Media now moving in next door to Palin to be close to her

posted at 6:36 pm on May 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

Most of the media’s obsessive coverage of her is to her advantage, and she’s plenty shrewd enough to know it. It raises her profile, which sells books and kicks up buzz for her speeches and Fox appearances. And even when the coverage is nasty and unfair, as it often is, it’s something she can take to her supporters as further evidence that they’ll never give “true conservatives” a fair shake.

But she’s palpably bothered by this. And with young kids in the house who are trying to have a summer, does anyone blame her?

Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is – about 15 feet away on the neighbor’s rented deck overlooking my children’s play area and my kitchen window. Maybe we’ll welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so he’ll know how friendly Alaskans are.

We found out the good news today. Upon my family’s return this morning from endorsement rallies and speeches in the Lower 48 states, I finally got the chance to tackle my garden and lawn this evening! So, putting on the shorts and tank top to catch that too-brief northern summer sun and placing a giddy Trig in his toddler backpack for a lawn-mowing adventure, I looked up in surprise to see a “new neighbor” overlooking my property just a stone’s throw away. Needless to say, our outdoor adventure ended quickly after Todd went to introduce himself to the stranger who was peering in…

Joe announced to Todd that he’s moved in right next door to us. He’s rented the place for the next five months or so. He moved up all the way from Massachusetts to live right next to us – while he writes a book about me. Knowing of his many other scathing pieces of “journalism” (including the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they’d ever encountered), we’re sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he’s penning. Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?

Old and busted: Confronting your ideological opponents at their office. The new hotness: Freaking them out at home. Politico asked McGinniss’s son for comment and he snarked about his pops having a thing for Palin, which is true in its own strange way but neglects the intimidation component. He wants her to know he’s watching. And Palin, per her reference to “Piper’s bedroom,” clearly wants you to know how creepy she thinks that is.

Here’s Glenn Beck warning Random House, McGinniss’s publisher, that there can and will be consequences.


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Last question:

Would you know what this man ate for breakfast this morning?

Key West Reader on May 25, 2010 at 8:24 PM

OK, so how about the Palins set up about 30 live webcams pointed to every nook, cranny, deck and window, of McGinniss house, and keep them running live online 24/7? Let the world see the creep in his new fishbowl. Make sure a few are night vision too, to reveal his nocturnal proclivities. Name the show “The Random House Follies”.

MikeA on May 25, 2010 at 8:24 PM

MikeA on May 25, 2010 at 8:24 PM

HA! A livestream vid channel! That’s a hilarious idea. Heh.

What a skeez. Democrats are a creepy bunch.

Jewels on May 25, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Todd and Sarah should practice clay shooting over the neighbor’s yard every evening. Just sayin’.

jimmy2shoes on May 25, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Wasilla is a small town. People in small towns can make it very difficult for outsiders.

Inanemergencydial on May 25, 2010 at 6:47 PM

You betcha they do!

This guy is an idiot. Does he really think Alaskans will handle this situation the same way people from his home state might. He is setting himself up for a teachable moment.

SoldiersMom on May 25, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Hmmm, Maybe Piper needs some music lessons. I’m thinking…..bagpipes.

Sekhmet on May 25, 2010 at 8:20 PM

No, Drums

smokinjoe on May 25, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Key West why are you posting all that Grayson stuff? What did I miss?

CCRWM on May 25, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Hmmm,

Maybe Piper needs some music lessons. I’m thinking…..bagpipes.

Sekhmet on May 25, 2010 at 8:20 PM

No, Drums

Accordion.

Socratease on May 25, 2010 at 9:11 PM

This guy is a creep. Very disturbed. Most of his books deal with crimes – murders, in particular. His most recent “gig” is bashing Sarah on The Daily Beast. He thinks that what he is doing is going to intimidate and scare the cr*p out of her….at least that is what he is hoping. Being the hearty Alaskan (almost) native that she is, I believe that she’ll be able to handle this creep. Mama Grizzly is going to protect hers, no question. And Papa Grizzly has the “steel spine” to handle this t*rd.

