Judge orders Gawker to remove Palin book excerpts
November 20th, 2010
08:36 PM ET
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Judge orders Gawker to remove Palin book excerpts

(CNN) - A federal judge ordered Gawker on Saturday to take down excerpts the website posted from Sarah Palin's upcoming book until at least November 30.

The post was removed by Saturday evening.

In his two-page decision, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa told Gawker to cease "from continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages" from Sarah Palin's "America by Heart" until a hearing scheduled for November 30.

Gawker did not immediately respond to e-mail and telephone messages from CNN seeking comment on the case.

Thursday, the online gossip website had shot back via a post that read:

"Did you catch the excerpt we posted yesterday from Sarah Palin's new book? Sarah did. She tweets with rage: 'The publishing world is LEAKING out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn't that illegal?' [Sarah: If you're reading this - and if you are, welcome! - you may want to take a moment to familiarize yourself with the law.]"

"America by Heart" is Palin's second book, following the 2009 publication of "Going Rogue." It is due out on Tuesday.

Following the Gawker leak, the former Alaska governor posted on her Facebook page an excerpt from the upcoming book.

"We have to know what makes America exceptional today more than ever because it is under assault today more than ever," she wrote. "This is my America, from my heart, and by my heart. I give it now to my children and grandchildren, and to yours, so they will always know what it was like in America when people were free."

Updated 9:30 p.m.

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. aroth

    "I give it now to my children and grandchildren, and to yours, so they will always know what it was like in America when people were free."

    Yes, when people were free. Except apparently for people who want to post excerpts from your book, in which case you apparently have no problem with trying to restrict their freedom. Hypocrite much, miss Palin?

    November 21, 2010 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  2. Ron

    I thought she only wrote on her hand? Oh, forgot someone else is probably writing this for her.

    November 21, 2010 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  3. linda

    This woman is just trying to get richer and richer what will she do next-who cares about her lying book-no one but these dumb republicans who push her daughter to be on dwts she is not a star so how did she enter the contest-it said DWTS-she is not a celebrity or a STAR- so we all know how this was brought down-paying people-and again all 3 of them judges are republicans we all know this,what crock-she is still the dumbest woman in the world,I still feel palin runs the show,husband who is a house husband don't work, don't contribute anything,this is all a shame,I know one thang sarah palin better leave Michelle Obama alone and keep her name out of her mouth,sarah palin is evil and stupid SHE IS all for herself,why can't people see this-oh well when all said and done-can't blame Obama for the unemployed checks to stop it was them REPULBICANS who they put in the house-and just wait the ones who put them there will suffer more than before,so don't say anything while your checks have been cut off by the REPUBLICANS. Sarah Palin is greedy and playing the american people to a pulp at least the republicans she is playing for fools and getting away with it too,she will never be President of the U.S. for we all will be doomed and and much worst off she knows nothing about politics just pretending,she wants power and will use others to get it BEWARE OF SARAH PALIN

    November 21, 2010 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  4. linda

    What is it that she is hiding and don't want the public to know? she is a schemer and a lier-just has looks to get her what she wants, she has no morals.no decent issues,a dummie on all sides. She needs to go back where she came from and stay under the rocks.and for as education she lied about her college degrees and colleges she went to-not one did she graduate,only a certificate, now how dumb can you be for her all the way, daughter has no job living off mother dearest,no one wants to watch such misery only the republicans do, and peoples dollars are supporting her to get richer and while they are getting poorer-how stupid.

    November 21, 2010 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  5. Mike

    I love the quote she gives from her book, the same typical sensationalist nonsense about America being "under assault" that she constantly spouts. The only thing America is under assault from are extreme politicians like her, seeking to polarize and divide our country.

    November 21, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  6. Indy

    Hard to get excited about a book from a ghostwriter that writes for someone that was a very bad mayor and a below average Governor for one year. There is nothing to add about her ceremonial run for VP, they lost and we all know she was not vetted and had trouble answering very easy questions. There you go, now you don't need to waste your money on abook, that is her life in a couple sentences and if the book states otherwise it is a lie. You don't need two books to tell this very short average story.

    November 21, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. Terry - Indiana

    Dear Sarah: America was built by people who refused to quit. Everyday, Americans perform jobs and do things they may not like, but that is their job, and Americans do not quit. Well, except for you.

    November 21, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  8. Leonard

    "We have to know what makes America exceptional today more than ever because it is under assault today more than ever," she wrote....is that assault coming from the Tea Bag Party?

    November 21, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. Clwyd

    Why remove the pages I was going to line my garbage can early!

    November 21, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. mark greco

    the more people try to hurt Sarah Palin, the opposite effect happens. The more we all love her

    November 21, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  11. Bassman

    How bias is CNN? Compare James Carville's comment about Pres. Obama, and Mrs Bush's comment about Gov. Palin. CNN says Carville is "deviant" Thinking he should back down. And covering it up on their Ticker. Does CNN ask if Mrs. Bush is defiant? No they hype it.

    November 21, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  12. tonyMac

    What did she tweet about Barb Bush's comments that she stay in Alaska? Palin is so quick to launch snarky comments against her detractors, let's hear her respons to Bar... You go Bar!

    November 21, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  13. CC

    i didn't know Palin followers could read....

    November 21, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  14. wise24153

    Only Sarah Palin could say this about America: "so they will always know what it was like in America when people were free." in the same article where she also questions published excerpts from her book " . . . Isn't that illegal?" !!

    Sarah: As long as you are properly cited–given credit for and acknowledgment of– quoted material, it's covered under the CONSTITUTION you are so quick to use for your own needs, as a right available to ALL citizens and not just those who might be just like you.

    This lady is a master manipulator.

    November 21, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  15. John in Texas

    Whats so funny is this chick didnt even write her book.....she just provided things for someone else to write like Bush did! Now take Obama he actuallly penned his own books!! I can't stand fakes and she is one of the biggest out there!

    November 21, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  16. Brooklyn

    This woman sure knows how to mine money out of the American people! She has a real eye for making a buck – or should i say a million!

    November 21, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. Jon

    I will quickly scan this so-called book at a Barnes&Noble, so I have a handler on what she us upto, but I wouldn't waste my money on it.

    November 21, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  18. Sarge1

    Didn't know she wasn't living in the land of the free. I love living in the USA and proud to be an American. At least I don't go out preaching family values, then have a single daughter that can't seem to keep her pants on. My children love being free and in America and thinks, as Barbara Bush states, that she should stay in Alaska and teach her daughter how to close her legs

    November 21, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. VA Teacher

    She did take a moment to familiarize herself with the law...she got a judge to order those idiots to take down the excerpts.

    November 21, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  20. Kenneth

    And this is how bigoted ignorance in today's society is spread from one generation to the next. Racism is not born its taught.

    November 21, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  21. L

    This is only a temporary injunction - a routine item to give both sides time to present their arguments. Copyright law is a very mature area with well-argued guidelines over what constitutes theft of property and what is fair reporting.

    That said, if the above quote is typical, then she should have flunked her college writing classes.

    November 21, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  22. Bassman

    After MSNBC reported Todd and sarah embezzled to build their home, She took out MSNBC, NY Times, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post with one paragraph from her legal council. Now this. Amazing considering she is supposed to be incompetent.

    November 21, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
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