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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sarah Palin weighs in on Jeffrey MacDonald case - Kansas City Star

Anne Blythe

Raleigh News & Observer

The News and Observer

Updated: 2012-09-19T10:34:51Z

WILMINGTON -- The Jeffrey MacDonald case has pulled an unusual book critic into its web of conspiracy theorists and strong camps of opinions. Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, has posted a complimentary review of Errol Morris’ new book about the case, “A Wilderness of Error,” on her Facebook page.

It has her byline on it, too. ( tinyurl.com/8ndxtk8) In his book published this month by The Penguin Press, Morris offers a fresh look at the MacDonald case.The Oscar-winning documentarian’s literary style is unusual, including documents, transcripts and other details amid his narrative of a case that spans four decades. Morris offers his readers no conclusion on whether MacDonald is guilty of slaughtering his family, as a jury found in 1979.But in interviews since publication, Morris has said he thinks MacDonald is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice, likely innocent and certainly suffering from a botched investigation and prosecutorial misconduct.Joe McGinniss, another author who has written about the case in the best-selling “Fatal Vision,” concluded otherwise.And that debate between authors is where Palin comes in.McGinniss also wrote “The Rogue: the Search for the Real Sarah Palin” after moving in next door to the Palins in Wasilla, Alaska, in May 2010.Neither the Palins nor the Wasilla townspeople were too thrilled about the new resident or the work he produced. And Palin makes that clear in her review of the Morris book.She endorses Morris’s description of her “old neighbor” as “a craven and sloppy journalist who confabulated, lied, and betrayed while ostensibly telling a story about a man who confabulated, lied, and betrayed.”She went on to say:“MacDonald signed a contract giving McGinniss exclusive rights to his life story, and so McGinniss was given unprecedented access to the defense team â€" living with them, working with them, eating with them. But when the guilty verdict came down, McGinniss did a one-eighty on them. Apparently, falsely convicted men don’t make for good books. McGinniss decided it was a better story to agree with the jury. MacDonald wasn’t a sympathetic figure. He did himself no favors with some media appearances. So, McGinniss went about writing a book that would convince people the government got the right verdict and we could all pat ourselves on the back and leave Jeffrey MacDonald to rot in his jail cell till Judgment Day.“McGinniss’ book actually embellished the prosecution’s case â€" even supplying a motive. According to McGinniss’ theory of the case, MacDonald secretly wanted to break free of his wife and kids and so he murdered them one night in a fit of rage induced by some diet pills he was taking. (Oddly enough, the millions of other people who were also taking those same diet pills somehow avoided murdering their families.)”Palin, no surprise, has a more glowing report about Morris:“Morris argues with refreshing clarity that objective truth is real and worthy of being sought after despite the pretentious nonsense preached in faculty lounges about all truth being relative. In fact, he argues passionately that the search for truth is what journalism and justice is all about.” Morris and McGinniss are both in Wilmington this week.Morris has been in the courtroom, taking volumes of notes.McGinniss, who was provided unfettered access to MacDonald and his defense team during the trial, has been less visible. He is on the list of possible witnesses.Morris was outside the federal courthouse on Tuesday, waiting with a crowd of others to see the MacDonald proceedings.A woman in line ahead of him asked about his book.With a telling smile, he said he was thrilled with his latest review, a positive one, “from Sarah Palin.”Palin, some might recall, was the butt of many late-night TV jokes after her inability in 2008 to come up with a list of the newspapers and magazines she read during an interview with Katie Couric.When asked whether he thought Palin had read his book from cover to cover, Morris said: “Somebody did.”

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Palin joins debate in MacDonald murder case - The Seattle Times

WILMINGTON, N.C. â€" The Jeffrey MacDonald case has pulled an unusual book critic into its web of conspiracy theorists and strong camps of opinions.

Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor, has posted a complimentary review of Errol Morris' new book about the case, "A Wilderness of Error," on her Facebook page.

It has her byline on it, too.

In his book published this month by The Penguin Press, Morris offers a fresh look at the MacDonald case.

The Oscar-winning documentarian's literary style is unusual, including documents, transcripts and other details amid his narrative of a case that spans four decades. Morris offers his readers no conclusion on whether MacDonald is guilty of slaughtering his family, as a jury found in 1979.

But in interviews since publication, Morris has said he thinks MacDonald is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice, likely innocent and certainly suffering from a botched investigation and prosecutorial misconduct.

Joe McGinniss, another author who has written about the case in the best-selling "Fatal Vision," concluded otherwise.

And that debate between authors is where Palin comes in.

