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. suzyku

    This woman is a complete imbecile!

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Tom in CA

    She can field-dress a moose, so being interviewed while turkeys are being slaughtered behind her is nothing.

    Look – at least she pardoned one of her brethren while the others were offed.

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. TallyGirl, FL

    Reading many of the comments here, I can now see how nearly half of the country voted in such a way to put Palin one step from the presidency.

    The fact that turkeys are slaughtered in order to become Thanksgiving dinner is not news and not what many intelligent voters find so amusing.

    What IS amusing, is that visiting the farm and pardoning the turkey was a political photo op for Palin. And despite being told what was taking place behind her, Palin didn't have the intelligence or political savvy to see how her "pardonning a turkey" photo op would become a joke if she continued the interview with someone decapitating the rest of the turkeys in the background.

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. TeresaInTN

    Say for instance, Anderson Cooper was reporting live from Iraq in the middle of a battlezone with soldiers scurrying about carrying out their orders when right in the middle of AC's sentence, we see a soldier blown to bits.

    What would you say then? Pull our troops out? What do you think happen in wars? Yes, we know there will be casualties, but it doesn't mean we want to see it on tv.

    I think the point of the article was to point out that even though she is pardoning a turkey, doesn't mean that we need to see one killed.


    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Jay Gonzaez

    "Palin appeared unaware of what was going on...." When did she ever appeared to know what was going on? This woman just don't get it. I think she is a severe case of Craneal Rectosis.

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. SJ in PA

    Unreal, the gall of that woman to be seen at a local business who's product will be on many tables next week.

    Not my table mind you.........I SHOT my turkey with my bow last week.

    Must not be a huntable population up there in AK......

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

    maybe its because we all eat meat but it doesnt mean we want to see how its killed, there is a reason people have them jobs they can stomach it, just like doctors but we dont sit around watching it on tv unless your watching some medical surgery type show which i choose not to watch, i dont even like scary movies. Now i will not look at my turkey the same, thanks Sarah for that thought in my head on thanksgiving.

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. arc, Lugano CH

    Palin is Hurtin' for Certain.

    And to think, the fate of the United States of America almost fell into her hands...

    That is, once hubby Todd took care of McCain using his snowmachine.

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Ted


    Then you have the arrogant people in the US who eat red meat every day and do not think twice – ILISTIST!

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. secularjihad

    You know, I eat meat, and I know where it comes from...but the convulsing bird was a bit much for an interview well as the bathtub full of blood, and the guy's clothes covered in blood. Just a bit gruesome. I took this as another secret wink to her bloodthirsty base.

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Patrick S.

    This just proves what a bunch of morons people really are. I hope you Palin bashers, especially those patting yourselves on the back because we "made the right choice" can be proud that the woman on Glenn Beck's moron trivia today also voted for the same guy.

    Grow up people. It was a stupid fun interview for Thanksgiving.

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Giver her a break

    I see this story not so much as a reflection on Sarah Palin but on the interviewer and camera man, who could clearly see the turkey being slaughtered in the background and didn't think to move to a different location or to ask the worker to hold up for five minutes before continuing to slaughter turkeys.

    November 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. CNN :)

    I just LOVE Sarah Palin!!!! She has main stream media baffled!!!! They just can't understand America!!!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!
    Notice, at this particular farm, they are FREE RANGE TURKEYS....they have a great life up to this point. For all you BEEF eaters, please go check out what happens to the poor animal YOU eat!!! And how many chemicals are pumped into them before you eat them.....such hypocrites!

    November 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Rob

    I get a kick out of you loser Republicans coming on here trying to sound like a bunch of toughies in order to rationalize this nonsense.

    As Bob Dylan once said, "When somethings not right, it's wrong".

    And, Sarah Palin and the rest of you right-wingers are VERY WRONG.

    November 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Yishi Ben-Avraham

    "Unfortunate event"? It's so typical of such Americans to even find this newsworthy. People, this is reality. Meat doesn't magically materialize in neatly wrapped plastic for you to buy and eat as you push 225 lbs! But these same "intellectuals" who do not think about this while they buy meat, do not ponder where their money comes from, where their tax dollars go. They are as blind to the realistic slaughter of animals to feed them as they are to the even more gruesome and inhumane slaughter of human beings around the world to prop up their very spoiled and ignorant way of life. These could not even find Darfur, Bosnia, etc. on a map! THAT is the true shame!

    November 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. kimmey

    This story is a waste of page.

    This is how you get your food!

    People in this country are so uneducated and petty!

    November 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Barbara Gordon


    November 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. RF

    What is wrong with you people complaining about the turkeys and what going on in the back ground? Think about it the next time you eat your next meal that has meat in it!! They are at a turkey farm!!! they butcher turkeys, are you guys dumb!! It called life, this should not even be in the news.

    November 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. matt

    This article is ridiculous.

    November 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. dick delson

    this woman is beyond belief STUPID.

    November 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Vicki

    Good grief, do all you City Slickers think that your fowl and red meat are made somewhere in a factory? Birds, pigs, cattle are slaughtered, grow up and get over it. Better yet, go visit a farm and take your kids with so you can learn how your food is produced! Stop protecting your kids from the realities of the world.

    November 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Mike

    Evidently most Americans think turkeys come from the freezer in the grocery store! Before that they were picked from a tree when ripe and then shrink wrapped! WOW! Get your head of the sand and get it together! Don't live your entire life without a clue! And you VOTE?

    November 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Chuckjones

    The left and country club Republicans have a common enemy – Sarah Palin. They both want her off the stage, along with any other evangelicals. Mike Huckabee is getting it too now.

    As for the turkey, I'd like all though who object to the turkey slaughter to refrain from eating turkey – or any meat or fish – this Thanksgiving.

    Get real.

    November 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. sarah2012

    keep it up, don't change who you are to please the socialist tofu munching tree huggers. Give them somebody to talk about and hate. Keep their little minds off what little obama is going to be able to do when he takes over. Who will they blame when nothing changes over the next few years?

    Palin – 2012, when America takes itself back

    November 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.


    November 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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