McGinnis Never Actually Asked Glenn Rice If He’d Had Sex With Sarah Palin

Author Joe McGinnis, whose hit-piece on Sarah Palin called The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin has been causing a stir of late, talked with Newsweek about his book and claims that it is (as the New York Times put it, “caustic, unsubstantiated gossip.”

McGinnis was asked about the most salacious claim in the book, that a young Sarah Palin had sex with basketball star Glen Rice, and it’s revealed that McGinnis apparently never asked Rice directly if he and Palin had a romantic relationship. Rather, he just extrapolated that conclusion from Rice’s ambiguous answer to an indirect question.

McGinniss says he decided which sources were credible “on the basis of 40-plus years in journalism. By this point in my career, if I can’t tell what’s true and what somebody’s making up for nefarious reasons, I’ve been in the wrong business all this time.”

The Rogue’s biggest news nugget is McGinniss’s claim that when she was a young sports reporter for a local television station in 1987, Sarah had a one-night stand with basketball star Glen Rice, who is black.

McGinniss speculates that they did the deed in a college dorm room in Anchorage or possibly a hotel. But when he actually interviewed the former Miami Heat star, he didn’t directly ask him if they had sex. Instead, McGinniss asked: “So you never had the feeling she felt bad about having sex with a black guy?” Rice’s reply: “No, no, no, nothing like that.”

Despite the ambiguity of that response, McGinniss insists, “I think it’s pretty clear … That’s certainly the impression I came away with.” Rice didn’t respond to Newsweek’s request for comment.

Nothing like manufacturing your own conclusions. I’m not even sure why Palin’s alleged relationship with Rice would be shocking, if true. What are we supposed to be upset about? That a then-single Sarah Palin had sex with a then-single Glen Rice? Is it the inter-racial nature of the alleged relationship that’s supposed to shock us? And, to be sure, Palin’s position now is that sex should wait for marriage. But who among us hasn’t failed to live up to our own ideals now and then?

Again, I think McGinnis is lying, but even if it’s true…who cares?

McGinnis also defends his methods, asserting that he’s a credible journalist who would only print things that are true:

McGinniss defends his methods—which include devoting many pages to speculation that baby Trig, who suffers from Down syndrome, isn’t really Sarah’s—by noting that most of his sources wouldn’t go on the record because they were worried the Palins would exact revenge. “I would say that 90 percent of what I learned is not in the book because I couldn’t check it out,” he says. “I wrote only the things I was able to satisfy myself about as to their authenticity, as to their accuracy, as to their truthfulness.”

McGinnis attempted to make me one of the sources for his book (you can read my email exchange with him here), and if he treated his other sources like he treated me it’s no surprise that 90% of them wouldn’t go on the record with him.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • JustRuss

    So…the so-called leader of the “racist” tea party might have had relations with a black man.  Is he trying to make her look better or trying to separate him from her so-called racist supporters?

    • Diane

      Don’t stereotype tea partiers as racist. What are you, ignorant?

      • Section 9

        Notice that “racist” was in quotes? Mind you, there was no sarcasm tag.

  • http://sweasel.com S. Weasel

    Yeah,by going 180 from the accepted “uptight creepy Christianist” meme, isn’t he giving her sex-drugs-and-rocknroll kind of credibility here? 

    • Jean_A

      Palin has been a long distance runner all her life.  Sometimes she runs up to 10 miles a day.  I would hardly think drugs can play arole in her life.  She admitted to trying pot when it was legal in AK but didn’t like it.

      Nikki Haley is married and the Governor of SC. During her run for governor she had two men come forward and claim that they had sex with her.  She denied both.  This is what they do.  When nothing else works they bring in the old sex and drug claims.  How do you defend yourself against those type of lies?

      Thank God the good people of SC didn’t buy into those lies.

  • spud

    Mrs. Palin is not a racist.  You can disagree with her but she has never ever said anything racist so calling her that is totally out of line.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F2WIY3RLHQC7RIYI5QNIXGFBIA werther

      I tend to agree with you that Palin is not a racist. I dont think that she has said anything that is is racist per se.  I do believe, however, that her over-the-top rhetoric and anger towards Obama makes it hard to feel sorry for her when she is on the wrong end of rumors and ugly press. 

      Palin made a lot of vicious comments about Obama such as: (1) Obama hangs around with terrorists; (2) Obama has death panels to take away her son’s life; and (3) “we have a President, perhaps for the very first time since the founding of our republic, who doesn’t appear to believe that America is the greatest earthly force for good the world has ever known.”

      When you make comments like that you are inviting some very angry responses in return.  Palin cant possibly think that it is ok to throw punches and not get a punch back.

      • Heywood Broun

        Of course, all three of those statements are true.

        So your point is that telling the truth about Obama makes leftists sad?

  • joshpainter

    Rob, I’ve asked a number of writers for several media outlets, including major “conservative” sites, if they even bothered to contact Rice and ask him if McGinness’ allegation is true, and if they did not ask him, why not? Not a single one among them would answer my question. Not a one.

    I find the implication to be nothing short of staggering. Here conservatives have been railing against the “liberal media” for years now, and it turns out that the “conservative media” appears to be no more interested in getting the truth (or at least doing basic, fair reporting) than their counterparts on the left.

    Hannity is right. Journalism is truly dead.

    – JP

    • diane

      I agree, and what you say is not shocking at all. How people can deny the media is in liberals’ pockets is beyond me. 

    • Section 9

      Some have attempted to contact Rice, but he isn’t answering questions. 

  • Section 9

    The problem with what McGinniss did is that by adopting such an angry and vicious tone in his book, by burning sources (like you) the way he does, to make a buck, he not only shreds his own credibility but adds to the skepticism of reviewers who have had problems with him in the past. 

