A: Sarah Palin’s biography/political memoir. Rumor is that Palin is going to get $7 million for her biography/memoir/collection of stump speeches about that terrorist loving President-Elect of ours, the Bridge to Nowhere, Joe the Plumber, Tito the Builder, Earmarks for Eskimos. The problem for Palin is that she is generally disliked by the broad spectrum of literary folks and by those on the internet. I predict her book will be out on the internet, possibly even before publication, as everyone rushes to read it while not wanting to pay for it.
Nate Silver, god of the political predicting, is shopping around two books. If there was one place that sad liberals could go to make yourself feel better during this eternity of an election season, it was fivethirtyeight.com. As for why I call Nate Silver a god, it’s because it’s true and factual The dude predicted the Super Tuesday delegate divvying within a dozen (out of over 1600). He accurately predicted North Carolina and Indiana primary results. He was within one percentage point of the popular vote, predicted 49 of 50 states’ results correctly and all of the resolved Senate races correctly. If Nate Silver were to write tomorrow that the world was flat, I would believe it.
Update: Nate Silver sold his two books to Penguin for $700,000.00.
The New Yorker’s cover this month features about every Obama slur possible on its cover. It’s obviously meant to be satiric but is it? My thinking is that if you put McCain on there as a Manchurian candidate, while ironic and satirical, it would also be offensive. Of course, media shouldn’t shy away from being provocative and even offensive at times.
What are your thoughts? (As an aside, I read three Susan Mallery books (the Buchanan series) and her characters all do the terrorist fist bump!)
Publishers’ Weekly has an article about how the publishing industry is releasing more political books such as the Scott McLellan, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, and the Douglas Feith, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism, which purport to tell the real truth behind the government’s actions toward the war. The thrust of the article is that publishing industry is taking up where congressional oversight and the standard press has failed the public. The thought that occurred to me when I read this article was how important it was for publishers to stay autonomous which is why any movement toward ad supported non-fiction or fiction could be dangerous.
Via Publishers’ Weekly.
What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture by the third press secretary for George W. Bush will be released on June 2, 2008, but copies are popping up in stores. Politico bought a copy from a Washington bookstore and provided a review of it. Scott McClellan talks in his book about the pervasive lies that the administration told to the American people about the Iraq war and the propaganda machine the White House used to perpetuate those lies.
"I still like and admire President Bush," McClellan writes. "But he and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war. – In this regard, he was terribly ill-served by his top advisers, especially those involved directly in national security."
He goes on to write about how the supposed left wing media failed to do its job in reporting.
"The collapse of the administration’s rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise. – In this case, the "liberal media’ didn’t live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served."
I think its gross that McClellan will earn money off of this book when he was complicit in retelling these lies but it is a story that we probably need to read. I’ll check my copy out from the library.