McGinniss also wrote "The Rogue: The Search for the Real Sarah Palin" after moving in next door to the Palins in Wasilla, Alaska, in May 2010.

Neither the Palins nor the Wasilla townspeople were too thrilled about the new resident or the work he produced. And Palin makes that clear in her review of the Morris book for conservative website Breitbart.com.

She endorses Morris' description of her "old neighbor" as "a craven and sloppy journalist who confabulated, lied, and betrayed while ostensibly telling a story about a man who confabulated, lied, and betrayed."

She went on to say:

"MacDonald signed a contract giving McGinniss exclusive rights to his life story, and so McGinniss was given unprecedented access to the defense team â€" living with them, working with them, eating with them. But when the guilty verdict came down, McGinniss did a one-eighty on them. Apparently, falsely convicted men don't make for good books. McGinniss decided it was a better story to agree with the jury. MacDonald wasn't a sympathetic figure. He did himself no favors with some media appearances. So, McGinniss went about writing a book that would convince people the government got the right verdict and we could all pat ourselves on the back and leave Jeffrey MacDonald to rot in his jail cell till Judgment Day.

"McGinniss' book actually embellished the prosecution's case â€" even supplying a motive. According to McGinniss' theory of the case, MacDonald secretly wanted to break free of his wife and kids and so he murdered them one night in a fit of rage induced by some diet pills he was taking. (Oddly enough, the millions of other people who were also taking those same diet pills somehow avoided murdering their families.)"

Palin, no surprise, has a more glowing report about Morris:

"Morris argues with refreshing clarity that objective truth is real and worthy of being sought after despite the pretentious nonsense preached in faculty lounges about all truth being relative. In fact, he argues passionately that the search for truth is what journalism and justice is all about."

Morris and McGinniss are both in Wilmington this week. Morris has been in the courtroom, taking volumes of notes. McGinniss has been less visible. He is on the list of possible witnesses.

Morris was outside the federal courthouse Tuesday, waiting to see the MacDonald proceedings.

A woman in line asked about his book. With a telling smile, he said he was thrilled with his latest review, a positive one, "from Sarah Palin."

Palin, some might recall, was the butt of many late-night TV jokes after her inability in 2008 to come up with a list of the newspapers and magazines she read during an interview with Katie Couric.

When asked whether he thought Palin had read his book from cover to cover, Morris said: "Somebody did."

Sarah Palin weighs in on Jeffrey MacDonald case - Bellingham Herald

â€" The Jeffrey MacDonald case has pulled an unusual book critic into its web of conspiracy theorists and strong camps of opinions.

Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, has posted a complimentary review of Errol Morris' new book about the case, "A Wilderness of Error," on her Facebook page.

It has her byline on it, too.

In his book published this month by The Penguin Press, Morris offers a fresh look at the MacDonald case.

The Oscar-winning documentarian's literary style is unusual, including documents, transcripts and other details amid his narrative of a case that spans four decades. Morris offers his readers no conclusion on whether MacDonald is guilty of slaughtering his family, as a jury found in 1979.

But in interviews since publication, Morris has said he thinks MacDonald is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice, likely innocent and certainly suffering from a botched investigation and prosecutorial misconduct.

Joe McGinniss, another author who has written about the case in the best-selling "Fatal Vision," concluded otherwise.

And that debate between authors is where Palin comes in.

McGinniss also wrote "The Rogue: The Search for the Real Sarah Palin" after moving in next door to the Palins in Wasilla, Alaska, in May 2010.

Neither the Palins nor the Wasilla townspeople were too thrilled about the new resident or the work he produced.

And Palin makes that clear in her review of the Morris book for conservative website Breitbart.com.

She endorses Morris's description of her "old neighbor" as "a craven and sloppy journalist who confabulated, lied, and betrayed while ostensibly telling a story about a man who confabulated, lied, and betrayed."

She went on to say:

"MacDonald signed a contract giving McGinniss exclusive rights to his life story, and so McGinniss was given unprecedented access to the defense team - living with them, working with them, eating with them. But when the guilty verdict came down, McGinniss did a one-eighty on them. Apparently, falsely convicted men don't make for good books. McGinniss decided it was a better story to agree with the jury. MacDonald wasn't a sympathetic figure. He did himself no favors with some media appearances. So, McGinniss went about writing a book that would convince people the government got the right verdict and we could all pat ourselves on the back and leave Jeffrey MacDonald to rot in his jail cell till Judgment Day.

