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  • This Week’s Birthday Boy—“Cuba’s Elvis!” Fidel Castro

    08/18/2012 2:30:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    “Fidel Castro could have been Cuba’s Elvis!” (Dan Rather.) “Fidel Castro is one hell of a guy! “You people would like him!” (Ted Turner to a capacity crowd at Harvard Law School during a speech in 1997.) “Fidel Castro is old-fashioned, courtly—even paternal, a thoroughly fascinating figure!” (Andrea Mitchell.) “Castro has brought very high literacy and great health-care to his country. His personal magnetism is powerful, his presence is commanding.” (Barbara Walters.) “Viva Fidel! Viva Che!” (Jesse Jackson while arm in arm with Fidel Castro himself in 1984.) "Fidel Castro is very shy and sensitive, I frankly like him and...
  • Palin's Enemies Don't Understand Libel Case Against Joe McGinniss

    09/27/2011 6:48:47 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 34 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Robert Stacy McCain
    However, the seriousness of Tiemessen's letter and the potential legal vulnerability of Random House have been mocked and derided by those suffering from PDS. For more than three years, Palin's enemies have become accustomed to seeing bloggers and tabloids spread libelous assertions and obscene speculation about the former Alaska governor with no apparent repercussions and thus included such nonsense as David Magee's column today: But here's the problem with suing McGinnis and the publisher: Palin would have to prove that the allegations in the book are all lies if she proceeded with a lawsuit. She's a public figure -- and it's hard...
  • Palin's lawsuit against Random House may have to be settle out of court because of "Discovery" phase

    09/26/2011 9:09:51 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 140 replies
    Monday September 26, 2011
    Just got off on the phone with a friend in the legal field and she says that a potential lawsuit against Random House by anyone of the Palin family involved in the "trash book" will most likely be quietly settled out of court because the idiot McGinniss opened up Random House to a whole lot of trouble and gives the Palin's an upper hand and GIFT in Court because McGinniss waived attorney client privileged between him and RH by talking about it to a third party (Jesse Griffin) and thus Palin's lawyers are entitled to ALL correspondence from Random House...
  • Not a ‘Threat’: Palin Lawyer Gives McGinniss, Random House Legal Notice

    09/26/2011 5:50:52 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 34 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | Monday September 26, 2011 | John Stacy McCain
    This headline at ABC News is misleading: Sarah Palin Threatens to Sue ‘Rogue’ Book Publisher It is misleading, because there is no “threat” in the letter. Rather, as Governor Palin’s lawyer John Tiemessen clearly states, the legal prerequisite for a defamation suit under Alaska law: “[S]ince both your company, and the author, clearly knew the statements were false, admitted they had no basis in fact or reality, but decided to publish in order to harm Governor Palin’s family, you and Mr. McGinniss have defamed the Palins. This letter shall serve as written notice . . . that a claim may...
  • Sarah Palin Threatens to Sue ‘Rogue’ Book Publisher

    09/26/2011 3:53:55 PM PDT · by Al B. · 166 replies · 1+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | Sept. 26, 2011 | Jon Karl & Shushannah walshe
    Sarah Palin’s family attorney John Tiemessen has written a letter to Maya Mavjee, the publisher of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, that Palin may sue her, the company, and the book’s author Joe McGinniss “for knowingly publishing false statements” in his book released last week, “The Rogue,” ABC News has learned.READ THE ENTIRE LETTER HEREThe book was widely panned by critics for using unnamed sources to criticize Palin and her family. Tiemessen cites an email they have access to in which McGinniss writes that attorneys from Crown Publishing told him “nothing I can cite other than my...
  • Report: "Breitbart Obtains Email Showing McGinniss, Random House Likely Published Literary Hoax"

    09/22/2011 10:12:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/22/11 | Andrew Breitbart
    The awful launch week for the over-hyped, expected bestseller The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by controversial author Joe McGinniss, just got worse. Much worse. After a week of universally scathing pans from the reflexively anti-Palin establishment media, McGinniss now faces the fight of his literary life: the accusation that he seems to have knowingly submitted a book to his publisher, Crown/Random House, that was filled with unproved “tawdry gossip” and rumors that lacked “factual evidence.”
  • Explosive Email Shows Anti-Palin Author McGinniss, Random House Likely Published Literary Hoax

    09/22/2011 5:25:30 AM PDT · by libstripper · 133 replies
    Big Government.com ^ | Sept 22, 2011 | Andrew Breitbart
    The awful launch week for the over-hyped, expected bestseller The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by controversial author Joe McGinniss, just got worse. Much worse. After a week of universally scathing pans from the reflexively anti-Palin establishment media, McGinniss now faces the fight of his literary life: the accusation that he seems to have knowingly submitted a book to his publisher, Crown/Random House, that was filled with unproved “tawdry gossip” and rumors that lacked “factual evidence.”
  • Sarah Palin snorted cocaine off 55 gallon oil drum and had affairs with NBA star and ...

