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. A New Yorker

    Sarah,

    The dispute was not whether you can see Russia from Alaska, but rather, whether such a 'fact' actually makes you qualified in matters concerning foreign affairs and national security. The offices of president and vice-president of the United States, from a foreign policy and diplomacy perspective, require both intellectual and emotional subtly, dexterity – two characteristics of which you consistently continue to demonstrate a frightening and profound lack.

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Tristan

    Palin = Failed

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. DeNel - Dallas, TX

    Talk about trying to stay relevant discussing irrelevant issues. Would someone please put a moose head in her mouth, so would be quite? Geez!

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. CEL

    How much will she take to move to Russia from Alaska ? I wish she'd just stop that pathetic whining and go away. I've seen and heard enough of her. She never shot a moose, she talked it to death. The mistake the media is making is to go on interviewing her. Stop giving her coverage. She's a nobody and needs to go back to that.

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Carl

    Ok, so you can see Russia from a tiny island way off the coast of Alaska, population 147, that you yourself have never set foot on. While it's an interesting geographical tidbit, foreign policy experience it is not.

    And, yes you probably should have called more of the shots if you wanted to be taken seriously. However, that was not your role and not the reason you were selected. You weren't supposed to be independent or have your own opinions. You were supposed to look pretty and read the words on the prompter. In simpler terms, you were used. What you really should have told the campaign from the start is, "Why are you offering this to me? This feels like a stunt. Thanks, but no thanks."

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. DRoss

    I have a very strong feeling she is Trig's grandmother. I have read the reports and facts and the case is VERY strong.

    We may never know though as the hospital that he was born in has totally covered it up.

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Aldo in Indiana

    No, no, no people. We don't want her to go away. The more she talks, the more of these interviews she gives; the less of a chance she will ever have a legitimate shot at entering politics on the National stage again. Let her screw up Alaska, we've already got enough to fix on the national level.
    I do feel kind of bad for her about the questions about Trig. Seriously, it's almost as ridiculous as questioning where Obama was born. If she's a good mother what does it matter??

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. johnny

    Why doesn't she just supply the proof of Trig's paternity? She snapped out on an interviewer and said "You want my medical records?! You got 'em!" But we never did. Prior to that, I thought it was ridiculous, but now I wonder. In any case, she has been treated no worse by the press than Hillary Clinton, and Caroline Kennedy. She in fact belittled Hillary for being sensitive about it. I am tired of hearing that she was used by th McCain campaign. There are no victims, only volunteers. She was using McCain as much as she was being used. Her ambition is certainly vulgar and borders on evil.

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    it's not that I think she's lying...I just think she doesn't know.

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Chris

    Funny she wants to complain about lies when all she did was say how Obama hung out with terrorists. What goes around comes around.

    January 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Louis

    To the liberals who can't stop harping on this woman: Give it up. She's a pathetic, incapable, clueless woman who is a tragic victim of her own ambitions. It's unbecoming - downright mean - to pick on someone who is such an easy target.

    To the conservatives who make a hero out of her: Think about it. Do you really want someone like this in charge of our economy and our national security? She's not qualified to run for dog-catcher.

    To the press that keeps resurrecting her: Stop focusing on topics that should be relegated to People magazine and give us the real news.

    January 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Most of this is nonsensical, but one thing in particular – someone actually thinks that the fair counterpart to Barack Obama releasing his birth certificate is Sarah Palin releasing the medical records of her visits to the obstetrician during pregnancy? Please tell me you are kidding. I am trying to think of something that could warrant the claim that a woman EVER need publicly release medical records from her pregnancy but am at something of a loss.

    January 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Alan

    Hey people, you are all the "Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers" she was referring to. Why do you all waste your time slamming someone who you consider insignificant in the first place? It's because you don't have lives of your own.

    You all need to go rediscover yourselves before attacking someone else.

    January 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Overby

    I don't know how, but Mz Palin is even more annoying than Her Royal Highness Cynthia McKinney that seems to have FINALLY gone away. Mz Palin should take a hint. Buffoons just keep being buffoons. I would've voted for McCain, even though I really didn't want to, until he picked her.

    January 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. ivonne

    It's true ... alot of these blogs are hurtful and mean ... and they would think to write things differently if they were attached to a lie detector when writing. Just like all of you who voice your opinions ... she has the same right to voice hers ... you just don't want to hear it ... so what makes you sooo sure she wants to hear all of yours?

    January 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. A person

    Amazing she almost was the VP... and now shes complaining about pointless stupid lies... hmm... what was that i heard from you a few months ago? Obama is a terrorist or something? hm...

    January 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Jodie

    All Palin had to do was supply a copy of the birth certificate and all could have been rectified months ago. She put her children constantly in the public eye and has no one to blame but herself. She loves the press – isn't it obvious? I get more and more disgusted with her as the days go by and I'm from Alaska!!

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Susan in Nc

    Silly Sarah is pitiful, pathetic, AND nuts! Her behavior during the presidential campaign was divisive, spiteful, dishonest, dangerous, and downright hateful! What kind of response does she expect? She has no one to blame but herself!

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Barb

    Why is this woman still talking? And why is anyone reporting what she says? I can understand her having a great deal of pent-up anger toward those who had many jokes at her expense, but she's not bright enough to understand that all she's accomplishing by her tirades is giving those same people more material! Tip to Sarah: Stop talking now. Tip to CNN: Stop reporting what she says! Enough is enough!

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Louis

    TO "T from NY"–you state that the media ask "the most ignorant questions I've ever heard of". Please list those questions to prove your point. If I recall, the question Palin struggled with the most was "What do you read?".

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. deal2u

    Tricky Dick all over again...the press is kicking me around!

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Bob in VA

    Good grief - does this woman not understand that every time she opens her piehole, she looks like more and more like an idiot?

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. meowkats4

    People, Palin is not going away! I give her credit she is keeping in the news so we don't forget her. So later down the road when something comes her way.... The name Palin will not be questioned as "who??"

    Hey, I believe Palin was not treated very well by the media or the REP party. She was not a known governor/so she needs to stay known.

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Bryan

    That's calling the kettle black...

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. To much already

    S.P. the American public has already weighed in on you and the results came up short.
    If all the hatemongering and lies you spewed is called religion then
    you are sadly mistaken.
    What you are trying to do is hog the mikes but the best advise is just go away have had enough.

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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