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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Fritz

    Right to privacy? Is this harpy serious?

    June 1, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Yvonne

    When two fools met...

    June 1, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Detroit7

    Could everyone just put the politics aside for one minutes and think about how wrong it is to move from MA to AK, and set up camp right next to someone you're righting a negative book about?

    It's not decent, ethical or fair for her or her family to have to go through this.

    McGuinniss is a creep. He came on NBC to whine and lie about the obvious. And now he's wondering why Palin didn't want to bake him cookies and become friends with him? Wow, what a low life.

    June 1, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. faux news lamebrain

    Mainstream....look Ms. Quitter...Fox News IS mainstream news. Of course...as long as folks aren't kissing your ass....you are against them...what a hypocrite!!

    June 1, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. rudenmean

    Only Sarah can make her opponent's life miserable with half truths and inuendo. She can dish it but when the tables are turned it's the Media's fault with their gotcha journalism and asking hard questions like what newspapers she reads.
    It is only fitting the tea party have a Mad Hatter. She fits the bill to a tea.
    I wonder if the fence ruined her view of Russia?

    June 1, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Marty, FL

    Palin calls for a right to privacy, but she would willingly take away another woman's right to privacy during the most personal of family decisions. Again, Palin's sad hypocrisy.

    If Palin does not like being called out for inciting hatred, perhaps she might reflect on the impact of her reprehensible rhetoric at times (death panels, crosshairs, etc.)...reap what is sown.

    June 1, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Hendrik

    Not much more to say except, waaaaaahh wwwwaaaaaaaah. Cry me a river little Sarah.

    June 1, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. City Ordance

    I wonder if the 14 foot fence is against city ordinance?

    June 1, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Mesa Mick

    NBC didn't keep their promise to me...BOO HOO HOO!
    Can you feel my pain America? Can you feel it? Don't you feel bad for me? Buy my book, that'll ease the pain I feel....

    Tell ya what Sister Sarah, when you apologize for breaking your OATH to the people of AK for quitting your job half way thru so you can go on a speaking tour for cash and sell books then, and only then, will I begin to think you have anything of merit to say...

    June 1, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. CBR

    Ms. Palin,
    Instead of running all of your statements through your Twitter or Facebook accounts, you just might want to deal with people directly. Most people do that unless they are out for personal gain.

    June 1, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Carmelle

    THis is just another perfect "you are not one of us, so you don't have the same rights as us real americans do" moment.

    Remember the "Retard" craziness? How it was not ok for Rahm Emmnuel to say it about libs (as a lib himself) , but it was ok for Rush to say it about Libs (i guess since he hates libs??)?

    Well, AGAIN Sarah is crying about her privacy..AFTER SHE POSTED THE GUY'S ADDRESS AND NAME ON FACEBOOK...for her hate soldiers to reload for.

    ...didn't you know? privacy is only for "real Americans"

    June 1, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Gerry NH

    If the networks quit writing stories about Palin then all of you jealous idiots would have nothing negative to say. I think most of you fear her because she is so much smarter than you people are.

    June 1, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. gg

    that 14ft. wall , hope its got no exit,s,

    June 1, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Laurie

    Always behaving like a junior high girl fightin with her ex-bffs. She is an immature, fact twisting and spiteful 13 year old, who handle nothing in an adult manner. I feel sorry for her husband, kids, and anyone who dares to cross her. Grow up

    June 1, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Jamie from Riverside

    So what does she want? Would she like censorship of anything that doesn't have her pre-crafted messages and approval? Go 'way, you witch.

    June 1, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Susan

    Did Sarah and Glenn Beck give this Author the simple privilage of making a statement prior to Palin going on Fox and venting her Hate for this man? NO she didn't, but she expects all other news stations to give her this privilage.......what a Hate filled moron.......

    June 1, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Nightrider

    I wonder if she still can see Russia from the 14 feet fence! 🙂

    June 1, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. garc

    That darn NBC, lookin' for those facts and truthiness.

    June 1, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. JohnRJ08

    How stupid can one human being get. She's attacking a major network for interviewing an author. She is terrified of being exposed as a fraud, as that hasn't already been done a thousand times.

    June 1, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Karen

    Can she just go back to being an Alaskan wife, mother and moose hunter? I am sick of her whining!

    June 1, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Dave

    This really hurts Palin's credibility. I mean, that fence has to block her view of Russia, which greatly reduces her knowledge of foreign policy.

    June 1, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Maybe NBC didn't report Sara and Todd's comments because of the color crayon's they were using.

    June 1, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Discernment


    The "DRILL-BABY-DRILL" lipstick wearing pit-bull Sarah Palin campaigned and pressed President Obama and the rest of America to drill for oil any "any cost".

    So why is Sarah Palin concerned about a journalist living next door at a time like this? Many gulf state citizens voted for Sarah in 2008 because they bought into her "drill baby, drill" mantra. Now that "drill baby, drill" has backfired, Sarah's biggest concern is an old journalist living next door.


    June 1, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Spiker715

    Oh my GOD! Would people stop talking to her please, for the love of all that is good and holy? Stop putting a microphone in front of her stupid pie hole, stop talking about her or anything that has to do with her. She is a ridiculous waste of time with an IQ equal to that of a utility pole!

    June 1, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. hillcrester

    Sarah who? Oh, the one who built a career on claims she is being mistreated. That Sarah.

    June 1, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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