Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has long had a contentious relationship with the media, lashed out today against a writer she says has moved in next door while he writes a book about her.
Joe McGinniss, a non-fiction novelist known for works including the book The Selling of the President, an account of the 1968 Nixon presidential campaign, has rented a house next to Palin's Alaska home for about five months, Palin writes in a Facebook note.
"He moved up all the way from Massachusetts to live right next to us - while he writes a book about me," Palin writes. "Knowing of his many other scathing pieces of 'journalism' (including the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they'd ever encountered), we're sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he's penning. Wonder what kind of material he'll gather while overlooking Piper's bedroom, my little garden, and the family's swimming hole?"
McGinniss is reportedly writing a book about Palin, slated for release in 2011. Last year, he wrote the controversial article "Pipe Dreams" for the publication Portfolio about Palin. He also reportedly bid more than $60,000 last year to have dinner with Palin, though he lost the auction (benefiting a program that helps wounded veterans) to a higher bidder.
In her Facebook note, Palin posted a picture of a man on a deck.
"Here he is," she wrote, "about 15 feet away on the neighbor's rented deck overlooking my children's play area and my kitchen window."