June 1st, 2010
05:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin targets NBC over McGinniss interview

Palin is taking aim at NBC for their recent interview of Joe McGinniss.
Palin is taking aim at NBC for their recent interview of Joe McGinniss.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is taking aim at NBC over the network's interview Tuesday with Joe McGinniss, the journalist who is writing a book about the former Alaska governor and currently renting the home next door to her.

Calling NBC's actions the "most recent illustration of the untrustworthiness of America's mainstream media," Palin criticizes the network on her Facebook page for not including statements she and her husband, Todd, had provided ahead of the segment.

"We were glad to provide a statement and appreciated NBC's promise to run it," Palin wrote in the post Tuesday. "Todd and I both crafted the statement very carefully because our new neighbor has taken to accusing us of 'inciting hatred' – a charge which we obviously take very seriously … But there was just one problem: NBC broke their promise and didn't run our statements after all."

McGinniss, who previously authored a largely-critical portrayal of Palin for the now-defunct Portfolio Magazine, moved into the Wasilla home last month, prompting the Palins to build a 14-foot fence separating the two properties.

In the nine-minute "Today Show" segment, McGinniss defended his decision to rent the home next door, saying it had more to do with the property's low rent than its proximity to the subject of his upcoming book.

"The fact is I would be living in this house if the Palin's lived on the moon. Fifteen hundred bucks a month for a house in Wasilla. I need to be in Wasilla to do my work," he told NBC's Matt Lauer. "I am not observing them at all. I am here to talk to people who have known them for 40 years in Wasilla."

McGinniss also took aim at Palin for recently posting a photograph of him on her Facebook page and suggesting he was spying on her family.

"Sarah hysterically puts up this Facebook page with all sort of ugly innuendo, which frankly is revolting the things she has caused people to say about me," he said. "I think this is probably a lesson for the American people of the power Sarah has to incite hatred and her willingness and readiness to do it."

McGinnis went on to compare Palin's tactics to those of the "Nazi troopers used in the 1930's."

In the statement, Palin claims NBC chose not run, the former vice presidential nominee says McGinniss "certainly has a right to live wherever he wants, but my family also has a right to expect privacy, and hopefully to enjoy peace this summer … the media sensationalizes the recent McGinniss' tactic so the public will tune in to whatever the latest episode is, always with ratings in mind, and that's unfortunate."

Palin also said that NBC provided "a lame excuse" for not airing her statement and promised to do so Wednesday.

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for the Today Show told CNN, "We were unable to run [the statements] this morning due to a timing issue."


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  1. Richard

    She is posting her complaints on facebook?

    Note to Sarah Palin: facebook is meant for children, no adult is going to read your ravings there.

    June 1, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. GaryD3

    Message to Sarah: "Shrill, baby, shrill!!"

    June 1, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. bud

    The Palins put up the fence, not the writer. Of course, facts don't really matter to some people! Any press is good press for Sarah and she seeks it out in any way she can. The whole big bad mainstream media is getting old. Like the media she talks to are so unbiased!

    June 1, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Rob

    If you make a comment about Sarah Palin on her Facebook page Wall that is the slightest bit unfavorable to her or questions her way of thinking, you are forever blocked from posting to her Facebook page. So much for Free Speech!

    June 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Bo Nehr

    This woman is nothing but Drama with a capital D. Every where she goes she stirs up Drama and then when people respond she plays victim.

    June 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. DENNA

    Is it me or is the woman crazy? She insists she hates the media, yet courts them at every turn. When, oh when will Caribou Barbie go back to Wasilla and stay there? Once again, thanks John McCain. Now Joe McGinnis' book is one I will read about her. It should be a hoot!

    June 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Chris

    Sarah loves to dish it out, and does so at the first opportunity, but she CANNOT take what comes back at her. This guy can live wherever he wants. Last time I checked, it's a free country.

    June 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Raul

    notice how she instinctively turned this into an attack on her daughter , she then goes on to take pictures of the man , that which she says he was doing to her. talk about becomeing your enemy before even knowing him. lol.

    June 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Caral from SoCal

    Well, I am not a Palin fan, but if some guy trying to get his Enquirer moment moved next to me in a blatant attempt to check out my family and our activities, I would be ticked. Good for her for calling NBC out on this one.

    June 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Tina, NC

    This woman is like a recurring nightmare that the nation can never wake up from.

    June 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. jan

    Palin is a papranoid nut case. Will she ever just go away, her voice is even irritating. Thanks McCain for creating the "Monster of the Century". Heaven help us!

    June 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. California Lady

    Sarah Palin represents the worst behavior a person in the public eye can have. Her false statements about people & issues, her numerous iinflammatory speeches, and her continually twisting of the facts in blogs and on Facedbook speak volumes about her lack of honesty and absence of Integrity. She is the true "Drama Queen" of'
    poliics. She projects untrustworthiness in all that she does and says.
    She has no respect for anyone. Palin seems to love the almighty dollar and fame, however.

    June 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. mimi

    Poor Sarah she cannot see Russia now ..bwa ha ha haaa!

    June 1, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. PhilV

    Palin's new nickname should be "Walls". Sarah "Walls" Palin.

    June 1, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Indy

    Every time she opens her mouth it makes her followers look more stupid. Since Alaskans run her out of the Governors chair she can't use her usual bully tactics to intimindate neighbors anymore. She works for the most untrusted media network and when another network say's the truth about her she calls them lamestream. She will no doubt go down in history as the biggest scam to ever hit the political scene.

    June 1, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Tguy

    She put up the fence, she is the stupidest thing from the great state of Alaska
    She is a quitter, so GOP go ahead and run her she is another GOP looser

    June 1, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. BoingBoing

    If Sarah Palin is so dumb, her fans must be dumber.

    Seeing Palin in the news makes me want to become a Canadian. Wait a second, that means I will have to move closer to dumbo.

    June 1, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. sjvc

    Sarah Palin is a waste of carbon.

    June 1, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. JW

    Seems like as a Christian, Palin would want her enemies nearby so that she could pray for them and witness to them of the love of God and Christ, convince him through her actions and love that her way is better than the world's way. Maybe even invite him to church. After all, she has nothing to hide, right? Oh, wait, right, these Christians are like Christ in name only.

    June 1, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Blah Blah Blah, it's been almost a week since you mentioned the hillbilly from Alaska. Facebook, how juvenile can she get?
    Oh, by the way ms palin, hows that "drill baby drill" thing workin for ya?

    June 1, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Debi

    Please – Please Go Away Sarah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 1, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. Grant in Utah

    McGinniss sounds a little disingenuous. On the other hand, Palin accuses the MEDIA of sensationalizing this. Hah! Most sensible public figures would downplay this and ignore the guy or if they were malicious, work behind the scenes to do him in. Not Sarah. She is right there up front playing to the media accusing the guy of ia (!!!!). Just like a Mama Grizzly, throwing up her children like a shield and hiding behind them – again.

    June 1, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Karen Saucedo

    Joe McGinnis! I love it. A very fine author of such true crime books at Fatal Vision. The man does his homework. If I were Sarah Palin, I'd sell my house and move. But, I'm not. So, I'll let Joe write about her and will thoroughly enjoy reading it when its released. Because, Joe's a smart guy and he's got her number. Oh, Sarah....you SHOULD be concerned. Smile..............................

    June 1, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Mike A

    Can she still see Russia over the fence?

    June 1, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Liz in Chicago

    This is hysterical. You can't BUY comedy like this! God, I wish Johnny Carson was still alive ..... Sarah and the P-Pack, may you get your own Saturday cartoon show!

    June 1, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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