Sicko. I hope they sue him for stalking and invasion of privacy.

DINORight on May 25, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Couple more Facebook entries from Sarah and Joe will run like a scalded cat.

Watch.

manofaiki on May 25, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Wasilla is a small town. People in small towns can make it very difficult for outsiders.

Inanemergencydial on May 25, 2010 at 6:47 PM

You betcha they do!

This guy is an idiot. Does he really think Alaskans will handle this situation the same way people from his home state might. He is setting himself up for a teachable moment.

SoldiersMom on May 25, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Let’s Hope So!!

WhoU4 on May 25, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Note to Sarah,
Invite Dick Cheney up for a partridge hunt.
Those Alaska Partridge are tough birds use coppered plated three 1/2 inch four shot!

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 PM

This is psychotic behavior pure and simple. It is inappropriate on so many levels.

Joe McGinniss needs a mental health evaluation, followed by a restraining order.

This kind of unhinged intimidation is just sick.

Of course he will be worshiped by the moonbats as there new champion. Hollywood will make films lauding him for years to come. He will become their new folk hero.

DeathB4Tyranny on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Oh, the razor-sharp mind of Ben Smith:

Palin, in a recurring preoccupation, suggests that McGinniss is really there to peep at her young daughters, noting that his property overlooks “Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole.”

Hey, maybe her preoccupation is with plants and swimming…

ddrintn on May 25, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Hmmm,

Maybe Piper needs some music lessons. I’m thinking…..bagpipes.

Sekhmet on May 25, 2010 at 8:20 PM
No, Drums
Accordion.

Socratease on May 25, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Violin!

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 9:44 PM

mizflame98 on May 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM

I’m sure Todd will try and break the ice, probably take him out fishing on one of the thousands of lakes!
With his Piper Cub floatplane, the possibilities are endless.

DSchoen on May 25, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Hmmm,

Maybe Piper needs some music lessons. I’m thinking…..bagpipes.

Sekhmet on May 25, 2010 at 8:20 PM
No, Drums
Accordion.

Socratease on May 25, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Violin!

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Tuba or trumpet. You can hear those things for 20 blocks.

ddrintn on May 25, 2010 at 9:47 PM

^ Or an electric guitar, with a huge Marshall stack. Yeahhhhhh….

ddrintn on May 25, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Is this Joe McGinnis as in “Fatal Vision” Joe McGinnis? Really?

He moves next door? That is beyond creepy.

lizzieillinois on May 25, 2010 at 9:49 PM

He obviously isn’t going to mess with the kids. He is just there so he can obsessively record how long Palin is away from her children and futher “bad mother” things.

Speedwagon82 on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Do sled dogs like yellow dog journalists!
Every dog has his day, dog,
today just ain’t yours McGinniss!

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 PM

What has this woman and her family ever done to deserve this kind of scrutiny other then to disagree politically and have the guts to say so? I find the Left and their entitlement attitude very unsettling.

Cindy Munford on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 PM

What has this woman and her family ever done to deserve this kind of scrutiny other then to disagree politically and have the guts to say so?

Cindy Munford on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Firing up conservatives. The moonbat fringe can’t have that.

ddrintn on May 25, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Cindy Munford on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Pinnochio is desperately trying to turn us into Greece.

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Note to Sarah,
Invite Dick Cheney up for a partridge hunt.
Those Alaska Partridge are tough birds use coppered plated three 1/2 inch four shot!

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 PM

I was thinking this guy needs to be very, very careful wearing hats…some of them can look like antlers in the right light.

Fighton03 on May 25, 2010 at 9:55 PM

I wonder if McGinnis is paying his own rent, or if the tab is being picked up by, oh, the *ahem* Center for American Progress.

ddrintn on May 25, 2010 at 9:55 PM

I’m sure Todd will try and break the ice, probably take him out fishing on one of the thousands of lakes!
With his Piper Cub floatplane, the possibilities are endless.

DSchoen on May 25, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Trolling for polar bear?

