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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23 Responses to “Joe McGinniss: Learned About Palin’s Talent to ‘Incite Hatred’”

  1. Alden Weiss on May 29th, 2010 7:38 pm

    Some friends make us happy when they arrive. Some friends make us happy when they leave. Take a hint Joe, you simply are a peeping Tom. Wasilla doesn’t need trolls lurking for sensational trivia. A serious writer would take interviews not stalk. Your pattern of behaviour is not worthy of public approval. Go away and do your research outside.

    I hope I don’t have to see you around town because you sicken and disgust me.

  2. Morely Dotes on May 29th, 2010 8:10 pm

    Palin is the female version of Richard Nixon: Steeped in paranoid fantasies of persecution. The difference is mainly that Nixon was a somewhat accomplished politician, while Palin has never been elected on her abilities, but rather has ridden entirely on the fact that she’s female.

  3. sunni on May 29th, 2010 8:43 pm

    Oh yeh, Joe’s the guy I want living next door to my family. Not. Schmuck.

  4. Annie on May 29th, 2010 10:18 pm

    Oh yeah having someone living next door who is going to watch you and your children’s every move with the aim of portraying it as negatively as possible would be just what we all want. I hope someone will follow this jerk around for years with the same aim.

  5. Noah Fing-Whey on May 29th, 2010 11:21 pm

    Only a progressive can take reasonable outrage and turn it into “incited hate”. No mention of the fact that McPerverts sole purpose of moving in was specifically so he could spy on the Palins. Maybe the next thing McPervert can write about are the Obama rugrats. Imagine the progressive howling that would arise if that would happen yet in the case of this pervert spying on the Palin kids…..Well that’s ok because it’s the evil Sara Palin.

  6. Dana on May 29th, 2010 11:23 pm

    I’m not a fan of Sarah Palin and the insane tea party activists that adore her; but it touches me to see Todd stand up for her like this.

  7. Noah Fing-Whey on May 29th, 2010 11:34 pm

    Morely Dotes – one cannot be paranoid when something actually happens. The media has subjected Palin to every imaginable indignity short of a rectal exam for two years and now this low-life moves in next door. I guess you are comfortable being a sexist as well. What other evil dwells in your heart? Racism….homophobia….self-loathing?

  8. pub on May 30th, 2010 12:34 am

    It’s unbelievable that anyone would take up for this guy — even a liberal. But liberals are scum.

  9. Ginny on May 30th, 2010 1:07 am

    What a crazed vindictive overreaction. Palin is so easily offended and threatened. This is exactly why I would never trust Palin to have her “finger on the button” as president or in any other elected position.

  10. chris on May 30th, 2010 1:16 am

    My favorite book of all time is probably “Going to Extremes (1980)”. Which is about the Alaskan Pipeline and was written by Joe McGinniss.

    I’ve spent time in Alaska and his book captures the feeling of that place at that time perfectly and hysterically. It is a funny book full of wonderful stories about the sort of people you meet in Alaska. Alaska is a difficult place to understand unless you’ve spent time there; and McGinniss’ book gives you a feeling for what the place is really like, or at least how it was back in the late 70’s.

    Joe McGinniss is a talented respected serious and insightful writer and so to denigrate him as some peeping Tom is ridiculous.

    Moreover, Palin has made herself and her family public figures (like it or not, fair or unfair) and it is ridiculous for her to feign outrage at McGinniss moving next door.

    In fact, Palin is helping McGinniss as she is just giving him fodder for stories.

    I am sure the book will not be so much about Palin as about the region; the influence of big oil; the ruggedness of many of the people who live in Alaska and so on.

    I highly recommend “Going To Extremes” to anyone interested in a snap shot of Alaska when the pipeline was built. That book is a historical treasure.

  11. Janice Ferrier on May 30th, 2010 1:52 am

    Truly are you all out of your minds. WRITER. To be reviled in this sense in beyond the pale. OH hang on talking about americans. (Yes small tiny letters). You are the terrorists.

  12. condition of anonymity on May 30th, 2010 1:59 am

    un-bu-we-ble-ble, how in the world has people been led down the rabbit hole so far, but with their eyes close the whole way. to even think that there is a difference in demo-crats, and re-puppet-can’ts. americans never ceases to amaze me of how gullible and blind they can be, wow!!! this is not even news. must be a slow news day, opps, i forget, it is news to the unwise and gullible. if-n-in we here in america follow and obeyed the constitution, most if not all of the dem-wits and puppet-can’t would be shot for high treason. wake up you people and stop being mindless drones.


