November 21st, 2008
01:23 PM ET
5 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. Karl

    "though she did seem to take a glance at the unfortunate event at one particular point during the interview"

    ...........So, turkey is off the menu at every CNN staffers home for Thanksgiving?

    Give it a rest CNN. Let the nut-jobs at Huffington have something to obsess about in their lone world.

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

    WOW...that is all!

    November 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Larry

    What's wrong with you guys. She was told by the video operator exactly what was going on and had the choice to stop the filming. She chose to continue.

    November 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Joyus

    We know that Turkey's are slaughtered but she could have done her intrview from another angle!

    November 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. freddie

    It wasn't only one turkey – there were multiple during the course of her whole interview – watch the entire thing on youtube later people. Countdown showed the whole thing last night. AND she did know it was going on. She was asked by the crew if she was sure the background was okay and she said quote "No Worries".

    Her ignorance amazes me.

    November 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Dan in Philly

    You really can't blame Sarah Failin' for this one, but it IS high-freaking-larious!

    November 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. = = = Well!

    I wish nobody would offer opinions. ooooops sorry for mine

    November 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I don't think the point of this whole thing is the fact that turkeys are being slaughtered (oh my!!!). Even if your job is to slaughter turkeys all day long and you find not one single thing wrong with it, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the irony in this. Pardoning a turkey is a purely symbolic gesture. So to go through the effort to make the gesture in the first place, going out to a turkey farm to pardon a turkey, and then having them being slaughtered in the background defeats the entire purpose of the gesture.

    Whether or not we think slaughtering turkeys is humane or not is irrelevant so it's beyond me why it's even coming up in this (from both sides). It's just a dumb move from a PR perspective to have it in the background given what the entire point of it was, and our opinion of turkey slaughtering in general has no bearing on that whatsoever.

    We don't even have to get into what a pointless exercise pardoning a turkey is (and a slap in the face to turkeys everywhere, really). Stupidity abounds.

    November 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Genie, New York

    Give Sarah a break. We all know by now that she is clueless!

    November 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. M. Deij

    Yes, a few generations ago, we did hunt for our own food and killed for it, but we don't live in the past right? Palin sure does... And off course we are hypocrites. Well I am anyway. I like my meat, chicken, fish etc... But I don't need to see the animals actually get killed! It kills my appetite! But seeing that oh so sad, stupid woman in front of a killing makes it even worse.
    But a big respect for all the butchers and farmers out there. Most people couldn't do the things you do for us!

    November 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Reece

    The Turkey represents exactly what happend to Palin on election night, and after.

    November 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Diane Panama City Fl

    Will the stench of Palin not ever leave the public news scene? She is nothing more than a sniveling, ideological thug; and, anyone with a brain should be as sick of this sychophant of Rovian-style demogoguary as I am.

    November 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Sleepless

    The is a non article / non story

    - where do all the left wing liberals get their turkeys from – France ? Sweden ? Netherlands ?

    Some of the folks who commented on this article are plan stupid, no wonder they elected a senator from illinois with no experience other than being a community organizer who is mum silent now on specifics for his plan for the economy while the DOW takes a beating.

    Way to go, stupids.

    November 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Tim

    The election is over. Are the Democrats so boring that you continue to cover every waking moment of Gov. Palin's life? Jeez, move on

    November 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. A Woman In California For Obama

    This woman is so very foolish! McCain deserved to lose. He actually wanted to put our lives in danger by giving her the VP position. We live in terrible and sometimes dangerous times. They are viewing here idiocy too. Thank God the people prevailed on Nov. 4th. Please Sarah stay in Alaska and NEVER run for anything outside of your state again. If you do-WE THE PEOPLE will be waiting.

    November 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. FJ from Atlanta

    too funny!

    November 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Joe

    I think we all know now what God called Sarah Palin to do. Entertain us!

    November 21, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. CNN :)

    Watch, this will be CNN's biggest "ticker" draw today.....and you all think Palin is done? You've got to be kidding....

    Get out of NYC and LA sometime.....It'll do you a "world" of good....

    November 21, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. oliver

    Was that "Joe the Turkey Killer" in the background?. OH MAN!!, this is a good sketch for SNL. I can't wait to see Tina Fey. They should have former senator stevens in that machine instead of that poor turkey.

    November 21, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Just another CNN poster

    I see another SNL skit on the way. Well she only could pardon one...... Too funny

    November 21, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. TrueIndependent

    To Kim @ 2.36 – Kudos for the observation.
    Like everything else about her, its a fake!

    November 21, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Longhorn

    Why, cnn, why?
    It's time for you guys to move on. The country is tired of Sarah Palin. No more news about her. For the love of god.

    November 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Kiah G.

    This is NEWS CNN! Seriously this woman makes more news with her repeatedly stupidity then I've ever seen. America's fascination with stupid white women never goes away!

    November 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Paul Wall in Dallas

    To "Onlyhonestonehere": although i am a liberal i agree with what you wrote. it's stupid to feel all warm inside after the governor or the president pardons a turkey and eat a turkey at Thanksgiving and feel all good inside. i don't think i would want to see a turkey slaughtered (or any animal for that matter) and truly respect they people who do this work for us squeamish folks.

    the real hypocrites are the vegands who eat only vegetables and criticize people for eating animals that have been killed while they wear their Doc Martens or any other leather shoe, or belt.

    November 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Johnny C

    Wow ... I am completely dumbfounded ... not that the Governor is pardoning a turkey (a nice tradition) ... not that a turkey is being slaughtered (once again ... a nice tradition) ... but the negative tone that so many folks have with respect to this woman .... please ... look in the mirror and ask yourself .... why am I so righteous and will I ever accomplish as much as this person has done to help out so many have better lives in one's own state and country?

    Rudeness and Ignorant Bliss is obviously a commonality amongst more Americans than I care to admit to or be proud of.

    November 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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