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. Jim

    First, let's take a long look at the reality. This is clearly being done to keep her in the spotlight. Any press is good press. Second, for those of you who blame the media for spreading lies, what about the stories coming from Kansas (and other places) that Obama is a Muslim? No proof, no documentation, but it's OK because the Christian faith is so perfect? Get a clue...

    November 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Manuel Ibarra

    Spectacular coverage CNN, this is a perfect example of how low journalistic standards have become in this country.

    November 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Jake

    Why bame Gov. Palin for CNN's Camera Man's mistake for not getting a better angle? It appears as though CNN is at fault here. Ths is a prime example of a left wing news channel trying to find fault with Gov. Palin. Do you really call this a good story? I can see why CNN's ratings are going down the tubes.

    November 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. DSM

    You guys are clowns. And you wonder why the press has recently fallen below used car salesmen to last place in the credibilty poll. What a waste of time, writing and reading this dribble. With everything else that is going on right now THIS is what you report on?!?!?! And you idiots criticizing her must all be vegetarians. Either that or you think that turkey is a PLANT! Get a life!

    November 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Rosemary

    Come one people, let it go.... How do you think those turkeys get to the grocery store, anyway?

    November 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. AmericanFeminist

    Come on. Yes, we liberals know where our food comes from. But, how many people want to go to a slaughterhouse and witness the slaughter. Anyway...

    It's not so much a disturbing video, after all we can't see the turkey getting mangled in the machine, it's more a funny video. She, like always, has no clue as to what's going on around her. She's so egotistical, and self centered, that she's oblivious to how the nation will react to this hilarious scene. I mean, look at the guy's face in the background. HA!!!

    As a former beauty pageant contestant, she loves the spotlight. She can't help it. Once that camera light goes on, she's the center of the universe.

    November 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Brian MacDougall

    It's a demonstration of her stupidity. A half-competent handler would get the operation to cease while the cameras rolled. It's like giving a anti-alcohol abuse PSA in a bar. If you have half a brain, you're going to think better of it.

    I'm pretty familiar with the fact that my meat comes from a packing house. I just don't want to see its operation on my TV.

    November 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Amy Kathleen

    She's a goldmine.

    November 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. RT

    NICK–wow, you are clueless yourself–I guess if she sneezed and then used a kleenex to wipe her nose, you would be decrying her wasting of valuable natural resources and want her impeached as Gov of Alaska for not using a cloth hankie instead. Fool.

    November 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Jana

    Pro – life.

    For Sarah Palin, pro-life is thinly disguised premise that adheres her to the Christian right radicals. She supports the aerial hunting of wolves – watch those videos for some REAL horrifying inhumane acts.

    Now, she's amidst slaughter and she just keeps... chatting away.....

    She is a woman contrasts. Fevor for Pro-Life at any cost / photos of live slaugher.

    As a staunch Republican, the only thing she wants to regulate is a woman's personal body.

    Republicans talk out of both sides of their mouth – depending on the idiot they think they are talking to.

    November 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. JFK

    Why is it she never knows what is really going on around her? I see a trend developing here.

    November 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. blaising

    According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a president who speaks English as if it were his first language.
    "Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement," says Mr. Logsdon. "If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist."
    The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, "Okay, subject, predicate, subject predicate - we get it, stop showing off."
    The president-elect's stubborn insistence on using complete sentences has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.
    "Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can't really do there, I think needing to do that isn't tapping into what Americans are needing also," she said.

    November 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Bob

    Kind of like the Republican Party...DOA.

    November 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Ted



    November 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Sarah in the South

    How stupid are we?!!! Do we REALLY think that these "pardoned" turkeys get to live? Of course they kill them! That's how people make money. By killing food that ends up on our tables. These turkey's don't go to some spa to live out their days. However, my turkey gets a nice golden tan. With all the hungry families in our country right now, I think it would be worse to let someones dinner live. Who freaking cares about a turkey!

    November 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Lori In DFW, Texas

    I'm surprised that she didn't give an interview in which she herself was slaughtering the turkey, wielding a bloody ax as the feathers flew and she prattled on and on about things that don't make sense.

    November 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Kim

    I wasn't aware they had a Burberry in Alaska, wonder whose tax dollars paid for that scarf?

    November 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Get over it

    How do you city folk think that FOOD gets to your table?????????

    You city folk are soooooo ignorant about life in general.

    Gees, get a life.

    November 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Linda, WI

    Al Quaeda was salivating at the prospect of dealing with her. Oh well, their loss is our gain. We were smart enough NOT to put her in charge of anything.

    She can continue being the PROM QUEEN for the Repubs. Give me a break.

    November 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Daria

    Ahahahahahahaha – what's next, will she give a 4th of July interview while her hubby burns the flag in the background? Maybe give an interview on the endangered species act while she dresses a moose? Oh the possiblities! Honey, you aren't doing much to impress the world with the political savvy of the average Alaskan.....but bless your heart you are making us smile in these rough times and for that I thank you, and I'm sure the nation's comedians will appreciate it too....!

    November 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. TW+7

    The media has it all wrong and don't understand! Gov. Palin said "This is fun" because she envisioned the turkey as representing the mindless twits who make fun of her being cut off from their source of stupidity-their heads!

    November 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. David In Idaho

    Interesting interview. Why is everybody slamming it. Have you ever seen a fishermen catch and prepare a fish. The interview is fine if you listen to the actual questions she was asked. She is a very sharp lady. America lost out on a great Pres & VP.

    November 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    She knew very well what was going on behind her. She is detestable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Pat

    Obama eats Turkey – stop picking on people for stupid reason – it shows your own stupidity.

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Nice One CNN

    Oh big deal you libs. Yes, turkeys DO get killed before you eat them. I guess most of you on here are granola-eating tree huggers. SAVE THE TURKEY, KILL THE UNBORN BABY!

    Boo hoo, why don't we all cry and be depressed you libs, "ugh i can't stand that woman", "ugh, i hate her accent", "ugh obama is god", "ugh sarah will do anything to be in the spotlight."

    This is tradition you idiots. How the heck do you think your turkey was killed. I'm so glad Obama won. Now we have a racist president who thinks "trickle up" economics works"! Yeah, he is Ivy League...chuckle, chuckle.

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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