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Palin's new neighbor turns out to be a legendary journalist

Updated 7:59 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Sarah Palin has a new neighbor in Wasilla, Alaska, and he's not just any old regular joe.

The former Alaska governor posted on her Facebook page Tuesday a shot of the back of a blue-shirted, chino-clad man who she says is famed author Joe McGinniss.

"Yes, that Joe McGinniss," Palin writes. "Here he is -- about 15 feet away on the neighbor's rented deck overlooking my children's play area and my kitchen window. Maybe we'll welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so he'll know how friendly Alaskans are."

McGinnis is perhaps best known for his youthful book on the Nixon campaign, "The Selling of the President 1968," which has become a classic of political journalism. But he has also written a book on the oil pipeline in Alaska, and his "Fatal Vision" from 1984, on the Jeffrey MacDonald murder trial, became a popular cause celebre.

McGinniss is a master of immersive journalism, and he is currently writing a book about Palin. (She was also the subject of a none-too-flattering profile by McGinniss in Portfolio last year).

His son, Joe Jr., confirmed Tuesday night that his father is renting the house in Wasilla.

Palin expressed surprise to see him overlooking her lawn and her daughter Piper's bedroom.

"Upon my family's return this morning from endorsement rallies and speeches in the Lower 48 states, I finally got the chance to tackle my garden and lawn this evening! ... Needless to say, our outdoor adventure ended quickly after Todd went to introduce himself to the stranger who was peering in..." she writes.

"Joe announced to Todd that he's moved in right next door to us. He's rented the place for the next five months or so. He moved up all the way from Massachusetts to live right next to us - while he writes a book about me. Knowing of his many other scathing pieces of 'journalism' (including the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they'd ever encountered), we're sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he's penning. Wonder what kind of material he'll gather while overlooking Piper's bedroom, my little garden, and the family's swimming hole?"

An e-mail to McGinniss's publisher, Broadway Books, and to McGinnis, as well as a voice mail left with his agent, were not immediately returned. Broadway Books told the Associated Press, "McGinniss will be highly respectful of his subject's privacy as he investigates her public activities."

That is a topic McGinniss has joked about before, writing last July on his public Facebook page beneath a photo of Palin as a young woman, "Why won't media leave her kids alone when she's trying so hard to protect their privacy?"

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  May 25, 2010; 5:19 PM ET
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Best Sarah Palin video I've ever seen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FKWOTBqG2o

Complete with dinosaurs, nuclear bombs, Matt Damon, and mariachi music... LOL

Posted by: LoganD214 | June 1, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

So a writer went to Palin's home town to do research for a book he is writing on her. Isn't that what writers do? Did any of you think how many rental properties there might be in that metropolis of 8000? Any ever tried to find a rental in a small town like that; I have and the options were very few. Palin is just grandstanding for the press which is her full time occupation now. So far the guy has done nothing but ignore her while she makes a fool of herself. Give him a break.

Posted by: withersb | June 1, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

So a writer went to Palin's home town to do research for a book he is writing on her. Isn't that what writers do? Did any of you think how many rental properties there might be in that metropolis of 8000? Any ever tried to find a rental in a small town like that; I have and the options were very few. Palin is just grandstanding for the press which is her full time occupation now. So far the guy has done nothing but ignore her while she makes a fool of herself. Give him a break.

Posted by: withersb | June 1, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

LKM2, Did you verify your statement that there are no building codes in Wasilla, Alaska or is the simply more demagoguery?
I would wager on the later.

Posted by: bussysmom | May 30, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

There are no building codes in Wasilla thanks to Palin herself! Criminals like to cover their crimes!

Posted by: LKM2 | May 30, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

There are no building codes in Wasilla thanks to Palin herself!

Posted by: LKM2 | May 30, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

If Palin can build a fourteen foot high fence, then her neighbor can build a 16 foot high "bird" observation deck.

There must not be any building codes restricting heights of fences, so it is probably fair game.

Posted by: rumbler | May 29, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Palin is just trying to be a good neighbor, she makes public comments about her neighbor, she takes pictures of her neighbor that she publishes, she erects a 14 foot fence between her house and the neighbor's house. She is just the down home neighbor we would all like to have.

Final note is there not building codes that limit the fence height in Wasilla?

A fourteen foot fence maybe a little tall, maybe she is looking for a contract to build a fence along the Mexico/US border.

Posted by: kambingranch | May 28, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just trying to be a good neighbor, she makes public comments about her neighbor, she takes pictures of her neighbor that she publishes, she erects a 14 foot fence between her house and the neighbor's house. She is just the down home neighbor we would all like to have.

Final note is there not building codes that limit the fence height in Wasilla? A fourteen foot fence maybe a little tall, maybe she is looking for a contract to build a fence along the Mexico/US border.

Posted by: kambingranch | May 28, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse


Quote "The Palins are building a 6,000 square foot addition to her house. How many "real Americans" do you know that live in a 9,500 square foot home."

Hey buffysummers, the answer to your question would be Al Gore. He's got FOUR of them.

Posted by: Geepers1 | May 28, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This is just plain creepy on many levels and any organization that condones it should really re-examine its ethics. One thing to interview and talk to people in town; even move there; but next door. Really? This guy should take a long hard look in the mirror; and so should anyone who remotely thinks this is OK.

This is certainly not anyone I'd want to encounter let alone buy anything from. Talk about lack of character.

Another example of how our country is slowly but surely loosing any sense of propriety or boundaries.

Posted by: kbidwell1 | May 28, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

This is just plain creepy on many levels and any organization that condones it should really re-examine its ethics. One thing to interview and talk to people in town; even move there; but next door. Really? This guy should take a long hard look in the mirror; and so should anyone who remotely thinks this is OK.

This is certainly not anyone I'd want to encounter let alone buy anything from. Talk about lack of character.

Another example of how our country is slowly but surely loosing any sense of propriety or boundaries.

Posted by: kbidwell1 | May 28, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

This is just plain creepy on many levels and any organization that condones it should really re-examine its ethics. One thing to interview and talk to people in town; even move there; but next door. Really? This guy should take a long hard look in the mirror; and so should anyone who remotely thinks this is OK.

This is certainly not anyone I'd want to encounter let alone buy anything from. Talk about lack of character.

Another example of how our country is slowly but surely loosing any sense of propriety and boundaries.

Posted by: kbidwell1 | May 28, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

This is what happens when you seek out fame. Grow up Sarah, you can't only have all the money and other goodies that come with fame and fortune, you also get (unfortunately) people writing about you, taking unwanted photo's, making up stuff, etc. It can't be that bad, you eldest daughter is now in the "news" (saw her on The View and the Today show) and rumor has it she gets paid $30 thousand a speech. So suck it up, ignore him, NEVER read others reviews and keep cashing the checks. That's what I would do if I were in your position.
Oh and maybe get some really, really bright floodlights and aim them toward his house along with non-stop music (I suggest playing “ice, ice baby" over and over again). Hard to write after a bad nights sleep. Or you could really mess with him and temporarily move until winter comes.