    09/14/2011 5:17:57 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 522 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 14, 2010 | Unsigned - of course
    Complete 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 Sarah Palin snorted cocaine off a 55 gallon oil drum while snowmobiling with friends and had elicit affairs with a top NBA star and one of her husband's business partners, a new book sensationally claims. In revelations which could strike a devastating blow to the controversial politician's hopes of joining the 2012 presidential race, Mrs Palin is said to have snorted the class A drug off an oil drum with her husband. Joe McGinniss's...
  • Bertelsmann to drop online books and music

    09/02/2002 8:13:34 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Financial Times ^ | September 1 2002 21:03 | Tim Burt
    Bertelsmann, the privately owned German media group, is considering the outright sale or closure of its online books and music operations - the second largest in the world - in the latest phase of its restructuring. The move signals a strategic U-turn following the resignation of Thomas Middelhoff as Bertelsmann chief executive following in a boardroom coup in July. Mr Middelhoff had hoped to transform the company into the global leader in book and music retailing. Bertelsmann's management board, however, has approved plans to scale back or withdraw entirely from e-commerce operations. The German group is understood to be in...
  • Bill Clinton’s German Paymasters

    04/14/2008 4:46:11 AM PDT · by Renfield · 7 replies · 46+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 4-14-08 | John Rosenthal
    Apart from the sheer mass of the Clintons’ earnings, perhaps the most intriguing revelation contained in the release of the Clinton tax data last week was that Bill Clinton received a whopping $15 million advance in 2001 for what would become his autobiography, My Life. As even the New York Times noticed, this was significantly “larger than previously thought” — or, more exactly, than previously reported. For example, an August 7, 2001 article in the Times puts the figure vaguely at “over $10 million.” A Wall Street Journal report from the following day cites a more concrete figure of “close...
  • McGinniss (man who moved next door): Beware the power of the fully operational Palin machine

    06/02/2010 8:44:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 1,376+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The hyperbole of Joe McGinniss’ proximity to the Palin family continues apace on two fronts today. First, McGinniss himself decided to grant an interview to NBC’s Today show and Matt Lauer after demanding that ABC leave the premises last week. In the interview, McGinniss goes on offense, offering an absurd rebuttal that even Lauer doesn’t buy and then comparing Sarah Palin’s criticisms of his move to … Nazi Germany? Newsbusters has the transcript: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy JOE MCGINNISS: Morning, morning Matt. I wish you were here. And before we even start...
  • SARAH PALIN’S STALKER’S PUBLISHER? NAZIS, THE REAL KIND!

    06/02/2010 6:03:01 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 269+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 06/02/2010 | Gary P.
    ...Not only was Stalker Joe’s publisher a shill for the Nazis, printing up Nazi propaganda, they also profited using Jewish slave labor, and contributed greatly towards the hatred of the Jewish people. BTW, Barack Obama, author and well known anti-Semite, whose first book was written with the help of terrorist Bill Ayers (allegedly) and second book was based on a sermon by another well known Jew hater, Jeremiah Wright, is also part of the Random House stable of authors as they published both books. Seems like Bertelsmann hasn’t really changed much. Now who today most resembles the Nazis again?
  • Joe McGinniss tells his side of the story about becoming Sarah Palin's neighbor

    05/29/2010 9:24:43 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 60 replies · 2,029+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 5-29-10 | David Weigel
    According to Joe McGinniss, the offer to rent the house next to Sarah Palin's came because the landlord trusted him to respect the former governor's privacy.
  • Jeepers, Creepers! Random House Hires Peepers!

    05/28/2010 9:32:42 AM PDT · by astyanax · 1 replies · 229+ views
    CWA ^ | May 27th, 2010 | Penny Nance
    WANTED: Experienced blogger to take up residence adjacent to Random House CEO Markus Dohle to conduct consistent surveillance on the Dohle family and provide regular blog posts on their activities. Minimum six-month commitment. Experience as a voyeur or peeping tom a big plus! Will provide advance finances to locate and rent accommodations in Scarsdale, New York.
  • Obama may earn Millions from Schools in Book Deal

    05/20/2009 2:42:51 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 584+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2009 | Richard Henry Lee
    Obama may earn millions from taxpayer-funded schools in his new book deal. Five days before taking the oath of office, President-elect Barack Obama signed a book deal with Crown Publishing Group to publish a version of his best-selling book, "Dreams from My Father", aimed at middle school and young adult age groups. Obama would receive a $500,000 advance payment against royalties, plus ongoing royalty payments. Some in the media have questioned the propriety of this deal from the angle that the President might be unduly influenced by Bertelsmann AG, the German based media publishing empire which owns Random House, which...
  • Controversial book about Mohammed and child bride to be published