"McGinniss' book actually embellished the prosecution's case - even supplying a motive. According to McGinniss' theory of the case, MacDonald secretly wanted to break free of his wife and kids and so he murdered them one night in a fit of rage induced by some diet pills he was taking. (Oddly enough, the millions of other people who were also taking those same diet pills somehow avoided murdering their families.)"

Palin, no surprise, has a more glowing report about Morris:

"Morris argues with refreshing clarity that objective truth is real and worthy of being sought after despite the pretentious nonsense preached in faculty lounges about all truth being relative. In fact, he argues passionately that the search for truth is what journalism and justice is all about."

Morris and McGinniss are both in Wilmington this week. Morris has been in the courtroom, taking volumes of notes. McGinniss, who was provided unfettered access to MacDonald and his defense team during the trial, has been less visible. He is on the list of possible witnesses.

Morris was outside the federal courthouse on Tuesday, waiting with a crowd of others to see the MacDonald proceedings.

A woman in line ahead of him asked about his book. With a telling smile, he said he was thrilled with his latest review, a positive one, "from Sarah Palin."

Palin, some might recall, was the butt of many late-night TV jokes after her inability in 2008 to come up with a list of the newspapers and magazines she read during an interview with Katie Couric.

When asked whether he thought Palin had read his book from cover to cover, Morris said: "Somebody did."

Sarah Palin Weighs in on Jeffrey MacDonald Case - HispanicBusiness.com

The Jeffrey MacDonald case has pulled an unusual book critic into its web of conspiracy theorists and strong camps of opinions.

Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, has posted a complimentary review of Errol Morris' new book about the case, "A Wilderness of Error," on her Facebook page.

It has her byline on it, too. ( tinyurl.com/8ndxtk8)

In his book published this month by The Penguin Press, Morris offers a fresh look at the MacDonald case.

The Oscar-winning documentarian's literary style is unusual, including documents, transcripts and other details amid his narrative of a case that spans four decades. Morris offers his readers no conclusion on whether MacDonald is guilty of slaughtering his family, as a jury found in 1979.

But in interviews since publication, Morris has said he thinks MacDonald is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice, likely innocent and certainly suffering from a botched investigation and prosecutorial misconduct.

Joe McGinniss, another author who has written about the case in the best-selling "Fatal Vision," concluded otherwise.

And that debate between authors is where Palin comes in.

McGinniss also wrote "The Rogue: the Search for the Real Sarah Palin" after moving in next door to the Palins in Wasilla, Alaska, in May 2010.

Neither the Palins nor the Wasilla townspeople were too thrilled about the new resident or the work he produced.

And Palin makes that clear in her review of the Morris book.

She endorses Morris's description of her "old neighbor" as "a craven and sloppy journalist who confabulated, lied, and betrayed while ostensibly telling a story about a man who confabulated, lied, and betrayed."

She went on to say:

"MacDonald signed a contract giving McGinniss exclusive rights to his life story, and so McGinniss was given unprecedented access to the defense team -- living with them, working with them, eating with them. But when the guilty verdict came down, McGinniss did a one-eighty on them. Apparently, falsely convicted men don't make for good books. McGinniss decided it was a better story to agree with the jury. MacDonald wasn't a sympathetic figure. He did himself no favors with some media appearances. So, McGinniss went about writing a book that would convince people the government got the right verdict and we could all pat ourselves on the back and leave Jeffrey MacDonald to rot in his jail cell till Judgment Day.

"McGinniss' book actually embellished the prosecution's case -- even supplying a motive. According to McGinniss' theory of the case, MacDonald secretly wanted to break free of his wife and kids and so he murdered them one night in a fit of rage induced by some diet pills he was taking. (Oddly enough, the millions of other people who were also taking those same diet pills somehow avoided murdering their families.)"

Palin, no surprise, has a more glowing report about Morris:

"Morris argues with refreshing clarity that objective truth is real and worthy of being sought after despite the pretentious nonsense preached in faculty lounges about all truth being relative. In fact, he argues passionately that the search for truth is what journalism and justice is all about."

Morris and McGinniss are both in Wilmington this week.

Morris has been in the courtroom, taking volumes of notes.

McGinniss, who was provided unfettered access to MacDonald and his defense team during the trial, has been less visible. He is on the list of possible witnesses.

Morris was outside the federal courthouse on Tuesday, waiting with a crowd of others to see the MacDonald proceedings.

A woman in line ahead of him asked about his book.

With a telling smile, he said he was thrilled with his latest review, a positive one, "from Sarah Palin."

Palin, some might recall, was the butt of many late-night TV jokes after her inability in 2008 to come up with a list of the newspapers and magazines she read during an interview with Katie Couric.