Posted by: garykevin | May 27, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Please correct me if I am wrong but, didn't the sitting president campaign for two years while holding a senate seat from Illinois? Did he not quit the senate to move into the White House? What did Senator Obama accomplish while he held his senate position? When did he vote & how did he vote? Please look at his voting record. Please compare & contrast Obama's senate accomplishments with those of then Gov. Palin. Truth, just truth ~ it must be sought~ it should not be feared.

Posted by: bussysmom | May 27, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

You know, I'm getting sick and tired of being lectured by Palin Bashers that I'm ignorant and that I should stop listening to conservative talking points by people who do nothing but regurgitate liberal talking points. I'm no Palin fan, but I've noticed that the level of ignorance about what Palin has done or what she is is proportional to how liberal said person is. In conclusion, I suggest they practice what they preach.

Posted by: TheLastBrainLeft | May 27, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Poor ol' Joe can't get anyone to read his by-lines, unless he has Sarah Palin in the title. While he collected a paycheck for his hit-piece in Portfolio, he whined about her refusing to give him an interview. I guess he expects to get an interview THIS way? Don't bet on it Joe!

Posted by: evrapeir | May 27, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

This is what the swine McGinniss said to an ABC reporter who knocked on his door to get a comment:
"Get off, you're trespassing," McGinniss said through his window. "I am going to have to call the Wasilla police. Get off my property, now, I am going to put in the call."

What a punk and a hypocrite! He feels just fine invading someone else's privacy but doesn't want anyone to infringe on his. Typical swinish leftist.

Posted by: Azarkhan | May 27, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

There's only ONE legendary journalist and that was Hunter Thompson, but he's dead; come to think of it, so's this guy, Joe Guinea or whatever his name is...

Legendary? Gimme a BREAK! What'd he write? His own obituary?

Posted by: evrapeir | May 27, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

LEGEND? How come I never heard of HIM until waaaaayyyy after I heard of Sarah Palin? A legend in his own mind at least. If he's bright as a light-bulb, she the SUN.

Stalking IS still a criminal offense in AK, but I bet he burns his own house down before he gets much stalking done.

Posted by: evrapeir | May 27, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Uhhh, seems like comparing an ex-governor (the kind who QUIT) to Obama is a lot like comparing an ex-news anchor to Obama. She quit, she's out of politics, and she's a fox news lady now. We're left with her books, annoying accent, and constant polarizing criticism of real politicians (who kept their jobs..)

Posted by: phens | May 27, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I find that a high percentage of outspoken, mean-spirited, dogmatic people have a great deal in common with lemmings. Do your own research - do not simply believe what you are told. Test all things, no matter the source. We cannot believe something simply because we wish it to be true. I have not read Palin's book as was implied, but I did make an honest effort to get the facts about Palin's abrupt departure from the governor's office. I would encourage you to do the same. Clearly, Palin was not prepared for national office; the wisdom of that choice escapes me, for the most part. However, Palin raged against the machine, if you will, to put an end to the good ole' boy system that was alive & well in Alaska. Give credit where credit is due - she has strong convictions & the courage to speak out. Personal attacks are pathetic tactics used by those who are ill-informed to the point that they are unable to effectively debate any issue.

Posted by: bussysmom | May 27, 2010 4:42 AM | Report abuse


It's going to be great when all of the abusive posters are tied back to the O Administration.

O's campaign to burn the former Gov. is going to come back at him and be added on top of all of the other abuses of his administration.

He's going to take himself down.

He's not really that smart after all.

Posted by: letscheck | May 27, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

The moral depravity of many anti-Palin comments here proves the sad decline of America under the control of "liberal" values.

Mrs. Palin has shown remarkable restraint in her comments on this pathetic, alleged "writer" whose talent is so limited that he has to resort to childish stunts like this. Merely being "childish"
however would be a blessing if McGinniss
were not also crude, overbearing and menacing.

The joke really is on the Palin-haters who believe they've found their own avatar to rally behind. McGinniss laughs at your Palin derangement much more than he rails at Palin who is nothing more to him than a
payday.

Posted by: kypriotis | May 27, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

The moral depravity of many anti-Palin comments here proves the sad decline of America under the control of "liberal" values.

Mrs. Palin has shown remarkable restraint in her comments on this pathetic, alleged "writer" whose talent is so limited that he has to resort to childish stunts like this. Merely being "childish"
however would be a blessing if McGinniss
were not also crude, overbearing and menacing.

The joke really is on the Palin-haters who believe they've found their own avatar to rally behind. McGinniss laughs at your Palin derangement much more than he rails at Palin who is nothing more to him than a
payday.

Posted by: kypriotis | May 27, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

How can you beg people to "rise above" name-calling when teaba-partiers insist on posting propaganda like "Sarah Palin has been a very effective governor" ? You can't expect thinking people to be serious in the face of such b.s.



She ABANDONED Alaska and its people to chase money and fame.


Keep buying her books and show tickets - PLEASE!


The longer you continue to adore her and enrich her the longer she will stay out of politics and stick to gossip and propaganda-peddling.


Posted by: lquarton | May 27, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Personal attacks do nothing for one's credibility. Sarah Palin has been a very effective governor of an incredibly diverse state. She was the Republican Vice Presidential nominee. If you don't agree with her politics, attack her politics. Help raise the bar. Any one-celled moron can call names - please, rise above it. The future of our country is, quite literally, at stake.

Posted by: bussysmom | May 26, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, I don't think that he should have rented that house. That was poor judgment.

As to the rest, we already know that Sarah Palin can't cook, isn't home much at all, and isn't a gardener or a housekeeper. Her own family told us that.

She's a nut case for sure, and the "peering through my daughter's bedroom window" is just classic. Face it, maybe Sarah should have had some kind of idea about what her other daughter was up to.

Now we'll hear how she is a "victim" and she'll make up all kinds of junk. Nonstop.

Posted by: aclearview | May 26, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Joe, Please do the world a favor and sue this lunatic for SLANDER! The world would be behind you 100%! Why should this unsophisticated,lying no talent wannabe get to make up stories and lies about someone just to get her name in the news? PLEASE SHUT HER DISGUSTING, LYING AND IMMORAL MOUTH UP FOR GOOD!

Posted by: merf-1 | May 26, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"Wasn't it last week that Sarah Palin complained about how the media was treating her kids, and that the kids deserved their privacy?
So now it's okay for her to bring her own children out into the media spotlight by making a false claim about someone stalking, fantasizing about or otherwise spying on, her children?"

Uh no, this is her HOME. She's entitled to privacy, which apparently you don't think applies to Sarah Palin. If I were her, I'd move to the lower 48 on some 100 acre ranch with total privacy for the next 5 months that writer/stalker McGinniss is renting the house in Wasilla.

Posted by: TJinCA | May 26, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't it last week that Sarah Palin complained about how the media was treating her kids, and that the kids deserved their privacy?
So now it's okay for her to bring her own children out into the media spotlight by making a false claim about someone stalking, fantasizing about or otherwise spying on, her children?

