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September 15, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
There's a not-so-subtle agenda underpinning Joe McGinniss' "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," although it's never made explicit until late in the book. "The time has come to strike the tent," McGinniss begins the closing chapter. "[N]o matter how much my book sales might benefit from a Palin presidential campaign in 2012, I sincerely hope that the whole extravaganza, which has been unblushingly underwritten by a mainstream media willing to gamble the nation's future in exchange for the cheap thrill of watching a clown in high heels on a flying trapeze, is nearing the end of its run. " If you're a Palin supporter, this will only give you ammunition to dismiss "The Rogue" as one more piece of liberal propaganda, yet another "lamestream media" smear campaign.
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March 11, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Joe McGinniss, who died Monday from complications of prostate cancer at age 71, liked to break the rules. His best known book, 1983's “Fatal Vision,” provoked a controversy over the author's methods; it was McGinniss to whom Janet Malcolm was referring in her famous opening to “The Journalist and the Murderer,” which critiques his relationship with “Fatal Vision's” subject, former Green Beret doctor Jeffrey MacDonald, who was convicted of...
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OPINION
June 6, 2010 | Charlotte Allen
Who's worse, Joe McGinniss or Janet Malcolm? The two journalists were famously at each other's throats after Malcolm wrote scathingly about McGinniss' book on the Jeffrey MacDonald murder trial of 1979. But they are also eerily similar in their penchant for overwriting, amateur psychoanalysis of their subjects, sneering condescension and questionable journalistic tactics. And now they've both come roaring back into the public eye. McGinniss' latest caper is renting the house next door to Sarah Palin in Wasilla, Alaska.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Joe McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in "The Selling of the President 1968" and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster "Fatal Vision," died Monday at a hospital in Worcester, Mass. He was 71. McGinniss died from complications of prostate cancer, according to his attorney and longtime friend Dennis Holahan. Few journalists of his time so intrepidly pursued a story, burned so many bridges or more memorably placed themselves in the narrative, whether insisting on the guilt of MacDonald after seemingly befriending him or moving next door to Sarah Palin's house for a most unauthorized biography of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.
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February 22, 1989 | KAY BARTLETT, Associated Press
Joe McGinniss--author of the best seller "Fatal Vision," the story of Jeffrey MacDonald, a Green Beret and Long Beach doctor convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters--says his newest book, "Blind Faith," is the last one he will write about a murder. "I think my capacity for empathy is over," he explains. "There is nothing worse than a writer not feeling as sorry as he should for the people who are hurting." "Blind Faith" examines the case of Robert O.
BOOKS
October 1, 1989 | CHARLES SOLOMON
During the late '70s, Joe McGinniss roamed the vast expanses of Alaska, compiling this vivid memoir. His account of America's last frontier ranges from poignant to scurrilously funny. He shares his unabashed rapture at the beauty of the virgin wilderness and his disgust at the squalor of Nome. At the time he was writing, Alaska was reeling from a sudden influx of oil money.
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February 5, 1989 | Karen Stabiner, Stabiner is completing a book on the 1947 Overell murder case. and
Got a few minutes to talk about the dregs of humanity? Author Joe McGinniss, who is developing a lurid specialty as a true crime writer--in "Blind Faith," he writes, as he did in "Fatal Vision," about a man accused of killing his wife--this time brings us a man who must have seen "Double Indemnity" too many times and, in his arrogance, decided he could play both the Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck roles.
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August 8, 1993 | Robert Scheer, Scheer is a contributing editor to the Times
The answer might have come to him on that train to Hyannisport, Mass., when the senator dismissed him with a curt nod, and he had finally to admit failure in his long quest to secure an interview with the subject of his new Big Book. Worse, he must have had to concede to himself, though never to his publishers, he had failed to unearth a single new important fact about the senator. Yes, that was it, Joe McGinniss might have thought.
NEWS
July 30, 1993 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wry, rumpled, best-selling Joe McGinniss suddenly is an author without allies. Worse, he is being condemned by peers and crucified by literarists with careers mightier than his. Their words for his new work are consentient poison: avaricious slop, plagiaristic, journalistic histrionics, unadulterated junk, salacious, mean-spirited and novelistic landfill. It was almost a surprise that McGinniss arrived here for interviews Wednesday. "Where should I be?" he asks. He tries a tease.
