January 13th, 2009
01:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin slams 'bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie'

Palin has given a steady stream of interviews since Election Day.
Palin has given a steady stream of interviews since Election Day.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin fired a new salvo in her war on the media, unloading in a new interview on her home state paper and “bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie.”

The Alaska governor, who has granted a steady stream of interviews since Election Day, also told an Esquire reporter that she wishes she had told McCain campaign advisors she’d be “callin’ some of the shots.”

"Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me....I'll tell you, yesterday the Anchorage Daily News, they called again to ask — double-, triple-, quadruple-check — who is Trig's real mom,” she said, in an interview to be published in the magazine’s March issue.

“And I said, Come on, are you kidding me? We're gonna answer this? Do you not believe me or my doctor? And they said, No, it's been quite cryptic the way that my son's birth has been discussed. And I thought, Okay, more indication of continued problems in the world of journalism."

But Palin said she had adopted a philosophical attitude on the downside of the spotlight. "You have to let it go,” she said. “Even hard news sources, credible news sources — the comment about, you can see Russia from Alaska. You can! You can see Russia from Alaska. Something like that — a factual statement that was taken out of context and mocked — what you have to do is let that go."

The former Republican vice presidential candidate said again she regretted not taking a greater leadership role during the campaign season. "If I were giving advice to myself back on the day my candidacy was announced, I'd say, Tell the campaign that you'll be callin' some of the shots,” she said. “Don't just assume that they know you well enough to make all your decisions for ya. Let them know that you're the CEO of a state, you're forty-four years old, you've got a lot of great life experience that can be put to good use as a candidate."

Despite a season of barbs aimed at the coastal elites, Palin seemed to offer an olive branch to the Big Apple: "I would think we all tear up during the national anthem at the beginning of a baseball game, don't we? That's an alikeness between Alaskans and New Yorkers," she said.

Update: In an Anchorage Daily News column published last week, the paper's editor said the only questions reporters there had asked about Trig's birth came when the paper undertook a project to debunk conspiracy theories surrounding the event, but that they had abandoned the effort because of a lack of cooperation from the Palin family.

"I don't believe we have ever published in the newspaper a story, a letter, a column or anything alleging a coverup surrounding your maternity," wrote the editor in an e-mail sent to Palin and reprinted on the paper's blog. "In fact, my integrity and the integrity of the newspaper have been repeatedly attacked in national forums for our complicity in the 'coverup.'

Later, he added: "...So I don’t understand the behavior of the governor’s press office. Did the governor not share my email with the press staff? Did the press staff deliberately ignore what I said in order to have a longer list of press 'outrages'? Or are they just sloppy with details? I don’t know."


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  1. OK...

    And this is important news because...
    This lady is such old news, please just let her fade away...

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. crownsy

    Sarah trying to stay in the news, pathetic.

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Pam

    The sad thing here is that she sincerely has no idea of just how out of touch she really is. She doesn't know what she doesn't know. She has great spirit, a burning desire to serve, and no common sense. She still thinks she's it. Sarah you yourself said you just need to let it go. So do you think you can please? Let it go and just go away. Say good night Gracie.

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Gorefan

    "a factual statement that was taken out of context and mocked ", the context was that since one can see a remote section of Russia from a remote island in Alaska, she must have the experience and intelligence to be vice-president.

    Is "alikeness" even a word.

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Earl

    I too hate the internet. Hate it so much.

    January 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. obama-mama

    Palin is pathetic....A hot mess

    January 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Eric

    I did not vote for John McCain in part because I think that Sarah Palin did not have the experience nor the positions that I believe are important for a vice president to hold. That said, I respect her as a public servant and I respect that her views are based on her values and principles. I also respect that there are a number of fellow citizens that her words resonate with; all the more reason to hear her side of things so that we can work together to have a successful society.

    There are too many people that live to hate this woman. Unfortunately, these loudmouth, opinionated people are not constructive when it comes to solutions, they only know how to join the chorus of the popular.

    January 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. a little sad

    Is this red herring compliments of a bored, pathetic x-candidate who lies?

    I don't know anyone who has any concern about the parentage of her son Trig. This "controversy' is something her and her party keep alive by continually bringing it up.

