New book on Palin blasted as 'lies'
September 15th, 2011
01:17 PM ET
10 years ago

New book on Palin blasted as 'lies'

Washington (CNN) - Todd Palin released a scathing statement late Wednesday about author Joe McGinniss, whose new book about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has grabbed internet and tabloid headlines, as well as received harsh criticism from The New York Times.

In a statement distributed to members of the media, Palin's husband said the book "is full of disgusting lies, innuendo and smears."

"This is a man who has been relentlessly stalking my family to the point of moving in right next door to us to harass us and spy on us to satisfy his creepy obsession with my wife," Palin said. "His book is full of disgusting lies, innuendo, and smears. Even The New York Times called this book 'dated, petty,' and that it 'chases caustic, unsubstantiated gossip.'"

McGinniss' book, "The Rogue," is set for publication next week and is the latest work from the bestselling author who first rose to national prominence with "The Selling of the President 1968," which described the marketing of Richard Nixon during the 1968 campaign. He subsequently wrote a crime trilogy and two controversial books about the Kennedy family.

In early 2010 McGinniss moved to Wasilla, Alaska to begin research for a book about the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee and rented the house immediately next door to the Palins.

His arrival was met with criticism from the Palin clan and national media.

When asked about McGinniss' presence in Alaska, Palin, who is considering a bid for the White House in 2012, told Fox News "Some people just need to get a life."

"Bless his heart, he needs to get a life," she said.

But in an interview with NBC News that aired Thursday, McGinniss said it was happenstance that the Palins' neighbor was renting her house.

He said he wanted to write the book because Palin is a "phenomenon," and the negative reaction he received was yet another example of Palin's temperament.

"She overreacts. She has no modulation in her responses to stress," McGinniss told NBC. "In other words, she freaks out."

Although McGinniss said Palin instructed those closest to her not to speak with the author, he interviewed people in Alaska who he said knew the couple and used his months of research in "The Rogue."

McGinniss' book has not been made available to CNN for reporting and it has not yet been released in stores. However, the Times and NBC read the book and reported on the more salacious storylines in the over 300 page hardback, much of which received tough critiques from the news organizations.

"Although most of 'The Rogue' is dated, petty and easily available to anyone with Internet access, Mr. McGinniss used his time in Alaska to chase caustic, unsubstantiated gossip about the Palins, often from unnamed sources like 'one resident' and 'a friend,'" the Times wrote in a review published Wednesday.

In the interview with NBC News, McGinniss said Sarah and Todd used cocaine in the past, a claim that has not been verified.

When asked by NBC how he substantiated the claim, McGinniss said "well you talk to somebody who snorted it with her."

"You talk to many of Todd's friends who describe him as having been on the end of the straw frequently in his youth," McGinniss said. "I'm not saying Todd and Sarah Palin today abuse cocaine or even use it, but there is no question they both did at one point in their lives."

According to NBC News, McGinniss alleged in the book that Palin had an affair with Todd's former business partner Brad Hanson.

Hanson denied that charge in a statement Thursday.

"This is the same old story that went around in 2008," he said. "It is a complete and outright lie. Todd and Sarah Palin have been good friends for many years, and in fact we still own property together. We sold a former joint business venture for business reasons, nothing more. These attacks are shameful and those making them seem to be out only to destroy good people and make money doing so."

McGinniss also wrote, as reported by NBC, that Palin had a sexual encounter with former NBA star Glen Rice in 1987, before she was married to Todd.

The New York Times wrote that the book also rehashes "conspiracy theories," including that she may not be the mother of her youngest son, Trig.

"It is perhaps the most blistering assessment of her character possible that many Wasillans who'd known Sarah from high school onward told me that even if she had not faked the entire story of her pregnancy and Trig's birth, it was something she was eminently capable of doing," McGinniss wrote in the book, according to the Times.

The Times came to this conclusion in their review: "There is one area, and only one, in which 'The Rogue' is dead-on. Mr. McGinniss knows how publicity works. He appreciates, not to say emulates, the way members of the Palin family cash in on celebrity and contradict themselves without penalty."

