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. Ex-Republican for Obama


    We all know turkeys get killed for T-giving. But to ignore how completely unaware of her surroudings is and how she lacks any shred of common sense, is obviously a short coming of yours.

    Liberals do not hold a copy right on intelligence, and now it is confirmed that they do not hold it on ignorance either. You neo-con right wing freaks need to accept the fact that this woman is a complete fool and a walking media disaster.

    In short, kill the turkey, but don't pardon Sarah!

    November 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Buckeye Voter

    Too funny.

    It's not that a turkey is getting processed behind her, but that it was at the event where she "pardoned" a turkey from the slaughterhouse. It was bizarrely ironic.

    But just try to listen to her. What, if anything, is she saying? Is that English? It was like listening to a beauty pagent contestant tell us her plan to enact world peace.

    November 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. great white hunter

    You go Sarah!

    It must be a slow news day that this is in the top stories. Give the liberal media idiots something to talk about.

    Remember what Dale Earnhart (another idiot) said..."when they call you name, whethers its cheers or jeers, so long as they make noise, its ok. Its when everyone goes silent that you start to worry"

    November 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Kaiman

    I'll admit that this is somewhat hilarious but come on let's give the girl a break. She's a waste of the media's time. She doesn't have the intelligence to put together a coherent sentence. She will never amount to a competent politician. My question is: why do we pay so much attention to her??? Let's get back to the real issues facing our country instead of victimizing a clearly incompetent individual. Come on CNN.

    November 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. butterball palin

    i think we (city folk) know how turkeys get to our dinner table. you are missing the point here. if you go to a slaughter house, you might not want to conduct the interview in front of the guy shooting the cows in the head.

    she's like movie... i really funny movie.

    November 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. empty vessel

    Obambi is proposing a FLAN terrorist loving and pardoning AG, who likes sticking guns in little kids faces and oh by the way, he was also involved inn the pardoning of Mark Rich who sold weapons to people that wanted to kill us.

    Not only did he pardon these fine folks, he LIED about it under oath about being "involved".

    Nah, no story there right CNN, Palin does nothing wrong and she is getting a lengthy stay on the ticker so the BOTS can hammer her for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    But then again these are the same BOTS that came out in unison without any information on Holder and said "great pick by Obama", "Finally some smart people", blah, blah, blah.

    You BOTS wish you had been elected Mayor or Governor, but the best you geniuses could be is getting elected Dog catcher and most of you are not qualified for that, woof, woof.

    November 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. EW

    I grew up in a rural area about 20 miles from any town. Now I live in a suburb of Chicago. City people are pretty naieve about where all that meat comes from in the grocery store. Where do you think those cellophane wrapped turkeys come from? Yeah, that hamburger is just ground up cow, get over it.

    November 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Anthony Martin

    OK, pardoning a turkey prior to Thanksgiving is mildly humorous; on the other hand, if a person is trying to 'rehabilatate' her image (diva, rogue, whack job, hillibilly, clueless, etc.); givng a speech video taped in front of a live action slaughterhouse may not do the trick. The images aren't exactly kid friendly; trying to decipher Mrs. Palin's syntax is torturous, giving a turkey to a charity would have gotten a lot more goodwill mileage, but the guy playing the camera in the background, despite the turkey's demise, is priceless. In any case, given a staged media event, it makes one wonder, exactly what kind of message was trying to be sent. Bizzare, bizzare.

    November 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Abyssinian Lion

    Unbelieveable! About 10% of the posters here actually think that people are upset about the slaughter of the Turkey. OMG! Now I see how people like Palin get elected. These people are soooo dim that they totally miss the point. We dont care about the Turkey, idiot. It is the fact she did an interview during the slaughter. wow!

    November 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Isn't It Rich?

    Send in the clowns. We need a laugh with this fiscal crisis.

    I feel sorry for the turkey that met his maker.

    November 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Jay

    Jana.....its a Turkey not a human?

    November 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. fred

    It always amazes me that the first thing liberals do to people they dont agree with is call them stupid.

    Agreed, this is not a glamorous shot. However, most of reality is not glamourous. Oh by the way, lets talk turkey, for all of you abortion supporters, I would like to see each of you appear in a video where one is being performed behind you.... I suspect that none of you would have the courage to do that.

    November 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. get real

    Yes, I know that a turkey has to be killed before I eat it. I also know that pigs fornicate. What is the correlation? If someone is doing an interview and is oblivious to the fact that one of these things is happening behind them.... it's funny!

    November 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Jos/TN

    why is she still in the news

    November 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. larry buchas

    The Butcher of Wasilla.

    I thought Mooselini was bad.

    November 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. tom

    LOL! This is how we get our turkeys (chickens, McD's hamburgers, etc). Why is this a faux pas is beyond me. This is agriculture at work.

    November 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Nic

    really. this is news?

    its unbelievably childish and naive to get upset about a Turkey getting killed, when you sit down at Thanksgiving and stuff your fat mouths with it. What do you think happens, the head just falls off or they die of old age and then you eat it?

    Oh my god, there is a bird being killed in the background and its a travesty! yet Obama supports abortion and thats just peachy king.

    I'm so glad the McCain/Palin ticket didnt win. 1) they are wrong for the country 2) I can't handle watching the news and constantly seeing ridiculous things poked at and discussed just because a republican did it.

    Its time to grow up.

    November 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. geo

    Please hook up the dog sled and get the stud and her to mush into twilight zone

    November 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. DONALD

    Sarah Palin has character, a political philosophy, moral values and will make a great President of the United States. After four years of this liberal nut Obama, people will be begging for a genuine change. Not what they are getting now, which is a third Clinton term.

    Kill those turkeys. They make for a great Thanksgiving dinner. Right on Sarah. Please run for President.

    November 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    She's in an interview... of course she knows what is going on around her, chances are she drove to the farm where the tukeys get slaughtered. Would you people be satisfied if she were looking at the turkey and crying to stop the bloodshed in the middle of the interview? The only thing wrong here is that the camera man is at this angle (probably intentional) and that the death dealer should have probably gone on his lunch break at this time.

    November 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Jos/TN

    why is she still in the news

    November 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. gt

    cnn get a life

    November 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. David

    ha!!! I chocked on my 7UP!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Dp

    It's not the turkey, it's the judgment of this woman and the people who handles her to have that as a backdrop for the world to see, for the life of me why do we have to see this woman doing and saying dumb things over and over again, what she needs to do is lock herself in a room with some books and a map, this way she will know how to answer questions and also know where she is..

    November 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Cheryl in Fort Collins Colorado

    Well...everyone. It is true that when we eat our turkey on Thanksgiving the last thing we are thinking about is how they are slaughtered. As a women from a ranch/farm family background-it is not necessary to see this stark view of this event especially if younger viewers are watching. She is insensitive and she has proven it by her callous disregard for the polar bear (who have begun to consumer each other from hunger and lack of habitat), whales and seals in her own state. Why would anyone think she would be sensitive in this situation-you are dreaming.

    November 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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