"Knowingly publishing false statements"
Sarah Palin’s family lawyer has sent a letter to the publisher of “The Rogue” threatening to sue the company, its publisher and the book’s author, Joe McGinniss, for “knowingly publishing false statements,” ABC News reports.more at abcnews.com
ABC News’s Shushannah Walshe and Jonathan Karl got hold of the letter from John Tiemessen, the Palin family attorney, to Maya Mavjee, the publisher of Crown Publishing Group, which claims it was “malicious” for Crown to publish the book when it has proof that McGinniss and Crown were aware the statements in the book were false.
The letter cites an email that McGinniss sent to liberal Alaskan blogger Jesse Griffin as part of his research for the book, which Andrew Breitbart posted on his site last week. In the email, McGinniss writes that “Legal review of my manuscript is underway and here’ my problem: no one has ever offered documentation of any of the lurid stories about the Palins.”
But as David Weigel wrote last week, McGinniss wrote this sentence in reference to a handful of specific rumors that he couldn’t confirm, and that he treats with various kinds of caution in the book.