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. mk

    NBC probably did not run their statements because they were full of hate filled retoric. That guy can live wherever he wants, this is a free counrty last time I checked. People who live in glass houses cannot throw stones, it is about time Palin and her mafia of christian conservatives got more heat. They are hate filled and are responsible for a great deal of the current tensions in our country.

    June 1, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Jeri

    If the major media would shut up about her, maybe those of us who simply want to worry about the problems of the world so much greater than her. If she wants peace she should shut up.

    June 1, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Jimmy

    Ms. Palin, if you don't like the media in America, why don't you secede from the union? Oops...I guess you toyed with that once. If you don't like freedom of the press here, move to Russia or Iran or some other cozy place where they really restrict what you say or do.

    June 1, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    So you and Todd "crafted" a statement huh? How many ghost-writers did you have to hire to pull that off?

    June 1, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. maripil

    This woman has no business getting anyone's attention from a reputable network like CNN. Her true place is only in Foxnoise (Foxnews) where all the people employed there are just as frivolous and empty vessels like her!!

    June 1, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. ray

    cnn why dont you people stoping covering this half governer? this woman is an idiot. THIS WOMAN IS AN IDIOT, THIS WOMAN IS AN IDIOT.

    June 1, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Future expat

    SHUT UP ALREADY! Geez. She can dish it out, but she sure as hell can't take it. A pox on John McCain for burdening us with this vindictive, thin-skinned buffoon.

    June 1, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. anotherGDlefty

    What's facebook?

    Is it some kind of valid news outlet now?

    I thought it was still a bunch of nitwits that thought other people cared about what you had to say about yourself....

    Why does Sarah hate America?

    June 1, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. kimberly

    SHUT UUUUUUUUUPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOMAN! your NOT important and your shrill hatred and pure venom you spew is tearing this country apart! NO RIGHT WING LOONS, I am NOT scared of her, she is a THREAT to security as far as i am concerned. her hate speech and her lies are BREEDING MORE LOONS like her! She should be thrown in JAIL! LOON!

    June 1, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. malabar

    This is a free country and Sarah does not promote taking away joes rights. she also has rights and is excercising those rights. seems to me that dems can take very little of what they dish out. this only makes her luk gud bcuz any1 with a 2nd grade education knws joe was gunning 4 her and his embarrssng attempt to play victim failed. and u, the dem loser obsessed with Palin- thank u 4 all ur efforts in keeping her in the news. 😉

    June 1, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Len

    Sarah Palin has a lot to hide. If she didn't then why erect a 14 foot tall fence? If the neighbor invades her privacy or trespasses there are laws that would protect her. Just like when she quit the governorship of Alaska. She quit because she had something to hide and feared the ethics investigations. She refuses to do interviews, she fears the media, she fears investigations. So she blames everyone and makes up conspiracy plots. She is no longer a politician. She is a celebrity. And celebrities have to deal with a loss of privacy and investigations into there activities. After all, she's getting paid millions for speeches and appearances. Its the cost of fame. Ask Tiger, Charlie Sheen, Lindsey Lohan, Brad and Angie and all the other celebrities. Don't like it? Then get off the stage and go back to being a private citizen.

    June 1, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. Bassman

    Gov. Palin was too nice to Mr. McGinniss in her Facebook posting. She could have mentioned he has said "if Todd and Sarah devorce, he will find out". THAT is why is has moved to within 15 yards from their home.

    June 1, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Steve

    Sarah is a Oxygen Thief!

    June 1, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. nini

    She has a point, you need to show two side of the story.

    June 1, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Independent One

    PLEASE SARAH GO AWAY!!!!!!! The US has more serious issues to deal with

    June 1, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Donnatella

    What about Freedom Sarah, you teabaggers are always saying somebody is trying to take away your freedom, this guy has a right to live where he wants, get over yourself. It's all about freedom until you wing-nuts don't agree. The same with a women's right to her body, she should have to right to do what she want's, I bet you don't agree with that either. So much for freedom.

    June 1, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. invisible_juice

    Drill baby drill!

    June 1, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. cfm

    Would the mainstream media please stop reporting ever benign thing Miss Palin says. She is right up there with Heidi Montag for me in terms of stupid announcements.

    June 1, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Bobby Ray

    Palin's media guide: If the article is complimentary of her it is from the REAL AMERICA, if not, then it is from the liberal left wing press. She started this but wants it to stop just after her say is in but before a response can be made. Palin often speaks of "taking back America". Just who is she taking it back from? The voters? The people elected by those voters?

    June 1, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. ogleme

    The guy's writing a book and there can't be too many nice places to stay in that town. Still, he HAD to know a huge flap would follow his renting right next door. C'mon. Neither of these folks has much sense. They deserve each other for being so stupid. ...

    June 1, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Now the Queen is dictating to whom the media is allowed to speak? Off with their heads!

    June 1, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Oh, boo-hoo, Sarah! It's a free country – dontcha know – so this guy has every right to buy a house next to yours.

    If you didn't want all this attention, you should have never accepted the VP nomination and AFTER YOU LOST, returned to your job as governor.

    June 1, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Wailin' Palin's at it again ... this woman can't go a day without seeing her name in the news without going through serious DTs ...

    June 1, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. jms58

    How can one person love to be in the spotlight so much and protest when she is scrutinized by the media. I really wish she would go back to eating moose burgers and shut up for ever.

    June 1, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    NBC lost its jouralistic credability years ago. It is now only a tabloid.

    June 1, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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