New book on Palin blasted as 'lies'
September 15th, 2011
01:17 PM ET
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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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    "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."


    September 15, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Kwesoe

    And the pot calls the kettle black; while the frying pan serves as witness.

    September 15, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. charliethetramp

    "we sold a joint business venture" ???? joint business ?? am i reading too much into this ? and the cocaine use.

    September 15, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. J.Johnson

    The problem with books in general are authors are under pressure to make bold with their writings in order to generate PR and sales. ( Ask "Heads will roll" Cheney!) But of course, Mrs. Palin should not be a stranger to this kind of "say anything, anytime" to gen up sales and coverage. A truism about predators, literally or figuratively, is that in the jungle of self promotion, u can often play the role of attacker and attackee.

    September 15, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Tricky Dick

    It's all the chronic misinformation permeating every venue of communication in this country that is sinking this ship. While for a long time I agreed Palin may be a nutcase, so far the only solid and believable info I have on anyone stems from Sarah Palin's email release. This showed her to be a solid - and smart - performer. Has that caused me to rethink my position on her? You betcha.

    September 15, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Switters

    Kinda rough, huh, Todd – with everyone knowing she's been with Glenn Rice.............................

    September 15, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Interesting that the Palin's consider the New York Times a credible publication when it supports them, yet is never credible when it's the one doing the bashing.

    September 15, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. bigwilliestyles

    Glen Rice?! BLACK Glen Rice???!!!!!!! Oh, say it ain't so tea party. I bet that would put a brake on that tea party worship! I wonder if there will now be a "birther" call from people "concerned with the truth" (but not in any way racist rabble-rouzers, of course). By the way Sarah, how's that BLOCKBUSTER movie coming along?

    September 15, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |

    By the way, how come the the quitter hasn't released a statement? Or is damage control Todd's job? 😉

    September 15, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. dirtystone

    She went black, and went back, despite the old saying that one never does that...interesting. One can't blame her for wanting a big salami at least once.

    September 15, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. JThomas2121

    This guy is so screwed. Slander will cost him everything he has. I'm definitely no fan of Palin, but I'm also no fan of sensationalistic gossip disguised as journalism. I hope McGuiness loses his house and all of his assets when the Palins and anyone else mentioned in this book sue him for slander.

    September 15, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Chainyanker

    The book is at least 98% true because of the words the Palins use to describe it. Deny, deny, deny. Of course the author can't use the names of the sources he uses, else he puts the sources into a predicament if they know the Palins.

    September 15, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. GOP Hates Middle Class

    Todd and Sarah: bring forth a lawsuit or STFU.
    There goes Sarah - palling around with cokeheads and NBA ballers, oh my.

    September 15, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. RickR

    Well, if the "Swift Boaters" could do this kind of thing to Kerry, Palin's equally fair game. Quid pro quo. Are there exaggerations within "The Rogue"? Perhaps. But I bet there's also a lot of truth in there too.

    September 15, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    I am feeling belived that people white and acorn are trouble keep play games vote for history obama presdient 2008 so I don't understand why he had problems nothing job for 3 year
    Dude, what the hell are YOU sniffing?!?
    Do YOU even know what you are trying to say?

    September 15, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. coastlinecascot

    Lets put Todd Palin in the octagon with any liberal on here talking smack. I got my money on Todd.

    September 15, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Barking Alien

    What do you expect coming from Sarah the parasitic princess. Her book " Going Rogue" was all swill and lies. She should have named it "Going Rogaine".

    September 15, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. chuck

    ..Don't care...Palins are not relevent to anything except tabloids.. VERY FEW people take her seriously. A good read is Blind allegiance-Sarah likely has a borderline personality disorder i.e. self seeking, narcicisstic, crave any attention she can any cost.. YEP thats $arah.

    September 15, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. TAM/otlset

    Shhhhhh. Nobody mention Barry's confirmed and self-admitted drug use and God knows what other past embarrassments.

    September 15, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. fiskenmann

    Now all of you know sarahvosky palinoff does not lie. She is American as Kashas!

    September 15, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. UDJen

    I can't stand Sarah Palin, but I think this book is ridiculous. Please let the nonsensical drivel that comes directly out of her mouth speak for her character instead of a book that regurgitates any petty thing that's ever been said about her.

    September 15, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    Well, I guess she will not be running for President..huh...LOL
    Ya, just have to wonder if good ole SP just knew someone was going to find out something on her. LOL...LOL

    September 15, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. chuck

    Who is TWIG's Father?? (or is it Trig? or Trap, or Trep??????????)

    September 15, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Nancy in WA

    "Bless his heart, he needs to get a life," she said. - another one of SP's many faults, passive aggressiveness. She's scary, has always been scary. She and her husband can sure dish it out, but they obviously can't take it.

    September 15, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. chuck

    Hey Todd, say whatever you need to KEPP THE CASH FLOWING..truth is he is never home anyway, wants the $$$ though!!!!!!!!!!!! what a joke of a family.

    September 15, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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