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

Palin targets NBC over McGinniss interview

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/24/art.palin.0524.gi.jpg caption="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. JM84

    So...Palin starts this whole media sensation by posting on facebook upon McG's arrival...and now she condemns any media coverage she doesn't approve of? Absurd, laughable, and all too typical for SP.

    June 1, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Voice of Reason

    Good grief, it's like the Jerry Springer show! It ranges from horrible to worse, yet I simply CANNOT LOOK AWAY.

    June 1, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Adalbert

    Please stop talking about this stupid woman.

    June 1, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Naqib

    Can you say Stalker...
    Aren't there laws against this...

    Just creepy man

    June 1, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Dyan, Minnesota

    As a liberal, may I just say to Sarah Palin......... welcome to my world.

    I can't tell you how many times I've seen the media carefully ignore the "side" of a story that I wanted to hear. I can't tell you how many statements and letters written by progressives and liberals that were ignored in favor of some right-wing blow hard. I can't count the number of marches and protests that went unreported while the tea party had more coverage than they knew what to do with.

    And now we have a right-wing conservative complaining that a for-profit media outlet declined to air her statement? Yeah, it kinda sucks to feel ignored in favor of the 'other side'.

    June 1, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Video Guy

    If NBC, CNN, etc stopped doing stories on her, she would not be in demand for your speeches, her books would not sell as well. She is biting the hand that is feeding her.

    June 1, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Eric

    The fact the media and nutjobs like McGinnis are STILL gunning for Palin, even now that she is just a private citizen indicates one thing: they fear her.

    June 1, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Sandy

    I think she is alot over the top on this McGuines issue. Check out her FB page. Which by the way is censored as well. I can't post there. If you write things that are truthful, but go against the Palin grain, they ban you from posting. Funny. I just think she is a little "rabid" of this issue. i don't see where it called for either.

    June 1, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Larry

    LOL. This woman is pathetic.

    June 1, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Felly

    Why Sarah did not just go ahead and rent that house before that McGinnnis guy? It seems like former Miss Wasilla thinks that everybody is after her, especially if you have a different political view.

    June 1, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. OBM

    Why do we keep talking about this morally challenged harridan ?

    June 1, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. Bill

    This woman is a disease.

    June 1, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. NPE

    BFD! She's a liar and a hypocrite. She does nothing but incite hatred. I guess she is saying that FOX News is the only "trustworthy" media. Yeah ... right.

    June 1, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Stymie

    Good God she is sounding like uhbama!

    June 1, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Jacq

    Loving it lol

    June 1, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Sarah can incite so many stupid people with her hateful inane rants. I would think normal people see through her, although, she can only pull off this unfounded crap with her Fox followers.

    June 1, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. k

    Sarah Palin is a waste of space.

    June 1, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth, another liberal gets his wings...

    June 1, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Adam Hunter

    All she needs is a broomstick, a wart on her nose and a bubbling cauldron.

    June 1, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Bonnie in Seattle

    She is like a horrible train wreck. You don't want to look, but you can't help yourself.

    I just simply cannot understand how people can be so enamored by such a stupid woman.

    June 1, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    Cry us a river.Feel sorry for poor little Sarah.I feel for the Baby seals but not this bimbo.

    June 1, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. jj

    Ok. Enough!!

    June 1, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. June in Chicago

    Dearest Eric – we do not fear Sarah Palin!
    We laugh at her, we feel sorry for her (stupidity), we are amused (sometimes) at her antics, we tolerate her, we do not trust her, we do not believe her, we do not want to be like her, we do not want our children to be like her, we want her to go away. . . Please, do not for one moment think any one "fears" her. She is not smart enough to be feared. The more she opens her mouth, the more people see her for who she really is. An uneducated big-mouth who will do any thing for the almighty dollar (she got a taste of the good life hanging with the McCains). Sarah worships at the alter of ego-mania and hatred. If any thing (and this one is a real stretch) we feel sorry for her. She will eventually fade in to oblivion and take her whole dysfunctional clan with her. . . One can hope, can't they?
    Paul & Palin in 2012. Mr. Obama needs another 4 years to clean up some of the corruption of the former administrations 8 years, so send your best forward to ensure we have a qualified leader who WILL be elected again.

    June 1, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Of all the houses in Wasilla he picks the one next to theirs. This guy is a real moron. Actually the fence is a blessing in disguise for the Palins away from this idiot.

    June 1, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. John Lafayette,In

    Sarah didn't you no this is a free county, any body can live next to any body they want. So stop crying. I wish the media would stop writing about you because all you are doing is taking down the Republican party.

    June 1, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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