Joe McGinniss: Learned About Palin’s Talent to ‘Incite Hatred’
May 29, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The media has lapped up the former half-term governor Sarah Palin’s latest tale of dramatic victimization, straight from the pages of her Facebook. Admittedly, having an author move directly next door, as he prepares to write an unauthorized biography of Palin is a bit unorthodox, but the half-governor as usual became unhinged, accusing acclaimed author Joe McGinniss of stalking and perverted peeping of her daughter Piper, while unleashing her enraged followers and Fox News colleagues on McGinniss. Palin even appeared on Glenn Beck’s talk radio program, attacking her new neighbor, as an “odd character” while Beck called him “creepy.” Now, McGinniss has responded to all of the unfounded accusations made by Palin, calling her antics “hysterical.” And he pointed out that he has now witnessed first-hand, her knack for incitement of hate.
After her bizarre rant on Facebook, Palin erected a high wooden stockade fence. And photos of the fence fueled another round of media coverage. But what Palin neglected to mention, is that the house now rented by McGinniss, has been previously used as a halfway house for male drug offenders. If she was so concerned with peeping toms, Palin would have erected a privacy fence long before this.
Wrote Palin on her Facebook: “Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?”
But as David Weigel of the Washington Post reported, Palin’s accusations are not grounded in reality. And McGinniss, says he is “offended” by Palin’s accusations that he is a danger to her children:
“Contrary to what Palin wrote on Facebook, he said, he can’t see into the windows of the family’s home, and he can’t hear the Palins’ conversations. Palin intimated that McGinniss could watch the family when it went swimming, but he said that only the edge of their land near the lake was visible from his property. He said he was deeply offended by the implication, not thinly veiled in Palin’s note and subsequent interview with Beck, that he would be peering in on the children.”
McGinniss understands why Palin would be annoyed by his presence right next door, but he says he expected,Palin and her husband Todd to be “adult” about the situation, when he introduced himself and explained his presence there. What happened instead, was a “hostile” conversation with Todd Palin, in which he accused McGinniss with plans to install surveillance equipment to capture images and conservation from the Palins. McGinniss has penned a couple of unflattering pieces on Sarah Palin and Todd became increasingly angry, as he barked at McGinniss about his “smear” pieces on his wife, according to the author.
But throughout all of the media storm and negative attention received by his renting of the property alongside the Palin compound, McGinniss has seen up close and personal, Sarah Palin’s penchant for fueling hatred:
“By being here, I have learned things, and I’ve gotten an insight into her character, into her ability to incite hatred, that before I only knew about in the abstract,” said McGinniss.
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