    It seems the purpose is to distract from the many relevant reasons she should not be a national candidate, the most part due to the perception that she has questionable ethics and a loose (to put it mildly) interpretation of the truth.

    Her failure to appear to have a strong grasp of current events and the lack of interest to learn didn't help, either.

    January 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. SoCalBrotha

    Can Sarah Palin just shut up and go away already? There's so much going on in the world right now and we really don't care about what's going on in her little bubble.

    January 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. liana

    Oh for heaven's sake. Leave the woman alone. Leave the baby alone. Leave the family alone and maybe we'll all be left alone!

    January 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Lou

    Im glad she finds us annoying because that is the message we are trying to send to her, she is annoying and needs to go away already. If you cant stand the heat get of the kitchen!

    January 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. IncredulousInNC

    Seriously, how can it be that this woman's 15 minutes aren't up?

    January 13, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. ATR

    Does this woman ever do anything but whine? If you can't stand the scrutiny of the media or the American people then get out of politics.

    As far as I'm concerned she gave up any right to complain about anything anyone says about her when she accused President-Elect Obama of "Palin' around with terrorists".

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Brent (Saskatoon, Canada)

    Sarah says that she wants to know
    Why she's given half her life, to people she hates now
    Sarah says when answering the phone
    What country shall I say is calling from across the world

    But she's not afraid to die, the people all call her Alaska
    Between worlds so the people ask her 'cause it's all in her mind
    It's all in her mind

    Sarah says that she wants to know
    Why it is though she's the door She can't be the room

    Sarah says but doesn't hang up the phone
    What sea shell she is calling from across the world

    But she's not afraid to die, the people all call her Alaska
    Between worlds so the people ask her 'cause it's all in her mind
    It's all in her mind

    They're asking is it good or bad
    It's such an icy feeling it's so cold in Alaska,
    it's so cold in Alaska, it's so cold in Alaska

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. AdamW

    Why does anyone still care about this idiot?

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. JOSH

    PALIN MAKES ME LAUGH. REASON #1 LETS RUN FOR VICE PRESIDENT AND THEN SHOW UP @ SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WHILE THEY ARE POKING FUN OF YOUR ANTICS . AND YOUR TO STUPID TO KNOW ANY BETTER. WHAT KIND OF MAGIZINES DOES SHE READ? COMIC BOOKS? AS WELL ALL KNOW AMERICAN POLITICS WE LOVE YOU WE HATE YOU DEAL WITH IT

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. ohio man

    That's the saddest lil Pitbull with lipstick i have ever seen .. all bark no bite... she can she can kick up dust, but as soon as some gets in her eyes and mouth she cries foul .. lol .. i tell you .. ok Ms. Palin .. we sorry it's not your fault.. them mean o'l media people .. smh

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Ken Pittsburgh

    My mom had a saying open mouth insert foot and engaged brain before starting mouth.

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. dave

    Are Sarah Palin's 15 minutes over yet?

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Nick - West Hills (L.A.), CA

    Yuuu Betcha!

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. bush league

    PLease, please make her the GOP nominee in four years....so I won't have to worry about voting.

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. GA Independent

    Looks like the McCain campaign REALLY had a muzzle on her during the campaign. Too bad it is off.

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Kevin

    I think the "see Russia from Alaska" comment was ridiculed BECAUSE of the context...factual it may be, but the "context" was that it gave her credible foreign policy experience...

    I hope she sticks around for a while, at least to check the GOP in 2010...

    January 13, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Kim

    FOR GOD SAKE, please STOP REPORTING EVERYTHING this ditz says. Shes a joke, and about as deserving of the media attention as samual "joe NOT the plumber wertzelbacker" They dont deserve any more attention and they make Americans look even more like idiots! The world seen that most of us have a brain and voted Obama into office, they are probably wondering what the HECK are will letting this woman have a mic. Its like letting ann coulter on tv, shes a joke, and no one with a brain CARES

    January 13, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. GT

    Sarah – STUPID – if they were kidding they couldn't be calling. I am continually amazed at your level of stupidty. Doesn't say much for hte folks in Alaska that they would have elected you as governor either.

    January 13, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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