Joe McGinniss, a reporter an author with a distinguished track record spanning nearly half a century, has a new book out, this one on Sarah Palin.
You might not know this because the establishment press is bound and determined to suppress all knowledge of this book, save for their own highly misleading spin on it. As McGinniss stated in the FDL Book Salon for The Rogue yesterday:
So far, MSM interviewers have only wanted to say I’m reprehensible for putting things in a book about a major political figure that the National Enquirer would find salacious. Then they repeat the “salacious” bits, thereby highlighting them further, and leaving the rest of the book in the shadows.
David Folkenflik of NPR recorded a 45-minute interview with me last week. Fifteen seconds made it on to the air.
I expect no better in the weeks to come, because MSM is a herd animal. Once there’s a meme, they stampede with it and all other points of view are obliterated.
And if you expected alleged progressive heroes Terry Gross, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow to be any better, well, guess again:
Terry Gross has declined to have me on her show. As have all other NPR shows. My fifteen seconds as part of a Folkenflik report on All Things Considered is all I get from NPR. I’m told they are scared of losing more federal funding if right wing Congresspeople complain that they are “promoting” my book.
FYI, both Morning Joe and Keith Olbermann had me booked for last week, but canceled when they saw which way the wind was blowing.
I’d like people to know that about Olbermann. First, he attacked my book on Bill Maher without having read it–then, when the publicity director of Crown Publishing said to his producer that she hoped he would read it before interviewing me on his own show, he canceled me.
Rachel Maddow also refused to have me on.
You’d think that KO, Dr. Maddow and Terry Gross would leap at the chance to talk about a book that among other things discusses in detail the religious fervor and racism of Sarah Palin and her circle. But no — instead, they follow the establishment press’ lead in pretending that the book is somehow too salacious to be read. (Yes, we’re talking about the same establishment media for whom no smear against a non-right-winger is off limits. If McGinniss was writing a badly-sourced book about Al Gore’s massage cravings, he’d be warmly welcomed onto every talk show in the nation. But when he writes a very-well-sourced book about Sarah Palin and her associates, and dares to deal with the subjects of sex and race in a manner that is far more honest and sensible than the hyperventilating treatment given his revelations, he is consigned to the outer darkness, his book unread by those who most loudly attack him, despite his long and honorable track record.
By the way, here’s what KO has to say for himself when asked about this:
This from a man who has yet to read the book.
Oh, well. At least I know now not to bother with, or trust, a single thing Olbermann, Gross and Maddow do or say from now on.