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. fedup

    hey MODERATORS–I have submitted I dont know how many PRO PALIN comments, and you dont post any of them


    November 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Link

    People are always trying to bash Gov. Palin! She is more like normal people than Obama.

    This country is a SAD place now.

    November 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. chris

    only in america where opportunities are there for incompitent right-wing redneck miss congeniality idiots like her...and for the media to report of instead of American families losing their jobs, global warming, and poverty...

    November 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Lee

    So glad Sarah Palin lives in Alaska.

    November 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. tooironic

    I've always suspected that fundies and uber right Republicans– like Sarah Palin– were irony impaired.

    Her next gibberish interview will either address the situation in Iraq, or the meltdown of our economy, filmed live on the killing floor of a rendering plant. You betcha it will!

    I'm with Danny upthread: where's that "best of Sarah Palin" video? Lord knows we need the laughs.

    November 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Hank

    Can we talk about something that means something?

    November 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. More perceptive than a rock? Or Not?

    If she is this unaware of her surroundings, the people of Alaska should be concerned that she is in charge of their state. Likewise, if she was aware of her surroundings and still didn't get that it was in bad taste to conduct an interview in front of dying animals, maybe Alaskans should be MORE afraid that she is running their state.

    November 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Dan B

    I can not believe this is even worthy of being considered 'news'. Are there not more important things for 'reputable' news sources like CNN and others to report on? The election is over and it's time to stop dragging Palin through the mud. This is downright pathetic. We are talking about a turkey, an animal that God put on this earth for us to eat, which will soon be on almost everyones dinner tables. There is no way to sugar-coat how it gets there. Deal with it.

    November 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Jim

    Hey, CNN Politics, ...GET A LIFE! What is the problem with you people? ....and, fyi, I voted Democrat this year.

    November 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Franky

    Oh my, my...even when she's off the scene she's still causing a stir. I don't wanna see her take a big hit than she already has. Let alone the party's(GOP) image is so bad it makes Britney look good for crying out loud, LOL!!

    Well, God gave her what she wants and is up to her if she can do her thang...

    November 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Tom

    wow, you mean they actually KILL animals for food? Who would have known.

    November 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Luis

    Linda, "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."
    Belive me Al Quaeda got exactly who they were salivating over.

    November 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Diane

    Why is she so hung up on the criticism she gets? I thought she liked the attention. I guess she can't take it. Sore loser.

    I sort of agree that the turkey execution is not that big of a deal (and I am a city person, thank you), but she is oblivious. Can't deny that she is so self absorbed she is oblivious to the frantic pleading gobbles behind her! LOL. Was that Burberry scarf part of the Saks purchases, I wonder?

    November 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Meh

    You guys, she KNEW about the turkey slaughter going on behind her! They asked her ahead of time if that was ok for it to be in the background and she said it was! This was not a set-up. She is just that clueless about political image.

    And come'on now, even if you ARE a meat-eater (I'm not) how can you not at least cringe while another creature is in its death thross?? She's pretty heartless. Thank JEEBUS she was not elected! She cries over fetuses but doesn't blink an eye over a grown creature being beheaded? Yikes!

    And my god, that VOICE.

    For the person who doesn't understand the "hatred" for this woman: what goes around, comes around, baby. You get back what you put out and all this woman did was race-bait and fear monger. It's not surprising most people don't care for her!

    November 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Anybody heard about Joe? Yeahh..!! Joe the Plumber.

    He got a job killing turkeys in Alaska..


    November 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Kyle W

    For the love of god people, its a Turkey!! So what, who cares? Palin is a lot smarter than most of you on here in the first place!! Quit screwing around and get to work before you get fired!! Now that would be dumb!

    November 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. my tofu

    If you watch the video she ok'd the location of the camera in relation to the turkey being slaughtered. She's fully aware of what is taking place behind her. Yes, this is how food gets to the table, but not my table – I'm vegan so I can expound all I want. It's just so weird that she doesn't get why it is disgusting to some people that she would call this "fun." For all you people who eat meat that are outraged by this, take a look in your mirror. It wouldn't happen if you didn't finance it.

    November 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. tedith

    For 4 long years - the MEDIA is going to be focused on this Rt Wing Nutcase and her antics up there in Mooseland -- this is going to tick off a lot of the Lower 48 Republicans who want to run for PRES , like Mitt, the Phoney, Romney - know it ?? She will be getting all the Media attention and then hopefully the GOP Nomination for PRES in 2012 - which will make it so easy for OBAMA to cruise to a 2nd term – know it ??

    November 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Ok, everyone...I think we all know that turkeys must be slaughtered so that everyone can have their Thanksgiving dinner...

    The point is that she should have exercised better judgment than to do an interview in front of a guy slaughtering one.

    Seems like the right-wingers like Palin are always worried about what kids will see on TV and how it will affect them.

    Well, kids are going to see this..and it will affect some of them....they may not want to eat turkey anymore after seeing this. That, in turn, may have a detrimental effect on the small businesses that she claimed she was there to help.

    What will she do for Christmas? An interview in a store employee locker room with the guy who plays Santa getting into his beard and suit behind her?

    November 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. jeanne

    OMG!!!did we buy her that scarf??????that's not from her local goodwill.....guess she got to keep that one.......We were planning a cruise to alaska.....sorry, not anymore.....if anyone in alaska is like her, I cannot go and spend my money or time there.....we'll pick somewhere else......

    November 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. CJ in FL

    Who's dumber: the AP for putting the garbage out, or the many posters who seem to think it's valid criticism?

    Wow...society really has regressed!

    November 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. DL

    Palin the Language Slayer or
    Joe the Turkey Killer
    any other potential titles of this film?

    November 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Todd (indianapolis)

    1-20-09 the end of an error.

    November 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Joe

    I really hop eshe runs again in fact make her the head of the repubs

    November 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. WhoCares?

    "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."

    Yes, yes We get it. Animals are killed for our consumptions

    Wow..what a shocker. Thanks for the newsflash.

    Most people don't kill the animal in the living room in front of their kids before they eat it though.


    November 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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