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)

    well if it is not true then sue after glen rice got thru with moma grizzle betchu see could mexico from her bedroom

    September 15, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. sheppard

    Not having read or even seen this book, I have no idea of the truthfulness of it – but one thing is for sure – in the palins' minds only sarah, the professional victim, is allowed to the use of innuendos & smears! Mainly cuz she's so good at it... thin-skinned, mean-spirited & hateful do best describe her.

    September 15, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. David

    If anyone would know a LIE, it would be a Palin!

    September 15, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Jon M.

    Here are some other books which are 100% factual and list 100% of their sources by name and, therefore, are completely true and in no way represent an author's opinion or progression of their own personal or political agenda: Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama by David Limbaugh, Gangster Government:: Barack Obama and the New Washington Thugocracy by David Freddoso, The Roots of Obama's Rage by Dinesh D'Souza, Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies by Michelle Malkin, Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism by Stanley Kurtz, The Obama Diaries by Laura Ingraham, Conduct Unbecoming: How Barack Obama is Destroying the Military and Endangering Our Security by Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson, Obama Zombies: How the Obama Machine Brainwashed My Generation by Jason Mattera, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America by Pamela Geller, Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda by Sean Hannity, A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (and Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media by Bernard Goldberg, and, finally, Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You And Enriching His Wall Street Friends, Corporate Lobbyists, And Union Bosses by Tim Carney.

    Just wait until Sarah sees what people write about her when she's President.

    September 15, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. NotGOP

    I am a registered Democrat for 15 years and I think this book is just a pile of feces.
    I understand that nowdays it's ok to use freedom of speech as an excuse to spread the dirt, but I am with all my heart think it is not the way. Shame on you, mr. McGinniss.

    September 15, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. ks

    Truth hurts doesn't it Sarah?

    September 15, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. JOE

    What's new? The entire GOP/Tea Party establishment is a bunch of stinking liers. And we're still waiting to see the WMD'S.

    September 15, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. OhOhPalin@

    I want a copy of Trig's birth certificate!!!!!

    September 15, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    I hate the Palins but I still want the truth written about them. I think some people will come forward and back up the story's. I sure hope Glen Rice comments. Sarah might have a problem with the Tea Party if thats true.

    September 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Dean

    Wonder why the libs are so afraid of Sarah?

    September 15, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Statman29

    Tell you what, Palin-if the book is wrong, then sue for libel. I'd like to see you try and prove you didn't do Glen Rice when he admits he did you!

    September 15, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Aimleft

    Too bad. There is enough bad stuff about Sarah that is true. Lurid speculation and probable untruths just boost the lust her supporters have for her, while taking away from the truly disgusting personal that is Sarah Palin. No one needs this kind of garbage to see her for exactly who and what she is – an opportunist making money hand-over-fist on the backs of people who blindly love and crave her. She should be ashamed of herself, but McGinnis should be ashamed too, for making her all the more lovable in the eyes of those who think she's their hero.

    September 15, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Me

    If someone wrote a scathing book about me and specifically said I did cocaine, I would address that particular point in my inevitable press release of "lies told to sell books, profiting off of untruths and I have never, ever done cocaine or any other illegal drug."

    Of course, that's because I have never done cocaine. If I had ever done cocaine, my statement would go something like this –"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.'" - Todd Palin

    September 15, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I've said it before, time Isaid it again: God does not like ugly, and Sarh dahlin', you've been ugly for a loooooong time.
    COMEUPPANCE. Look it up Sarah, it moved in next door to you apparently.

    September 15, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Odds

    I dislike Palin as a politician as much as anyone, but moving in next door to the subject of your book is well beyond crossing the line. And telling the guy he needs to get a life doesn't strike me as an overreaction. What sane person wouldn't be extremely upset about a person doing what this writer did? What planet is this guy living on that he thinks it's okay to do that to someone?

    September 15, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Roger Finkleeater

    That's great but nobody will read it if it's about Palin so it's cool.

    September 15, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. California Conservative

    You libs still obsessed with hating her?

    September 15, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Harry Baxter

    The book is probably a cheap shot in many ways. That being said, however, there's enough information out there that has been proven to convict Palin of being a selfish, lightweight uneducated harridan who is only interested in making her and Todd the riichest lightweights in the country. Like most news about this family: Make them go away!

    September 15, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. ED FL

    Hey Palins maybe you can change your travels income to a more lucrative income from a Lawsuit if you think you can prove /disprove the books content. Of course you may have some Attorney expense if the plan doesn't workout.

    September 15, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. anabelle

    An empty-suit bimbo at best who thrives (make that craves) unwarranted attention.

    Sarah Palin has but one accomplishment in life and that is apparently being good on her back. Outside of that, she is not worth giving the time of day.

    September 15, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. JohnOBX

    I like how the Palin's are happy to quote the "lamestream" media as a reliable source when it suits their purposes.

    September 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Donald in CA

    Palin has been lying her whole life. Plus, i didnt think the right wing haters gave a crap about what palin thinks anymore.

    September 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. edpeters

    "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.'". And the difference to what the Alaskan-Dingbat puts out is?????????

    September 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. normajean

    SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?.....LIES JUST GOING IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. This lady has thrown around enough lies herself, so she obviously can recognize one or two when she sees them!!!! Giiving is more fun than receiving, isn't it Sarah!!!!

    September 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. carly

    The truth hurts Barbie doesn't it? maybe this will finally send this twit packing and all Americans will have peace from her idiocies.

    September 15, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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