November 21st, 2008
01:23 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin interview causes stir

An interview Gov. Sarah Palin did Thursday is causing a stir.

An interview Gov. Sarah Palin did Thursday is causing a stir.

(CNN) - It’s the ultimate holiday photo-op for any governor: the yearly pardoning of a turkey to spare it from demise days before Thanksgiving.

But former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin is causing a stir for an interview she gave after pardoning an Alaska turkey Thursday, during which one bird was being slaughtered in the background.

Palin appeared unaware of what was going on directly behind her, though she did seem to take a glance at the unfortunate event at one particular point during the interview.

"It's nice to support a local business and just participate in something that isn't so heavy handed politics that invites criticism," Palin said during the interview. "Certainly will probably invite criticism for even doing this too, but at least it was fun."

"I am always in charge of the turkey so I am where I need to be today to prepare for that," she also said.

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  1. DR

    Clint: our species is totally capable of surviving without "killing and eating other lifeforms." Read a book on nutrition and get a clue.

    That aside, I think Sarah Palin could have requested a more festive backdrop for her interview.

    November 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. KM


    Get over yourself you phony patriot.

    November 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Bob

    1) Who cares about Turkeys being slaughtered. That's what they're here for.
    2) The poor judgement here is by the camerman, not Palin. He was probably setting her up anyway.

    November 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Pat F

    JT – LMAO! Democrats don't distinguish between human life and turkey life!

    But actually, with Democrats, it is often hard to tell.

    November 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. steve

    Oh, please. All you people eat turkeys throughout the year, where do you think they come from? You are all hypocrites, eating turkey (and other meats) while whining about this non-event? get a life!

    November 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Ziggy

    ewwwwwwww – gross! Palin again!!!! I'm going to be sick....

    November 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. ele

    Follow up to my previous comment in watching some other news media besides CNN; sorry this is not directed at CNN, of course they do not want you to read other media this will be taken viewers away from them...(but you need to) if you don't like the way they report the news. Case Closed!

    November 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. LiberalsHateAmerica

    As opposed to what you believe- that we all formed from mud? but who created the mud? how'd the mud get here? Liberals view of evolution is like saying the Sisteen Chapel just happened over time without any design behind it. Palin is a not a fundalmentalist, as MOST Christian Americans are not. Many believe in intelligent design. Noah's ark, adam and eve are just stories meant to teach a lesson...

    You liberals have been drinking the socialist kool-aid served up by the media for far too long. (apparently the stock-market isn't buying barry's socialist vision of unicorns and flowers either)

    November 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. RealityKing

    Media setup?? The progressive MSM has certainly proven themselves capable of deceptive reporting practices to meet their own agenda....

    November 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Glen In Los Angeles

    Let's see a series of these. Maybe the next interview could take place at a beef packing plant?

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. jadedat51

    That's not a turkey farm – that's the front lawn of the Alaska Governor's Mansion!

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Jeane

    When will she ever go away or learn how to speak in complete sentences????

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Robin

    . . . . wow, I have two responses first that was an extremely dumb idea on both the local news organization and governor Palin to film the interview right outside the slaughter house *While* they are slaughtering the birds. And second how they are killing the birds seems extremely inhumane surely there is a more humane way to instantly kill the birds than stuff their heads into a grinder while they are still alive.

    If surely hope that this is not the way larger food producers are slaughtering them because it is surely making me think twice about eating turkey this year.

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Jana

    She is so full of herself - and completely unaware of what others are experiencing.

    It's all about HER.

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Jim from OK

    What a bunch of sissified treehuggers. Did you think the turkeys in the grocery store volunteered for the duty? Morons...freeloading, government dependancy, democrat morons. The strongest survive. We'll be proving this in another 20 years or so. I'm sick of paying for all of you people. GET A JOB, MAKE YOUR HOUSE PAYMENT, QUIT GETTING KNOCKED UP WITH KIDS YOU CAN'T PAY FOR! Losers!

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. David P. Kronmiller

    I'm always surprised when people defend Palin. The issue isn't that this is a big issue – it's just that it's further proof that she's not all that aware of what's happening around her and she certainly wasn't ready to run a nation. Now I know – what's a turkey farm have to do with running a country – well if you're pardoning a turkey for a family friendly photo-op it might be bad form to have one killed behind you.

    She should have been aware of the potential shot (esp with her journalism experience) and made sure she wasn't being interviewed in front of something so paradoxical. Or at least her staff should have been aware – does she have a press liason? Seems like she needs one.

    And for those thinking this is fine – try watching this same video with kid and see how innocent this shot is.

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Mike from NJ

    As much as I don't like Palin...

    C'mon CNN. This isnt a story. This isn't news. This isn't worthy of note.

    Next you'll be reporting "Palin Jaywalks." Dun, dun, DUNNNN! "Film at 11."

    Please stop Foxing It Up, and remember the professionalism and demeanor of Bernard Shaw, rather than the sensational claptrap of the Faux News Machine.

    Maybe you can strive to be the "Televised News of Record," rather than the... I don't even know what to call what CNN is becoming.

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Jon

    It's not sexist to say this lady is an idiot. Her judgment is particularly questionable, especially for an elected official.

    No one is picking on her, because she is a female. Could you see Hillary Clinton doing something so stupid?

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. patnyc

    Irrespective of the events captured on video, this is tele-journalism at its worst. This is not a news item, this is visual distraction from actual events that are to be reported by the media in their constituionally-defined role in our democracy.

    What is the Governor's policy on...anything today? Reporters, go do your work. This is People Magazine-style distraction. Once these video-tidbit gatherers decide there is a narrative about the personality of a public official, they run towards it, rather than digging for information related to the public official's policies, which affect our lives. More empty crap from "TV News." You are all fired.

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Rob in Sacramento point isn't that the turkey was slaughtered...yes, even Dem's eat meat and we know if we don't buy it at the store then we have to kill it ourselves.

    The point is that we came far too close to electing her into the VP position. The point is that here is someone delivering a 'pardon the turkey' bit for the news (yes, we KNOW she's yesterday's news, but she doesn't get it yet), and while she delivers that clip she doesn't realize what is going on behind her. This is why when the Pres. pardon's a turkey, it's not at the turkey farm where the cameras can catch an actual slaughter, but it's at a different site (East lawn, etc.).

    It's that kind of ignorance that she surrounds herself with. An aide should have looked at the background and had the cameras set up where that action wouldn't be taped. She and the people she surrounds herself with are that dense! Incredible!

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Grog in Ohio

    Can anyone translate that meandering, nonsensical sentence quoted from her to English?

    60 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    November 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Boston Guy

    Who cares? Your great grandparents pretty much killed all thier own meat to eat. Obama 2012 Hillary 2016!!

    November 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. alex

    I thought this was funny. How did she not realize her background

    November 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Moey Gainsland

    You people are idiots. It's a turkey farm, and that's what happens. I have a right to be offended; I'm a vegetarian. I'm guessing most of you are not–this is what happens to your food. If you can't handle seeing it on TV, don't eat it.

    But don't blame Palin for not being surprised whena turkey gets killed at a TURKEY FARM.

    November 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Barbara

    All those who are horrified can back it up by foregoing their turkey dinner next Thursday.

    November 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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