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Palin Book Tour Hosts at the Mall of America Requested ‘Only English Speaking Press’

Members of the foreign press who don't speak English are, in fact, welcome to cover Sarah Palin's book signing on Monday at Mall of America's Barnes and Noble store.

Members of the foreign press who don't speak English are, in fact, welcome to cover Sarah Palin's book signing on Monday at Mall of America's Barnes and Noble store.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — She’s no longer the chief executive of Alaska, but Sarah Palin should still be called “governor.” And in English only, please.

That was the message sent out by officials at the Mall of America this week, who told reporters planning to cover the Minneapolis-area stop on Palin’s “Going Rogue” book tour they must address the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate by her former title. The guidelines also banned foreign reporters, allowing “only English speaking press.”

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Sarah Palin’s Latest Rogue Gaffe

Sarah Palin at one of her book signing this past week.

Sarah Palin at one of her book signing this past week.

There have been so many lies and distortions pointed out in Sarah Palin‘s Going Rogue since it was released last week that her memoir has already become something of a gag line.

But perhaps the most embarrassing gaffe so far is her mis-attributed quote to UCLA basketball legend John Wooden.

As the epigram to Chapter Three, “Drill, Baby, Drill,” Palin assigns the following remarks to the Hall of Fame hoops coach:

Our land is everything to us… I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember our grandfathers paid for it–with their lives.

Only the quote wasn’t by John Wooden. It was written by a Native American activist named John Wooden Legs in an essay entitled “Back on the War Ponies,” which appeared in a left-wing anthology, We Are the People: Voices from the Other Side of American History, edited by Nathaniel May, Clint Willis, and James W. Loewen.

Here’s the full quote:

Our land is everything to us. It is the only place in the world where Cheyennes talk the Cheyenne language to each other. It is the only place where Cheyennes remember the same things together. I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember our grandfathers paid for it–with their life. My people and the Sioux defeated General Custer at the Little Big Horn.

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McCain: Palin Legal Bill was for “Troopergate,” NOT for Vetting

Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain comments on his running mate Sarah Palin's new book "Going Rogue."

Former GOP presidential candidate Senator John McCain comments to "The Hill" on his vp running mate Sarah Palin's new book "Going Rogue."

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who spoke to The Hill Monday evening, denied Sarah Palin’s allegation that his campaign stuck her with a $50,000 legal bill to pay for the cost of vetting her as a potential vice presidential candidate.

McCain said the bill was for legal work related to allegations that Palin made improper use of her influence as Alaska’s governor to press for the dismissal of a state trooper named Mike Wooten. Wooten was embroiled in a custody dispute with Palin’s younger sister, Molly McCann.

“That was addressed by Trevor Potter,” said McCain, “That was over the Troopergate.”

In a statement to the Associated Press, Potter, McCain’s general counsel, denied that McCain’s campaign billed Palin for vetting her.

“To my knowledge, the campaign never billed Gov. Palin for any legal expenses related to her vetting and I am not aware of her ever asking the campaign to pay legal expenses that her own lawyers incurred for the vetting process,” he said.

Palin made the charge in her new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” which listed a litany of complaints Palin had with McCain’s campaign, such as its decision to limit her access to reporters. Palin also questioned how the campaign handled the announcement of her daughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

McCain told The Hill that he nevertheless enjoyed Palin’s book.

“I hope she sells lots of them,” he said.

Palin received a $5 million advance from HarperCollins, according to the New York Times.

Alexander Bolton
The Hill

‘Going Rouge’ and the Art of Jujitsu Publishing

"Going Rouge: An American Nightmare" is now available for purchase at www.orbooks.com

"Going Rouge: An American Nightmare" is now available for purchase at http://www.orbooks.com

It was just six weeks ago that OR Books, the new publishing company set up by John Oakes and myself, decided to enter the fray against Sarah Palin by publishing our now much talked-about anthology, “Going Rouge.” In doing so, we realized we would not be competing on a level playing field. The book we were up against, Sarah Palin’s own “Going Rogue,” is the lead title this fall from HarperCollins, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp, one of the largest media corporations on earth. Harper had agreed to pay the ex-Alaskan governor an advance reputed to be $7 million dollars, aiming to make at least some of this back from a first printing of one and half million copies. Pre-sales alone had taken their book to number one on Amazon.

On our side, the resources were less extravagant. OR Books has a full-time staff of two, John and me, together with help from a small group of talented part-timers. The OR office rotates between the Eros café on New York’s 7th Avenue during the day, and the bar at El Quijote, next to the Chelsea Hotel, at night. The more stressful the day, the earlier we head for the evening office. “Going Rouge,” a dazzling philippic of acrid Palintology assembled by Nation editors Richard Kim and Betsy Reed, is our first book.

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Sarah Palin’s Memoir: Why the Math Might Not Add Up for HarperCollins

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, is always a hot topic of conversation in the media. Her memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, slated for release by News Corp.’s HarperCollins next Tuesday, November 17, is no exception; it’s been making news since the ink dried on the deal made last May.

Going Rogue was one of 10 books selected for massive discounting by Amazon, Walmart, and Target in their ongoing price war. Palin made headlines last month when she revealed that HarperCollins had paid her a $1.25 million “retainer” sometime between January 1 and July 26, the day she stepped down as Alaska governor. Oprah Winfrey has her booked on her show next Monday, which the author will follow with a bus tour to far-flung corners of the country (or as she famously called them during the 2008 campaign, “the real America”). No less than three books about Palin are slated for publication around the same time, including a parody called Going Rouge: An American Nightmare.

Cover Photo for Sarah Palin Memoir Was Last-Minute Choice

The "Going Rogue" book cover photos Sarah Palin turned down.

The "Going Rogue" book cover photos Sarah Palin turned down.

John Keatley, who photographed Sarah Palin for the cover of her upcoming memoir, wrote on his blog that he spent three days shooting the former governor before, at the last minute, he snapped the image the publisher eventually selected. The outtakes, published by Gawker, all show Palin smiling directly at the camera and posing in front of various scenic views in Alaska.

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No Separate Christian Version of Sarah Palin Memoir Planned

Sarah Palin

HarperCollins will not release a separate Christian version of Sarah Palin's upcoming "Going Rogue: An American Life."

News reports that Sarah Palin is planning a separate Christian version of her forthcoming memoir, Going Rogue, are false, according to her publisher, HarperCollins. The reports were so widely circulated that they appear to have caused confusion at Zondervan, a Christian publisher owned by HarperCollins, where the director of publicity said yesterday that a special Christian edition of the book had been planned but was scrapped because of the expedited timetable for the book’s release.

Reports about a special Christian edition of Palin’s memoir included a long Vanity Fair profile on Palin last summer, which said that her memoir was to be published “not only by HarperCollins but also in a special edition by Zondervan, the Bible-publishing house, that may include supplemental material on faith.”

Politico has reported on the possibility of “a slight addition on faith for the Zondervan edition,” and bloggers have speculated on what information a separate Christian edition would include.

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