January 13th, 2009
01:45 PM ET
5 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. nick

    What language does this lady speak? Why am I so fascinated with this inept, inarticulate, intelectually dull individual? I guess it's because I cant believe that she was picked in the first place and continues to certify just how shallow she really is. If this is the best the party has to offer, we might as well go to a single party system!

    January 13, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. carlo

    Yet this is the woman who accused Obama of pallin around with terrorist and basically called him a Communist with no solid proof other than hearsay and those blogs she detests so much now. I am so sick of this broad. Where is the mute button?

    January 13, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. richard

    Democrats do nothing but lie. Nothing new

    January 13, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Hillary

    Yawn...this woman blames everyone else but herself for her incompetence. Bloggers lie about everyone, and nobody more than PE Obama. Palin needs to go away.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Sarah

    The Media should be thankful that Sarah Palin did not become the vice president. She probably would have used her power to get a few of the journalist, the world of "bloggers "ISP's" who were critical of her fired and sent to jail. I am sure, Karie Couric would have been the first candidate on her list to get her fired.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Independent

    Take note from a professional (Obama) when asked repeatedly to produce his birth certificate, he does and then ignores the fringe people who love to drum up conspiracies. So, ignore them! It's that simple, really. Oh, and I thought it was the mainstream media bringing this up? Now it's some anonymous blogger.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Truth Be Told

    i'm a pathetic, bored blogger? well, sarah, i have more education that you do, finished my college in three years, went for a year in one of the best universities in england, took and finished my mba and am doing an honest, hard day's work that benefits not just my family but also people in general. yet, i don't pretend to be what i'm not. so, if you can honestly say that about yourself, i'd suggest that you zip it and just disappear. please.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. jacquie

    GO AWAY! PLEASE! the only person discussings Trig's mother is you!

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. carlo

    How can anyone this stupid actually crave the limelight? She should be trying to hide under a rock.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Fr Kelsey

    Please Ms Palin, crawl back into your Alaskan cave and get out of the news. You are whiny and boring. We, the rest of the states, have some serious issues to contend with- who cares who your daughter or you have slept with or what your kitchen looks like.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Rick in L.A.

    This person looks vaguely familiar, yet strangely impertinent.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Rod Hughes

    Sarah Palin is awesome! She is honest and fights back at people who criticize and attack her and her family. Sarah, I hope only the best for you and your family. God bless.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Bern

    Just....please....go away......way way way away..........please......

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Michaels

    Ms. Palin should simply...and quietly...do her job as governor of Alaska to the best of her abilities. This will go much farther in repairing her repuatation than offering up a lot of interviews that make her sound somewhat like a scolded child who is trying to blame everyone but themselves for the predicament they're in.

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. vicki

    She is just destroying herself. Good!

    January 13, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. No Kidding

    Truth is, there is no truth. Please sit down sarah, your day is done!

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Aurora Fam

    MY ADVICE TO YOU SARAH...

    LAY LOW AND STAY QUIET...THE MORE YOU TALK THE MORE YOU LOSE YOUR DIGNITY.

    STAY AWAY FROM INTERVIEWS AND MEDIA. DO WHAT YOU DO BEST.

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Franky

    "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."

    Well, you know Gov, if you got any aunts, cousins, or even sister's for all I know, I am single, you know, LOL!! I'm just saying, I'm just saying...LOL!!

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Bob

    OK. That's an alikeness.
    Shakespeare she's not, but I still want to know what newspapers or magazines she reads.
    Prove to me she can read.

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Meisha

    no comment

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Will, Nyc

    I'll tell you, yesterday the Anchorage Daily News, they called again to ask — double-, triple-, quadruple-check — who is Trig's real mom,”

    No they didn't. She is lying because it's convenient for her. For a Christian woman, she sure has no scruples.

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Will18E

    Why won't Gov. Palin grow up
    You lost, be gracious take like a women, move on, and go back to governing your state. Feel Blessed you were even lucky enough to be choose to run. It's over.

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Molly Weasley

    It seems that the word pathetic applies to Sarah Palin more than any other individual. Do your job, governor, and stop being such a publicity hound.

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Jinny Lee

    Bored, pathetic Palin...just go away...

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Anonymous

    She's right about the problems in journalism. Too bad she didnt catch it before the invasion of Iraq.

    January 13, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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