A reader writes:
I don't blame Palin for being creeped out by Joe McGinniss moving next door. I don't think she is handling it very well, and is upping the "creepy quotient" with her own behavior. Still, there is a stalker element to this.
What could possibly be the reason that McGinniss felt that he would serve his readers by parachuting into the subject's backyard? I'm sorry, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but Palin is right. It's downright weird. Do we want a society where people - celebrities, politicians, or anyone for that matter - have to worry that they can never have a moment of privacy again?
Moving to Palin's town for research is one thing, but moving next door is clearly meant to provoke and mock. It's childish and unbecoming and makes me extremely unlikely to ever read the book. The proper approach to someone like Palin is the kind of reasoned, thorough criticism your blog takes. Petty stunts, on the other hand, are counter-productive and only give Palin legitimate fodder in her otherwise baseless anti-media crusade.