  13. kevin on May 30th, 2010 7:36 am

    Palins create their own problems. why did they STIFF THE NEIGHBOR OVER $1500? That is why this guy was able to rent the house, the current owner is pissed off that they RIPPED HIM OFF. This is so petty, the woman brought in 12 million and still steals fifteen hundred bucks from the neighbor?

    low class low life money grubbing hillbillies. I am glad that guy is up there now. Lets here about all the locals the palins have stabbed in the back. small town america, oh yeah.

  14. Aur Kiddngme on May 30th, 2010 10:04 am

    Why is it unhinged to be concerned about an antagonistic man renting a home next to yours?

    As usual, if the tables were turned and it was a Democrat that was on the receiving end of this form of stalking, all hell would break loose. Instead, Ms. Palin is characterized as the problem.

    Typical “blame the victim” BS. You should be ashamed.

  15. Chris Campbell on May 30th, 2010 10:17 am

    Sarah Palin first fascinated me until it became clear that she opens her mouth before thinking clearly. Then it became clear there IS no THINKING. Mature silence in this matter would have shown McGinnis he has nothing to report about, but instead she has to bare her stupidity AGAIN.

    Sarah needs to SHUT HER MOUTH and quit stating she represents women as a “new” type of feminist. True feminists are not backwater religious extremists but intelligent women who support the rights of ALL women and men, even ones like her who don’t have the sense to see that someone like Rand Paul is a racist.

    Sarah, just SHUT YOUR MOUTH and quit giving material to Saturday Night Live. I hope your new fence does not block your view of Russia.

  16. Chris Campbell on May 30th, 2010 11:23 am

    I should also mention that, here, Sarah has missed her opportunity to “feed” Mr. McGinniss everything she wants the public to know about her. She could have shaped opinion in her favor, but instead shows the side of her that is “knee jerk”. Those kinds of unthinking responses are dangerous if the situation confronting her is in reality a danger to her or our country.

    What a sad commentary that this woman is what the world is viewing as representative of the females in our society.

  17. Terry Sandford on May 30th, 2010 12:06 pm

    Please Sarah…just go away. We Americans have real problems, yours are manufactured in your sick demented mind and we don’t need to be aware of your daily blathering!

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  19. Tracy on June 1st, 2010 10:30 am

    No, the liberals would not feel differently if a respected author moved in next door to a Democrat and her/his family. That’s because liberals understand the freedoms we all enjoy which allow Mr. McGinniss to legally lease this house and to legally write his book. As stated by others, Palin could have turned this into an opportunity to show she has some intelligence and savvy in shaping her “brand,” but instead turns to her Facebook profile to imply that Mr. McGinniss is a potential pedophile. Mr. McGinniss is a respected writer. He cannot write a book by glancing at the Palin’s house; he is interested in interviewing people from the town and this house provides a home base from which he can work. Are those who are outraged perhaps concerned what the townspeople might say about their beloved Sarah?

    Mr. McGinniss was proactive in introducing himself to the Palins and explaining his intentions. They reacted not like mature adults who had the opportunity to constructively voice their concerns but like poorly educated, paranoid individuals.

    If the Palins are so worried about privacy of their children, their own actions certainly haven’t shown it to be the case.

    Palin had her chance to write her book and run around the country promoting it. Time to let an actual author enjoy that same freedom. If she can’t run with the big dogs, then she shouldn’t harness herself to the sled.

  20. Cookie on June 1st, 2010 1:42 pm

    pub on May 30th, 2010 12:34 am

    It’s unbelievable that anyone would take up for this guy — even a liberal. But liberals are scum.

    Does this represent the mentality of persons living in Wasilla ?

  21. Cookie on June 1st, 2010 1:50 pm

    The Palins and Beck better be careful. He is a private citizen. If anything happens to him they could be charged with adding and abetting.

  22. ITK7 on June 22nd, 2010 10:25 am

    This is all staged to 1) generate sales for Random House 2) continue to keep Team Palin in the media 3) yet another distraction for the masses…see how deep the Palin rabbit hole goes…

  23. J Walker on November 28th, 2010 8:37 pm

    This little disastrous failure of a man has few days left. Leave it alone. He is going bye-bye. The truth of your sexual exploits are going to surface Joe!

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