Thursday 17 August 2017

Anti-Palin tell-all speaks volumes about author and its key subject

Sarah Palin has craved attention throughout her bizarre odyssey from obscure
governor of Alaska to Republican Party megastar
Sarah Palin has craved attention throughout her bizarre odyssey from obscure governor of Alaska to Republican Party megastar

Rupert Cornwell

For a moment, you almost feel sorry for Sarah Palin. There she was, trying to live a normal family life in Wasilla, Alaska, when a bestselling author and would-be biographer rented the house next door. And of one thing she could be certain, whatever book emerged was not going to be flattering.

Joe McGinniss moved in on May 22 last year, setting in motion an electronic circus throughout the summer, as both sides chronicled their impressions of each other via blog and Facebook, and Palin's appearances on the conservative Fox News channel, where she is a regular commentator. Watched by the world's media, husband Todd even put up a 14ft fence to block out the prying eyes of Mr McGinniss.

As publication day approached, a new teaser emerged, a hook-up with the hugely popular Doonesbury cartoon strip. All this week Gary Trudeau, Doonesbury's creator, has had his fictional Fox reporter Roland Hedley leafing through an advance copy, trying to put a positive spin on its most sensational allegations.

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