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soundoff (431 Responses)
  1. Real Patriot

    Hmm...Sarah--you reap what you sow my dear.........

    September 15, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Craig from Pa.

    Go back to Wasilla crawl into your igloo and freakin die...sick of the Palin family melodrama...snowmachineman....(doesn't everyone else on the planet call them snowmobiles???)

    September 15, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Wally Balloo

    First I read the headline on the main page which said "Palin book called lies", so I thought it was written by Palin.

    Then I read this headline, which said it was a book about Palin that was "lies". Either way, I wasn't suprised.

    September 15, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. k_dub

    I get such a kick out of the far left wacko's who tremble in fear whenever Mrs. Palin's name is mentioned. Mr. McGinnis wasted a gor deal of time, obsessing (in some wierd manner) over a woman who is not en elected official, nor has she declared her intent to seek an office at any level. Amazin'...

    September 15, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Chris

    I dislike Sarah Palin vehemently. However, my sense of fairplay force even I to come out and call this guy a piece of trash and even she does not deserve to be the victim of rampant speculation. She does play the victim quite well, even when she's fair game, but in this case, she's 100% justified. It sickens me to defend her, but it's true. If you're going to write a book about her, stick to things you can substatiate. There's plenty out there. Though, I can't help but wonder if she'll criticize the New York Times for this one. 😉

    September 15, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Raise Taxes on the rich

    Shame she doesn't live in Canada, she could at least sue this idiot for libel then.

    September 15, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. dsrobins

    No doubt Todd and Sarah are angry about McGinnis's book, but the fact remains everything in it is proven truth. Choke on it, Todd.

    September 15, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Wyoming Liberal

    Buh-bye Palin family. Nothing but a bunch of sleazoids.

    September 15, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Rob

    Todd Palin's criticism of the book are ironic to say the least considering his own wife's stock-in-trade consists of "disgusting lies, innuendo, and smears." As you sow, you reap.

    September 15, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Former Republican

    The Palin family is trailer trash at it's worst!

    September 15, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Robin Bray

    God and Jesus told me it is all true. You Betcha!

    September 15, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Call me stupid

    WHAT? The darling of the Tea Party and saviour of all things Republican has skeletons in her closet. Couldn't be or at least they didn't expect poeple below the 48th to hear about it.
    I am sure that there are lots more in the closet just waiting to come out,
    Cocaine use would explain many things though.............

    September 15, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Mike

    Well of course they say it's a bunch of lies. That family is one messed up bunch of people. Normal families don't have this kind of garbage twirling around them.

    September 15, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Love it

    No, bless your heart Sarah. And I mean that just as insincerely as you did.

    September 15, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Tuna

    It is interesting that the person that defends S. Palin is the one person who has the most to gain from all the money that she is raking in. He knows where his bread is buttered!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    loser of a woman

    September 15, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. John

    Wouldn't spend money on anything associated with Sara Palin. Don't care what she did. All I know is she is not qualified to hold public office in Wasilla much less POTUS. So tired of her..

    September 15, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. MrManhattan

    It's not liket the Palins have made a habit of "pallin' around" with the truth themselves.

    What's good for the goose is good for the grizzly!

    September 15, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Dan in Atlanta

    Are the Palins upset because they thought they had exclusive rights to using lies, innuendo, and smears?

    September 15, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Billy

    I've actually read before the Palins made a lot of money selling coke. Not too surprised about this book bringing that up.

    September 15, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. hockeyminny

    ... You mean you can't see Russia from her house?

    September 15, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. rs

    "full of disgusting lies, innuendo and smears" certainly sounds like Ms. Palin and the GOP/TP.

    September 15, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Chas in Iowa

    After living in a fantasy world for so long that he and Sarah wrote themselves it may be a bit hard to come back to reality.
    The Palins' need to remember not everyone is drinking their brand of Kool-Aid.

    September 15, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. John

    Now what do you think her husband going to say. Sure he going to say they are LIE, but I bet half If not most Is the Truth.

    September 15, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Kahuna

    "disgusting lies, innuendo, and smears". Sounds like the way Beck, Limbaugh, and Fox operate !

    September 15, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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