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. The King

    This womans incessant whining provides further proof that she is incapable of serving in any real leadership position on a national scale. She's an embarrasment, but the best thing that has happened to the Democrats in a long time.

    June 1, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. jenn,philadelphia

    Liberals hate this woman so much, even when she isn't wrong, you pounce on her. Imagine your reaction if Anne Coulter was writing a book about President Obama and rented the house next to his in Chicago. The excuse he chose that house because of the rent amount is lame, but because he's after someone you all dislike, you're fine with it. That's also lame.

    June 1, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. Trebor

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah,

    For the sake of the Republicans please leave public life, and for the sake of the American people just go away. Go hunt Moose, go see Russia from your front yard, you have no idea how small minded you are!

    June 1, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. jost

    She makes the accusation that he's spying on her, but never gives info about incidences of spying.

    She leaps from that the guy is living next door, to him spying.

    Most people who DO spy on other people, don't live anywhere near them.
    And if you're writing a book about someone, and when you search for a rental in the town, and find one right next door, well who WOULD'NT pick that one !!!!

    June 1, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Sentinel2035

    Talking With Out Thinking....

    June 1, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. Tom

    This woman, and her husband, are idiots! SERIOUSLY.... this woman is pathetic. While she complains about the media, it is the same media that has made her what she is today. I don't know why she continues to garner the attention she gets? She QUIT as Governor and before that she was the mayor of a small town! I would like to see her real IQ, I can't imagine it is very high, although probably more than "W" (although that doesn't say much)!

    June 1, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. JB

    Sarah Palin will nvever be elected president, vice president, even senator. Hello she is a half term governor who quit! Who cares what she thinks?

    June 1, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Robin Bray

    Sarah's trying to hide her glass house with a fourteen foot high fence. And yet she keeps throwing stones at others.

    June 1, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. Above the Crowd

    It's always someone else's fault that she's an idiot! There is only one class of people more idiotic than her: The ones who pay her $100,000 to speak!

    June 1, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Leah

    It is the Palin's that are stalking Joe McGinniss.
    Todd went over on McGinniss' property, McGinnis has not been on Palin's property.
    The Palin's took a photo of McGinniss on HIS deck and posted it on the internet. McGinniss has NOT taken photos of the Palins.
    Joe McGinniss should sue Palin for invasion of HIS privacy and also for the death threats that he was been receiving because of Palin telling folks where HE lives.
    Shame on YOU Sarah Palin.

    June 1, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. Roland Clark

    When is the woman going to start taking responsibility for her own words and stop blaming the interviewer for every dumb thing she says.. word of advice stop doing interviews

    June 1, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Are you crazy just leave them alone

    June 1, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. Colleen

    ...and another thing..if she is worried the big bad man next door will view her or her kids, curtains would have been cheaper, and not so offensive to the neighborhood...if I lived in that area I would be really concerned about her wall....but then again...she has never demonstrated concern for anyone but herself....

    June 1, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. Gpenn

    She wants the attention. Please just let her fade away into the Alaskan sunset, Stop giving her what she wants.

    June 1, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Colleen

    seems the only invasion of privacy has been hers against her neighbor....

    June 1, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. raymax

    She and her old time republicans have been deceiving America with bad informations and propagating hatred. She need to stop and be a mom to her kids. Or go back to beauty pageant if she desires limelight. To be a serious contender for America, it's a joke!

    June 1, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    That's right Sarah it is all the media's fault. If they had not noticed that you were a dingbat no one else would have ever noticed.

    June 1, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Tony


    Even if you don't like Sarah Palin, put yourself into her shoes,...and you would be very upset if this was happening to you. Someone who dislikes you moves into a house 15ft away to basically stalk you and your family to make a dollar. This guy is a LOOSER!

    I am on the side of Palin, on this issue.

    June 1, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. Renee

    Let's face it people, if Palin looked like Janet Reno, she would not get the media coverage. She is an attractive woman and sex sells. You are right, she is not helping the Republican Party. I truly hope the Dems and GOP would get back to the business of serving the people of this country and not themselves. We are a great country and both parties have great ideas, but we cannot stand divided. Neither party has all the answers, so let's take the best of both parties and use those ideas to serve the people. I could care less who live next door to Palin..let's stick to the real issues, jobs, energy, the middle-class, health care...We the people ought to boycott everything to send a message to the government to stop playing games with our lives and our children's lives and get busy solving "real" situations

    June 1, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. Rick

    You know what's funny. Not one self respecting person in this town will talk with him. This guy is no different then the NBC staffer that was trying to buy information from us at the Tailgater right after Sarah was nominated. What I do find even more funny is how much people just hate her. Fortunately for her and us we don't really care.

    June 1, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. German,Irish,American

    Talk about hate-filled lying rhetoric, did you hate-filled liberals even listen to the hate that McGinnis was inciting at Palin during the interview? His last hate-filled fiction piece ended up where it belonged, at a bankrupted publication. This is nothing but another attempt by the corrupt Obama lead NBC, MSNBC, networks to discredit Palin with lies and enuendos, and false statements. Isn't it ironic that Obama and his liberals accuse Palin of inciting hatred, but all you have to do to see real hatred is to listen to these people encouraging hatred and racism on anything from Palin to the immigration law in Arizona.

    June 1, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Juan

    This woman. Yes fear her. This is exactly teh type of person wo can drown society. Not tha she can sigle handedly do it, as much as she can single handedly summon a bunch of morons to follow her. Fear nothing but fear itself....and people like Sara Palin.

    June 1, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. debbie

    She probably hasn't read any of his books but she has surely been told he does his research and generally gets to the bottom of things. No wonder she's freaked out.

    June 1, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. ltl lulu

    I'm sure you 'encouraged' NBC to voice your ever so thoughtful comments Sarah, but you know sometimes you just don't get your way. You're not Queen Sarah!

    June 1, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Paul

    I wonder if the problem is that Palin has the kind of pie hole that doesn't close.

    June 1, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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