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. johnrj08

    All Palin is doing to launching a pre-emptive attack on an investigative journalist whom she knows has a track record of exposing frauds. She's scared to death of someone like McGinness. Otherwise, she wouldn't be attracting so much attention to what he's doing. Of course, McGuinness is probably giddy with delight over Sarah's big mouth. Free promotion for his book. Her attacks on the mainstream press are intended to do one thing: provide her with an ongoing excuse for not doing any more unscripted interviews. If she convince all of her moronic followers that the press is after her, then they won't begin to question why she refuses to go any network but FOX. Of course, she's too dense to know that she's not even safe on FOX, given her interview with Glenn Beck where she stated that George Washington was her favorite Founding Father.

    June 1, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. missjane

    It's Palin Pampers time again...whining baby..the press is against me blah blah blah...such an old and sad story.....

    June 1, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Drew

    Debby you should sharpen your reading comprehension. The PALINS put that fence up not this guy.

    June 1, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Joe Cirillo

    I guess with that 14 foot fence, the Palins could no longer see Russia from their house.

    June 1, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Pete

    Poor, Poor Baby. Are your feelings hurt? Have you never been lied to before? I'm sure when you first started dating your husband he lied to you. You know what I'm talking about.

    June 1, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. David

    Whine, Whine, Whine. She can dish it out but she can't take it. Makes for a terrble leader.

    June 1, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. FleeceBook

    Facebook posts should be subject to defamation suits if warranted. If Palin has no evidence she should not be villifying McGinnis online.
    People who live in glacier houses should not be throwing stones.
    Maybe one day Palin will realize this and finally stop the cycle of accuse and deny she plays with the media ....and a cycle she herself started!
    However some say, and Palin seems to agree, some attention is better than no attention at all!

    June 1, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Bill

    When is CNN and other networks going to stop giving coverage to this woman. All they are doing is dumping down the nation and they wonder why their viewer- ship is down. They don't get it! Everyone in America is not ignorant nor do they like turning on the news and hearing someone who is seriously undereducated being given coverage day in and day out. Please stop!

    June 1, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Papasan in AZ

    It's the gift that keeps on giving...

    P A L I N = I D I O T

    June 1, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Frank from Gilroy

    What a complete twit. And to think she could have.......

    June 1, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Little Tommy

    Last time I checked, this is America baby and people can live anywhere they please. You want to build a big fence around yourself, go right ahead...that's your right.

    Just make sure it doesn't obstruct your view of Russia! LOL

    June 1, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. margret

    Sarah Palin, the founding fathers created freedom of the press so that it would always function as a supplementary means of checks-and-balances of the U.S. Government, if you don't like it ... move to Canada.

    June 1, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Fred Derf

    Sarah Palin – Too dumb to be President and too stupid to realize it!!!

    June 1, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. JW

    True, Palin, you do have privacy in this country. But you also chose to give up some of that privacy by thrusting and keeping yourself as a public figure in the public arena. You want privacy–stay out of the limelight.

    June 1, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. Lordvader30

    14 Foot fence? to keep a journalist away? what did he bring with him an Abraham Tank?

    June 1, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. ross berg

    The Dems better use all the influence they can muster to slow this guy down.

    His work has the potential of totally derailing Palin and ending even the fantasy of her being on the 2012 scene!!

    June 1, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Three Dog Mama

    So she doesn't like her neighbor. I'm sure a lot of us have neighbors we don't like. Too bad Sarah. Welcome to the real world. And building a 14 foot fence? Boy, talk about being paranoid. I would never vote for her. She didn't even finish her term as governor. Could you see her as our President and leaving office after 2 years because she couldn't stand the heat? Well, guess what Sarah -that is called politics. If you don't like it, get out of politics. Go back to your buddies at Fox and cry your tears to them. She wants things her way or no way. Our country does't work like that. No way would I ever vote for her.

    June 1, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. geox23

    I wonder if Joe McGinniss can see Russia from his house or if the 14ft fence is blocking his view?

    June 1, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. rwe

    The national debt is going thru the roof, Iran is moving forward with a nuclear bomb, N Korea is revving up the war machine, millions of people are in the country illegally probably including some that could do us significant harm, the unemployment is around 10%, the White House is sticking its nose in Senatorial politics, we are fighting two wars that are going on forever, etc. We need some leadership and we ain't getting it with the current President. Quite frankly I don't think she could do much worse!!!!

    June 1, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. sifto

    this liberal blog is getting boring..they can't get Palin out of their heads..if you can't say something nice about this great family–keep your yaps shut–she is a private citizen....

    June 1, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. louise

    Feel sorry for this pathetic, dumb women. I feel sorry for the poor wildlife that she slaughters.

    June 1, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. Ken in NC

    I'm so thankful to this "THRILLER FROM WASILLA". At a time when the entire nation is becoming depressed over this 'DRIL BABY DRILL OIL SPILL", we can thank this "Thriller From Wasilla" for a good laugh. This smart woman of 5 universities never learned from any of them that under the law, anyone can live any place, like she says "they so choose" as long as they can afford to pay for it. Of course another freedom she has is to move if she does not wish to live next to someone she does not like. That is her choice.


    June 1, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. osomartinez

    Loon! What does one expect from a benefactor of BP.

    June 1, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Donna Sue Mansfield

    If Palin would pay more attention to the wolves she's murdered, and all the other wildlife – – – well, as my mother used to say, "What goes around, comes around." Another quote: "Bread cast upon the water will return many times over." Methinks that she will get her come-uppance in the near future. We can only hope!!!

    June 1, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Raul

    The unvierse called Sarah palin and they want there space back.

    June 1, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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