From: Joe McGinniss To: Jesse Griffin Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 6:15 PM Subject: I have to ask you for help
Legal review of my manuscript is underway and here’s my problem: no one has ever offered documentation of any of the lurid stories about the Palins.
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Neither from you, the Enquirer, AlaskaWTF, palingates.com or anyone else, have I seen a credible, identified source backing any of the salacious stories about the Palin family.
Thus–as Random House lawyers are already pointing out to me–nothing I can cite other than my own reporting rises above the level of tawdry gossip. The proof is always just around the corner, but that’s a corner nobody has been able to turn. Maybe Jeff Dunn has, in which case I’ll be the first to congratulate him. But frankly, at this point, I’m tired of it, and I’ve run out of time.
A lot of us are tired of it, asshole. And if “I’ve run out of time” means “I may have screwed up badly enough in my attempt to pimp a bunch of sordid, made-up wank-fodder to a drooling pack of mindless haters that I may end up sued or in jail over it,” well, so much the better.