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. Rick

    Why is this considered news? Next CNN will have a front page story about alien babies born out of wedlock. This is a pathetic.

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. diamond j

    sarah palin is a all american! but the liberals went for barb the walters!sarah gave one turkey a pardon and the rest like the one in the back ground is whats for dinner at thanksgiving. so enjoy your salad you peta lovers and vegans! the rest of us are eating turkey on thanksgiving! by the way a lot of us voted for sarah palin! me too!

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Geoff

    CNN evidently forgot the election was over and abandoned their post-election balance for their knee jerk pre-election bash everything McCain/Palin policy. What a stupid story!!!! Do people think that the Turkey fairy deposits sliced turkey in the deli? The writing of the story tells us more about the author and CNN than it does about Palin.

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Ian

    and why is this news?

    who cares.....tell the reporter to get a new job.

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. lori

    I wasn't a supporter of the republican ticket, but geez she's only human.

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Nathan,

    This is no big deal but isn't it funny how this woman can't seem to do anything right. What other politician would have been caught standing in front of a slaughtered turkey at a turkey pardoning? The only people who want her to stay in the spotlight are the late night comedians.

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. KATHY

    I'm really sorry to tell everyone, but next week, you will all be eating a turkey that was killed! Ahhhh! No!!!

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. dkr

    SHE IS THE DEVIL!!!

    November 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Another Repub for Obama

    Why doesn't Palin just shut her mouth (nothing intelligent ever comes out anyway) and quietly fade into the permafrost. What a moron. She is an insult to intelligent women. 2012? Never!

    November 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. jamin

    what a stupid non-story. she's like a toy the media can't put down. A top story? Really?

    November 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Bob

    Another fine example of the Media trying to manipulate the news. Everyone is missing the point of this interview – the NEWS CREW are the ones that set up this shoot, and picked this spot. They are the ones that have acted questionably – not Palin! Either they are complete morons for picking this location to shoot, or they are once again trying to deliberately make Sarah look bad. Shame on them, and shame on the public for not seeing where the fault lies in this event.

    November 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Apparenty in jounalism school they did not teach her not to stand by the turkey slaughter table

    November 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. the turkey

    that hurts.

    November 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Orbiter Dictum

    What do you expect - from one turkey to another. Has Palin considered going on the comedy circuit?

    November 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. charlie

    Give it a break CNN, are you hard up for news? You cannot honestly believe that people are so naive that they think the turkey's actually show up in the grocery store all wrapped up. Any nature loving person would know that a freshly killed fowl is the best meat you can ever eat. Give up CNN your drive by media is starting to sicken me. Why don't you report on the Obama camp and their back peddling on the second comings abilities to solve all of America's problems!

    November 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    Good interview. Get those turkeys!

    November 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Michelle

    Ever read The Jungle? And you call seeing a turkey slaughtered on t.v
    in the background bad? What do you think you're eating when you're eating eggs? the meat on your plate? people need to realize that this is reality and start getting over the fact that palin will be in charge of the state of Alaska not of the US (because most of you live nowhere near where she governs) and focus on more important things

    November 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. bush 08

    WHERE HAS SHE BEEN WE ALL MISS HER. SHE IS GREAT

    November 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. thatroger

    GOBBLE GOBBLE MF'S
    GOBBLE GOBBLE MF'S
    GOBBLE GOBBLE MF'S
    GOBBLE GOBBLE MF'S
    GOBBLE GOBBLE MF'S
    GOBBLE GOBBLE MF'S
    GOBBLE GOBBLE MF'S

    November 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. zaphod2000

    Hey Republicans! Do you mean that you are the only rednecks in the US? This is not a Democrat or republican story. This is a story about some bimbo who didn't make it (thank God) to the second highest position in the US and we should thank our lucky stars and whatever God you believe in that she didn't.
    If you can get over the gore of the blood and the poor animal being killed listen to this idiot speak.

    November 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Raj Singh

    Being a vegetarian I always get amused by meat-eaters' reaction to animal slaughter. The words hypocrites and self-delusion come to mind.

    November 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Jen, Cali

    Oblio November 21st, 2008 3:19 pm ET
    . . . OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG . . .
    ________________________________

    Great vocabulary, pal. One of those Obama "educated" people, are ya????????????????

    November 21, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. will

    What a piece of news! At least we have voted for change! Or so you thought! Not much change in these appointments being made. "Yes We Can" has turned into "Here we go again". Ha ha ha ha

    November 21, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Laura

    People have gotta eat.

    November 21, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Pilar27

    Before eating the turkey, YOU NEED TO KILL IT! Hello... GET REAL! Why is the media so obsessed, or should I repeat Letterman's words, so "aroused" by Sarah Palin?

    I hear so much about her that I might vote for her next time!

    November 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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