When asked whether he thought Palin had read his book from cover to cover, Morris said: "Somebody did."

Obama campaign: Romney using 'failed playbook' of Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber - The Hill (blog)

President Obama's campaign blasted back Tuesday after Mitt Romney used an afternoon cable news appearance to highlight a newly released 1998 audio recording with the president, then a state senator in Illinois, saying he "actually believe[s] in redistribution."

“The Romney campaign is so desperate to change the subject that they’ve gone back to the failed playbook co-authored by Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber," said Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt.

Romney repeatedly referenced audio, posted Tuesday to YouTube and linked prominently on the Drudge Report, during an appearance on Fox News.

"Frankly we have two different views about America," Romney said. "The president's view is one of a larger government. There is a tape that came out where is the president is saying he likes redistribution. I disagree. I think a society based upon a government centered nation where government plays a larger role and redistributes money, [that's the] wrong course for America."

During the 2008 campaign, Republican nominees John McCain and Sarah Palin seized on an incident where Obama suggested to Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher that "when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody" during a campaign top in Ohio.

Romney was appearing on the show after controversy generated by comments he made at a closed-door fundraiser earlier this year were obtained by Mother Jones magazine.

During his remarks, Romney says 47 percent of the nation is firmly with Obama. He also states that these voters see themselves as “victims” and that his job as a candidate is not to worry about them and instead focus on independent voters who could swing the election.

The Obama campaign said Tuesday that Romney was looking to change the subject from that controversy with audio that didn't reveal new information about the president.

"Fourteen years ago, then-Senator Obama was making an argument for a more efficient, more effective government â€" specifically citing city government agencies that he didn’t think were working effectively," LaBolt said. "He believed then, and believes now, that there are steps we can take to promote opportunity and ensure that all Americans have a fair shot if they work hard. Unlike Governor Romney, he doesn’t believe that if you’re a student who applies for a loan you’re looking for a handout.”

Still, Republicans geared up to hammer Obama over his remarks Tuesday afternoon.

Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus posted a link to the video to his Twitter account Tuesday, and the Romney campaign circulated media coverage of the tape.


Sarah Palin weighs in on Jeffrey MacDonald case - Charlotte Observer

WILMINGTON The Jeffrey MacDonald case has pulled an unusual book critic into its web of conspiracy theorists and strong camps of opinions.

Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, has posted a complimentary review of Errol Morris’ new book about the case, “A Wilderness of Error,” on her Facebook page.

It has her byline on it, too. ( tinyurl.com/8ndxtk8)

In his book published this month by The Penguin Press, Morris offers a fresh look at the MacDonald case.

The Oscar-winning documentarian’s literary style is unusual, including documents, transcripts and other details amid his narrative of a case that spans four decades. Morris offers his readers no conclusion on whether MacDonald is guilty of slaughtering his family, as a jury found in 1979.

But in interviews since publication, Morris has said he thinks MacDonald is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice, likely innocent and certainly suffering from a botched investigation and prosecutorial misconduct.

Joe McGinniss, another author who has written about the case in the best-selling “Fatal Vision,” concluded otherwise.

And that debate between authors is where Palin comes in.

McGinniss also wrote “The Rogue: the Search for the Real Sarah Palin” after moving in next door to the Palins in Wasilla, Alaska, in May 2010.

Neither the Palins nor the Wasilla townspeople were too thrilled about the new resident or the work he produced.

And Palin makes that clear in her review of the Morris book.

She endorses Morris’s description of her “old neighbor” as “a craven and sloppy journalist who confabulated, lied, and betrayed while ostensibly telling a story about a man who confabulated, lied, and betrayed.”

She went on to say:

“MacDonald signed a contract giving McGinniss exclusive rights to his life story, and so McGinniss was given unprecedented access to the defense team â€" living with them, working with them, eating with them. But when the guilty verdict came down, McGinniss did a one-eighty on them. Apparently, falsely convicted men don’t make for good books. McGinniss decided it was a better story to agree with the jury. MacDonald wasn’t a sympathetic figure. He did himself no favors with some media appearances. So, McGinniss went about writing a book that would convince people the government got the right verdict and we could all pat ourselves on the back and leave Jeffrey MacDonald to rot in his jail cell till Judgment Day.

“McGinniss’ book actually embellished the prosecution’s case â€" even supplying a motive. According to McGinniss’ theory of the case, MacDonald secretly wanted to break free of his wife and kids and so he murdered them one night in a fit of rage induced by some diet pills he was taking. (Oddly enough, the millions of other people who were also taking those same diet pills somehow avoided murdering their families.)”

