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. Linton

    Palin's husband said the book "is full of disgusting lies, innuendo and smears."

    Oh, so they get a taste of their own medicine? EXCELLENT!

    These two are a couple of fakes – their marriage will be over inside of two years – or as soon as thier little gravy train is over.

    I'll pray for both of them to learn how to be honest and how to repent for their many, many sins.

    September 15, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. willard

    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

    September 15, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. mack

    I am sure it just as factual as her movie.

    September 15, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Naztaja

    I stand diametrically opposed to the vast majority of Sarah Palin's political agenda, but what I can stand even less are lies that distract the nation from a crucial discourse on our future. Sarah Palin and her supporters are very much apart of our future no matter how much others may disagree with is in that spirit of fairness that we must reject books like this, books are little more than ugly and untrue character assassinations; a productive discourse cannot be had when it is tainted with libel, slander and fiction. It is utterly irresponsible.

    September 15, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Lila

    Glenn Rice is cute and 6'8, if it was any other woman, most people would smile. But considering what she stands for, cocaine and and NBA player seems over the top for her legion of supporters. I can't wait to read the book.

    September 15, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Max

    Palin is a 'TRUE ROGUE' in every sense of the concept...Period!

    September 15, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Angy

    Palin's husband said the book "is full of disgusting lies, innuendo and smears." Of course he would say there lies. He is an enabler to a BIG liar. LOL!

    September 15, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. WDinDallas

    Liberals should be labled as a "hate group". This is typical operations, slander and belittle people. Just because they are jealous, envious and full of hate. Why do anyone pay attention to these hate crimes?

    September 15, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. kay

    Palin's are white trash, plain and simple

    September 15, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Rickster

    "The four-star Air Force general who oversees Air Force Space Command walked into a highly secured room on Capitol Hill a week ago to give a classified briefing to lawmakers and staff, and dropped a surprise. Pressed by members, Gen. William Shelton said the White House tried to pressure him to change his testimony to make it more favorable to a company tied to a large Democratic donor."
    Wow, between this, the unprosecuted voter intimidation cases, Operation Fast & Furious and the Solyndra fiasco, this administration is proving itself to be not only the most inept but the most corrupt administration in history.

    September 15, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Max

    She obviously is not in control of her inner-self and emotions. This is evident in her approach to simple criticisms. Everyone would agree that she gets angry even if a common fly happen to pitch on her...isn't that true? observe how she is is taken and carried away by every 'wind of doctrine' especially if she disagrees with someone else's perspective.

    Palin for 'PRESIDENT'????? Give me a break!!!!! DUH!

    September 15, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Longsack the Clown

    Hell I thought Sarah would jump on this with both feet. Instead it's Todd (say that nasal } came to the rescue. Although I do agree that Ms. Palin doesn't seem to handle criticism very well and it does seem like she freaks out when she's under fire for a comment she has made.

    September 15, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Arun

    Hey Sarah, shut up!! What goes around eventually comes around!!

    September 15, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Brian DC

    Loser comes to mind.

    September 15, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. David

    Hey Glenn... you out there? Did you tune up Sarah?

    September 15, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Jackson

    I think Todd Palin is protesting a little too hard. I wonder what he dosen't want us to read?

    September 15, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Mack

    I can hardly wait for $arah "The Attack Dog" Palin to chime in on this.
    She's someone who can give it but can't take it!

    September 15, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Jack

    i hate to say this but what a waste of time and energy. The Palins are not a family with any kind of story worth reading about. They are fairly uninteresting people cashing in on celebrity. I would no sooner read this book than read a book about the Kardashians or Paris Hilton.

    September 15, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Florida Joe

    caustic, unsubstantiated gossip
    Kind of like the type of information Whako Bachman uses when she speaks

    September 15, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. EddyL

    Good.How appropriate for Ms Crosshairs. About time this lying hag started getting back what's she's so good at dishing out.

    September 15, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. exhausted

    For once I agree with the NYT. Palin's story is old, exhaustive and tired. Time for all of us including the media to move on. She has proven herself to be useless to the greater good.

    September 15, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Embarrassed Conservative

    I just want to know what Glen Rice has to say about his part in this.

    September 15, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Mindie from India

    Thanks Todd – you just upped Joe McGinniss stock !

    If anyone knows about "disgusting lies, innuendo and smears" – it's the Caribou Couple

    Hey Dude, You guys asked for this – what comes around gores around. Or, are you just jealous you couldn't sell barbie's lies in the shape of a book? LOL!

    September 15, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. dirtystone

    I guess the "once you go black you never go back" thing isn't true after all....

    September 15, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Hahahaha...nothing could make the NYT or other MSM more angry than something with the potential to damage their favorite controversy-bot. Time to go into "prop her up" mode, right CNN?

    September 15, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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