Next week Joe McGinniss, the author and so-called journalist who moved in next door to Sarah Palin and her family more than a year ago, will officially release his book about the former Alaska governor, and already his work has received scathing reviews.
Speculating and whispering about other people’s business is a time-honored (see: Ten Commandments), if tawdry, tradition, and gossip is also fueling quite a large international industry these days, in case you hadn’t noticed. But can its effects be deadly? A couple people quoted in this Wall Street Journal hearsay exposé seem to think it’s dangerous. But what’s to be done?
One of New York’s most high-profile gossip columnists has been suspended in the wake of allegations that he tried to shake down a billionaire by charging him hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep negative stories out of the press.