Much worse.
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.
Read the rest and the email at Big Government.com
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And you thought bad breath was a turnoff?
Facebook date used me as a getaway driver, says Leah Gibbs
YOU know your date’s gone wrong when you end up as the getaway driver in a robbery.
This is what happened to Leah Gibbs, 23, after she decided to hook up with a man she met on Facebook.
She thought he was going to wine and dine her; he had other plans.
At the start of the date, Adam Minton, 21, asked Ms Gibbs to drive him to a nearby betting shop (always a good sign) and she agreed to wait in the car outside.
Minutes later he ran out of the Ladbrokes, in Rhondda, South Wales, with a knife in one hand and a bag full of money in the other. Once in the car, he screamed: “Drive, drive, drive.”
Minton ordered Ms Gibbs back to his house and then tried to bundle her inside.
It was at that point that she decided the date was over. The police thought so too and swooped on the house and arrested both of them.
Ms Gibbs spent the rest of her evening in a police cell. She was set free only after Minton admitted he had acted alone.
read more at news.com.au
No word on if Mr. Minton called for a second date.
From The Missoulian.com
A former bathroom in the nation’s oldest public park is being converted into a sandwich shop.
The 660-square-foot Pink Palace restroom was built on Boston Common in the 1920s. It hasn’t been used as a restroom since the 1970s.
Boston officials announced Wednesday that Mayor Thomas Menino (meh-NEE’-noh) signed a 15-year lease with the Orlando, Fla.-based Earl of Sandwich chain for a takeout operation at the site.
Earl of Sandwich will pay $50,000 annually. It will renovate the interior of the mausoleum-like structure for use as a kitchen, with storage and prep areas.
The goal is to open the shop as early as next spring.
The Boston Common was set aside as public land in 1640. The restroom is called the Pink Palace because of the pinkish hue of its masonry.
Read more at the Missoulian.com]]>