Palin, no surprise, has a more glowing report about Morris:

“Morris argues with refreshing clarity that objective truth is real and worthy of being sought after despite the pretentious nonsense preached in faculty lounges about all truth being relative. In fact, he argues passionately that the search for truth is what journalism and justice is all about.”

Morris and McGinniss are both in Wilmington this week.

Morris has been in the courtroom, taking volumes of notes.

McGinniss, who was provided unfettered access to MacDonald and his defense team during the trial, has been less visible. He is on the list of possible witnesses.

Morris was outside the federal courthouse on Tuesday, waiting with a crowd of others to see the MacDonald proceedings.

A woman in line ahead of him asked about his book.

With a telling smile, he said he was thrilled with his latest review, a positive one, “from Sarah Palin.”

Palin, some might recall, was the butt of many late-night TV jokes after her inability in 2008 to come up with a list of the newspapers and magazines she read during an interview with Katie Couric.

When asked whether he thought Palin had read his book from cover to cover, Morris said: “Somebody did.”

Sarah Palin weighs in on Jeffrey MacDonald case - The State

WILMINGTON -- The Jeffrey MacDonald case has pulled an unusual book critic into its web of conspiracy theorists and strong camps of opinions. Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, has posted a complimentary review of Errol Morris’ new book about the case, “A Wilderness of Error,” on her Facebook page.

It has her byline on it, too. ( tinyurl.com/8ndxtk8)

In his book published this month by The Penguin Press, Morris offers a fresh look at the MacDonald case.

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The Oscar-winning documentarian’s literary style is unusual, including documents, transcripts and other details amid his narrative of a case that spans four decades. Morris offers his readers no conclusion on whether MacDonald is guilty of slaughtering his family, as a jury found in 1979.

But in interviews since publication, Morris has said he thinks MacDonald is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice, likely innocent and certainly suffering from a botched investigation and prosecutorial misconduct.

Joe McGinniss, another author who has written about the case in the best-selling “Fatal Vision,” concluded otherwise.

And that debate between authors is where Palin comes in.

McGinniss also wrote “The Rogue: the Search for the Real Sarah Palin” after moving in next door to the Palins in Wasilla, Alaska, in May 2010.

Neither the Palins nor the Wasilla townspeople were too thrilled about the new resident or the work he produced. And Palin makes that clear in her review of the Morris book.

She endorses Morris’s description of her “old neighbor” as “a craven and sloppy journalist who confabulated, lied, and betrayed while ostensibly telling a story about a man who confabulated, lied, and betrayed.”

She went on to say:

“MacDonald signed a contract giving McGinniss exclusive rights to his life story, and so McGinniss was given unprecedented access to the defense team â€" living with them, working with them, eating with them. But when the guilty verdict came down, McGinniss did a one-eighty on them. Apparently, falsely convicted men don’t make for good books. McGinniss decided it was a better story to agree with the jury. MacDonald wasn’t a sympathetic figure. He did himself no favors with some media appearances. So, McGinniss went about writing a book that would convince people the government got the right verdict and we could all pat ourselves on the back and leave Jeffrey MacDonald to rot in his jail cell till Judgment Day.

“McGinniss’ book actually embellished the prosecution’s case â€" even supplying a motive. According to McGinniss’ theory of the case, MacDonald secretly wanted to break free of his wife and kids and so he murdered them one night in a fit of rage induced by some diet pills he was taking. (Oddly enough, the millions of other people who were also taking those same diet pills somehow avoided murdering their families.)”

Palin, no surprise, has a more glowing report about Morris:

“Morris argues with refreshing clarity that objective truth is real and worthy of being sought after despite the pretentious nonsense preached in faculty lounges about all truth being relative. In fact, he argues passionately that the search for truth is what journalism and justice is all about.” Morris and McGinniss are both in Wilmington this week.

Morris has been in the courtroom, taking volumes of notes.

McGinniss, who was provided unfettered access to MacDonald and his defense team during the trial, has been less visible. He is on the list of possible witnesses.

Morris was outside the federal courthouse on Tuesday, waiting with a crowd of others to see the MacDonald proceedings.

A woman in line ahead of him asked about his book.

With a telling smile, he said he was thrilled with his latest review, a positive one, “from Sarah Palin.”

Palin, some might recall, was the butt of many late-night TV jokes after her inability in 2008 to come up with a list of the newspapers and magazines she read during an interview with Katie Couric.

When asked whether he thought Palin had read his book from cover to cover, Morris said: “Somebody did.”