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. Britton

    Palin couldn't possibly have had an affair with Glen Rice – she's afraid of brown people.

    I prefer to believe the worst about palin – most likely it's true. she's the worst kind of fraud – putting up a "christian" front but living like a lying hypocrit.

    Oooo, the mean girl snark will be flying – at least this will give her another excuse to bow out of the presidential race (not that she was ever seriously going to run, it doesn't pay enough and would involve too much time on the job, she couldn't just quit and walk away.)

    September 15, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. gar

    If the Palins are screaming and complaining so much, it can only be because the book is accurate.

    September 15, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Maine LIberal

    Sarah's lies with these lies somewhere = truth

    September 15, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. dale

    Wow, Todd is upset that Sarah has a thing for the black man. Wonder if she prays to Jesus at night for another go round with someone that tall, dark and long. LOL I bet she was fun to party with.

    September 15, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Robert

    Glen Rice.... didn't know Sarah was down with the swirl... lol

    September 15, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Maine LIberal

    when I first read the headline teaser I thought Palin had a new book of lies out

    September 15, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. chuck

    I am not buying this book but have pre-ordered LEVIS book-should be a good comedy read. Can't wait to hear his version of the night Bryztol got drunk and knocked up, maybe he can rememember if he( or someone) slept with her, she sure doesn;t know due to an alcoholic blackout. Gee $sarah gotta be proud-You betcha..such a nice conservative family. Glad her son married the girl he knocked up..what a horney family.

    September 15, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. dirtystone

    Does anyone really blame her for wanting a night of jungle love or to be filled to the brim just once?

    September 15, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. TheTraveler

    Don't care either way. I've seen and hear enough from Sarah Palin's own mouth to know what kind of person she is. I don't need to make someone else money buying their book too.

    September 15, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Lee Hollimon

    I'm glad someone is writing a rather scathing book about Palin. I find she's egomaniacal and a control freak. The women in her audiences want to be her and the men just want to...(fill in the blank as I'm sure you'd be correct. So badly do I wish she' get back to Alaska.
    I mean, she makes no sense to me when she deigns us worthy to hear her ( I say dripping with sarcasm ).
    She can dish it out but she can't take it lest she becomes strident and generally annoying.

    September 15, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. CAL USA

    Just because an author (who may or may not be a Democrat) uses the same smear tactics that Republicans have perfected is no reason why any of us should change our political beliefs. Further, we don't hate Sarah Palin. We are concerned that so many Americans seem so willing to put into the toughest job in the world someone who is so totally unqualified by intellect, education and experience, based only on the most superficial analysis of her capabilities. I frankly doubt that she will run for president, because it will damage her "brand" and reduce her potential to extract money from her flock.

    September 15, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. mb2010a

    Oooops...and she told Todd she was a virgin when she married him.

    September 15, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. TRexx

    I wish the Rick Perry team graps this head lines and hit her hard with it. Watch this, the loser is not going to run for the WH. She is only trying to position her self to be relevant else she is going to be broked. Go Awy.

    September 15, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Sandra Smith

    We love you, Sarah! Boy, they sure are all "wee-wee'd up" over you! I'm calling bull crap - the posters here are probably all paid by BHO.

    September 15, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Mott the Hoople

    She is way poortier than he iz. So she must be tellin the trooth.

    September 15, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Why is this woman newsworthy?

    September 15, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    No lawsuit, no foul.
    Cokehead, out-of-control and a 'ho to boot. It cetainly explains a lot. Thanks McCain ever so. Not.

    September 15, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    The book is nothing more than a shoddy hit piece( I refuse to call books like this "journalism"). I loathe Palin, but this is ridiculous: a badly researched book that digs up old innuendo is not worth the time of day for anyone.

    September 15, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. bigwilliestyles

    If the part about her sleeping with Rice is true, we'll certainly find out if the baggers are racist or not, won't we? That's the one thing no "self respecting" racist can possibly accept. G-Money, the balls in your court.

    September 15, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. cuso

    Go ahead Glen Rice!!!!! I would have done the same thing if I were him

    September 15, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. delilahjones

    Sarah can't take the heat but has no problem saying telling lies anout others! She is such a loser!

    September 15, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. TXJim

    If the book is full of lies... then I expect to see lawsuits for slander...

    If there is no lawsuit.. then we KNOW its the truth...

    I love Jose Canseco, he gets blackballed from the majors and then he ratted out everyone in baseball for juicing.. and then said.. if I'm lying then sue me..

    No lawsuits have been filed to this day... So we know it was all true...

    September 15, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. IntheGreatATL

    Where there is smoke there is fire!!! Think we heard some of these things before. Maybe Levi is not as dopey as he appears and might have some credibility. We certainly know, no one in the Palin family does!! Guess this will be the end of the great "bus tour" and will she or won't she. Why don't we give Mr. Rice a call on this. Le'ts see where he stands. Then again, it was only a one time thing, must not have been.... well you fill in the blanks!!!

    September 15, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Not Lqqking

    Uh, Todd my man....your wife rented a BUS to TOUR AMERICA and you're worried about "stalking"? She's used your children like cheap props in her constant desire for attention and you're complaining? You guys practically threatened anyone to talk to him, particularly your "friends" and you want to complain about what he wrote?...lighten up dude!

    September 15, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. TXJim


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

    Oh it was mentioned.. He wrote about it in his book.. sorry you weren't paying attention.. or couldnt read the book..
    The difference is.. he never comes off as holier than thou.. unlike Sarah..

    September 15, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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