November 21st, 2008
01:23 PM ET
6 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. Valerie

    Why is she still in the news at all? I heard a teaser on the news this morning "Who is Sarah Palin's favorite Baldwin brother?"....WHO CARES? Stop filming her, I'm tired of of it.

    November 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Angie

    First of all shes an Airhead for allowing the questions to take place in front of that what an Idiot,Second if anyone saw the Interview does she make your head spin do you try real hard to understand her Babbiling? this woman is a bumbiling Idiot!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. jfz

    "Palin appeared unaware of what was going on directly behind her...".
    Sorry she can't be omniscient, like you media folk, with eyes in the back of her head! What is she for you , the new media whipping post like Nixon?

    November 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. MEL

    That story in also in Fox. GUBLE, GUBLE

    November 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Roger

    That turkey got slaughtered alright. We chose not to elect her.

    November 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. ross berg- Buffalo, NY

    Klutz that she is you gotta feel a little sorry for her. Seems she can't win for losing!!!

    Me thinks she better go home, resign as governor and stay in the house raising her brood. Send Todd the stud out for groceries etc. and stay out of camera range!

    That's her only prayer!!

    November 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. MBuvia Greenwood,IN

    Sarah was asked to move and said no -background was OK-She really is "dense" and -Thank God-not the next VP

    November 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. CNN :)

    Hey "Obama 08"
    If it's so over for her, why is it that every story about her gets more interest than any other story that day???? Why did you comment on this story???

    She's like Reagan...people first thought he was stupid, tried to write him off.....then what happened????

    November 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Ken in Dallas

    Good grief, people.

    First of all, CNN wasn't running the camera.

    The cameraman actually asked her if she wanted to be interviewed against that backdrop. She replied, "No worries."

    Whether or not people are unreasonably squeamish about it, you just don't see animals being slaughtered on TV because people find such images offensive.

    Sarah was completely oblivious to the aesthetics of the scene. She was in control, and chose to be interviewed against that backdrop, so it's entirely fair to find her responsible for the way it turned out.

    November 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Abyssinian Lion

    Sorry-more like 40% of the posters didnt get the irony and stupidity. Did they even notice Palin's mastery of the English language? A journalism degree-wow! BTW for you less intelligent folks that didnt get it- this not a CNN story and it is on all websites even FOXNEWS as a big story because most people can easily see the irony of it. You guys who believe people are grossed out from the slaughter are not as smart as a 5th grader and now I can see why some peeps voted McCain-Palin. Congratulations- you are the 40 percentile and below in America!

    November 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Julia

    WOW. Everytime she opens her mouth, it's like watching a really slow, bad trainwreck.

    November 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. J

    All you democrats are full of hate. Hate hate hate. I'm going to cover my ears, listen to Keith Olbmermann and cry "hate". When will this liberal partisan hate machine shut down? (Being facetious)

    Obama gives Cupcakes to Biden...you whiny liberals claim that Bush would never do that...or that the republicans wouldn't do it because they hoard money...or that it's nice to see "friends" in the White House. I'm willing to bet, Mr. President-Elect never gave Biden cupcakes before 2008, for his birthday...publicity stunt 101.

    Turkey is slaughtered behind Palin...same whiny liberals find another way to cut down the GOP with pointless, immature, hate-filled comments.

    By the way, I'm typically moderate, but these message boards are quite pathetic.

    November 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. 1XChange

    It's amazing that all of these liberals come out of the woodwork and attack anyone they can when the press is finally starting to report that Obama is already failing. His staff has been at work for days trying to minimize expectations after realizing that most of the campaign promises were lies, and the more Obama fails, the more the Republicans will be blamed.

    Reagan didn't blame Carter when he had to come in and fix the mess—he just fixed it.

    November 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Kim J

    You are a bunch of mean people. This is an interview a local TV station did. It is the job of the producer and cameraman to shoot this, not her media people.

    November 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. sasha

    Well, where do they think the Thanksgiving turkey comes from? This is a good wake up call to those who might think the plucked and packaged bird they defrost "comes that way." This bird in the photo obviously was once a beautiful creature with fantastic plumage. Get a grip. This is a big country, and there are millions of turkeys being eaten on Thanksgiving Day. That's a lot of feathers left behind.

    November 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Why don't people ever understand that these are blog posts – they're meant to be biased and quick. They're not unbiased news articles.

    November 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Randy

    Hate internet, I think the fairness doctrine should be applied here.

    November 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. perplexed in Denver

    hhhmmmmmm.... a turkey being slaughtered....at a turkey slaughter-house.... just before Thanksgiving. Most of us will have a big, dead, honkin' turkey on our tables next Thursday...

    And this is news.... why?

    Little wonder America is on a downward spiral.

    November 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Unshrub

    What do people think happens to the turkey they eat? If you eat meat, shut up. Although she was an idiot to have the turkey killed behind her when she was on camera. But I don't remember too many people trying to claim Palin being the smartest trukey in the group.

    November 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. joel

    I can't stand Palin anymore than the next guy. I wish she would just go away. That said, you can't fault her for this... turkey's are food. People who eat turkey on thanksgiving (or meat on any day of the year) need to face the facts that they are a food source. She grew up in Alaska, what do you expect.

    November 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Vic

    For God's sake, get off this woman's back and let her govern her State of Alaska! MSNBC's Chris Matthews criticized her loudly for her use of the word GODDDDD....(his emphasis) in an interview, and for the past several nights it's become clear that David Letterman couldn't have a show were it not for his invoking Mrs. Palin's name and talking about her sex appeal. Then almost every blog is critical of her. Why is this? I simply didn't find her that different from all the other political operatives and certainly don't find the turkey business worthy of a separate blog piece. So I would welcome a respite from stories about her, and just wish for this very attractive woman and her family a Happy Thanksgiving. Period!!!

    November 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Zachery

    Governors and U.S. Presidents pardon turkeys all the time; that is nothing new. What is new, however, is having someone pardon a turkey while other turkeys in view are being slaughtered. Sarah needs to do a better job in controling her photo opportunities. They have become a laughing stock for most Americans. She could have at least ask them to stop while she gave the interview or move away so that the camera does not capture the killing of turkeys in the background.

    November 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. CNN :)

    Hey "Obama 08″
    If it's so over for her, why is it that every story about her gets more interest than any other story that day???? Why did you comment on this story??? WHY IS SHE BEING OFFERED 7 MILLION DOLLARS FOR A BOOK DEAL?????? Over????? I hardly think so..

    She's like Reagan…people first thought he was stupid, tried to write him off…..then what happened????

    November 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Sandy

    People aren't upset that turkeys were being prepared for consumption. The problem is that it made her look like a backwoods hick especially with the guy mugging for the camera in the background. Surely she could have had the photo op set up somewhere else beside a bloody basin.

    November 21, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. M.H.

    Palin is soooooooooo unaware of EVERYTHING around her. I swear I think she is from Mars. If I don't have to hear that screechy voice of hers again, I think I can recover from Palinmania. Thank God it was a brief run. Whew.

    November 21, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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