The popular though controversial Sarah Palin, one time candidate for Vice- President of the United States, and full time source of the new popularity of the great state of Alaska, has published her newest book, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag. It was released on November 23, and is already steeped in controversy. Palin’s publisher is HarperCollins, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. HarperCollins is suing the popular Gawker, a news and gossip oriented website, for having published excerpts from the book prior to its release. A federal court ordered Gawker to remove the material, the usage of which Gawker considered to be allowable, citing the principle, “fair use”.
HarperCollins is seeking damages; suing for copyright infringement. Ms. Pali,n feisty as always, commented on the affair at her Twitter page, “The publishing world is leaking out-of-context excerpts of my book without my permission? Isn’t that illegal?!” Simultaneously, Palin is publishing selected excerpts from the book on her Facebook page.
Some readers might take amusement at the provocative aspects of the Palin publication, in which she is quite critical of the American President, Barack Obama. Some suggest Palin sees herself as a candidate for that high office in 2004. Palin, in Obama’s speeches, sees a side of him others may have missed. She claims that he thinks America is in some way inferior; “Somehow, worse than other countries.” She says that in Obama’s view, our nation is “hypocritical as to ideals” — “falls short of responsibilities” — and is “forever in need of correction.” She fashions the phrase, “Obama’s global apology tour”.
Sarah Palin has entered areas previously off limits including the matter of the President’s race, and regarding the Presidents former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. America needs candidates from either party she concludes, who are not “embarrassed by America.”