Fighton03 on May 25, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Maybe Palin can use her Fox job to turn the table on this freak,

Thinking a daily “Creep Watch 2010” report.

DSchoen on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 PM

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 9:53 PM

I am really developing a bad attitude about these people.

Cindy Munford on May 25, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Joe McGinesses…………….linked to Soros in 5…..4….3……

PappyD61 on May 25, 2010 at 10:01 PM

This kind of crap is why celebrities/pols live in isolated ranches and such. Unfortunately the days of Palin mowing her own yard are over.

And if you invite celebrity/media attention then you better be prepared for the flip side of it.

Soros/Emmanuel/Podesta/Media Matters/ACORN/someone similar is no doubt paying for this harassment.

Governor Palin, it’s okay this will be great prep for being in D.C. in the Oval office. Where the rectal exams are free and often from the media (unless you’re Obama of course).

PappyD61 on May 25, 2010 at 10:04 PM

they should get a couple of Great Pyrenees.
ProudPalinFan on May 25, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Ours has a really loud bark, but she would let a burglar in the house and show him where the stainless utensils are (no silverware in our house….). They’re quite intimidating to the average person walking by, though!

I’m thinking the Palin family needs to smother this weirdo with kindness to the point that he will leave just to get away from their constant attention…..

TeresainFortWorth on May 25, 2010 at 10:07 PM

“I can see a jackass from my house.”

disa on May 25, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Any body have this guys address? I have a letter I’d like to send and maybe later a “present” or two!

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Hmmmm.

Frankly if I were to place myself in a position of having to deal with a very pissed off Todd Palin I’d think twice. Todd Palin is a guy who rides snowmobiles for 1,000 miles cross-country in sub-zero temperatures … for fun.

It takes a huge amount of physical toughness to do that and even more mental toughness. I don’t see some lower-48 urban twit intimidating anyone let alone the Palins.

memomachine on May 25, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Any chance I can forward all my AARP and RNC solicitations to this guy, I’m tired of just sendin them back empty with notes that I only donate to Republicans with guts and don’t support socialist organizations.

If we all sent him one letter a week!

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 10:14 PM

memomachine on May 25, 2010 at 10:12 PM

And Sarah is a marathon runner. It doesn’t get any tougher mentally or physically than that.

I just hope the guy is respectfull when Track comes home for a visit!

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Maybe Palin can use her Fox job to turn the table on this freak,

Thinking a daily “Creep Watch 2010” report.

DSchoen on May 25, 2010 at 9:58 PM

She ought to start a “Where’s Joe?” FB page. Hang a webcam off the eve of her house and leave it trained on the twerp. Hang another watching her trash cans. Real time it to the page. could be a lot of fun.

Fighton03 on May 25, 2010 at 10:19 PM

I’ve just fired off emails to Randomhouse and also to their German overlords, Bertelsmann ( an email address I found was corporate.responsibility@bertelsmann.de).

Perhaps others will, too.

bofh on May 25, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Greta just reported it and Sarah in email said they would start on a fence tommorrow. Suppose they will have any help from the good townsfolk?

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Palin should buy the rental house and throw McGinniss’ @ass out.

OxyCon on May 25, 2010 at 11:11 PM

The Palins need to summer in the most expensive and private place they can find. This arsehole will go bankrupt trying to follow them. If that doesn’t work for them, guns go off all the time while being “cleaned”.

scullymj on May 25, 2010 at 11:26 PM

OK, so how about the Palins set up about 30 live webcams pointed to every nook, cranny, deck and window, of McGinniss house, and keep them running live online 24/7? Let the world see the creep in his new fishbowl. Make sure a few are night vision too, to reveal his nocturnal proclivities. Name the show “The Random House Follies”.

MikeA on May 25, 2010 at 8:24 PM

BRILLIANT!

We need to turn the tables on these liberal scum bags. He chose to move in next door to Palin. He is choosing to stalk a former governor and VP candidate. Let him get a taste of what its like to live in a glass house.