    09/05/2008 5:02:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 14 replies · 247+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-4-08 | Tom Peterkin
    Gibson Square, known for having sold other controversial books, such as Alexander Litvinenko's "Blowing Up Russia", said it was "imperative" that "The Jewel of Medina" by American author Sherry Jones be available to the public. Random House Publishing Group, which is owned by German media company Bertelsmann AG, has admitted pulling the novel about Mohammed and his wife Aisha. The book was supposed to have been published last month, but the company said at the time that "credible and unrelated sources" had warned that the book "could incite acts of violence." Washington-based Ms Jones criticised the initial decision not to...
  • Random House pulls novel on Islam, fears violence (Where is the OUTRAGE?)

    08/30/2008 1:31:56 PM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies · 134+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2008 | Edith Honan
    Publisher Random House has pulled a novel about the Prophet Mohammad's child bride, fearing it could "incite acts of violence." "The Jewel of Medina," a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones, 46, was due to be published on August 12 by Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, and an eight-city publicity tour had been scheduled, Jones told Reuters on Thursday. The novel traces the life of A'isha from her engagement to Mohammad, when she was six, until the prophet's death. Jones said that she was shocked to learn in May, that publication would be postponed indefinitely. "I have deliberately...
  • A Book Too Hot Off The Presses

    08/23/2008 6:41:21 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies · 132+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2008 | Michelle Boorstein
    Random House Feared Radical Muslim Backlash ___ Once upon a time, Sherry Jones was a Montana newspaper reporter who dreamed she could contribute to world peace with a novel about the prophet Muhammad and his feminist leanings. Then she wrote it. Today? She's the target of a Serbian mufti and a Middle Eastern studies professor with a lawyer. Life has been a roller coaster lately for Jones, 46, who went from being a Book-of-the-Month Club pick to seeing her novel dropped by Random House, which said in a statement it had received "cautionary advice" that the fictionalized story of one...
  • US publisher cancels book on Prophet Mohammed's (youngest) wife

    08/18/2008 6:21:59 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 21 replies · 501+ views
    AFP (via Yahoo News) ^ | Aug 18, 2008
    A US publisher has cancelled the publication of a novel about the youngest wife of the Muslim prophet Mohammed amid a growing controversy over the book. "The Jewel of Medina," a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones about Mohammed's child bride A'isha had been due for release in the United States last week. But publisher Random House released her from the contract amid the controversy and her agent said Jones is now looking for a publisher in another country to pick up the rights. "Random House made the decision to cancel its US publication of the novel 'The Jewel of...
  • Fear of Islamic threats chills free speech

    08/16/2008 2:48:35 PM PDT · by pissant · 18 replies · 269+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 8/16/08 | Steve Huntley
    The war on free speech by Islamic fanatics has claimed another victim. This time they did it without killing anyone, staging a riot or even issuing a threat. Fear alone turned out to be enough for Random House to drop plans to publish a novel about a wife of the prophet Muhammad. Probably the only surprising thing about this story was that Random House had, in the first place, signed on to the idea of publishing The Jewel of Medina by journalist Sherry Jones. The deal was inked last year even though the world already had witnessed the murder of...
  • Random House pulls novel on Islam

    08/13/2008 3:16:26 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 8 replies · 127+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Publisher Random House has pulled a novel about the Prophet Mohammed's child bride, fearing it could "incite acts of violence." "The Jewel of Medina," a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones, 46, was due to be published on August 12 by Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann, and an eight-city publicity tour had been scheduled, Jones told Reuters . The novel traces the life of A'isha from her engagement to Mohammed, when she was six, until the prophet's death. Jones said that she was shocked to learn in May, that publication would be postponed indefinitely. "I...
  • Muslims Learn Again That Violent Intimidation Works

    08/13/2008 6:06:32 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 14 replies · 104+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 8-13-08 | Robert Spencer
    If Jones really wanted to offend Muslims, she could have made her novel a negative portrayal of Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha and a denunciation of the devastating effects child marriage has had upon untold numbers of girls in the Islamic world ever since. That would certainly have brought her opprobrium and threats, but she would have had the satisfaction of knowing that she was standing up for the dignity of the human person. As it is, her book does indeed seem to be as Spellberg describes it: a “very ugly, stupid piece of work.” That being the case, however, since...
  • The Jewel of Medina and the Cowardly Surrender of Random House

    08/12/2008 1:17:46 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 7 replies · 136+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 12, 2008 | Andrew Klavan
    A publisher hands another piece of our freedom to radical Muslims...Something terrible is happening today. Sherry Jones’ first novel The Jewel of Medina is not being published. I haven’t read the book — a fictional recreation of the life of one of Mohammed’s wives — but I know for a fact that the history of literature and thought will be poorer for its absence...
  • Shades of the Danish Cartoons: Random House in disgrace

