By Stacy Drake
Sarah Palin’s next-door neighbor sought out author Joe McGinniss as a tenant, McGinniss’s son said.
“No one is stalking anyone,” Joe McGinniss, Jr., a novelist whose father is the non-fiction writer, wrote in response to an email from a Palin supporter who confused his email address and his father’s. (He shared the email with me.) “A woman was renting her house and sought out the author because the Palins had crossed her (owed her money for renovations she had done at their request and never paid her for). So she knew McGinniss was writing the book and found him and offered him the house.”
The neighbor “turned down more lucrative offers from the National Enquirer who wanted the house so they could ‘stalk’ and take pictures, etc… She said no,” he wrote.
McGinniss, Jr. wrote that Palin is “inspiring a lot of hate in people, appealing to so many of people’s worst instincts. Sad and scary.” And he defended his father’s decision to rent the house:
[I]f you were writing a biography of Tiger Woods and had the chance to move in with him, or his pool house, or rent next door or down the street from him — it would be journalistic malpractice not to. As a writer, you go where the story is, get as close as you can to it. People who write about politics, campaigns, they travel with the candidates, stay in the same motels, ride the bus, eat breakfast, hang out any and everywhere they can to get access. It’s pretty basic. We want to read the work of someone who is as close to their subject as possible. That’s called reporting. And when it’s for a book about someone, all the more important to be close….
He’s not stalking or peeping or peering or meddling. He’s simply fulfilling his obligations to his publisher and his readers and himself — to get as close to the subject of his book as possible. You’ll never see tabloid photos or depictions of backyard activities. He’s a professional writer with great integrity and an amazing sense of fairness.
The Tennessee woman to whom he responded, whom McGinniss, Jr. said was “the most rational-sounding” one, called the journalist a “leech” and wrote that, if a reporter moved in next to her, ” I can only imagine how outraged and invaded I would feel.”
McGinniss, Jr. added, “Sarah Palin’s middle-school style reaction to an author renting next door is quite something. But maybe my father’s grandchildren, when they fly up to visit, can make some new friends. They’d probably have a lot of fun together actually.”
The fact that he said Governor Palin is “inspiring a lot of hate in people” should be a clear indicator what a far-left crackpot Joe McGinniss Jr. (and most likely Senior as well) is, but that’s besides the point for now.
At first glace it appears as though Junior is covering for his crazed father’s actions by making up excuses and shifting the blame to the owner of the property. While trying to rescue his father’s reputation may be the case, something may be up with the owner as well.
In two separate interviews given this week, Governor Palin has stated that they tried to contact the owner to purchase the property or rent it out again but the owner never returned their calls.
Junior McGinniss implies that the Palin’s owed this woman money and that was what this owner, a lady by the name of Catherine E. Taylor was seeking some sort of revenge for. That doesn’t add up at all. If the Palin’s “owed” her money, why would she NOT respond to them when they tried to contact her?
Sarah Palin is no deadbeat and she certainly can afford to pay her bills. Just pick up any “mainstream” publication from about two months ago for full disclosure on every dime she has made within the last year. Sarah Palin has a public image to maintain and she would not skip out on paying bills risking a possible future political career, her livelihood, or the reputation of the many candidates her PAC works so hard to support. This explanation makes no sense.
If there was any motive at all for Taylor to ‘seek revenge’ on her neighbors, this proves she sought out a tenant with a history of unsavory behavior in regards to Governor Palin. I think Whitney summed up Joe McGinniss’ shady history well in her piece titled “The Palins Can See a McCreep from their House!” She wrote:
Joe McGinniss is an author who writes true crime and non-fiction novels. Most well known is his book about Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign that he wrote as a 26 year old. He has also written a book about a year traveling through Alaska published in 1980 and is currently writing an anti-Palin book due out next year. He has written several Palin hit pieces over the past year and a half. He wrote a piece for the no longer existent Conde Nast’s Portfolio. This piece is full of quotes from noted Palin detractors, and McGinniss called her Alaska’s Eva Peron. The false claims made in this piece regarding McGinniss’s assertions have been debunked here. McGinniss also made an attempt to win an auction for dinner with Governor Palin, the proceeds going to Ride2Recovery effort for combat victims (Cathy Maples won the auction). He bid on this auction event because he ” would have enjoyed the opportunity for a frank exchange of views with Gov. Palin.”
McGinniss has stopped by the Palin’s home before in his “research” for his book prior to his move to the Palin’s neighborhood, stopping by the Palin’s home once last fall to drop off a copy of his book, Going to Extremes. A story published last November by the New York Daily News quoted McGinniss as saying, ” I’m not intending to write a salacious book about Sarah Palin’s sex life. But if it’s true, I’ll find out” (emphasis mine). McGinniss also spent significant time analyzing every move of Governor Palin’s book tour over the winter, even stopping by at one of the book tour stops in Florida
These latest comments from Joe McGinniss Jr. are cause for concern. Many people have many questions and I’m really not trusting this left-wing crackpot to give the public any straight answers. No matter who sought who, the fact of the matter remains. Joe McGinniss is a morally depraved, intrusive individual that has no business taking up residence next to the Palin family. I don’t care if he calls himself a journalist or not. The damage to his reputation is done and this is merely an attempt by his camp to paint Sarah Palin as the ‘bad guy’ when we already know that she and her family have been victimized in this case.