Posted by: momof20yo | May 26, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

By stating that her neighbor is "looking into Piper's bedroom," if he isn't, that opens her to a charge of slander. She better be careful or she could end up in court for libel.

Posted by: johnnormansp | May 26, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I think since Mrs Palin has had a problem
with Joe in the past she set this entire thnk up. She probably owns that house,
and she got a relative to rent it to Joe.
I can only imagine the things that are going to go wrong while he is livig there.
There will be a plumbing problem and an electric problem and the Deck will probaly
fall down, and when Joe looks in the window
she will have a life size statue of David
Letterman standing there, and maybe Joe Biden. I wish I could be there to see it

Posted by: retailer01 | May 26, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Sure the 1st words out of Palin's mouth are inuendo - indicating the author is a pervert! She will do anything to be in the limelight. She will crash and burn soon enough! Sick of listening to her hick speeches - gotcha! Didn't anyone ever teach her not to point? She's an irritating, rebel-rousing, money grubbing, liar!

Posted by: sandke03 | May 26, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

justjake, Governor Palin never said anything about being able to see Russia from her porch, that was Tina Fey! Gov. Palin did point out that as Governor of Alaska she had borders with two foreign countries: Russia and Canada, something no other state Governor has to deal with.

Posted by: Childrex | May 26, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Joe McGinniss can see Russia from his front porch.

Posted by: justjake | May 26, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

O my, I hope Joe McGinniss does not write anthing that would paint Sarah Palin in a bad light.

Posted by: justjake | May 26, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Did she call the cops and report his suspicious activities? Isn't that what the police are paid to do--investigate this sort of thing? Arrest people who break laws?

If she didn't do that but railed about it on her facebook page, that's not very protective behaviour.

Posted by: Skowronek | May 26, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Did I read this wrong, or did the Palin's try to make a pervert out of the author by repeating that he is might be peering into the bedroom of their daughter?

If I am correct, the Palin family will resort to anything no matter how common, how gross, how untrue. If they have any concerns about peeping, that is what shades or curtains are for.

I hope this author writes a beauty.

Read Harv: http://theHARVview.blogspot.com

Posted by: HarveyY | May 26, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

She said he was standing on his rented deck,not clinging to the fence looking over. Presumably the house came with the deck and he didn't build it deliberately to peek into her daughter's bedroom. Surely, if she doesn't like that, she has enough money for shades. Since the woman appears to be totally clueless, she probably doesn't realize how many people in this country have their 'little' gardens overlooked by a neighbor. We learn to live with it, and it it gets to be more than just being 'overlooked', report it to the police. Until then stop being a drama queen.

Posted by: Itsasadday | May 26, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

For comments on what Alaskans think about the hoopla on Joe McGinnis moving in next door to Palin, go to www.mudflats.net Palin is making much ado about nothing. Palin lies, in case you haven't been paying attention. The woman is a basket case.

Posted by: Leathnm | May 26, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The Palin family should be angry at whoever the landlord is who rented the house next door -- of course the landlord has the right to make money by renting the house as he or she sees fit. The real story here should be about that landlord -- why agree to something that will irritate the Palins unless the landlord doesn't like the Palins, or unless the landlord tried to get them to pay rent for having the house vacant.

Posted by: MinnyMa | May 26, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Investigative journalism isn't creepy. It's just journalism. If someone isn't a supporter and is male, Palin always plays the sexism card. Reporters go to where their subjects are all the time. It's called journalism. Palin should stop whining and playing the victim.

If Letterman doesn't like her - he's creepy. If Joe Biden didn't handle her with kid gloves in the debate - he's a bully. If anyone criticized her in the campaign - it was unfair standards b/c she was a woman. This women plays this card to a ridiculous extent.

And what did she do to make her neighbor dislike her so much? There is nothing unusual about going to Alaska to interview people for a book.

And also -- his son was JOKING obviously when he said Joe hopes Todd steps aside. Joe McGinniss is a respected journalist who has written about presidents and senators. Trotting out her kids as a defense shield (Piper? bedroom? tank tops?) is just manipulative and stupid.

Posted by: Kristen9 | May 26, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Read the post on May 26 at 10:14 am by lildg54- If this is not an example of a dummy I don't know what is. To make fun of Palin when you can't put together a couple of coherent sentences says a lot about the intelligence of the left. Someone help lildg54 who seems to stupid to live.

Posted by: jcory | May 26, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Joe's address is 7 Pine Tree Circle, Amherst MA, 01002. (413) 230-3064. Maybe a budding journalist should see if his neighbor's house is for rent. It'd make an interesting book. Someone writing a tell all about various investigative journalists. Not a creepy thing. But a sort of "who is Kitty Kelly" anyway? What secrets does she have? I'd think there'd be a cottage industry for those wanting to know more about who it is we trust for our information.

Posted by: cartmaneric | May 26, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

This guy has definitely crossed the boundaries of good taste and common decency. Consider those who are using this story to post anti-Palin comments. Do you think they would feel the same way if this guy moved in next door to their favorite out-of-office liberal? And this guy has already made it clear that he is antagonistic toward her. This man has no shame.

Posted by: martyinstlouis | May 26, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Who took a picture of whom and put it on facebook? She knows how to make money with booksales, but this time, it is for someone else!

Posted by: russianthistle | May 26, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"Legendary journalist?"
How about "World Class STALKER?"
I hope they find out that Random House is paying the rent.

They are disgusting.
And I hope book sales plummet and they have put the final nail in their coffin.

Posted by: CoolPillow | May 26, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

You can be assured that Palin will consistently have her guard up! She knows what living a life of crime is ALL about and will take all precautions to hide them from this neighbor! I wonder when Rand Paul will be visiting?

Posted by: merf-1 | May 26, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Now Palin is trying to make it sound as though McGinniss is some kind of Peeping Tom, or child molester. She's pathetic.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 26, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

This is the downside of being a celebrity, which she has made $millions being. It isn't fair. She deserves her privacy. But it's an occupational hazard.

Posted by: DaveHarris | May 25, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

You are kidding right?? she seeks out and wants the attn: she gets what she deserves and then some, she imposes her warped values on us and we should give her a taste of her own medicine, nasty disgusting woman that she is

Posted by: lildg54 | May 26, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

CharlieTuna, is threatening bodily harm to the POTUS going to be funny when the Secret Service shows up at your door? I have news for you. It's not funny now.

Posted by: ibwilliamsi | May 26, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a joke, a fraud, and a huckster no pun intended but thr eal joke is the Americans who like her and think she is great wow how dumb and did USA become the dumbing down has happened. Palin care about her pockets thats it not real American values and I am ok w/that just don't pretend to be otherwise it is insulting she make me wanna puke

Posted by: lildg54 | May 26, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Too bad the Washington Post accepts Sarah's false statements that McGinniss can see into Piper's room and her kitchen. Sarah has a nasty habit of implying that male critics are dirty old men. Remember her allegations about David Letterman's joke? Alaskans also recall Sarah's excuse for not moving to Juneau when she was governor: two of her daughters had been threatened with gang rape by Juneau high school students. Notably, no one in Sarah's family ever filed a police report about the threats.