    08/07/2008 6:14:48 PM PDT · by flyfree · 27 replies · 226+ views
    ...the company has decided not to publish Sherry Jones’ historical novel “The Jewel of Medina” about Mohammed’s child bride Aisha. The book was part of a $100,000 two-book contract with the author. Shame on Random House! This act of abject cowardice and de facto censorship is one of the most disgraceful incidents I can think of in the history of American publishing. As Asra Q. Nomani writes in the WSJ: Random House feared the book would become a new “Satanic Verses,” the Salman Rushdie novel of 1988 that led to death threats, riots and the murder of the book’s Japanese...
  • Random House Kills "Anti-Muslim" Book; Previously Published The Da Vinci Code

    08/07/2008 11:53:20 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 25 replies · 154+ views
    According to an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Random House has reneged on an agreement to publish a novel about Aisha, Muhammad’s young wife. The Jewel of Medina, written by Sherry Jones, allegedly has some racy material, enough to provoke one of the writers who vetted the book, Denise Spellberg, to warn the publisher that it could inspire violence. Random House decided not to publish the book for “fear of a possible terrorist threat from extremist Muslims” and concern for “the safety and security of the Random House building and employees.” Addressing this today is Catholic League president Bill...
  • American Wife: Laura Bush Explored [Major hit piece on Laura Bush thinly disguised as fiction]

    07/08/2008 6:39:11 AM PDT · by Sudetenland · 10 replies · 140+ views
    Radar Online ^ | July 2008 | FI Staff
    On the heels of two best-selling books, (Prep, The Man of My Dreams), young, Iowa-trained author Curtis Sittenfeld is about to release her most controversial book yet—a thinly veiled novel based on Laura Bush's life that is sure to send the White House into a fury. Published by Random House next fall, American Wife tells the story of Alice Blackwell, a quiet librarian whose husband Charlie becomes the bumbling president of the United States. It is, in short, a fictional examination of the life of the First Lady that mingles real facts and incidents with the author's imaginative, fanciful, sometimes...
  • The Network Behind the Bush-bashing Book

    05/30/2008 1:59:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 41 replies · 460+ views
    familysecuritymatters.org ^ | May 30, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    Publisher Peter Osnos, who admits to personally working with former Bush White House press secretary Scott McClellan on his new book, What Happened, began his career as an assistant to I.F. Stone, the pro-communist "journalist" named as a Soviet agent of influence who was the uncle of Weather Underground communist terrorist Kathy Boudin. But the connections don't end there. Boudin's son Chesa was raised by Barack Obama associates Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who were Boudin's comrades in the communist terrorist group, after Kathy Boudin went to prison for her involvement in an armed robbery and assault that took the...
  • 'Queer' Teens Invited to Share Their True Stories

    02/02/2005 8:03:55 AM PST · by missyme · 96 replies · 1,970+ views
    Crosswalk News ^ | Feb 2nd, 2005 | Susan Jones
    We're looking for young people (ages 13 to 23) who have something to say about what it's like to queer in America today," say the organizers of a "Queerthology" book project. Two young authors -- in conjunction with Knopf Books and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education network -- say they are "putting together an anthology of personal nonfiction about today's queer teen experience." They say the anthology will be published this year by Knopf, a division of Random House Children's Books - and proceeds from the book will benefit GLSEN, the group that helps students establish Gay/Straight Alliances in...
  • Obama gets three-book deal worth $1.9 million (Cool move, avoiding senate ethics rules)

    12/17/2004 5:29:36 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 19 replies · 606+ views
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | December 17, 2004 | AP
    Obama gets three-book deal worth $1.9 million December 17, 2004 — U.S. Sen.-elect Barack Obama, who saw a book he wrote a decade ago jump onto best seller lists after his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention this summer, has landed a three-book deal worth $1.9 million. Crown Publishing Group and Random House Children's Books, both divisions of Random House Inc., announced Friday that Obama will write two books for adults as well as a children's book he will work on with his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters. "Writing is something that Senator Obama obviously enjoys as...
  • Cool $8 Million Advance for 'Cold Mountain' Author's Next

    04/06/2002 11:51:05 AM PST · by GeneD · 6 replies · 474+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 4/6/02 (for editions of 4/7/02) | David D. Kirkpatrick
    Charles Frazier, author of the best-selling novel "Cold Mountain," agreed to sell the Random House Trade Group the rights to publish a new novel for an advance of more than $8 million, people close to the negotiations said Friday. An advance that large is extraordinary for a literary author like Mr. Frazier, and it is even more unusual because he has written only one previous book and presented only a one-page outline of his next work. In addition, the producer Scott Rudin and Paramount Pictures, part of Viacom, have agreed to pay $3 million for the film rights to the...