The craven Chicago Tribune has pulled the Doonesbury strip from its pages this week because it contains nuggets from Joe McGinniss's new book on the real Sarah Palin. Here's the offending first instalment. Money quote:
The paper says in an A2 note that “the subject matter does not meet our standards of fairness [because] the strips include excerpts from a book that is not yet on the market and therefore unavailable for review or verification by the Tribune.”
But it's a fucking cartoon! The character featured in it is fictional. Jesus. Did they treat Palin's own delusional "Going Rogue" as if it had been fact-checked? It wasn't. But The Rogue has been fact-checked within an inch of its life.
One of the fascinating aspects of the coming Rogue whirlwind will be how the MSM handles it. Can they handle the Palinista blowback? Are they so afraid of being called "liberal"? Will they even note the existence of Chapter 19?
One tiny nugget. Joe McGinniss sent advance copies of his devastating book on Sarah Palin, "The Rogue," to three people: me, Garry Trudeau and Rosanne Cash. Make of that what you will; but that book is unputdownable.