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In New Reality Show, Sarah Palin Complains About Lack of Privacy

Nov 4, 2010 – 8:10 PM
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David Knowles

David Knowles Writer

(Nov. 4) -- It has been said that good fences make good neighbors, but what about reality television show crews?

In the opening minutes of her new reality show, Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, take TLC crews for "Sarah Palin's Alaska" inside their Wasilla home, where they complain about how a new neighbor has infringed on their privacy.

"Our behavior certainly has changed this summer because of this new neighbor," the former governor says before cameras cut to shot of the man in question, a writer who resides just on the other side of a 14-foot fence erected by "Todd and his buddies," as Palin puts in a clip from the show.

"I think it's an intrusion and an invasion of our privacy and I don't like it," Palin added. "Some reporters had said I was overreacting, and I wanted to ask them, 'How would you feel if some dude who you know was out to get you moved in 50 feet away from your kids?' "

The neighbor, best-selling author Joe McGinniss, has rented the house directly next to the Palins' home on Lake Lucille to pen a book tentatively titled "Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously." McGinniss has already written an article that portrays Palin in a negative light.

"Our summer fun has been kind of taken away from us because of a new neighbor next door who's writing a hit piece on my wife," Todd Palin said.

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It was in the Palins' backyard, overlooking the lake, where Sarah Palin assembled news crews in 2009 to announce she was resigning her position as the governor of Alaska, 18 months before completing her first term in office.

On the show, Sarah Palin likens the fence they constructed back in May to what she sees as the clear solution to America's problem with illegal immigration.

"By the way, I thought that was a good example, what we just did, others could look at and say, 'Oh this is what we need to do to secure our nation's border,' " Palin said.

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