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February 22, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- As Sarah Palin ponders whether to enter the 2012 GOP presidential wars, a skirmish over two competing chronicles of her time in Alaska has broken out. A former aide to Palin, Frank Bailey, is working on a manuscript in which, according to press reports, Palin is portrayed as thin-skinned and obsessed with her political critics. On Tuesday, Bailey accused author Joe McGinniss, who has been working on his own Palin book, of leaking Bailey's manuscript to the media. Posting on the anti-Palin blog Mudflats on Tuesday, Bailey, along with his co-authors, Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon, issued what they termed was a "cease-and-desist order" against McGinniss, which read, in part, that the three "believe [McGinniss']
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March 10, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Author Joe McGinninss, political chronicler, novelist, and sometime muckraker has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 71 and had prostate cancer. Best known in recent years for moving next door to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Wasilla in order to work on a book about her -- much to her annoyance -- McGinniss also wrote about the Kennedys, Richard Nixon and true crime, often stirring controversy. McGinniss was a 26-year-old newspaper columnist in Philadelphia when he wrote his scathing look at the campaign of Richard Nixon, "The Selling of the President: 1968.
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January 25, 2013
"Girls" has started its second season on HBO on Jan. 13, but get ready for more: The controversial but critically lauded, Golden Globe-winning show will return for a third season. While HBO has not officially confirmed the renewal, the cast and crew of "Girls" have made it abundantly clear the show will be back. This weekend, Lena Dunham spoke with Alec Baldwin for his podcast, "Here's the Thing," and inadvertently confirmed the show's pick-up. "We're starting Season 3 at the end of March.
NEWS
September 27, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
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 former 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.
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September 17, 2011
THE ROGUE Searching for the Real Sarah Palin Joe McGinniss Crown: 322 pps., $25
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September 15, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
There's a not-so-subtle agenda underpinning Joe McGinniss' "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," although it's never made explicit until late in the book. "The time has come to strike the tent," McGinniss begins the closing chapter. "[N]o matter how much my book sales might benefit from a Palin presidential campaign in 2012, I sincerely hope that the whole extravaganza, which has been unblushingly underwritten by a mainstream media willing to gamble the nation's future in exchange for the cheap thrill of watching a clown in high heels on a flying trapeze, is nearing the end of its run. " If you're a Palin supporter, this will only give you ammunition to dismiss "The Rogue" as one more piece of liberal propaganda, yet another "lamestream media" smear campaign.
NEWS
February 22, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- As Sarah Palin ponders whether to enter the 2012 GOP presidential wars, a skirmish over two competing chronicles of her time in Alaska has broken out. A former aide to Palin, Frank Bailey, is working on a manuscript in which, according to press reports, Palin is portrayed as thin-skinned and obsessed with her political critics. On Tuesday, Bailey accused author Joe McGinniss, who has been working on his own Palin book, of leaking Bailey's manuscript to the media. Posting on the anti-Palin blog Mudflats on Tuesday, Bailey, along with his co-authors, Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon, issued what they termed was a "cease-and-desist order" against McGinniss, which read, in part, that the three "believe [McGinniss']
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September 17, 2011
THE ROGUE Searching for the Real Sarah Palin Joe McGinniss Crown: 322 pps., $25
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1988
The Los Angeles federal court battle between "Fatal Vision" author Joe McGinniss and convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald has ended with dismissal of a $15-million breach-of-contract suit. The dismissal comes under terms of a settlement giving $325,000 to MacDonald, who filed a breach-of-contract suit alleging that McGinniss betrayed him by becoming his friend and then writing a book that concluded that he killed his pregnant wife and two daughters at Ft. Bragg, N.C., in 1970.
OPINION
June 6, 2010 | Charlotte Allen
Who's worse, Joe McGinniss or Janet Malcolm? The two journalists were famously at each other's throats after Malcolm wrote scathingly about McGinniss' book on the Jeffrey MacDonald murder trial of 1979. But they are also eerily similar in their penchant for overwriting, amateur psychoanalysis of their subjects, sneering condescension and questionable journalistic tactics. And now they've both come roaring back into the public eye. McGinniss' latest caper is renting the house next door to Sarah Palin in Wasilla, Alaska.
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January 14, 2008 | Tod Goldberg, Special to The Times
Live in Las Vegas long enough and you'll realize it's built on false hope. Certainly, the games of chance are a loser's folly, but so too are the master-planned excess of Summerlin, the cookie-cutter streets of Green Valley and Henderson. And in between the sprawl is the reason anyone knows about the place at all: the narrow casino canyon of Las Vegas Boulevard, which winds through glamour and glut until it stops at the sea of rugged humanity known as downtown.
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