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. Tish

    Palin really should get back to work as governor of Alaska. All of these salvos against the media are looking childish and pathetic. Palin has only heself to blame for most of the coverage she has endured; she clearly was not realy for prime-time, let alone the VP slot, and she didn't have the smarts or the sense to know it. This is what happens to people who are in over their heads who act in such a callow but arrogant way. Shut up, Sarah, and if you plan to be a leader in the Republican party in the future, you'd better go back to school and re-enter the stage more prepared.

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. bob in LA

    Who's bored? How is it this supposed busy Governor has time to respond to all these bloggers on what seems to be a daily basis?
    I guess Russia is getting boring to stare at.

    Maybe someone can give her and Joe the plumber a radio talk show – or better TV with no sound!

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. BBBJTCWSAAS

    Boy this woman is annoying. She is so whiny. Wah wah wah. You can tell with the messed up names all her kids/grandkids have that this family is a bunch of wackos.

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. yo mamma

    hahhahhahahahhahahahaahhahhahhahaahhahahhaha!!!!!!!

    This stupid moron is still yakkin'? Hilarious!

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Jefferson Handcock

    Dear Sarah Palin: I didnt vote for you, would never vote for you, I dont think that you are qualified for national office; having said all of that: You dont have to answer to foolishness ablut your child: What it it's not your child, so what! When you know that the truth is on your side you dont have to answer. Howard Cosell said years ago that you "cannot Argue with ignorance."

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    SARA PALIN NEEDS AND LOVES ATTENTION GO AWAY YOUR STATE HAS ONE OF THE WORST EDUCATION SYSTEMS AND TEENAGE PREGANCY. YOU DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE AN ABORTION BUT TEENAGERS CAN JUST SCREW GET KNOCKED UP AND TAX PAYERS FLIP THE BILL. GET LOST AND FIX YOUR STATE

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Edward

    I would have loved to see her call some of her shots, Obama would have won by an even larger margin. Quit giving this dingbat so much airtime.

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Steve H.

    This woman continues to provide evidence of how unsophisticated and uninformed she is . . . "bloggers" can hardly be considered part of the journalistic world. It's a wonder, too, that she did not seem so upset at the bloggers who attacked President-elect Obama during the campaign. The best thing she can do for her political career (if she truly has any national aspirations) is take herself off the radar for the next couple of years and spend some serious time educating herself.

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown

    And people actually voted for this scatter brain?

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. obie

    Is she taking any time to run Alaska or she is being consumed by what people are saying. Sarah let it go and do the job you are being paid to do. You are not the only politician who people say crazy things about just ask Max Cleland in Georgia.

    The people of Alaska seem to be getting the short end of the stick in regards to their problems.

    So if you can't handle it just go away I am just so bored by you.

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Jamal Edens

    Two questions:

    Can anyone answer why her comments are still considered newsworthy?

    Can anyone that actually voted Republican help me understand how you wanted someone to lead our country that continuously acknowledges that she wasn't one during her campain?

    I'm extremely concerned that there was a chance for such an irresponsible person to be our president. It says a lot more about us as Americans than it does her.

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. wolf_the_tiger

    If Sarah Palin thinks she can be president of this country because she is govenor of Alaska.... then she should think about this: The population for the ENTIRE STATE of Alaska is about 700,000 people or 0.7 million. The population of New York CITY Is about 8,300,000 or 8.3 milllion.

    New York City's population is therefore almost 12 TIMES the population of the entire state of Alaska..... meaning Sarah Palin could NOT be the MAYOR of New York City!!!!! ....much less leader of the U.S.A.!!!!!

    Please Sarah, just shut up and go away.

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Kim

    Oh shut up, Sarah. You brought this on yourself, you don't get to whine about it now. Don't blame the press or your campaign managers, you have nobody to blame but yourself for your semi-literate manner of speech, your gossip-worthy behavior and your general behavior during the campaign.

    Time to put on your big-girl panties and own up. This is all on YOU.

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. LuccaB

    Why doesn't she take her own advice and "Just let it go". This woman is pathetic. If she wants to disect lies, she should begin with her own campaign stump speeches.

    She can't fade away fast enough for me.

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Dorothy Stickley

    This person just needs to shut up and go away. If she spent half the time running her state and family–calling the shots as she puts it–she wouldn't have time to whine!

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. jrc903

    She "lets this thing go" by continuing to keep "this thing" in the news. I would guess under the circumstances, (and/or her true motives), any news about her would be better than NOTHING. As for her going off on her own, her troubles began when she started "going rouge." Her mouth and her mouth alone- maybe some of those folks who appear to taking unfair advantage of her- realize that her only hope for political fame and fortune-so to speak–is to pay the victim card. In fact, some of these attacks are so over the top, that only people who worry about such things–like right wing conservatives, would ever utter them.

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Rick - PA

    Come on! Why give this idiot any more space. Please, just let her go on her moose hunts and let everyone forget her.

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Jamal Edens

    Two questions:

    Can anyone answer why her comments are still considered newsworthy?

    Can anyone that actually voted Republican help me understand how you wanted someone to lead our country that continuously acknowledges that she wasn't a leader during her campain?

    I'm extremely concerned that there was a chance for such an irresponsible person to be our president. It says a lot more about us as Americans than it does her.

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Chris

    irony is that bloggers slam bored, annoying vp candidates.

    Palin doesn't get that most of us dislike her because of her views, policies, and attitudes – NOT because of some media slant or because of some conjured up rumors.

    If it's not fair to keep asking questions she's already answered then why did she continue to keep asking internet based questions about Obama that had already been answered? Funny how that can work both ways.

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. THIS is comedy

    hahahahah too funny.

    Thanks to bloggers for vetting Palin within two days AFTER being announced as McCain's running mate. SOMEBODY had to do it!

    wink wink

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Richard

    And Sarah's self-inflicted soap opera keeps rolling along...

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Art

    Hang in there Sarah. We are with you... the crowds' numbers' are the REAL polls!

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. C Barbre

    Enough w/ Palin already. Can't we all just let her crawl back under her rock and return to obscurity? If she wasn't a pretty face, we wouldn't even know who she is, much less have to put up w/ having to continue to hear about her. She's embarrased herself enough already.

    January 13, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Paul Hirokawa

    You cannot cure stupid no matter how hard you try. Palin, go back to fishing.

    January 13, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Meg

    Your 15 minutes were up hours ago lady, get off the stage so we can focus on some actual business. No one cares about your hurt feelings, and trying to keep your face relevant for the next few years is not going to make anyone believe you're still a contender.

    January 13, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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