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,
Is it wrong that I absolutely LOVE this?
P.S. By the way Dennis Holohan is not somebody the Palins and The Discovery Channel should underestimate. He represented some concert promoters who successfully sued Rod Stewart in 2007 for 1.6 million for breach of contract.
Did you hear that Van Flein? 1.6 million bucks!
And a little birdy told me that the fact that Sister Sarah actually suggested, ON CAMERA, that Toad drill a hole in that sorry excuse for a fence makes the case just that much stronger.
Can I get an "Oh shit," from all of the Palin-bots out there?
Now excuse me while I go make some popcorn. Because folks, THIS is getting good!