Posted by: WHill1 | May 26, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Is Sarah Speaking in poison tongues now?

Of Course! Palin's inuendo that mcginnis is a pervert interested in piper's bedroom or her children's play area is just the sort of poison pie diplomacy you'd expect from a cock headed - fear and hate loving - wing dinger.

Yes this is definitley something we all need to remember when we vote for our leader of state and head diplomate, the president,

Yes Sireee, That good ole speaking in poison tongues wing dinger - Sarah Palin - believes Armegedon is an inevitable fate; and she has got everthing it takes to make it happen.

Posted by: ryan_heart | May 26, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I think Alaska would be perfect for our version of Siberia Gulags for liberals!

Posted by: theaz | May 26, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The Palins are building a 6,000 square foot addition to her house. How many "real Americans" do you know that live in a 9,500 square foot home.

Posted by: buffysummers | May 26, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

@SmartAlec

Yeah, once the tall fence is completed, maybe she can teach the Dummycrats how to complete the one along our southern border after Obamao defunded it!

Posted by: 1hughjass | May 26, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Palin was getting less and less mileage out of Bristol and Trig, so she had to play the Piper card.

What a loathsome miserable excuse for a mother she is. Mama grizzly? More like mama slug.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 26, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

CREEPY LIBERALS on full display!

Posted by: theaz | May 26, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

You left out the most disturbing part of the story...according to Ben Smith at Politico this morning, McGinniss is obsessed with Palin.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0510/Annals_of_journalistic_enterprise.html?showall

According to his son, novelist Joe McGinniss Jr., when asked about this replied, "Sadly, she's right. We tried our best to intervene, but alas, the heart wants what it wants. We can only pray for him now. He's convinced that Todd will step aside and when the time is right, he'll be there, right next door, to pick up the pieces."

Are any liberals going to denounce this guy for this outrage?

Posted by: 1djn | May 26, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for at least including a link to McGinnis' excellent article about Palin's sorry record on gas pipeline development.

The rest of the post -- and the predictable commentary is has spawned -- is just another sad example of the press following Palin's tired and true strategy of demonization of her opponents and enemies.

The issue is not obvious and dumb innuendo that Mr. McGinnis is somehow a 'stalker.'

The issue is Mrs. Palin's aspirations of national leadership.

So far, Mr. McGinnis has perhaps committed the only documented acts of fact-based, thorough journalism related to Mrs. Palin.

Strip away the aw-shucks verbiage, and look only at her deeds, and Mrs. Palin not only comes up wanting, but indeed presents a figure that during the very, very short time she held political power, made a spectacular mess that actually threatens the possibility of more (not less) foreign control over America's energy security.

What really scares Mrs. Palin most, it appears from her bizarre (although carefully crafted) commentary, is not a 'yellow journalist' peeking in through her curtains, but the opposite.

What scare her most is a basic, common-sense adult discussion of her record and what she really stands for.

So far, a basic review of those things find a record of little accomplishment other than massive waste of taxpayer resources and decisions that actually make the people of her state and the United States less secure. A review of what she stands for, finds that she stands for very little that would actually do anything of any substance in the real world.

Deeds speak louder than words. Mrs. Palin's efforts to use words to fight off righteous deeds, such as Mr. McGinnis's work, will ultimately fail.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | May 26, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

"Joe the Author" just wants to do his job and let Middle America experience the lifestyles of the Rich and Clueless. Sarah could benefit by having a published author right next door. She can pop over and he can help her finish her sentences grammatically.

Posted by: SmartAlec | May 26, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Living proof that libtards are truly creepy bottom feeders!

CREEPY, CREEPY, CREEPY!

Notice, also in true libtard fashion, not he, his agent, nor his publisher will answer any questions!

I hope Palin does deliver to him a blueberry pie..... and then proceeds to stuff his ugly face in it!

Posted by: 1hughjass | May 26, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

That borders on stalking.

It sucks to have someone who is famous for writing negative books about people, and who clearly has a political ax to grind, target you for his next book, and move in next door.

Think he'll be objective?

They should be nice to him, even if it's clear that he's an A-Hole.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 26, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Chill baby chill! You wanna cash in in the "Lower 48" then you gotta play both ways.

Poor Sarah, she sure has one busy backyard full of moose, Russians, and now nosy neighbors. She should just built a bigger fence - I'm sure the American Petroleum Institute would be happy to pick up the tab.

Posted by: SmartAlec | May 26, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else would consider this"stalking". If he really cared about only her "public" appearances, he could have rented a place across town instead of looking into her private yard.Where are the women's groups who would be upset if this happened to any other woman & her family. Being a public figure does not mean that she has no right to the privacy of her own home. Shame on anyone who does not feel offended by this disingenuous, rude man.

Posted by: Nanacan | May 26, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Sarah who???????????????????????

Posted by: phelliam51 | May 26, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Sarah who???????????????????????

Posted by: phelliam51 | May 26, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

It is the duty of every believer in the brand of fighting libertarianism sweeping the country to swiftly and soundly denounce Mrs. Palin's attempt to limit Mr. McGuiness's economic freedom.

If the private home next door to her is offered on the public market for rent, it is Mr. McGuiness's right, along with any other independent, free person in a free market uncontrolled by former half-term governors and other state actors, to make a private contract to rent that home.

Mrs. Palin's comments are un-American, in that they criticize the free and private real estate rental market in this country.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | May 26, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

She mention twice "his rented deck overlook her daugther's bedroom"...what is she speculating about this man, hmmm? Is she saying his investigation could go as far as him looking into the window of child? Palin must choose her words carefully. Think before speaking.

Posted by: patlr504 | May 26, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse


Mr. McGinnis should probably be aware that the former Governor my try to accuse him of being a child molester since his home is on the same side that overlooks Palin's daughter's bedroom.

But I guess she's already done that since she wrote "Needless to say, our outdoor adventure ended quickly after Todd went to introduce himself to the stranger who was peering in..."

Needless to say Ms. Palin and family will always take every opportunity to smear someone else's character.

I guess I don't understand why the Palin family can't buy the properties around there home if they can't accept neighbors.

But then I guess if they can see Russia from their back porch...

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | May 26, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

You may call it "immersion journalism"

I call it "being a Dick"

Posted by: US-conscience | May 26, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

I've got to say, it's kind of a relief to know that our politicians and public figures are receiving the same scrutiny that our actors and celebrities do. If we spent as much time scrutinizing our leaders , rather then sports figures and actresses, we might weed out some of the more ridiculous or illegal characters. Quite frankly, I'd rather know about the scandals that our elected officials are getting into, rather then which former actress on what former TV show are sleeping with which sports figure. Just call me shallow.

