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. Tim-NewMexico

    Hey! If you eat meat then I don't think anyone should say anything hypocritcal or negative. It's terrible that people want to ignore what it takes to put meat on the table to keep the human race fed.
    I think that kind of thinking disrespects the animal.
    Heck! I want to eat that FRESH turkey now!

    November 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Ty Webb

    That's good luck... In Haiti.

    November 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Dennis

    This is really news worthy? Really? It seems like you guys just can't get enough of reporting on anything and everything you can on Palin.

    Where were you on the Zogby poll that showed that the majority of Obama voters didn't know BASIC facts about either candidate based on the BIASED broadcasting!!!!??!!!!

    Maybe if you spent more time reporting NEWS instead of National Enquirer like stories, your viewers wouldn't be as dumb as rocks.

    The majority didn't know that the Democrats controlled congress for the past 2 years, didn't know who Nancy Pelosi was and never heard of William Ayers!!! Incredible!!!!!!! But thank g0d they knew Palin had $150K in clothes provided to her by the RNC!

    It's no wonder this economy is in shambles. This country is filled with idiots!!!!

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

    Sarah Palin is pro-death, not pro-life. Let's save Alaska by selling it back to Russia.

    November 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Just another CNN poster

    1XChange – t'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.

    *****************************************************************
    bwa hahahahahahah, uuhhhh, your funny when you don't take your meds.

    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. hahahahah

    Really how lame of a people are we not to know where our food comes from... its like telling your kids that babies come from storks....
    which is nice but unreal

    - OPEN YOUR EYES AMERICA stop blaming people for Life...
    we can show people fighting a war but not this? sad....

    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Rob

    In was a very unfortunate background for a news program. She was told it would be the background, asked if she wanted it changed, and she declined. Not her best choice and a bit insensitive.

    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Patricia in Las Vegas

    For the people that keep bringing up the 57 states thing. You ARE aware that in the primary there WERE 57 contests. 52 in the states (Texas had a primary AND a caucus PLUS District of Columbia) plus: Americans abroad, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Paula

    That's a nice Burberry scarf she's wearing. I

    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Lisa

    If you eat meat, how can you complain about this? I for one am glad one of these BS "feel good" turkey "pardon" stories has a shot of truth in it. If you buy meat, you're paying someone to slaughter an animal on your behalf, simple as that.

    If that makes you squeamish or uncomfortable, consider not eating meat. I used to love the taste of meat, but realized I couldn't in good conscience pay someone else to do something I could never do with my own two hands: end the life of a sentient being. It wasn't that hard, and I'm totally happy with what I eat now! A peaceful Thanksgiving to you all.

    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. kevin

    At least that turkey is going to feed the hungry we all celebrate as a national holiday. Happy Thanksgiving

    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. l davis

    The situation is perfect – Palin is clueless, but wait, did she shoot the turkey herself?

    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. divad

    Sarah Palin pardoning a turkey...that's hilarious.
    She probably shot it with her AK-47 after the cameras were off.
    You know those Republicans...all for life unless its animal life...in that case kill em all.

    November 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. m. mckenzie

    I'm so sick of hearing about Sarah Palin. She is an idiot!! Enough already

    November 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Proud American from New England

    SHE IS A KOOK AND DUMBER THAN A BOX OF ROCKS.

    November 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Sunny- Houston, TX

    Awe.... let's all pay attention to the beauty bozo – I mean turkey!!!
    Yeah, she's just what America needed- another air headed hockey mom that can see 'Russia form Alaska' -lol

    November 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. candy

    People who wonder at the outcry don't realize that, while killing animals for food is one thing, glorifying the killing is just sick. Palin's "no worries" comment on this episode is not only sick (no surprise coming from someone who takes innocent lives while sitting comfortably in a helicopter) but also is a show of lack of good judgment (no surprise there either) I guess in the conservative right's mind, only fetuses count as lives.

    November 21, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. ((( LOL )))

    No one can make this stuff up. This woman is a nut.

    November 21, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Diane

    Why does she get so much interest? It's because people love to hate her. It's just fun. She's so preposterous yet so self-righteous, so garbled and inarticulate yet so confident. So Christian yet so sneaky, illicit and hateful. So ambitious yet so undereducated. So outrageously idiotic yet so popular with a certain segment, which is becoming increasingly marginalized. I think that too contributes to the glee people feel in slamming her. Maybe, just maybe, we are finally coming out from under the right wing dark ages.

    November 21, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Matt

    This isn't upsetting to me, it is just wildly humorous and ironic to no end. She's essentially doing a photo-op and it ends up entirely contrary to the original intention. It looked more like an SNL skit than anything. The worker looking over is making a face like "Is she seriously doing an interview pardoning a turkey in front of the machines?" It's like she is completely oblivious to everything when she gets in front of a camera. Sarah is priceless. Bless her heart.

    November 21, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Isn't this media facination with Palin getting just a little Paris Hiltonish? We hear 10 times more about the losing VP candidate than the winner....um who was that again?

    November 21, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Gary

    Sara Palin is a low form of human life.She is disguisting and totally a WASTE OF LIFE!!!!!Send this moronic stone age creature to another country.Maybe Putin needs a house maid.

    November 21, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. The New Civil War has begun (Sons of the Founders vs. The Socialists)

    Did you hear? Palin eats babies. Uncooked and still alive. And she jay-walks too. And probably says the occasional swear word. I bet she even cuts those tags off mattresses.

    This just in to the CNN newscenter in Atlanta: Media hates Republicans. Pictures at 11...

    November 21, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Dan

    How sad that this is "news". Leave her alone.

    November 21, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. robert

    It looks like two turkeys were spared.

    November 21, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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