If you watch the national news, listen to talk radio, or read the newspaper; the chances are you’ve heard about Joe McGinniss, a best-selling author who is writing an unauthorized biography about Sarah Palin… and to better understand the subject of his newest book, Joe McGinniss rented the house that is right next door to Sarah Palin and her family! Some have said it’s an invasion of her privacy or even down right creepy, yet others say Palin is a public figure so she should get used to it. It’s no secret that Sarah Palin has built a 14 foot fence in between her property and the neighbors house, but that fence is just a symbol of how divided we really are as a country, and honestly as human beings!
This story reminds me of two things that I think sadly defines our country…
1. People often forget to put themselves in the shoes of another before judging them!
2. Those who want to polarize the country, will always try to find an angle to do so!
It’s amazing to hear what people are saying about this ordeal. The conservative right automatically labelled McGinniss as a creepy guy who just wants to look/spy on Palin’s kids, and the lefties are running the story that McGinniss is the latest victim of the Palin Media hurt machine. Poor Joe is getting a bad rap, all he wanted to do was get as close to Sarah Palin as possible, and by coincidence the house next to her was for rent, and it was so cheap they couldn’t pass it up!
Even sadder than this is the obvious SPIN coming from the McGinniss camp. Joe said in an interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show that he didn’t tell anyone he was moving to Wasilla to get close to Palin and its her fault the media is taking this to such an extreme level… yet in a statement released to the public explaining why he is renting the house next door, his son said that the woman who rented him the house knew he was writing a book about Palin and needed a place in Wassilla, and offered the house to him at a rate he couldn’t refuse. And to top it off the rent offer is so low because the neighbor wanted to stick it to the Palin’s because of a fall out she had with them. She found him, he didn’t seek to rent her house! Wait, I’m confused I thought nobody knew he was moving there to write a book about Sarah Palin. Even funnier… the statement the McGinniss camp released mentions the owner rented them the house dirt cheap just to piss off the Palin’s… and they think this is helping their case? These guys are smart!
So which story is correct… he didn’t tell ANYONE… or the owner of the house “heard” he was writing a book and looking for a place to rent, and she offered him the house real cheap? Only one can be true. But McGinniss and the left want to spin this as his victimization of Sarah Palin and her desire to incite hate wherever and whenever she can.
In an ironic twist however, when ABC News came by and knocked on the door of the home he was renting to ask him a few questions about why he was there, Joe McGinniss said,
“Get off, your trespassing… I don’t want to have to call the Wasilla Police. Get off my property NOW! I’m going to put the call in.”
This was just one reporter from a national news organization who wanted to ask him a few questions, and he wouldn’t answer the door and threatened to call the cops, but he says Sarah Palin is the hate monger who should just accept the fact that he is writing a book about her she has not authorized and then bake him some cookies welcoming him to the neighborhood? Nice Joe, real nice! Here is the link to the ABC story…
So the left thinks Palin is acting like a “middle schooler”, even though I’m sure none of the pundits on the left would enjoy being in her position. And the right wants to equally polarize everyone and discount the fact that Joe McGinniss has received death threats, and the local paper made sure everyone knew the local law gave Alaskan’s the right to shoot first and ask questions later if they feel like they family or property are in danger!!! Seriously, is this what we are becoming as a people. Are we really unable to understand others in such a way that we will lob threats to others who are not trying to really hurt us in the same manner.
My take, I can’t blame Sarah Palin for being a little upset about someone writing an unauthorized biography, let alone that guy moving in next door for the summer to get “closer” to me for journalistic brilliance. It just seems a little creepy to me and unprofessional. Any honest person has to understand there is not a person on the planet who would appreciate someone writing a biography about you, when you are not involved in the writing process. And to add insult to that injury, the guy moves in next door to you and your family? Seems like someone wants to rub it in Sarah Palin’s face if you ask me! Seriously Joe, we are not all retards; you wanted to mess with her and her family a little bit by moving in next door, besides getting under someone’s skin is not a bad thing when your writing a book about them; good deal or not, anyone who actually as you say “respects the Palin’s privacy”, would not have taken the neighbors offer (if she even found you out as you say)
I think this is bigger than Joe McGinniss, and if I were a betting man, I would bet that something will come out soon that political opponents are the ones who set this whole thing up, including getting the neighbor’s house involved. McGinniss is a fool for moving next door in my opinion, but he doesn’t deserve death threats. I think he deserves someone to call him out more than Matt Lauer did and expose this for what it is… a journalist who made a poor decision because he only cares about himself! Either way, I have my opinions about politics, but I’m growing weary of the extreme right and extreme left trying to polarize this country rather than see us unite once again as Americans!
So what’s your take? If you don’t have one about this story specifically, give me your thoughts on this… if you were in Sarah Palin’s shoes how would you handle this. Would you have not build a 14 foot fence and posted the entire thing on Facebook and instead baked Joe McGinniss some cookies? Are you happy with how the media is playing this out?