    Whether the Palin/Rice thing is true or not, McGinniss undermined his entire effort by using anonymous sourcing to support his hit piece and, above all things, he traveled down the hall of mirrors of Trig Truth, from which few serious critics could take him seriously.

    Though, let’s be clear, most reviewers wanted to take him seriously because they despise Palin as much as he does. McGinniss is an embarrassment, however. Even more so  in light of the release of 24,000 emails which belie the portrait painted by McGinniss which show a compassionate, competent Governor whose interest was to put the welfare of Alaskans ahead of her own personal welfare.

    McGinniss’ book is a lie. However, what Goebbels said remains in effect: if you make the lie really big, there are lots of people who will believe it. Or, as Mr. Churchill rightly said: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth gets its pants on.”.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      What’s ironic is that McGinnis is so blatantly unfair in his “reporting” on Palin that he’s actually doing a great deal to rally support around her.

    • Justiceforpalin

      This is far from the first time Joe has acted in an unprofessional manner. It does not shock me he took a completely malicious and biased approach. A real journalist who wished to capture his subject most accurately would not have published without speaking to her current closest friends (despite their unwillingness to be interviewed)

      These people choose not to do interviews because people like Joe WILL twist their statements. It happened in the Broomfield film. Oh ,and Broomfield deliberately left out positive interviews from his film. FACT. 

      Appalling.

  • Ggulrud

    ” I’m not even sure why Palin’s alleged relationship with Rice would be shocking, if true.”

    As in O’Donnell’s being a witch and freelance whore?  You so-lib ‘tards are so evolved.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Huh?

      • Ggulrud

        It’s like saying finding Mom was a crack whore for a couple down years wouldn’t be a big deal.

        You’re full of self-righteous crap.

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    “caustic, unsubstantiated gossip” Well what do you know? Even the NYT got it right!

    • joshpainter

      When the NY Times is more even-handed with a story than The Daily Caller, conservatives need to think very carefully about what news sources they trust. And, yes, NYT deserves credit, while The DC deserves scorn in this case.

      – JP

      • Justiceforpalin

        Im actually shocked by the DC. I mean, internet sites need clicks to survive so it’s understandable they print eyepopping claims. But still, they do a great disservice to journalists everywhere.

        • Section 9

          Don’t be. The DC has major Beltway bundlers behind it who are for Mittens. Their editorial slant should surprise no one. The fact that Jedidiah Bila still works for them is what surprises me.

  • ec99

    So, the guy laughs all the way to the bank with an assured retirement bankroll.

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    I take it the liberal’s narrative is that, if she didn’t sleep with him, she’s a racist, but if she did sleep with him, she’s a slut. That about sum it up?

  • alanwillingham

    At no point in anything I have read, has McGinnis denied having a secret three way homosexual affair with an AIDS Positive Albanian Sheepdog and an unconscious bedridden terminal cancer patient. Interestingly enough, McGinnis has had more than 20 years to explain his sexual proclivities.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Is it really supposed to shock us that blacks were into Palin before she ran for office?

    • ec99

      “Is that you, Wilt?”

    • Section 9

      Jesus. I just looked at your profile. This is the only blog you post at, near as I can tell. You’ve made 6000 plus comments here, all in a deeply pathetic attempt to disprove what one guy writes on his blog that is, how shall I put this gently, somewhat off the beaten path.

      If David Axelrod isn’t actually paying you to do what you do, you need to get a life.

      • Terry

        Pathetic, isn’t he.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Should I be spending my time watching Japanese anime like you?  Is that your way of spending time effectively today?  How many football games did you sit watching, drinking your beer?

        • Section 9

          Yeah you should, you pathetic scrunt. Then you would have a life. 

          Jesus. 6500 comments on one blog. Did your parents kill themselves when they found they had given birth to you?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            All this because you are upset that Sarah was ridin dirty?

          • mikemc1970

            In all fairness, when we were with Intense Debate he was able to split up his 6000 or 7000 posts among six or seven ID’s. The DISQUS boards are just being prejudiced to him by only allowing him one.

    • $3838536

      Blacks were into Ann Denham Soetoro before Obama ran for office. Miscegenation is a liberal bugaboo, right?

    • Terry

      Is it really supposed to shock us that you’ve been going down on men since you were twelve?
      No one’s surprised.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Why are you guys taking this so personally?  It’s like she was your mother or daughter or something. 

        A true Christian once told us that there’s nothing wrong with a publicity craving slut”gettin her some”, or selling herself……I think his name was Neiman.

  • $3838536

    Stalker McGinniss is & always has been a liar, a midnight creeper & a key-hole peeper. Every lousy book he has ever written has been infused with his own loose fantasies. But, for loony-lefties who think Maher & Louis CK are funny, McGinniss is right up there with Hemingway & Faulkner. What a sleaze!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F2WIY3RLHQC7RIYI5QNIXGFBIA werther

    I dont think that Palin is a racist or that she has said anything that is is racist per se.  I do believe, however, that her over-the-top rhetoric and anger towards Obama makes it hard to feel sorry for her when she is on the wrong end of rumors and ugly press. 
     
    Palin made a lot of vicious comments about Obama such as: (1) Obama hangs around with terrorists; (2) Obama has death panels to take away her son’s life; and (3) “we have a President, perhaps for the very first time since the founding of our republic, who doesn’t appear to believe that America is the greatest earthly force for good the world has ever known.”
     
    When you make comments like that you are inviting some very angry responses in return.  Palin cant possibly think that it is ok to throw punches and not get a punch back.

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