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Sarah Palin writer Joe McGinniss says moving next door to her is just coincidental

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Joe McGinniss might as well have offered up some oceanfront property in Kansas while appearing on NBC's "Today" show.

After all, he was on a roll….

McGinniss, the true crime author who is writing a book on Sarah Palin, implied on national television Tuesday morning that his renting of property right next to Palin’s house in Wasilla, Alaska, was just coincidental.

“The fact is, I would be living in this house if the Palins lived on the moon,” a straight-faced McGinniss told "Today" host Matt Lauer.

Even Lauer -- even Lauer -- couldn’t let this one go. 

“So it’s just coincidental that you’re in the house next door?” Lauer asked. “You’re not just simply to observe them?”

McGinniss ignored the first question.

“I’m not observing them at all,” McGinniss said. “I’m here to talk to people who have known them for 40 years in Wasilla.”

Politico reported last week that the owner of the home sought out McGinniss as a tenant.

Regardless of how it went down, the former governor’s not happy with it.

“Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?" she wrote on her Facebook page last week.

“Stay your distance and you better leave my kids alone,” she warned McGinniss while appearing on "The Glenn Beck Program."

To thwart the writer’s advances, Palin’s husband Todd erected a 14-foot fence between the properties.

Instant cheers were heard from the right, including the call to replace Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano with the former First Dude.

“I nominate Todd Palin for border czar,” wrote Michelle Malkin. “If only our federal government acted as swiftly and decisively to protect the nation’s borders from intrusion...”

And if there is intrusion? Palin’s hometown newspaper says she can shoot first and ask questions later.

“Finally, those who are fond of Joe [McGinniss] might remind him (if he doesn’t already know) that Alaska has a law that allows the use of deadly force in protection of life and property,” read an editorial in the Mat Su Valley Frontiersman.

-- Jimmy Orr

Photo: The fence between former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s lakeside home, rear, and the home being rented by author Joe McGinniss. Credit: Associated Press

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McGinnis fits a profile of a stalker. Obsessing on a celebrity can be a potential mental problem and can be danger to Sarah and her family. Should he move to mental facility to get help instead?

Geeze! Here I thought I was a mild mannered middle-aged matron and then Joe McGinniss informs me that I'm a "Hound of Hell" for thinking that HE is creepy for renting the home next door to peep on the Palins. And creepy he is! Let's see him try to pretend that his upcoming tome is unbiased when he describes this incident as, "A lesson for the American people of the power Palin has to incite hatred and her willingness and readiness to do it." His comparison to Nazi troopers seemed kind of friendly, too. (Would you eat any cookies this slime brought you without doing some kind of spit detecting test on them?)

If you believe that his moving next door to Palin's house was a "coincidence", then I have some pristine wetlands in Louisiana I can sell to you real cheap.


Mcginnis is probably not a stalker, he is just one of those brilliantly talented writers, like Kitty Kelley, whose muse is inspired by sifting through the garbage of their subjects. That is the most likely reason he would move there. Easy access to their trash piles.

Your headline claims that McGinniss said his moving next to the Palins was "coincidental." But your story makes it clear that Lauer asked if it were coincidental as part of a compound question and that McGinniss only answered the second part of the question. In short, he did NOT say it was coincidental.

You also use the phrase "to thwart his advances," twice mention "intrusion," and gleefully repeat the local small-town paper's incitement to shoot McGinniss.

You write for the LA Times. What kind of sloppy, ugly, violence-inciting, fact-free work is this? Shame on you.

I think the motivations of McGinniss are tabloidy not sexual. As for Palin, I think all she is trying to do is protect the privacy of her children, who are not public figures. If you consider that the media circus that grew up around Bristol Palin ended with a Playgirl photoshoot and alienated parents, Sarah Palin's comments, which reflect fear, become much more understandable.

It was Palin's choice to go into politics.

The slow response to address issues dealing with Turkey and Israel had me worried about Washington, but then I realized that if John McCain won we would have Sarah Palin dealing with international issues like North Korea, Gaza, and the pain of Greece's dept crisis. Then I figured with all the issues surrounding the globe, we were better off than we could be with McCain and Palin in the White House. Our leaders are looking at a double dip recession. I am sure Sarah Palin and Meghan McCain are unqualified to help their father had he become President of the United States. Pity the poor fool picked Palin instead of a leader worthy of the White House. He basically sealed his legacy.

He should sue her for slander. She knew what the said about this poor man wasn't true. The [w]itch is disgusting!!!!!

Mark you are a moron and do not even have your facts straight!
Go away until you do !
Bristol did not do a photoshoot for playgirl!

