Sarah Palin's husband, Todd Palin, told reporters Thursday that Joe McGinniss's book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, is full of disgusting lies, innuendos and smears.
McGinniss moved next to the Palin's Wasilla home, which led the family to build a fence between the two houses. The book is expected to be released this Tuesday, the same day as Levi Johnston's book, Deer in the Headlights, is expected to hit stores.
This is a man who has been relentlessly stalking my family to the point of moving in right next door to us to harass us and spy on us to satisfy his creepy obsession with my wife, Todd Palin said.
Sarah Palin has not commented on the book publicly.
McGinnis claims in his book that Sarah and Todd had smoked cocaine off an overturned 55-gallon oil drum while snowmobiling with pals, according to the National Enquirer. The book also claimed that Sarah hooked up with basketball star Glen Rice when he was in Alaska for a basketball tournament. Todd Palin said the claims were false.
The book also hashed over previous investigations, including Troopergate, where ethics laws were put into question after Sarah Palin dismissed Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan. The given reason was that the governor wanted to take the department down a different path. But Monegan claimed that the dismissal had to do with his reluctance to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, the ex-brother-in-law of the then governor.
Even The New York Times called this book 'dated, petty,' and that it 'chases caustic, unsubstantiated gossip,' Todd Palin said, an obvious swipe at the newspaper, which has often been criticized as having a liberal-bias by conservatives.
Indeed, Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote a scathing critique of the book. Among the criticisms that Maslin had were McGinniss's use of leading questions, contradictory anecdotes (notably that she was a racist, but also had a fetish for black men), weak sourcing and inflammatory language.
There is one area, and only one, in which 'The Rogue' is dead-on. Mr. McGinniss knows how publicity works, Maslin writes. He appreciates, not to say emulates, the way members of the Palin family cash in on celebrity and contradict them without penalty.
McGinniss has defended his book. When asked if he thought his reporting was fair on NBC's Today Show, he said, I think I was fair as I possibly could have been, given the fact that she told all the people that are closest to her not to talk to me.