Published September 15, 2011
Todd Palin is describing a new book about his family, and specifically wife Sarah Palin, as "full of disgusting lies," saying in a statement released late Wednesday that even media that would otherwise be keen to knock Palin have savaged the book by best-selling author Joe McGinniss.
McGinniss' book, "The Rogue: Searching for The Real Sarah Palin," is due out next week, the same day as another book titled "Deer in the Headlights," written by Levi Johnston, the former boyfriend to the Palins' daughter Bristol.
"The Rogue" reportedly makes all kinds of claims, including suggesting the Palins did drugs and that the former Alaska governor had a one-night stand with basketball star Glen Rice while covering him as a sports reporter 25 years ago.
The book has been panned by "The New York Times," which went so far as to declare that it is understandable why the Palins were so angry about McGinniss moving in next door to them while he sought out the local gossip on them.
"Although most of 'The Rogue' is dated, petty and easily available to anyone with Internet access, Mr. McGinniss used his time in Alaska to chase caustic, unsubstantiated gossip about the Palins," reads the review published Wednesday, adding that portions of the book are "too busy being nasty to be lucid."
"Mr. McGinniss' most quotable, inflammatory lines call Ms. Palin a clown, a nitwit, a rabid wolf and a lap dancer -- and those aren't the parts that assail her as a wife and parent," the review reads.
In response to the book's release, Todd Palin said the author should be dismissed.
"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. His book is full of disgusting lies, innuendo and smears," he said.
Palin told Fox News on Monday that she is still undecided about whether to run for president, even though she frequently ranks near the top of Republican voter preference polls.
"I still have that same old dopey same old answer that I'm sure you guys are getting sick of hearing, and that is I'm still thinking about it, praying about it, contemplating, talking to my family. I'm sick of giving the same answer, believe me. I'm anxious to give an answer and get on with life one way or the other," she said.