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. luna-enigma

    Palin – you just keep rockin' and rollin', woman.

    Beyond all the misogynist "gotcha" crud you were dished during the campaign, you held your head high.

    Can anyone else name which major mainstream media outlet made any kind of a disparaging comment or snicker or attack about Obama's "57 states of the US"? Answer: None. Or his other missteps, like insulting Nancy Reagan or anyone with religious convictions? Answer: None. Or his supposed ignorance of the bigotry spewed for 20 years by his pastor? Answer: None.
    Or how every other interview with Joe Biden, our soon to be VP, he'd say something totally off the wall and bizarre, especially when he insisted that the word "jobs" is a three-letter word? But that the media smiled and chuckled at his mistakes and never held him up to the same light of scrutiny they did Palin? (Uncle Joe is supposedly smarter than Palin, ha ha ha). Sarah, you have my vote in 2012.

    I'm not a Republican, but I'm also not a naive "kumbaya, everyone let's get along and live a socialist life" person. Scary stuff. If Obama's socialistic agenda actually WORKED, heck, Cuba would be the place to live because it would be a world power. Russia would be absolute paradise – Siberia would be the place to ski with the Hollywood libs. The US would be the downtrodden, poverty-stricken nation.

    January 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. bobdevo

    How about pathetic governors who give $15,000,000.00 hockey rink contracts to contractors who build the governor's $500,000.00 lake house for free??? Ted Stevens used the same contractors to work on his Alaska home, and wound up getting convicted for it.

    Oh, and Sarah, use some depilatory cream, your mustache is starting to show.

    January 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. CN

    McCain should've left her in Alaska where she belongs. Now she's like old chewing gum that sticks to your shoe and won't go away.

    January 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. me

    Gary... before you tell her she's not smarter than the American public maybe you need to learn the difference between "your" and "you're". "YOU'RE not smarter than the American public."

    January 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. sammieb51

    And she still hasn't provided any medical records to disprove anything ....

    January 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Stephen

    "Whaa, whaa, whaa. I media didn't let me be President, I mean Vice President. Whaa, whaa whaa. " Sharah get over your self.

    January 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Chris

    I find it amazing how many people out there who can not spell, punctuate, or complete a proper sentence are accusing Sarah Palin of ignorance and lack of education. At best, you don't bother to proofread your comments. At worst, you never completed 5th grade English. If you really wish to impress others with your intelligence and Ms. Palin's (alleged) lack thereof, take a grammar course. Otherwise, you only prove your own ignorance.

    January 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Bill Sheridan

    I guess she didn't read the editor's note in the Anchorage newspaper explaining that the paper is trying to debunk the myth that she's not Trig's real mom. More indication of continued problems in the world of politics.

    January 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Bush's Secret Plot to be liked by all

    Tiberius the Roman Emperor was a despot who desperately wanted to be loved by all Romans. To that end he annointed Caligula to be his successor. He knew full well that Caligula would be so much worse than he that the Romans would have to say – and here I take a bit of poetic license – , 'you know Bush wasn't so bad after all, at least he wasn't Palin!' Impossible you say? Bush may be stupid, but he isn't dumb

    January 13, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Melissa B ~ California

    "Caribou Barbie," thanks for relieving my boredom.

    January 13, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. nickroloson

    When you run for one of the most powerful offices in the world, you have to be ready to take shots, no matter how ridiculous they are. Her seemingly hysteric reaction to those in the media and "anonymous bloggers" just demonstrates that she does not have the patience or fortitude to govern this nation.

    January 13, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. lsos

    Sara, Bush's second nightmare.... Sara, Sarita... We have enough of your stupidity, of your lies and your schemes. You just want to be on the first page everyday. Any attention is attention to you... you are more dangerous than we think. Can't imagine for my life how those Alaska people have elected you... Good luck to them. I am glad you are far from the White House, not just for the American but for the WHOLE WORLD... Thank God!

    January 13, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. reb

    Sarah,
    Did you forget who was running for the president of the U.S? May be you should try to run yourself to see how far you will go! May be in your book, you can call more shots or even just say you did call more shots – oops, just no one listened!

    Why so called "conservatives" of this country would adore this uneducated idiot?

    January 13, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Beverly, NYC

    Jim, you are as delusional as Mrs. Palin. She isn't getting under anyone's skin, I for one feel bad for her and her pathetic media is against me rants. If she doesn't let this go I fear for her mental health. Next time out she should stick to Hannity and Rush. Then she won't have to act like the ultimate victim. For someone with a journalism degree who was so well read she certainly was naieve about the media don't you think? So in the words of Tina Fey, she can suck it.

    January 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Rahn Hasbargen New Brighton, MN

    Since my first blog on this story, you have updated the article to publish the Anchorage Daily News' version to say that they were only investigating to "debunk rumors". All that is is an excuse to pull bloggers' comments into the MSM without admitting that you are. This is the equivalent of trying to pick up a piece of manure by the clean end. Stay away from it....

    January 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Eric

    wow, she looks like she spends more time defending herself than running her state, anyone else see that?

    January 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Otis

    Your constant criticism of Gov. Palin is cruel and unfair. My parents always taught me that you do not deride people with mental handicaps, like Gov. Palin and former President George Bush. Instead we should encourage Gov. Palin to act like nothing is wrong with her. I encourage Gov. Palin to keep talking and don't be afraid to show people your disability. If they make fun of you, they have the problem, not you. They are misunderestimating you, Governor. Stay strong. We are so proud of you. Yolu are as smart as you think you are!

    January 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Nick The Photographer

    I love how these Repugs talk about and insist on taking personal responsibility. Until it makes them look bad, then it's the other guys fault.

    January 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Peggy

    Totally obvious that a good portion of the blogs on this page are the same person leaving comments with different initials. Grow up.

    January 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Julie Ellis

    Sarah, pull yourself together and try to immerse yourself in governing Alaska. Forget about the campaign, the press, and the election-it is over. The country is looking ahead and your pouting is untimely.

    January 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Jack, KY

    As long as we keep giving her the attention, she'll never leave us alone.

    January 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Otis

    Your constant criticism of Gov. Palin is cruel and unfair. My parents always taught me that you do not deride people with mental handicaps, like Gov. Palin and former President George Bush. Instead we should encourage Gov. Palin to act like nothing is wrong with her. I encourage Gov. Palin to keep talking and don't be afraid to show people your disability. If they make fun of you, they have the problem, not you. They are misunderestimating you, Governor. Stay strong. We are so proud of you. You are as smart as you think you are!

    January 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Alain Duffort

    Sarah
    Go ahead and build that bridge, cross it, and stay there !

    January 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Dave C - NJ

    The media is not to blame for her stupidity.

    She is attacked because we are all still amazed at how dumb this woman is in coorelation to the positions she has held.

    I'm sure her baby is her baby, so I will take her side on that issue, however the woman is obviously unintelligent, which is why she is such a target.

    January 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Travis brooks

    I think Sara Palin is a nice person, and I sometimes think the world forgets that.

    January 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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