Palin threatens lawsuit over book
September 27th, 2011
12:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin threatens lawsuit over book

(CNN) - One week after the release of a controversial book on Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor threatened to sue the book's author for including what her lawyer called a "series of lies and rumors presented as fact."

The book, "The Rogue," by Joe McGinniss, has received widespread attention since McGinniss moved in next door to Palin to begin writing in 2010.

Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House and publisher of the book, stood by the title and McGinniss.

"We are confident that the reporting in THE ROGUE is solid, reliable, and well-substantiated," said spokesman Stuart Applebaum in an email on Wednesday.

Shortly before the book hit shelves last week, Palin's husband, Todd, lashed out at McGinniss, saying the author had been "relentlessly" stalking his family and filled the book with "lies, innuendo and smears."

In a letter sent to the book's publisher, Crown Publishing Group, Palin's lawyer said Monday both McGinniss and Crown knowingly published false information and "defamed the Palins."

McGinniss has staunchly defended the title.

"Believe me, I'm so sick of Sarah Palin right now, that after this couple (of) weeks is over, I hope to never hear her name again," McGinniss said last week on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

McGinniss said that he had originally set out to write a book about Alaska, when Palin was picked as the 2008 vice presidential running mate for Sen. John McCain

"That made her synonymous with Alaska," McGinniss said. "My book about Alaska became a book about Sarah Palin."

The book has received criticism from a number of news outlets, including The New York Times, which said the book "chases caustic, unsubstantiated gossip."

It has also been hit with harsh reviews over its use of anonymous sources for stories about Palin’s past.

But McGinniss stands by the book's accuracy.

"Sarah Palin has lived an outrageous life," McGinniss said on CNN's "American Morning" last week. "All I did was talk to people about it, and they documented it for me. When I was comfortable with the veracity of what I heard, I put it into the book. There were a lot of things that I wasn't comfortable with, that I didn't put them in."

– CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Alaska • Joe McGinniss • Sarah Palin • Todd Palin
soundoff (774 Responses)
  1. ldean50

    I thought you had to be able to prove something WASN'T true in order to sue 'em.

    September 27, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. S1N

    As much as I hate Sarah Palin, the book in question has very little content that is verifiable fact. She might actually have a chance with a defamation lawsuit. Of course, that would require convincing a judge that she actually had a reputation to tarnish in the first place.

    September 27, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Phil T. Listener

    Shortly before the book hit shelves last week, Palin's husband, Todd, lashed out at McGinniss, saying the author had been "relentlessly" stalking his family and filled the book with "lies, innuendo and smears."

    How about a little Alaskan Salmon with those schmears Todd?

    And I wonder how exactly could someone "defame the Palins?"
    They don't need any help with that.

    September 27, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Dirk Waldon

    Sarah, I will keep "OUR" two year thing between us, if you don't mention anything about your sister walking in on us at the 'Chock and Puke' restroom. ;-)

    September 27, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. roscoe

    Why tell everyone she may sue? The book is out and on the shelves....either sue or crawl into your cave and hide.

    September 27, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. RG

    Those liberals sue over everything.

    September 27, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. EddyL

    Anything to stay in the spotlight....

    September 27, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. j

    Oh, No !!!!! Her Majesty is offended!!!! If she can`t take the heat she should get out of the kitchen.

    September 27, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    One liar calling out another liar. What a joke. Go ahead Simple Sarah and sue. Then we'll get to hear from your caustic mouth the "truth" about these allegations.....maybe you won't??? Think about it. In any case, you play the victim SO well

    September 27, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Jon M.

    This story needs more death panels, birth certificates, palling around with terrorists, and fear mongering, for profit, of course.

    September 27, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. shannon g

    Lmao! She's finally getting some payback. He didn't have to write a book about her, most of us already knew she was a scam artist.

    September 27, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Becca

    She is going to sue! For what someone telling the truth? She has ran her mouth it is her own fault if people tell the truth about her. Sarah is really a dumb bunny. She has not got what it takes to be in office for any reason at all after all she quit the job she had as she said she was not going to sit behind a desk in a old stuffy office.She said that was just not for her. She has not one ounce of brains and if she does she does not know how to put them to good use and shut her mouth while she is a head. Everyone has better hope this crack pot does not become our president or the other woman that is going to run too. Now if the people want to try a woman president then I think that Hillery Clinton would be the only one who would be a woman that would make a great president!

    September 27, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Mark of Tennessee

    She wont sue... This is a ploy to help deflect her sleeping with a black man.... Her base doesnt want to believe its true...

    September 27, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Irrma in North Carolina

    I hope she does sue cause she will find out she wont get very far with it. And does she think she has enough money to do this. How about all the lies that are in her books that she had some one write for her. What goes around comes around. Finally some of it is coming back to Sarah. Wonder when she will announce if she is going to run for President.

    September 27, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. MM

    Te difference is the books about Obama were the truth, Sarah 's was lies and rumors.
    You all have a huge jelousy issue which is a sickness,,,,,,,, She is smarted then you!

    September 27, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Tom

    Does that mean tax payers can file a lawsuit over 'death panels' considering that was a "lie presented as fact?"

    September 27, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. bobcat2u

    First thing to do is prove those are lies. I doubt you can do that. Remember all those lies you told about our president ? Ever heard of a little thing call kharma ? It's coming back to bite you in your buttocks.

    September 27, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Bill

    Truth hurts, huh Sarah baby? You betcha!

    September 27, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. cathstar

    Isn't "lies, innuendo and smears" the motto of the Tea Party? Guess it's different when the shoe is on the other foot. Why would anyone write/read a book about this egomaniacal twit?

    September 27, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Henry

    Easily offended, Sarah? She always reacts harshly to anything anyone says about her. Thin skin, Sarah? Oh, I forgot, it is the publicity and the money. Sarah would rob from a homeless person if it would bring her fame and fortune. I forgot, that is the entire GOP. Sorry I brought it up.

    September 27, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. RinMaine

    Does that mean that she accepts giving depositions on the subject? Not likely. Just a meaningless posturing.

    September 27, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Maureen

    Get over yourself – find a better way to support yourself out of the public eye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST GO AWAY....

    September 27, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. JOE

    Sarah Palin is a phony, a flake and a fraud just like Ms. Bachmann. They lack credibility and integrity and they're the perfect examples of first class white trash that should be dumped some where in Alaska or Yuka valley.

    September 27, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Madtown

    Will $arah Palin make yet more money by suing? If so, you know she'll be all over it. What a pathetic waste of time she is. Good for a laugh, sure, but nothing more.

    September 27, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. brian

    The book is out and now she threatens a lawsuit? Poor Sarah missed the boat again. What a dim bulb.

    September 27, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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