How Close Is Too Close for Sarah Palin & Joe McGinniss?

06/04/2010 11:25 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In this week's Wilshire & Washington, we ponder the question: how far is too far for a journalist doing investigative reporting about a public figure like Sarah Palin? But first, co-host Maegan Carberry returns after some well-earned time off from the show, giving us a full report on the Personal Democracy Forum 2010 (#pdf10 on Twitter) going on in New York City. She gives us a complete rundown of the major issues affecting politics today, such as the power of Google and Facebook in politics, as well big figures speaking - Craig Newmark, David All, and Scott Brown's social media advisor, Rob Willington.

Co-hosts Ted Johnson and Megan Carpentier also discuss the latest job numbers (released today), President Obama's response to the BP Oil Spill and BP's abortive PR attempts to address the crisis and maybe stem the bad feelings being tossed their way by the general populace. Will any amount of PR make this right? Does the latest statement from BP's CEO come off as snooty? And isn't this the type of campaign you'd run as a company in the 1980s, not the 21st century?

We also talk biographer Joe McGinniss moving in next door to Sarah Palin in Wasilla, Alaska. He's writing a book about her, so why not? Is he crossing a line here? What information can he really gather by moving next door to a hostile subject? And how hostile Palin is - she's already taken to Facebook to complain about the author's move. So where is the line when journalists turn into stalkers?

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Wilshire & Washington, the weekly Blog Talk Radio program that explores the intersection of politics, entertainment, and new media, features co-hosts Ted Johnson, Managing Editor of Variety; and bloggers Teresa Valdez Klein ( and Maegan Carberry ( The show airs every Friday at 7:00am PST on