Joe McGinniss Claims He’s Sitting on a Whole Pile of Palin Dirt

Sarah Palin, the former former Vice Presidential candidate and Alaska Governor, speaks during the Reagan 100 Opening Reception and Dinner in honor of what would have been the 40th president’s 100th birthday hosted by the Young Americans Foundation at the Reagan Ranch Center on February 4, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/2011 Getty Images

In an interview with Newsweek's Lloyd Grove, Joe McGinniss dismissed claims that his sexy new Sarah Palin biography, The Rogue, is nothing but (as the Times put it) "caustic gossip":

McGinniss defends his methods — which include devoting many pages to speculation that baby Trig, who suffers from Down syndrome, isn’t really Sarah’s — by noting that most of his sources wouldn’t go on the record because they were worried the Palins would exact revenge. “I would say that 90 percent of what I learned is not in the book because I couldn’t check it out,” he says. “I wrote only the things I was able to satisfy myself about as to their authenticity, as to their accuracy, as to their truthfulness."

Unfortunately, McGinniss did not offer any hints about the nature of the tales left on the cutting room floor, though the book's somewhat harsh reception does seem to have made him think twice about not including them:

“I wrote the best book about her I was able to write,” McGinniss says. “Now if that causes people to feel sorry for her, I would suggest they might be missing the point. Maybe I should have made it a little stronger.”

Now we're kind of curious! Cocaine use and Glen Rice flings and creepily bad hostessing are fun and all, but what's this really sinister — if unsubstantiated! — stuff? Best to get it out there, lest we all start feeling sorry for Sarah Palin.

Sarah’s Nosy Neighbor [Newsweek/Daily Beast]