Thomas Chi
Yea and The moron we have as vice president is SSOOOOOOO much better!
Thomas For 1 Shut up because you did not vote here and 2 You are talking about a man in Joe Biden That said "Roosevelt got on TV in 1929 and reassured the american public during the stock market crash. Tv was not even available until 1942 and Roosevelt was not president Hoover was! Oh he is so much better on world events.
Biden also plagerized most of his speeches when he ran for president before Just like Obama did from Ronald Regan when he was running against Jimmy Carter!

If I were her I would erect a hig enough fence to block his view. Let's see how long he stays there then?

I can't believe that Palin is actually being criticized by liberal media for defending herself against this creep. He calls her comments about his move and apparent intentions disgusting? Let's keep in mind who actually created the situation, not who is trying to defend against it. Palin would get bad press if she eliminated world poverty or hunger. I hope the creep McGinniss does make an overt move and that Palin has him arrested. Can you imagine the uproar if an antagonistic, unauthorized conservative biographer rented a house next to Pelosi or Reid? Good grief!!

who cares? did the palin's apply and get a permit for a fence so high? probably not.

The newspaper printed a reminder that it is Ok to shoot when protecting property. This is considered journalism in Alaska? Seems to me to be grounds for a lawsuit. Incites any nut with a gun to go "handle" this for the poor beleaguered Ms. Palin. Lots of nuts in Alaska--and lots of them have guns. Sarah is an amusing (unintentional) parody of conservatism. I like having her around. But if moving in next door is sufficient reason for a newspaper to call for murder, then maybe this sorry joke of a public figure ought to do the responsible thing---fade away. Your 15 minutes are up, Sarah.

You people are as pathetic as Sarah Pailin. This man moved next door to do research for his book. This woman is the one that made it public. Don't feel sorry for this woman. A woman that preaches about God is one of the most vitriolic person I have seen. She keeps accusing men of pedophila... First David Letterman and now Mr. McGinnis. This woman has sexual issues. She is a hateful woman and you people that defend her even when she's wrong are just as hateful.

This should be treated as stalking. I don't care if you like Palin or not. It could be anyone... it isn't right. This guy is warped.

Maybe Mr.McGinnis just wanted to be close enough to hear Palins domestics. The fences won't block them out.

Boycott McGinniss

Lewis Black can replace Michael Jackson with Sarah Palin. It works. See;

Two priests walk into a bar...Sarah palin

Why did the chiken cross the road?... Sarah Palin

A man goes bear hunting and... Sarah Palin

HEY LAWYER 822, representing yourself on this board, we can see you have an idiot for a client. Letterman was accused of soft-pedophilia because he is in fact an old creep who directed sexual innuendo at Sarah Palin's underaged daughter. Of course, it takes a lawyer to come up with the , um, *lawyerly* defense of creeps like Letterman and McGinnis by BLAMING THE VICTIM (yes, Sarah Palin is hateful, so am I- go cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it, hypocrite).

IF THIS CREEP EVEN LOOKS CROSS-EYED HE IS TOAST.
THIS OLD FART IS GETTING $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ FROM RANDOM HOUSE TO SPY AND DIG UP DIRT AND DENIGRATE SARAH PALIN AND HER FAMILY.
HE IS DISPICABLE AND THIS IS HIS 'LAST CHECK' BEFORE HE CASHES OUT...AND WILL DO 'ANYTHING' TO GET IN THE 'LIBERAL SPOTLIGHT AND 'CRY VICTIM, VICTIM, VICTIM... HE IS NOT A VICTIM HE IS A VILE PUKE SICKO OPPORTUNIST AND IS STALKING AND IS A PEEPING TOM - AND LOVES ALL THE PUBLICITY FOR BEING A CREEP - IT SURE BEATS NOT BEING NOTICED AT ALL OR HAVING ANY DECENT RECORD OR LIFE WITHOUT THIS CRAP.
MAYBE THE STREETS ARE 'DARK UP THERE...' MAYBE THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE THIS LIBERAL CHARACTER ASSANATION IN THEIR CITY, WITH THEIR FORMER GOVERNOR, THEIR MAYOR, THEIR FRIEND, A FAMILY... AND THIS A-HOLE HAS CROSSED THE LINE THAT DECENT PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE OR TOLERATE. ... PRETTY DARK UP THERE...
LOTS OF GUNS AND BIG TOUGH GUYS THAT WOULD FIND IT AN HONOR TO PROTECT THIS WOMAN AND HER CHILDREN...
THINK AGAIN BOZO,McGINNIS; STALKER, SNITCH, SPY, CREEP, DIRT BAG, HUSTLER, PERVERT, SICKO MENTAL CASE... THE TARGET IS 'YOU'.
YOU STARTED IT.... WE WILL FINISH IT. RANDOM HOUSE... YOU ARE CRAP. I WILL NEVER BUY ANYTHING FROM YOU AGAIN. EVER.

He's a stalker masquerading as a writer. He thought he was being cute but the joke has turned on him. He has padlocked his front entrance and is now a prisoner of his own home. He is having a dose of his own medicine.


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