Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bottom-Feeding Gutter Journalist Joe McGinniss Exposed As An Inveterate Liar And Possible Lecher By The Sarah Palin Camp

It looks like if Joe McGinniss ever comes back to Alaska, he better bring a bodyguard. McGinniss, who deliberately rented a house next door to the Palin family's home in Wasilla and spied on them, has been exposed as an inveterate liar by several people associated with Sarah Palin, and more than a few Alaskans would undoubtedly want to get their hands on him and curb-check him.

The controversy stems from McGinniss' forthcoming book, "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin", due to be released on September 20th. Early on September 15th, the Daily Mail published some excerpts from the book. The most damaging:

-- Sarah Palin allegedly developed a fetish for black men and had a sexual encounter with then-University of Michigan basketball player Glen Rice in late 1987. Rice has apparently confirmed the encounter, but Palin wasn't married at the time.

-- Sarah Palin allegedly smoked marijuana with a professor while attending Mat-Su College [Ed. Note: Wow, like no one's ever smoked marijuana before. Whoopdee-doo!]

-- Sarah Palin allegedly had a six-month affair with Brad Hanson, who ran a snowmobile dealership with her husband Todd, which led to the dissolution of the partnership in 1996.

-- Sarah Palin allegedly snorted cocaine with her husband off an overturned oil drum while snowmobiling with friends before being elected governor.

The Daily Mail has published two additional articles HERE and HERE since their first piece. The Anchorage Daily News has also published a story in which you can read reaction in the comments section.

The Los Angeles Times has also published a somewhat favorable review of the book. Business Insider has published the 12 most shocking revelations from the book. In contrast, the New York Times has published an unfavorable review of the book, noting that McGinniss "used his time in Alaska to chase caustic, unsubstantiated gossip about the Palins, often from unnamed sources like 'one resident' and 'a friend'".

The Palin camp has responded. First, Brad Hanson quickly debunked the smear about the so-called affair by saying that he continues to be friends with both Todd and Sarah Palin, and that they sold the joint business venture strictly for business reasons. Hanson has denied any affair with Sarah Palin from the very beginning.

Then Todd Palin stepped up to the plate and slammed it out of the park. Todd issued a full statement which implied that one of the reasons why McGinniss moved in next door to the Palin family was because he lusted after Sarah and wanted to make moves on her when Todd was absent. Todd wrote, in part, “I’d ask the fathers and husbands of America to consider our privacy when one summer day I found this guy on the deck of the rental property, just 18 feet away next door to us, staring like a creep at my wife while she mowed the lawn in her shorts, unbeknownst to her that he was prying". Joe McGinniss' own son further fueled this notion when he told the media he advised his dad not to move from the East Coast to become our next door neighbor, but said his dad was just waiting for Todd to be out of the picture.

So basically they paint a picture of Joe McGinniss as a lecher who wrote a hit book against Sarah Palin because he couldn't score with her. For his part, McGinniss defended his book on the Today Show, saying "I think I was as fair as I could possibly have been given the fact that she told all the people who were closest to her not to talk to me". He provides no proof of that allegation, however.

Political Implications: The Christian Science Monitor doesn't think McGinniss' book will hurt Palin's presidential chances, and its mean-spiritedness could actually trigger a mild backlash of sympathy for her. Likewise, a gaggle of talking heads on Politico's Arena don't think it will make a significant difference in Palin's political fortunes.

Joe McGinniss would be best advised, for his own personal safety, not to consider setting foot in Alaska for a while, possibly for six months. This represents no personal threat nor any knowledge of specific threats against him. But McGinniss is so hated by some up in Wasilla that a man named Dewey Taylor had his truck window shot out after delivering chairs to McGinniss' house when McGinniss was still living there. This book is likely to fuel such sentiments.

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