Judge orders Gawker to remove Palin book excerpts
November 20th, 2010
08:36 PM ET
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Judge orders Gawker to remove Palin book excerpts

(CNN) – A federal judge ordered Gawker on Saturday to take down excerpts the website posted from Sarah Palin's upcoming book until at least November 30.

The post was removed by Saturday evening.

In his two-page decision, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa told Gawker to cease "from continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages" from Sarah Palin's "America by Heart" until a hearing scheduled for November 30.

Gawker did not immediately respond to e-mail and telephone messages from CNN seeking comment on the case.

Thursday, the online gossip website had shot back via a post that read:

"Did you catch the excerpt we posted yesterday from Sarah Palin's new book? Sarah did. She tweets with rage: 'The publishing world is LEAKING out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn't that illegal?' [Sarah: If you're reading this -- and if you are, welcome! -- you may want to take a moment to familiarize yourself with the law.]"

"America by Heart" is Palin's second book, following the 2009 publication of "Going Rogue." It is due out on Tuesday.

Following the Gawker leak, the former Alaska governor posted on her Facebook page an excerpt from the upcoming book.

"We have to know what makes America exceptional today more than ever because it is under assault today more than ever," she wrote. "This is my America, from my heart, and by my heart. I give it now to my children and grandchildren, and to yours, so they will always know what it was like in America when people were free."

Updated 9:30 p.m.


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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Adam Groszkiewicz

    I can't help but think to myself...."If Palin didn't want things taken out of context, persay, it might have been prudent to invest a bit more time and thought into her words." Won't bother commenting on other forms of idiocy noted by this article.

    November 21, 2010 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  2. flyers4n

    Please cease giving this moron any publicity. She hasn't to live brain cells to rub together!

    November 21, 2010 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  3. flyers4n

    Please cease giving this moron any publicity. She hasn't two live brain cells to rub together!

    November 21, 2010 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  4. Bob Surenuff

    Wow, I will follow her to,,, well maybe,, G,, the next town. then get on a bus and go home....

    November 21, 2010 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  5. Sam

    Hmmm, oppressive, isn't she.

    November 21, 2010 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  6. Apolitical

    She should be happy for the free publicity. AND-she's playing the "we're losing our freedom" card far too often. We're not losing any freedom(s), and she knows it. You betcha.

    November 21, 2010 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  7. aghast

    This woman is the epitome of bad taste and ignorance. If you don't act to stop her you deserve what you get when the nut jobs get her into office. She'll be dancing with the Stars and Stripes.

    November 21, 2010 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  8. Howard in Alexandria, VA

    If that one quote is a fair example, then I can't imagine why anyone would spend good money to see in print some of the same inanities that the author publicly utters so often. Most people who have a limited knowledge of the world realize it and make no bones about it. Sarah has no modesty whatsoever in that regard.

    November 21, 2010 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  9. Adam

    Crazy is as Crazy does

    November 21, 2010 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  10. Mike M

    Oh for the love of God, will this woman go away. Please, can I read some real news instead of about her or her family. Seriously, willl the Republicans just thank her for raising money for their team and let her know they have a better candidate out there.

    November 21, 2010 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  11. Paul, Fernandina Beach

    Sarah Palin is quite literally an idiot. She is a false as a unicorn and simply put...another actor.

    November 21, 2010 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  12. BD70

    You, Palin, give me and mine nothing that we didn't already have. Your ego is astonishing. You don't own America..you aren't the keeper of being American nor do you have the corner market on protecting our freedom.

    November 21, 2010 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  13. hatepalin

    who really cares what she wrote

    November 21, 2010 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  14. mark

    This chick is a COWARD . and spits the law when its convienet . I hope she runs in the next so she can know defeat again . then she might leave our planet

    November 21, 2010 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  15. tyrone

    i love that woman. if she waz black the whole world would except her. hope shes pres some day.

    November 21, 2010 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  16. Becca

    Yes! She stands for freedom, freedom of speech! Unless its a leaked excerpt from her book.. Drat!

    November 21, 2010 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  17. drinky

    could this chick be a bigger dimwit? Ummmm.....no

    November 21, 2010 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  18. Juli

    OMG, WTF is wrong with that woman? Her America? LOL.

    November 21, 2010 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  19. Mike S.

    Thank you Sarah for giving me and my children a free America. But wasn't it already a free America when you were just mayor of the crystal meth capital instead of a media charlatan?

    November 21, 2010 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  20. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Sarah definitely did not pass any grammar classes in school. She has to be the dumbest person ever to write a book. Well maybe GWB can give her a run for the title. They both lifted the book ratings of Beck, O'Reilly and Savage.

    November 21, 2010 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  21. hobart

    Sorry Ms. Palin, but you've made it abundantly clear that some of us are "real" Americans and others of us are not. Excuse me? My ancestors came here in 1638, and I will not be lectured onto by you or anyone else as to whether my family qualifies for your glorious distinction, "real" American. You, madam, are a xenophobic authoritarian, who chooses to be willfully ignorant of history, geography, culture, proper use of our own English language, not to mention the arts, mathematics and science. Whenever you speak, you haven't the slightest idea of what you are talking about, and rather than look up your facts, you make up your facts. You, madame, are a liar, and are the very antithesis of what "real" America is all about.

    November 21, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  22. dzastrus

    As teasers go, the excerpt is revealing. She has gone so long thinking everyone wants to hear what she wants to say that she has forgotten that what she says should have substance. Out of context? Unauthorized? I'll bet it's closer to being a true representation of her intended message and a wholly authorized leak. Methinks she doth protest in accord with her advisors.

    November 21, 2010 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  23. wgf

    Note to former half-governor Sarah Palin: Real momma grizzlies don't quit.

    November 21, 2010 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  24. doug

    Palin is such a train wreck. Peoplelike her think of themselves as Patriots when they are really Traitors

    November 21, 2010 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  25. Rosie Leparulo

    Oh gag me with a spoon, Ms. Palin! Puh-leeez! Your ever overinflated image of yourself is nauseating. Now, in your own little mind, it is *your* book that will go down in history as a testament to what it was like to live in a free country?? You are truly delusional. To quote one of our not-so-great American *freedom fighters* - thanks, but no thanks.

    November 21, 2010 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
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