Sarah Palin A Fan of New Media?

Jun 2, 2010 1:19pm

ABC News' Huma Khan reports: Sarah Palin isn't shy about her dislike of the media, but the former Alaska governor has heaps of praise for social networking sites. Palin praised new media Tuesday while slamming NBC’s “Today” show for not airing her statement on Joe McGinniss after interviewing the investigative journalist who has moved in next door to her in Wasilla, Alaska. “It’s a shame that Todd and I had another disappointing encounter with the media on Memorial Day of all days,” Palin wrote on her facebook page. “Thank goodness for social networking sites like this and new media sites which have allowed us to get around the ‘lamestream’ media and present the facts.” Palin, a commentator on Fox News, declined an interview request from NBC but instead sent a statement, saying: “McGinniss has followed us for some time now, from showing up on our doorstep last winter, bidding over $60,000 for a military charity auction dinner with me, writing the hit pieces, attending at least one Outside book event, etc. He has a right to pursue his subject, I suppose, and certainly has a right to live wherever he wants, but my family also has a right to expect privacy, and hopefully to enjoy peace this summer. Good fences do make for good neighbors. The fence is now up, and I hope that we can enjoy peace. The media sensationalizes the recent McGinniss’ tactic so the public will tune in to whatever the latest episode is, always with ratings in mind, and that’s unfortunate.” Husband Todd also chimed in with a separate statement: “What’s also unfortunate is journalists’ tactics like this, because it keeps good people from wanting to get involved in public service.” NBC interviewed McGinniss Tuesday but did not air the statement because of a timing issue, a spokesperson for the network said. It was aired this morning. Palin charged that the network “broke their promise” and gave a “lame excuse.” McGinniss, an author and investigative journalist, moved in the house next door to the Palins last month to pen a book about the former GOP vice presidential candidate. The Palins put up a fence to block McGinniss’ view and last week, Palin called in to Glenn Beck’s radio show to complain. On the “Today” show, McGinniss – who himself has become the center of attention since moving to Wasilla — charged that Palin was using Nazi-like tactics to attack him. Palin called the interview an “eye opener," and wrote that she didn't understand how her actions were equated with the Nazis. — Huma Khan

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