Wasilla Paper Apologizes for Joe McGinniss Threat

It was an attempt to be 'catchy,' not intimidating
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2010 11:56 AM CDT
The fence between former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's lakeside home, rear, and the home being rented by author Joe McGinniss.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

(Newser) – The editor of Sarah Palin's hometown paper in Alaska has issued a mea culpa for pointing out that author Joe McGinniss could find himself on the wrong end of "deadly force." (Previous story here.) "I certainly did not mean to suggest that McGinnis—(like the original, the apology isn't big on spelling his name correctly)—would or should be the victim of violence," writes the editor of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

"For that matter, I didn't mean to suggest the Palins would do such a thing." He explains in the note that "in an effort to find a catchy ending, I was a bit too creative with the last paragraph. If I had it to do over again, I would have left off the last sentence. ... All of which points to the power of words. I misused them on Saturday. I'll try to have more respect for that power next time around."

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