Joe McGinniss says Palin uses ‘Nazi tactics’ and claims he’s not a huge creep

Matt Lauer’s Tuesday morning “Today Show” interview with Palin biographer Joe McGinniss was little more than “the most recent illustration of the untrustworthiness of America’s mainstream media,” the former Alaska governor wrote hours later on her personal Facebook page.

McGinniss, who rented the home next to Palin’s Wasilla residence for several months while working on an upcoming book about her, responded obstinately to several of Lauer’s questions and even lashed out at Palin.

Lauer asked McGinniss how he responded to critics like Fox News’ Glenn Beck, who have called his tactics “creepy.”

“Creepy is as creepy does,” McGinniss responded simply.

But McGinniss soon pressed on. He accused Palin of unleashing the “hounds of hell,” having a willingness to “incite hatred,” and using “Nazi trooper” tactics.

MATT LAUER: But the reaction has gotten a little bit scary. There have been death threats against you. I know the FBI is involved. Wasilla, and Alaska state police. There was a Craigslist posting that asked a question of where in the woods your body would be found over the weekend.


LAUER: The local Wasilla newspaper, The Frontiersman, published an editorial that read, quote “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.” I mean any regrets to all this? Do you wish you just rented a different house?

MCGINNISS: No. You know what actually what I’ve learned from that, Matt. And what you just recited, it’s very informative. And I think it’s probably a lesson for the American people of the power Palin has to incite hatred and her willingness and readiness to do it. She has pushed a button and unleashed the Hounds of Hell, and now that they’re out there slavering and barking and growling. And that’s the same kind of tactic and I’m not calling her a Nazi, but that’s the same kind of tactic that the Nazi troopers used in Germany in the ’30s. And I don’t think there is any place for it in America.

McGinniss told Lauer that, were Palin to move next door to him to write a book, he would bring her a plate of cookies and welcome her to the neighborhood.

But what Lauer and NBC failed to do appears to be what has most angered Palin, who claims that NBC promised to display during the interview a paragraph-long statement that she had written with her husband to counter McGinniss’ allegations.

“NBC broke their promise and didn’t run our statements after all,” Palin wrote on Facebook this morning. (READ PALIN’S FULL RESPONSE)

Palin added that she politely declined NBC’s invitation to appear with McGinniss.

“It’s a shame that Todd and I had another disappointing encounter with the media on Memorial Day of all days,” Palin wrote. “It was time that we could have spent with our kids and on a day when we honor those who have died in defense of our Constitution, including our freedom of the press.”


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  • clw

    If this guy moved next door to me I’d make his life a literal living hell; he deserves every bit of the backlash that HE CAUSED. To her credit SP has gotten under his skin in an extraordinarily effective way – by having alot more class than he does. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to restrain myself the way she has. He’s LUCKY she has more restraint than the average person. He’s a loser. Period. And Matt Lauer? WHAT can you say about Matt Lauer? I think a career change is in order. Maybe a softball coach. He certainly has the expertise for that.

  • godgnsguts

    …”but to call him a Fascist or Nazi is patently silly”

    Oh really?? What are you waiting for? The straight arm salute and straight leg march? Have you looked into his doctrine? Do you know who’s theories he taught while he roamed around as a communist organizer? What’s it gonna take to wake you up? The European riots at your front door perhaps??

  • mcgtrinsofla

    they wouldn’t come up with the $10k speaking “fee”.

    • des1

      Who? Your comment doesn’t make any sense.

  • oeno

    I really don’t know what to make of this story. On the one hand, I have a pretty hefty dislike of Palin, but this is way beyond the pale. As that were not enough to make me think this guy is an a-hole, he does the “I’m not saying she’s a Nazi, just Nazi tactics” two-step. Maybe it is just me, but I am offended by people calling Obama a communist/nazi/fascist, etc. as if these were just words. I was offended when they called George W. Bush a Nazi. The old adage about sticks and stones does not count for public consumption. Whether it is the label communist (Let’s just ballpark it at around 130 million dead) or Nazi (starting a war, the Shoah, so let’s ballpark it at around 50 million, not counting their followers in the Muslim world), it is deeply offensive. He just became more creepy than he was before, because he has no felicity of language.

    • des1

      Agreed. It’s become silly to see people search for the worst label they can think of, then try to make it fit whoever they disagree with. Obama is a Socialist (at least a fan of the European Socialism model), but to call him a Fascist or Nazi is patently silly (as it was with Bush). It’s even worse to call Palin that, since she literally has no power. She’s a private citizen with a fairly hard-core fan base. There isn’t a single thing you could say she’s said or done that is similar to Nazi tactics, and attacking someone you’re stalking by calling them a Nazi is incredibly vulgar.

      It’s like blaming a rape victim because she was dressed to provocatively.