Monday, March 10, 2014

Fatal Vision Author, Joe McGinniss, is dead.

Author Joe McGinniss, who wrote a landmark 1968 book on modern political advertising and chronicled the 1970s case of convicted Army doctor and killer Jeffrey MacDonald in "Fatal Vision," has died at age 71.
His death, of complications related to prostate cancer, was disclosed by his attorney and long-time friend Dennis Holahan, the Associated Press reported.
McGinniss skewered modern political advertising with the book "The Selling of the President 1968,'' which provided the first detailed look at the then-new techniques of television advertising that were used to market Richard Nixon to the voting public that year.
He later was hired by MacDonald, a former Green Beret and emergency room physician based at Fort Bragg, N.C., to write a story about his case – accused of killing his wife and young children in a home invasion attack he claimed was by drug-crazed hippies.
McGinniss later wrote a book that concluded that MacDonald had committed the crimes, likely strung out on prescription pills.
McGinniss had continued to write books and maintained an online presence on his blog, website and Twitter. His last Twitter commend was last July.
On his website, he had posted news of his latest book, "15 Gothic Street: A Year in a Hampshire County Superior Court,'' in which he says he set out to tell the stories that can be found every day in a small American courthouse.
McGinniss published 12 books in a variety of genres.
Two years ago he published "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin,'' after renting a home near the former Republican vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor's home in Wasilla, Alaska. He had written a book about the young state 30 years earlier.
In a biography on his own website, McGinnis was described as "drawn to scrutinize the mysterious space between image and reality in his subjects: how that space is created, negotiated and/or manipulated.''
His website describes the Palin book as "an extraordinary double narrative that alternately traces Palin's curious rise to political prominence and worldwide celebrity status and then recounts the author's day-to-day experiences as he uncovers the messy reality beneath the glossy Palin myth.''

11 comments:

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

"Fatal Vision Author, Joe McGinniss, is dead."

Wow...
That title is pretty blunt. LMAO

Forget such comforting words as "has passed-away"... or "has died"... this joker is dead... period... end of story. LMAO

Just like in the movie Goodfellas:
"He's gone... and there's nuthin' we could do about it".

Ahahahaha

Starship... you ROCK!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Sorry folks...
That title just struck me funny.

That's about as direct, as it gets... LOL

starship said...

copy and paste, Lynyrd...copy and paste...

MrPoirot said...

That is an AP article; no author listed.
I remember being shocked when I heard several years ago that he moved in next door to Sarah Palin in order to do a bash biography on her. Liberals give away how phony theyre ideals are and McGuiness was no exception. He thought he could destroy Palin by saying she had a black boytfriend. Liberals are far more racist than Conservatives. McGuiness was unable to see the racism in that revalation he put in his book. The media never saw their hypocracy in reporting it either.

MrPoirot said...

The McGuiness obituary is an AP article I mean.

Doc Sierra said...

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

"Fatal Vision Author, Joe McGinniss, is dead."

Wow...
That title is pretty blunt. LMAO
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It reminds me of when John Wayne died the headline on my newspaper that day said "The Duke Is Dead"......

I bet Jeffrey MacDonald is dancing right now. McGinniss completely deceived him.

Mr P, I couldn't agree with you more. Most of the liberals that I come across are so good at spotting racism that they see it when it isn't even there.....
I'm not a Democrat or a Republican. I don't need some narcissitic fat cats to tell how to think or how to vote......

starship said...

Nytimes obit link below. Oh if only Vincent Bugliosi were subject to so much evaluative discernment...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/11/books/joe-mcginniss-71-dies-wrote-about-politics.html?emc=edit_th_20140312&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=443427

CarolMR said...

Mr. Poirot - Well said.

1nonbeliever said...

All Politicians and political commentators are phony, it's not exclusive to one side or another. Not one is a person of their convictions, some just pretend better than others.

MrPoirot said...

I don't believe that.

1nonbeliever said...

That's great Mr Poirot, optimistic people are much needed in this evolution of life. If everyone was as untrusting and cynical as me, nothing would ever get accomplished. But for now until proven wrong, I will stay independent and support neither Liberals or Conservatives. My pessimism is developed from 22 years of Government employment. I'll speak of no evil, but I have seen way to much of it.