Monday, November 17, 2008

Cycling the news

Maybe I should have said recycling the news but either way, it's amusing to see how the media moguls make the system work. Yesterday, the Times (of London) posted a rumor about a $7 million book deal for Palin. Today, a gossip blogger at MSNBC reports it as fact. Of course it's less entertaining when they do it with important news as often happens with say, developments in Iraq. It's also useful to note that the MSNBC writer doesn't get the facts straight even in a two graf item, saying Palin "spent the last few weeks talking to just about any camera put in front of her" when she only started her unfettered media blitz a few days ago.

In any event, I don't doubt Palin is actively courting offers for any kind of "cracked door" that allows her to capitalize on her over-night celebrity. If she's really as smart as her fans think, she might consider going for a Fox commentary gig. That pays well, doesn't require any deep thinking and would allow her to use her considerable skill at lying to best advantage.

She better act fast though. I get the sense that her 15 minutes of fame are finally, blessedly, coming to an end as the novelty of unlimited press avail wears off under the assault of her vapid remarks. A quick check of google news shows nothing but a handful of rehashed stories today.

It's a lesson McCain's other instant celeb seems to be taking to heart. Joe the Plumber cancelled an appearance at a gambling conference in Vegas in order to go to Dallas to work on his ghost written autobiography. "Joe the Plumber -- Fighting for the American Dream" is due to be released on Dec. 1. That seems like a rather quick turnaround to me. Either Joe/Sam has a very short life story or they have a team working round the clock to beat his "sell-by" date.

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Blogger rockync said...

Somehow, even with all the hype, I don't think a book penned by Palin is going to be a best seller.
Joe the Plumber I really believe was a GOP plant from the beginning and I'm SURE his book will go nowhere. Guess you can't blame them for trying to cash in on their 15 mins.

11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Palin's book will sell and they'll make sure it gets on the best seller list with the usual methods. Giving away tons of them for free or at cost.

I expect JTP's book to be in the bargain bin by Christmas.

8:20:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Nostrafoggus predicts that they will market Palin's book as "the book the Liberals don't want you to read." That always works for the wingnutz.

As for Captain Plunger's book, I'll buy it if it's printed on toilet paper, but only after it hits the remainder table.

9:08:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Fogg, I believe your predictive powers will astound the world with their accuracy.

9:41:00 AM  

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