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. Jack Henry

    Where do you think Thanksgiving turkeys come from? Are you blaming Palin for the fact that Americans eat Thanksgiving turkey? They're being killed by the thousands as we write. Just because you usually can't see it, doesn't mean it's not happening. Grow up.

    November 21, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    LOL.... Almost reminds me of the other turkey who stood behind her and ........ "died" LOLOLOL.... Will this person every give up trying to be something she will never be? That is, a charming, intelligent public figure...

    November 21, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Joe

    Shes planning to start the 2012 campaign in front of cows being slaughtered.

    November 21, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. dinah

    The Palin karma strikes again!

    November 21, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. me votin man

    just like Confucius said , "It ain't what you say , but how you say it"

    November 21, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. nin6

    I actually think it's great that this video is getting so much attention and I hope a lot of children get to see it too. that way they will actually know how the turkeys died. I think if the world were shown more of these clips e.g. the slaughtering of cows, how goose liver pate is made, where veal comes from etc etc I'm sure we'd have more vegetarians and vegans roaming the planet.

    November 21, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Jenny L.

    For all you idiots that posted earlier and feel a need to remind us where our food comes from – guess what – we know...that's not the issue, the issue is she's an idiot...plain and simple. Even a politian with a BRAIN would KNOW that what was happening behind her was SUICIDE for her politically. For those that don't have an issue seeing helpless animals have their head cut off and bleed out – you're SICK!!!!! You're right – go back to Alaska...have fun living in the 19th century.

    November 21, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Jimmy

    So if a democrat eats a turkey this Thanksgiving, they're complete and absolute hypocrites, why do you cover something so silly and useless as a Thanksgiving turkey story. Gobble gobble.

    November 21, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Brenda

    OMG is right! It's like Jethro behind her was wanting to wait until after the interview was over – so he just stands there – spittin' his chaw – and then someone yells at him to get back to work – and then he chops that first one. Is she really there to pick out her turkey for her family – i mean at the end, she says that she's responsible for the turkey and that's why she's there. Don't they have an Albertson's or something - or at least a store front adjacent to the turkey killing zone to buy them?

    November 21, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. elliott

    How about a video of babies being killed....anyone get upset about that....? That's what I thought.

    November 21, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. at

    She is a disgust, i swear! I cannot look at her, such a cold and unhuman character! She kills animals for fun, why would she think twice for watching a turkey be killed. Please peole, we dont care for her, so cut the stories of her!

    November 21, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Judy

    Get real people. The camera man choose that angle not Gov Palin. If you notice, what is going on is not behind her but off to the side. She was specifically shot at that angle on purpose. She does not have her back to what is going on and instead of a straight on, close up, what did they shoot. They included that turkey slaughter on purpose to make her look bad. Yes, turkeys die for Thanksgiving if you are shocked by that, Grow Up. But if you think she can tell from where she is standing what the camera is filming, you are creditting her with powers beyond eyes in the back of her head.

    And more than one professional reporter has been caught on a stupid video show because of something dumb like this and they plan camera angles and shots for a living.

    November 21, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Barb B

    Sarah Palin is an idiot!!! What makes her an idiot is she is standing there giving this inteview and speaking about how much fun it is to be there. OMG she is crazy!! I am so thankful this year that she is not our VP and McCain is not our President. We americans should all be thankful for that!!!

    November 21, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Randy

    People-she pardoned "a" turkey not all of them. The irony of "pardoning" of turkeys plays second fiddle once people get a grasp of reality and understand how their dinner is prepared. I CANNOT believe the media could be this petty. The fact that Palin agreed to the interview by saying "no worries" suggests she thought that the American people could handle and understand that she was in TURKEY FARM. Only the most hypersensitive and immature people would make this a big issue.

    November 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. VJS

    PRO LIFE - HUH?

    November 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Dave in NYC

    She is Gross.

    Gross AND oblivious.

    Future of the GOP? No way.

    Not unless the GOP wants to change to "third party status!"

    November 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. PragmaTexan

    Per usual the Repugs miss the point of the story.

    If you're going to do a photo op of Governor Palin sparing the Thanksgiving Turkey, you don't have turkeys being slaugtered in the background!

    We liberals know where turkeys at Thanksgiving come from; you don't flaunt it though!

    November 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. chuck

    That's not a Turkey, that's John McCain!!!!

    November 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Marshal

    I see the point "Giver her a break" makes about the interviewer and the camera man. Clearly they were aware of the spectacle. Shouldn't someone from the Governor's entourage have noticed as well? Considering how important Sarah Palin might be to the Republican Party, wouldn't she make public appearances in the company of PR person who is paid to notice these things?

    November 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Anne

    She is unimaginably stupid.

    This is the best example of that fact yet!

    November 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. James

    Democrats, bookmark this story and keep the video in a secure location for those anti-Palin for President ads in 2012!

    November 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Lindsay

    mmmm turkey.

    November 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Lisa in NC

    I'm surprised she didn't bring her children to watch.

    November 21, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Gene Wright

    For all you poor people who think the turkey purchased in the supermarket and that you gorge on at the table didn't receive a similar fate, get a life. I hope it was her plan and she was insinuation "Quit treading on me" However I wouldn't be surprised if some liberal press guy paid to set this up. The libs are that low!

    November 21, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Bob Pasquale

    Yes, it normally is no big deal........but really.........can this woman stay out of trouble for one day? She either does or says something weird every day.

    November 21, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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