Editor pauses Olivia Nuzzi and Ryan Lizza election book


Olivia Nuzzi and Ryan Lizza’s much-publicized book about the 2020 election is on ice, Page Six has learned.

We are told that New York Magazine’s Nuzzi suffered “a significant setback in many areas” of his life due to a major family issue that occurred earlier this year which included “the postponement of the timeline. “from the book.

Meanwhile, we’re told there are other hurdles the lovebirds-turned-co-authors face.

Publishing insiders say Politico’s Nuzzi and Lizza have struggled to find the kind of scoops or access that blows political blockbusters off the shelves – especially with the public’s appetite for the Washington drama on the decline.

We are told that while the pair are well stocked on the Trump side of the saga, senior officials at Team Biden “don’t trust” Nuzzi in particular, and the couple struggled to extract any first-hand information. order because of it. .

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Publishing insiders say Nuzzi and Lizza struggled to find the kind of scoops that blow political blockbusters off the shelves

While Edward-Isaac Dovere’s similar project, “Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump” (which hit stores in May 2021) featured an Oval Office interview with President Biden, we were told. says Nuzzi and Lizza never really had a chance to get that kind of date because of their reputation in the West Wing.

During the Trump administration, scoop-strewn tomes like Michael Wolfe’s “Fire And Fury” and Bob Woodward’s Trilogy, “Fear,” “Rage” and “Peril” became required reading for a nation obsessed with an administration. unprecedented – leading to a feeding frenzy among editors looking to find the next political page turner.

But when Trump’s presidential reality show left the White House, the market softened and it appears that Nuzzi and Lizza fell victim to a less enthusiastic attitude toward releasing accounts of palace intrigues.

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The Biden team reportedly “don’t trust” Nuzzi, making it difficult for the newspaper to gain access to information.

Meanwhile, we’re told the rush to print the book may have been dulled by Lizza’s #MeToo moment – which could have turned into a handicap during a book tour and PR campaign. for the book, known by the working title “Untitled 2020 Campaign Book.”

In 2017, Lizza was fired by The New Yorker – where he had been a Washington correspondent – after being accused of inappropriate behavior by a colleague. The magazine said it discovered he had engaged in “inappropriate sexual behavior”. Lizza said the New Yorker’s characterization of the events was “a terrible mistake.” He denied any wrongdoing. CNN – where he is a senior political analyst – suspended him, but reinstated him after his investigation found no reason to keep him off the air.

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Ryan Lizza attends the 2009 New Yorker Festival.
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When we asked Avid Reader Press, a brand of Simon & Schuster that manages the book, about the state of the work, he replied somewhat cryptically: “Avid Reader Press is delighted to have a book under contract. with Olivia Nuzzi and Ryan Lizza. But when we asked them if they were still working on the 2020 book or if they were working on another book, the spokesperson was not drawn.