Posted by: haldon12 | May 26, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who think Palin is not in a position to complain because she seeks publicity, how far would you go? Should McGinnis follow her into the bathroom? "Well, that's what she gets for having a website and making speeches." Just another form of the "she asked for it" justification. Dress (act) provocatively and you deserve it when somebody violates you (your privacy).

Posted by: Compared2What | May 26, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mr. McGinnis will stop by the Palin's some night for Moose barbecue and teach the not-so-divine Palin how to write a sentence.

Posted by: jbart39maccom | May 26, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Just a simple question. Why doe"s the press cover or care, what this incompetent hypocrite does. Arrogant ignornace should be ignored.

Posted by: maat523 | May 26, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Guess the dude likes to not watch grass grow for 9 months out of the year. Good place to write a book and super way to get publicity, even if he doesn't spend 5 minutes in the house (which would appear likely, "immersion journalism" or no).

Posted by: KDSmallJr | May 26, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

You just knew she would put "journalism" inside quotes. For types like her, there's no bad publicity; it all advances the brand.

Posted by: bdunn1 | May 26, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Love her or hate her, this just ain't fair. I'm sure the line was crossed a long while ago but I guess you can add (or have already added Joe to the Paparrizi.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | May 26, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

This has Obama written all over it. Guess he is paying McGinnis cause no one will buy the book!! Maybe there will be a book in it for Sarah and she will sell millions of her book. Anyway, Obama's time is almost up. Can't get here fast enough for me.

Posted by: annnort | May 26, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

"

That SUPER Liberal DemocRat Creepy!

Hey, you hear the UNIONS need bailing out?

We're going to be pulling up with bus after bus of Tea-Bangers at union official home!"
----------------------------
You do realize that both Sarah and Todd Palin are, or were, dues paying members of the United Steelworkers Unino, right?

Posted by: risejugger | May 26, 2010 3:23 AM | Report abuse

No politician (or even celebrity) is harrassed as much as Sarah Palin and her family. Its truly shameful, and its clear even the lowest swine on the left will support this clown stalking her.

Posted by: pgr88 | May 26, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

"This is the downside of being a celebrity, which she has made $millions being. It isn't fair. She deserves her privacy."

You do realize, Dave, that you've contradicted yourself... When you strive as hard as Palin has to place herself and her family in the public eye - and believe me, she WANTS to be there - you cannot then complain when you find yourself at the disposal of those who want to cash in on your celebrity. You simply cannot have it both ways. You're in or you're out. If she truly wanted to protect her family from "unwanted" publicity, she should have a) remained a small-town mayor or the governor of a sparsely populated state; b) said "Thanks, but no thanks" to John McCain; or c) taken some of that cashola she's hauled in since quitting her elected job as governor and moved the family she claims to want to "protect" into a more private, and perhaps secluded (although I can't see her secluded... at all) location.

Palin's made her bed. She "deserves" to lie in it.

Posted by: borntorun45 | May 26, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

"This is the downside of being a celebrity, which she has made $millions being. It isn't fair. She deserves her privacy."

You do realize, Dave, that you've contradicted yourself... When you strive as hard as Palin has to place herself and her family in the public eye - and believe me, she WANTS to be there - you cannot then complain when you find yourself at the disposal of those who want to cash in on your celebrity. You simply cannot have it both ways. You're in or you're out. If she truly wanted to protect her family from "unwanted" publicity, she should have a) remained a small-town mayor or the governor of a sparsely populated state; b) said "Thanks, but no thanks" to John McCain; or c) taken some of that cashola she's hauled in since quitting her elected job as governor and moved the family she claims to want to "protect" into a more private, and perhaps secluded (although I can't see her secluded... at all) location.

Palin's made her bed. She "deserves" to lie in it.

Posted by: borntorun45 | May 26, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

"This is the downside of being a celebrity, which she has made $millions being. It isn't fair. She deserves her privacy."

You do realize, Dave, that you've contradicted yourself... When you strive as hard as Palin has to place herself and her family in the public eye - and believe me, she WANTS to be there - you cannot then complain when you find yourself at the disposal of those who want to cash in on your celebrity. You simply cannot have it both ways. You're in or you're out. If she truly wanted to protect her family from "unwanted" publicity, she should have a) remained a small-town mayor or the governor of a sparsely populated state; b) said "Thanks, but no thanks" to John McCain; or c) taken some of that cashola she's hauled in since quitting her elected job as governor and moved the family she claims to want to "protect" into a more private, and perhaps secluded (although I can't see her secluded... at all) location.

Palin's made her bed. She "deserves" to lie in it.

Posted by: borntorun45 | May 26, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

"This is the downside of being a celebrity, which she has made $millions being. It isn't fair. She deserves her privacy."

You do realize, Dave, that you've contradicted yourself... When you strive as hard as Palin has to place herself and her family in the public eye - and believe me, she WANTS to be there - you cannot then complain when you find yourself at the disposal of those who want to cash in on your celebrity.

You simply cannot have it both ways. You're in or you're out. If she truly wanted to protect her family from "unwanted" publicity, she should have a) remained a small-town mayor or the governor of a sparsely populated state; b) said "Thanks, but no thanks" to John McCain; or c) taken some of that cashola she's hauled in since quitting her elected job as governor and moved the family she claims to want to "protect" into a more private, and perhaps secluded (although I can't see her secluded... at all) location.

Palin's made her bed. She "deserves" to lie in it.

Posted by: borntorun45 | May 26, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

"This is the downside of being a celebrity, which she has made $millions being. It isn't fair. She deserves her privacy."

You do realize, Dave, that you've contradicted yourself... When you strive as hard as Palin has to place herself and her family in the public eye - and believe me, she WANTS to be there - you cannot then complain when you find yourself at the disposal of those who want to cash in on your celebrity.

You simply cannot have it both ways. You're in or you're out. If she truly wanted to protect her family from "unwanted" publicity, she should have a) remained a small-town mayor or the governor of a sparsely populated state; b) said "Thanks, but no thanks" to John McCain; or c) taken some of that cashola she's hauled in since quitting her elected job as governor and moved the family she claims to want to "protect" into a more private, and perhaps secluded (although I can't see her secluded... at all) location.

Palin's made her bed. She "deserves" to lie in it.

Posted by: borntorun45 | May 26, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

"This is the downside of being a celebrity, which she has made $millions being. It isn't fair. She deserves her privacy."

You do realize, Dave, that you've contradicted yourself... When you strive as hard as Palin has to place herself and her family in the public eye - and believe me, she WANTS to be there - you cannot then complain when you find yourself at the disposal of those who want to cash in on your celebrity.

You simply cannot have it both ways. You're in or you're out. If she truly wanted to protect her family from "unwanted" publicity, she should have a) remained a small-town mayor or the governor of a sparsely populated state; b) said "Thanks, but no thanks" to John McCain; or c) taken some of that cashola she's hauled in since quitting her elected job as governor and moved the family she claims to want to "protect" into a more private, and perhaps secluded (although I can't see her secluded... at all) location.

