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Todd Palin says McGinniss book filled with "disgusting lies"

CAROUSEL - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin smiles as she is introduced during a public appearance at a Long Island Association (LIA) meeting and luncheon in Woodbury, N.Y. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.
AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Sarah Palin
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

Todd Palin offered blistering criticism Wednesday of a controversial new book about his wife, which he described to reporters as filled with "disgusting lies, innuendo, and smears."

The book, by author Joe McGinniss, is said to feature a number of controversial and dubious claims about the family, including reports of drug use and inferences that Sarah Palin had a fling before she was married with former NBA star Glen Rice, according to published reports.

The book has long been a sore point for the Palins: McGinnniss, while doing research for the book, moved into house next door to the family's Wasilla, Alaska home. The Palins, memorably, built a fence between the two houses in an effort to protect their privacy.

"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 of McGinniss. "His book is full of disgusting lies, innuendo, and smears. Even The New York Times called this book 'dated, petty,' and that it 'chases caustic, unsubstantiated gossip.'"

Indeed, the New York Times' Janet Maslin delivered a scathing review of McGinniss's book, "The Rogue," describing the majority of its content as "dated, petty and easily available to anyone with Internet access" and noting that "McGinniss used his time in Alaska to chase caustic, unsubstantiated gossip about the Palins, often from unnamed sources like 'one resident' and 'a friend.'"

Incidentally, the release of "The Rogue" is set for September 20th - the same day Levi Johnston's book, "Deer in the Headlights," is due to hit bookshelves.