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. Jackalope

    If she doesn't like our free press, she should move to North Korea!

    June 1, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. Dennis

    Why build a fence if you have nothing to hide?

    June 1, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Len Smith

    Sarah, you know you love it. It is money in the bank for you. All you want are those bucks and this keeps you getting them.

    June 1, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. Shelley

    Hmmm...don't you find it strange that Sarah didn't seem to mind one bit when drug addicts and pushers lived in that same house next to her precious children a few years back???

    June 1, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Karen

    NBC is a bunch of crooks, just ask Connan O'Brian. I'm with Sarah on this one!

    June 1, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. emilie

    No.... he didn't demand the fence... Did he? She built it because she was prompted to by his being there. It was her choice. Prompt does not mean request.

    And no, it's not that people fear her, it's that so many people listen to her without questioning or thinking or checking her facts. So when she talks, it's important to respond with facts in the hopes that somehow the truth will be heard.

    June 1, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. jfk

    I hope some stalker moves next to all you crazy people and takes pictures and watches you all day. Why don't you worrry about your fantastic President doing something about the oil crisis.
    Stupid People!!!

    June 1, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. A disgusted former Republican

    Bimbos like Sister Sarah are useful. Shag them and move on to the next bimbo. They help republicans with "family values" to indulge their baser instincts.

    June 1, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. Mark in Omaha

    If you support this nightmare you're an idiot, not mater how you slice it. Any entity that doesn't speak glowingly of her is partisan or singling her out. Can you say disingenuous?

    June 1, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. Connie

    So now SHE thinks SHE can control the media? HA HA HA

    June 1, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Daryn Guarino

    If the writer can see her house, he is an expert on her, right? Like any naturalist, you have to sit and watch the antics of your study. In a few weeks, the tribe will calm down and the writer will be able to move closer, maybe setting up a small tent in her yard and eventually moving into the house once the tribe accepts her. Is this the Discovery Channel special I heard so much about?

    June 1, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Jerkat

    Ugh, seriously, does this airhead broad think the world revolves around her? God forbid someone talks about someone else besides her.

    Please go back to keeping an eye on Russia.

    June 1, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. McGinniss

    this man is despicable and a liar

    June 1, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Davit

    Sarah always seems to be "blasting" something or someone. Little does she realize that every time she opens her mouth, she "blasts" her credibility and legitimacy to little bits and pieces.

    June 1, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. DownTownBrown

    Palin's picture looks hilarious in this article. It's like she's saying: "HEEEEY YOU GUYS!"

    June 1, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. kmjay

    I thought the phrase I want (MY COUNTRY BACK) is what Sarah and THE PARTY PARTY is all about FREEDOM, being able to live and speak free along as it inside the frame of the law. I have no sympathy for anyone who goes around the country scaring people about death panels as part of the health care reform when this is certainly not true. You reap what you so Sarah you just can't have it your way all the time.

    June 1, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. Patriot

    So, Sarah Palin is upset because in free country somebody she doesn't like moves next to her.

    Hmmm, imagine a Vice President Palin one step away from the power of Commander in Chief and she has a hissy fit like this little event.

    On second thought, maybe we shouldn't imagine that.

    June 1, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. Emma

    She's on Fox and she's calling NBC untrustworthy? HA!

    FOX News is a tabloid show!

    June 1, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. Kristal Mac Leod

    this guy make's money of Sarah ' not enough' bye's a house next to her' mmmmmmmmmm fishy ' could he have a secret crush on this lady ' appear's so' this man is not to be over looked 'he has problem's' big hidden agenda problem's' sorry example for a human.

    June 1, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. gcole

    Evidently, she asked the owner (when they lived in the house) to make several repairs that her and Todd would pay for. Repairs were made, no moeny. The owner refused to rent to her and Todd and called the author. Coodos on the revenge.

    June 1, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. James Quinn

    I wonder "IF" the fact that the guy moved in next to her was not brought up by her would any of this have been a story at all? It would seem that this whole fuss is much adu about nothing. A neighbor, a fence? In my experience if you ignore the little things... They tend not to grow into big problems.

    Pagan jim

    June 1, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. Jo in FL

    Brilliant – why didn't we think of building a 14 foot fence around her property sooner? Now can we lock the gates to keep them in?

    June 1, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. J. Coffman

    They probably didn't run the statements because they were "carefully crafted". Meaning someone other than the Palin's wrote them.
    Oh and Debby?!?! The guy moved in and Palin put up the fence. He didn't demand the fence. Try to read more carefully next time.

    June 1, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. Wil

    Wow! With a 14 foot fence around her house, how is Sarah going to keep tabs on the Russians?

    June 1, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. Sean

    The comments about "of all the houses in Wasilla he picks that one" are hilarious. Like Wasilla is a huge metropolis. There's a population of what 8,000? So I don't think he had very many houses to pick from.

    June 1, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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