THE ROGUE Embargo Broken

Speaking of leaks from embargoed books making headlines, two very different sources are leaking news about Joe McGinniss’s The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin (Crown), coming next week.

The National Enquirer writes today that the Sarah Palin in the book is very different from her public image. Only an excerpt is on the Enquirer’s site, but the UK’s Daily Mail delves into the story in depth (all you really need is the headline, “Sarah Palin snorted cocaine off 55 gallon oil drum and had affairs with NBA star and husband’s business partner: Sensational claims in new book.”)

And, in the comic strip Doonesbury, the cartoon character, faux Fox News reporter Roland Hedley, gets an advance copy of the book and tweets from it (this is only a fictional leak, since McGinniss authorized the usage). Three newspapers, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution, have decided not to run the series. The Tribune editor claims the strips, “do not meet our standards of fairness,” because they “refer to allegations purportedly contained in an as-yet-unreleased book about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The book is not yet available for verification or review by the Chicago Tribune.”

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