Palin's made her bed. She "deserves" to lie in it.

Posted by: borntorun45 | May 26, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait for Gov. Palin to liberate America on 01.20.2013 so all the liberal slimeballs will FINALLY GET LOST.

Posted by: thebump | May 26, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

That SUPER Liberal DemocRat Creepy!

Hey, you hear the UNIONS need bailing out?

We're going to be pulling up with bus after bus of Tea-Bangers at union official home!

Posted by: theaz | May 26, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Joe McGinniss..."legendary"...not really. Perhaps to the left...to us in the middle he sounds like an obsessed creepy dude who has a little crush on our "Sarah" next door. Very disturbing...to say the least. Cheers.

Posted by: MPNangle | May 25, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Creepy.

The left is obsessed with Sarah Palin. With each move they say she is the next President.

This a$$ clown joe mcginniss is a typical media lefty dirtbage. (His Contact Info Pine Tree Circle, Amherst MA, 01002. (413) 230-3064)

obama = DISASTER

Posted by: MaxCUA | May 25, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse


The profile by McGinniss in Portfolio is the best article I've read on Palin. He rips the mask off Palin by triangulating what she says with what other players in Alaska say and with the facts about the Alaska pipeline.

Posted by: Anadromous2 | May 25, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sarah:

Thank you for bringing Joe McGinniss' forthcoming book to the attention of everyone in America. Our pre-sales just quadrupled- in one day! That is a record for us.

So on behalf of Random, I can only say thank you. Please Talk about Joe and the book whenever you can.

We appreciate it.

Sincerely,

Gael Rebuck, Chairman & CEO
The Random House Group
(no, not really)

Posted by: ratfishtim | May 25, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sarah:

Thank you for bringing Joe McGinniss' forthcoming book to the attention of everyone in America. Our pre-sales just quadrupled- in one day! That is a record for us.

So on behalf of Random, I can only say thank you. Please Talk about Joe and the book whenever you can.

We appreciate it.

Sincerely,

Gael Rebuck, Chairman & CEO
The Random House Group
(no, not really)

Posted by: ratfishtim | May 25, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

This has "Protective Order" written all over it.

Posted by: grunk | May 25, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Too creepy for words.

Posted by: grunk | May 25, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Gee I wonder if any of Sarah's enemies might have anything interesting to say over a couple of beers. A couple of bumps of meth should loosen the tongue a little bit don't cha know. Maybe talkin to a few state troopers. Talking to people the Wassillabilly
Grifter threatened to sue would be interesting. Meet the girl Todd was boning. Interesting

Posted by: fitley | May 25, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

If this gentleman is writing a book about her public life , as he claims , coming all the way to her home town to get some native material looks plausible , but then , why rent a house near her home ? wait ,not near , but right next door ? this is strange

Posted by: michel1835 | May 25, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Is this not a threat to national security? Next time Putin rears his head, Sarah will not be able to see him unless McGinniss is a lot shorter than Trig.

Posted by: RamBam | May 25, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Every time I read, see or hear Sarah Palin is another time too many.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | May 25, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Those of you having trouble with the technology here --- you hit the little "Submit" button once, then you wait. 'Kay? No one needs to see your message more than once. ;)

Posted by: talitha1 | May 25, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

There was no doubt that she was being bullied. Now its official that she's being stalked. This is typical gang stalking behavior.

Posted by: SusanMarie2

__________

I have never said this before, but what an idiotic post.

Mrs. Palin is an adult and cannot be bullied. She is a celebrity and is not being stalked. McGinnis has not invaded her privacy any more than any neighbor would. Remember, she puts her name out there as a brand a makes a load of cash doing it.

Here's a hint, sweetie. Mrs. Plain is pretty tough. She doesn't need another mommy.

Posted by: arancia12 | May 25, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

The really really pathetic story here is 1) why would anyone give a rat's butt about sarah palin enough to read an entire book about her, and 2) who gives enough of a rat's butt about what anybody like McGinnis has to say about anything to waste so much time reading a an entire book? It's lame when the slack-jawed masses listen to what oprah has to say about stuff. It's equally, if not more, vulgar when pseudo-intellectuals read "books" on topics like sarah palin. Just so lame...

Posted by: yabbadabbadoofus | May 25, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Is this thing you refer to as a "Piper", the player of a musical instrument?

Oh, yeah, it's one of dear Sarah's dimwitted progeny.

Sarah's concern for her piglet must be indicative of the primal instincts she has for looking into Mr. McGinness' bedroom window.

Palin, won't you just do me a favor and disappear from the public arena?

Posted by: veerle1 | May 25, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, dear! Poor, poor Sarah Palin! Victim of the "gotcha" press again! Boo hoo.

I'm sure she'll have Joe (she can call him Joe, can't she?) for some moose chili and all will be well in Wasilla. Gosh, what a doozy of a time that will be!

Poor little rich girl.

Posted by: arancia12 | May 25, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

That’s the core problem with our country, doing much about (a) nothing/nobody.

Posted by: Shanan1 | May 25, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

That’s the core problem with our country, doing much about (a) nothing/nobody.

Posted by: Shanan1 | May 25, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

There was no doubt that she was being bullied. Now its official that she's being stalked. This is typical gang stalking behavior.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | May 25, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

wj_phillips: Bars in Alaska? I figured you knuckle-dragging Palin supporters were too busy in your meth labs. Perhaps you aren't much into the news or "readin'" but sounds like you are all waaaaaay into the meth.

Posted by: mz2010 | May 25, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

That’s the core problem with our country, doing much about (a) nothing/nobody.

Posted by: Shanan1 | May 25, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

"This is typical gang stalking behavior."


This so true especially when the gang writes a revealing book the proves to be accurate AND embarrassing.

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 25, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

wj_phillips: Bars in Alaska? I figured you knuckle-dragging Palin supporters were too busy in your meth labs. Perhaps you aren't much into the news or "readin'" but sounds like you are all waaaaaay into the meth.

Posted by: mz2010 | May 25, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

There was no doubt that she was being bullied. Now its official that she's being stalked. This is typical gang stalking behavior.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | May 25, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

"Palin expressed surprise to see him overlooking her lawn and her daughter Piper's bedroom."


How many ways can that woman use Piper as a human shield?

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 25, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Writing about Ms. Palin! That's got to be the least mentally stimulating job I've ever heard of!

And hey CharlieTuna ...how did you get out of the can?

Posted by: Badger21 | May 25, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a masterful baiter. If one doesn't react to the baiting, it goes away.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | May 25, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Look forward to even more fun stories about this train wreck of a family. Too bad the Tea Baggers are too ignorant to see that the Palin family is, in fact, a total train wreck.

Posted by: mz2010 | May 25, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow! That's got to be the least mentally stimulating job I've ever heard of!

And hey CharlieTuna ...who let you out of the can?

Posted by: Badger21 | May 25, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Would someone please explain to me what Sarah Palin has to do with "Politics and Policy: Obama's Washington"? She's just a celebrity seeker, and should more reasonably be followed on the Entertainment blogs!