Seriously, this is a GREAT idea. Glenn Beck, if you are reading this, GET TO IT!

cannonball on May 25, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Wow, publishing is one tough business, eh? It’s turning everyone into the paparrazi.

AnninCA on May 26, 2010 at 12:04 AM

Wow, the ideas here are fabulous! I’d like to combine a few and add my own:

1. Press charges for stalking. As a public figure, the combination of the dinner scam plus this should be sufficient to at least obtain a restraining order.
2. Hire several security guards, parked in front of the neighbor’s house, 24/7.
3. Do the live, 24/7 web cam. Perfect! Ahaaa.
4. Get dogs, roosters, drums, violins and etc. And a compost heap – with lots of fish.
5. Build the fence, Sarah. I suggest you have it mirrored, facing Joe. Include a contraption that allows it to turn, gradually, and capture the setting sun all night long – reflected back at Joe, of course. Flank it with very large microphones.
6. Shout out the news of all developments on Facebook, Fox, etc.
7. Then move to a lovely, secluded locale for the next five months.
8. All of us need to call Random House.. Not so ‘Random’ after all, eh?

We’ve got your back, Mama Grizz. Stay safe.

Opinionator on May 26, 2010 at 12:41 AM

Three creepy categories in this story:

1. The owner of that house
2. The author
3. The liberal commenters on this story (those on Ben’s article are down right disgusting)

Schadenfreude on May 26, 2010 at 1:04 AM

those neighbors sure must love the Palins.

Phoenician on May 26, 2010 at 1:14 AM

Even better, know ultra douchebag Dave Weigel over at WaPoo is making this Sarah’s fault, trashing her and sticking up for his fellow traveler McGinnis.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/sarah_palins_strange_unprofess.html

You can wear him out on Teh Twitter:

http://twitter.com/daveweigel

This is another guy that needs a night out with a Louisville Slugger.

gary4205 on May 26, 2010 at 1:17 AM

If you check KeyWestReader’s multiple links re the owner/ neighbors, you’ll see who he is, Phoenician. The guy needs money.

I’d ‘love’ this neighbor, too, right back at him.

Opinionator on May 26, 2010 at 1:28 AM

Oh, I don’t begrudge the neighbor.

McGinniss probably got a huge advance and used it to pay a king’s ransom to the Owner for maximo rent.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Soros went in and financed a buy of the house from this guy. It’s the kind of thing they do.

Best,

Chris

victor82 on May 26, 2010 at 7:26 AM

Note to Sarah,
Invite Dick Cheney up for a partridge hunt.
Those Alaska Partridge are tough birds use coppered plated three 1/2 inch four shot!

dhunter on May 25, 2010 at 9:34 PM

No, #4′s just p*ss them off. #00 Buck oughta do the trick.

VelvetElvis on May 26, 2010 at 8:22 AM

This kind of crap is why celebrities/pols live in isolated ranches and such. Unfortunately the days of Palin mowing her own yard are over.

PappyD61 on May 25, 2010 at 10:04 PM

The world of celebrity changed on Dec 8, 1980. Which just adds to what this psycho creep (which, if you notice, has the full support of The Dumbest Generation) is doing.

MNHawk on May 26, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Setup a security video system and provide a link to the internet. That way we can watch HIM.

So, how much does HE drink?
Who comes over and when?
I hope he closes the drapes all the way, yuck!

barnone on May 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

OK, so how about the Palins set up about 30 live webcams pointed to every nook, cranny, deck and window, of McGinniss house, and keep them running live online 24/7? Let the world see the creep in his new fishbowl. Make sure a few are night vision too, to reveal his nocturnal proclivities. Name the show “The Random House Follies”.

MikeA on May 25, 2010 at 8:24 PM

BRILLIANT!

ditto

TheBigOldDog on May 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM

The Palins should set up poles with a blue tarp strung across to temporarily block the view. Make that turd spend months of rent money just so he can admire the “blue” instead of the view…

dominigan on May 26, 2010 at 1:40 PM

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