Daily Archives: November 8, 2010

“Reality” Star Palin Facing Legal Reality

The first episode of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” has been recorded and is scheduled to air on TLC on November 14th. Unfortunately for the former ex-quitting half-term Governor of Alaska and the network, the episode’s broadcast may prompt a costly lawsuit against them. One segment in particular may prove to have been quite damaging to Palin and Co. You see, in her quest to maintain her own privacy, Sarah Palin and TLC seem to have invaded the privacy of her former neighbor, investigative author, Joe McGinniss. Watch the subject clip below.

How hypocritical for Sarah Palin to complain about her lack of privacy while at the same time suggesting that husband, Todd drill a peep hole in their fence so that she can spy on her neighbor.

The television segment was not missed by Joe McGinniss who has hired legal counsel to issue a cease and desist demand to Palin and the network. Here is the letter.

Edward Sabin, COO
Eileen O’Neill, President
The Learning Channel (TLC)

David Zaslav CEO
Peter Liguori, COO
Discovery Comm., LLC

Mark Burnett, President
Mark Burnett Productions

RE: “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” // Invasion of Privacy of Joe McGinniss

Dear Ms. O’Neill, Mr. Sabin, Mr. Zaslav, Mr. Ligouri and Mr. Burnett:

This law firm represents Joe McGinniss. It has come to our attention that the first episode (titled “Mamma Grizzly”) of the above referenced television show, scheduled to air on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM on TLC, contains unauthorized videotaped images of Mr. McGinniss which were obtained without his knowledge or consent. In addition, you have already placed a video clip containing this image of Mr. McGinniss on your website and it has been picked up and reproduced by the Huffington Post and many other online sites.

Mr. McGinniss was not asked if any production crew could videotape him as he read a book on the secluded deck of the house he was living in at that time. He was not aware that any camera crew was in fact videotaping him. Mr. McGinniss had a reasonable expectation of privacy under those circumstances. The mere taking of the video therefore gives rise to an actionable claim for invasion of his privacy. The publication of the video on your website and in the television show constitutes an additional wrong – the unauthorized use of the likeness of Mr. McGinniss. Finally, the manner in which Ms. Palin describes Mr. McGinniss in the episode is defamatory: Mr. McGinniss has never invaded the Palins’ privacy, contrary to the many statements made by Ms. Palin and her husband, both prior to this television production, and now repeated in the episode referenced above.

DEMAND IS HEREBY MADE upon each of you that all images of Mr. McGinniss be removed from any television show produced by any of you, and removed from any website controlled or operated by any of you. If you do not do so, Mr. McGinniss will be forced to pursue all his available remedies.

Please confirm in writing by November 12, 2010, to this office that you will remove these images.

Mr. McGinniss reserves all of his rights.

If you would like to discuss any of the above, contact this office.

Very truly yours,

Dennis Holahan

How ironic that Sarah Palin’s quest for television cash may end up costing her and her network a boat-load of dough.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

Lawyers, Guns And Money song link: http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/song/Lawyers_Guns_And_Money/2283625


(sung to the Warren Zevon song “Lawyers, Guns and Money”)

She looks just like a waitress
With her beehive hairdo
We can only guess
Who she will threaten to sue

There’s a story by a blogger
Who took a little risk
Her lawyers, guns and money
Show that she is so damned pissed, hyeah

Most people just can’t stand her
She passes the buck
Should put a sock in her smug face
She’s running out of luck
Yes, running out of luck
Palin’s sure out of luck

She dresses like a tourist
From a foreign land
Her lawyers, guns and money
Still carry out her plans

All right
Her lawyers, guns and money
Her lawyers, guns and money
Her lawyers, guns and money
Her lawyers, guns and money
Yeah Yeah… Uh!