Posted by: peaster123 | May 25, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

It's official - she's being stalked.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | May 25, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to hear what Alaskans have to say. I hope he begins with the story of why she went to 5 colleges or universties in 6 years. Nobody has been able to explain that one yet.

Posted by: MILLER123 | May 25, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to hear what Alaskans have to say. I hope he begins with the story of why she went to 5 colleges or universties in 6 years. Nobody has been able to explain that one yet.

Posted by: MILLER123 | May 25, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Would someone please explain to me what Sarah Paling has to do with "Politics and Policy: Obama's Washington"? She's nothing more or less than a celebrity-seeking twit. Mr. (or Ms.) Moderator: Keep Sarah the TeaBag off this blog!

Posted by: peaster123 | May 25, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to hear what Alaskans have to say. I hope he begins with the story of why she went to 5 colleges or universties in 6 years. Nobody has been able to explain that one yet.

Posted by: MILLER123 | May 25, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"McGinniss should stay sober(difficult for reporters and writers) and out of bars else he might meet a similar fate as the DC boys." Wow, big scary cavemen out boozing it up might hurt the writer. People in Alaska must be defensive.

Posted by: Letsgetapizza | May 25, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I am sure Sarah will find a way of getting rid of her new neighbor. She will probably call the police, accuse the journalist of being a pervert and a pedophile for looking from his rented house at Piper's room. Mr. McGinnes should be very careful. Sarah may not be exactly the smartest woman in Wasilla, but she may be the most resourceful.

Posted by: fridaolay | May 25, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I am sure Sarah will find a way of getting rid of her new neighbor. She will probably call the police, accuse the journalist of being a pervert and a pedophile for looking from his rented house at Piper's room. Mr. McGinnes should be very careful. Sarah may not be exactly the smartest woman in Wasilla, but she may be the most resourceful.

Posted by: fridaolay | May 25, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

charlietuna666: Where the hell were you between 2001-2009? Bush is the one who destroyed the economy you low-information freak. I truly hope that you and your ilk remain unemployed and without any form of health insurance. Then, see if your racist GOP/Teabagger friends will help.

We have a black president.
Get over it you shockingly ignorant knuckle-dragger.

Posted by: mz2010 | May 25, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Is it going to be a book about Palin's gardening and garbage can habits? Honestly, that's downright creepy.

Posted by: mtnrunner2 | May 25, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Finally, someone is going to write a NONFICTION book about Palin!

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | May 25, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Great!! We'll get some FACTS, like Levi was trying to report when he got pushed out of the picture. The delusions of grandeur family that such a "Christian" woman developed will be VERY interesting after the vile lies and evil condemnations (about Obama especially) Palin tries to sell to the public. How so much EVIL can come out of ONE person, who really THINKS anybody could EVER see anything "CHRISTIAN" about her after hearing her vicious mouth, is beyond all comprehension!

Posted by: Maerzie | May 25, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Finally a book about Palin worth reading. I'll bet the chapter (or chapters) on paranoia will be budging with information. Palin keeps referring to her kid's bedroom so I guess we know she is a closet job.
A book that needs to be written to dispel all the lies and fantasies that Palin and her buffoons keep spinning.
She kept asking people to visit Alaska and when someone does, she goes nutzo.
Love it.

Posted by: pjohn2 | May 25, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Cornell1984: Actually, nothing quite tops GOP family values hypocrite. What you GOP/Tea Baggers need to get through your low-information saturated heads is that while liberals can also turn into cheating sacks of crap, they typically don't run for office on a family values/religious/anti-gay platform. That's it. End of story.

Posted by: mz2010 | May 25, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

It's about time those city folk climbed down from their ivy towers and experienced the real America of family values with good-neighbor policies and Alaskan can-do-osity. Maybe that Joe McGuinness will learn something about real Americans, who'd sell their daughter's memoir of giving birth during prom to al-quaeda if the price were far enough right. Pill, baby, pill!

Posted by: redlineblue | May 25, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

This is creepy for a whole lot of reasons, not the least of which is that everyone already knows what sort of book this guy is going to write, so there can be no pretense that he's there to really get to know his subject. He's there for dirt, that's all there is to it. And if he can't find any to help sell his book to his audience of Palin-obsessed lefties (honestly, guys, what is it about her that so fascinates you? I don't get it.) I'm sure he'll make some dirt up. And I'm sure his audience will believe it.

But that said, so what? She's a public figure. She's asked for this. It's no secret that politicians have no privacy (heck, none of us do anymore, thanks to Google), and that it's hell on their families. Why anyone would choose that life I'll never understand, but if they do they've got to be able to stand the heat, no matter where it comes from.

We all can observe the comings and goings of Barack Obama, after all, so why shouldn't Palin and her family get the same treatment, as long as she chooses to be a public figure?

But . . . what still bothers me is that Palin is going to be held to a double standard. First, you can bet that she'll get slammed for not being around enough for her kids, or being a bad mother, or whatever, regardless of what arrangements she's made for her kids or what her husband does. And the left will cackle and chortle, even though if Palin were a liberal feminist and was attacked by Rush Limbaugh or Glen Beck for being a bad mom the left would be all over them for their sexist double standard ("Sure, a man can put career first, but a woman can't?!?!?!").

And how much time does anyone think Obama really spends with his kids, anyway? Or any national politician, for that matter? But as long as the lovely Michele stays home with the kids and the Secret Service is there to watch out for them, he gets some sort of pass I suppose.

The other big difference between how Palin will be treated and how Obama is treated, besides the gender double standard, is the press coverage. The White House press corps will fall all over itself to protect the privacy of the Obama family, first because they "heart" him, and second because the press office will crucify them if they don't. But the press doesn't "heart" Palin, and she's got no mighty White House apparatus to help protect her family from this B.S. So she has to resort to Facebook postings.

Actually, nope, sorry. I'm back to thinking this is all really creepy.

Posted by: dcpost1 | May 25, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Sarah and Todd Palin are grifters. They are flim-artists and masters of the pidgeon drop scheme. The Palins have been making a killing off of the rubes, coming to the defense of Nazi Stormfront's Rand Paul and constantly telling lies about the President to bigots while charging the bigots to hear their lies.

Like most grifters and hustlers who hit the big time, the Palins probably aren't paying federal taxes on their recent millions. Flim-flammers rarely pay taxes on their ill-gotten gains. And these flim-flam artists hate the federal government.

Nothing like the IRS to alter that little lying Palin smirk.

Posted by: DCSage | May 25, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post doesn't think this creepy and perhaps stalking?

Posted by: Delongl | May 25, 2010 9:07 PM


Only if the Washington Post was gullible enough to buy Sarah Palin's account. Thank goodness the Post and other media are not as gullible as you clearly are.

Posted by: drossi2 | May 25, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

For somebody who wants privacy for her children, she sure knows how to put them on center stage and shine a spotligt on them.

Posted by: MILLER123 | May 25, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

For somebody who wants privacy for her children, she sure knows how to put them on center stage and shine a spotligt on them.

Posted by: MILLER123 | May 25, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

PUT UP A FENCE

PAY SOMEONE TO BREAK HIS BONES

LOTS OF PEOPLE OUT OF WORK BECAUSE OF THE DEMOCRATS

THERE ARE OTHER METHODS

Posted by: charlietuna666 | May 25, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

The object of funny mental lust, once again receives unmerited WaPo attention to include the prerequisite celebrity head shot.

Posted by: whocares666 | May 25, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

PUT UP A FENCE

PAY SOMEONE TO BREAK HIS BONES

LOTS OF PEOPLE OUT OF WORK BECAUSE OF THE DEMOCRATS

THERE ARE OTHER METHODS

Posted by: charlietuna666 | May 25, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Joe will write a very fair book. The people of Wasilla will have tons of stories to tell about her. I have heard many myself from the fishing grounds. Nothing about her is any more remarkable than dozens of other young women that have done the same thing.

Posted by: ottokar | May 25, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post doesn't think this creepy and perhaps stalking? That is the journalism ethics at the Washington Post?

No wonder Newsweek is in the trash can. The Post will be there soon.

Posted by: Delongl | May 25, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious!

And a Palin family "swimming hole"? Riiiight!

Posted by: talitha1 | May 25, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

McGinniss is a master of immersive journalism, and he is currently writing a book about Palin.


I love It.

Journalism can't get any better than this.

LOL!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | May 25, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

McGinniss is the south end of a north bound horse and a fool as well.

Alaskans do not take kindly to outsiders bad mouthing even an unpopular Alaskan.

About 10 years ago some DC smarties came to Juneau. Went to a local bar and very loudly started bad mouthing US Rep Don Young. Other bar patrons who knew Don took offense and proceeded to assault the DC boys.

The DC boys filed assault charges. The judge dismissed the charges stating that if you used fighting words you should be prepared for a fight.

McGinniss should stay sober(difficult for reporters and writers) and out of bars else he might meet a similar fate as the DC boys.

Posted by: wj_phillips | May 25, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like this McGinnis is a creepy stalker. And people, if you know Palin craves attention, why do you all pay so much attention to her.

Posted by: bandmom22 | May 25, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

McGinniss is the south end of a north bound horse and a fool as well.

Alaskans do not take kindly to outsiders bad mouthing even an unpopular Alaskan.

About 10 years ago some DC smarties came to Juneau. Went to a local bar and very loudly started bad mouthing US Rep Don Young. Other bar patrons who knew Don took offense and proceeded to assault the DC boys.

The DC boys filed assault charges. The judge dismissed the charges stating that if you used fighting words you should be prepared for a fight.

McGinniss should stay sober(difficult for reporters and writers) and out of bars else he might meet a similar fate as the DC boys.

Posted by: wj_phillips | May 25, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Another sick liberal pedophile preying on young girls.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | May 25, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Can he see Russia from his house, too?

Posted by: pjsilva | May 25, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Can he see Russia from his house, too?

Posted by: pjsilva | May 25, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

JUST GREAT!!!!! Now she'll have even more reason to stay away from her home in AK . . . .

Will that keep her out of her Faux news home studio, too?

Six in one hand, half a dozen in the other . . . . .

Posted by: momof20yo | May 25, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

JUST GREAT!!!!! Now she'll have even more reason to stay away from her home in AK . . . .

Will that keep her out of her Faux news home studio, too?

Six in one hand, half a dozen in the other . . . . .

Posted by: momof20yo | May 25, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

JUST GREAT!!!!! Now she'll have even more reason to stay away from her home in AK . . . .

Will that keep her out of her Faux news home studio, too?

Six in one hand, half a dozen in the other . . . . .

Posted by: momof20yo | May 25, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

hope he has a headset and ipod.

i doubt he likes hearing ignorance spouted constantly.

Posted by: xxxxxx1 | May 25, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Palin's probably realizing right at this very moment that this author is going to figure out (and tell the world) that she's never home and she's leaving her children -- including her toddler with special needs -- to be cared for by other people. So much for the "Mother of the Year" award.

Posted by: crashprevention | May 25, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

She mentions "Piper's bedroom" as if Mr McGinniss is some sort of "peering in" pervert.

Let the games begin.

Posted by: bmschumacher | May 25, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a potential stalker.

Posted by: madmike272 | May 25, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

She mentions "Piper's bedroom" as if Mr McGinniss is some sort of "peering in "pervert.

Let the games begin.

Posted by: bmschumacher | May 25, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

An Ode to Sarah:

She`s only extremely right, the mean and hateful type
Nothing is new I`ve seen her here before..Sneering and jeering
Ooh, she`s sitting with you but her eyes are on the door
So many have paid to see what you think you`re getting for free
The woman is wild, a she-cat tamed only by a collection jar
Money`s the matter, if you`re in it for love, you ain`t gonna get too far

(Oh oh, here she comes) watch out boy, split split your vote
(Oh oh, here she comes) she`s a teabagger
(Oh oh, here she comes) watch out boy, she`ll split your vote
(Oh oh, here she comes) she`s a teabagger

I wouldn`t if I were you, I know what she can do
She`s deadly, man, she could really rip your world apart
Mind over matter, ooh, the beauty is there, but a beast is in the heart

(Oh oh, here she comes) watch out boy, she`ll split your vote
(Oh oh, here she comes) she`s a teabagger
(Oh oh, here she comes) watch out boy, she`ll split your vote
(Oh oh, here she comes) she`s a teabagger

Ooooooooooh ooh (Oh oh, here she comes) here she comes
Watch out boy, she`ll split you vote
(Oh oh, here she comes, watch out) she`s a teabagger
(Oh oh, here she comes, she`s a teabagger) Ooh, she`ll split you vote
(Oh oh, here she comes) Here she comes, she`s a teabagger
(Oh oh, here she comes, watch out) She`ll only come out far right, oo
(Oh oh, here she comes) Here she comes, she`s a teabagger
(Oh oh, here she comes, she`s a teabagger) the woman is wild
(Oh oh, here she comes) here she comes
Watch out, boy, watch out, boy (Oh oh, here she comes)
Oh watch out, watch out, watch out, watch out
(Oh oh, here she comes) Yeah yeah, she`s a teabagger
(Oh oh, here she comes, she’s a teabagger) She’s watching and waiting
(Oh oh, here she comes) Oh, she’s a teabagger

with apologies to Hall and Oates.

Posted by: areyousaying | May 25, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

This is the downside of being a celebrity, which she has made $millions being. It isn't fair. She deserves her privacy. But it's an occupational hazard.

Posted by: DaveHarris | May 25, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Its a shame that to sell a book it has to be controversial. Its NOT the truth that is paged,but little giblets of immorality and lies.
Why would you move in when you are following her "public appearances". Sounds a little fishy to me.

Posted by: captgrumpy | May 25, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

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