January 14th, 2009
05:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin's media battle raises eyebrows

 Gov. Sarah Palin may be positioning herself for a 2012 run for the White House, analysts say.
Gov. Sarah Palin may be positioning herself for a 2012 run for the White House, analysts say.

(CNN) - Her bid for the vice presidency ended more than two months ago, but Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears determined not to become a mere afterthought.

Departing from a historical trend of failed vice presidential candidates who descend into relative obscurity after Election Day, Palin continues to command the intense media coverage that befits a national office seeker.

It's an astonishing development, given that she has no role in national domestic policy and is a first-term governor of a state almost 4,500 miles from Washington.

Palin empathizers say the Alaska governor is merely trying to recover her good name after months of damage by the mainstream media, liberal bloggers and even high-level members of the McCain campaign who grew publicly dissatisfied with their VP nominee as Election Day neared.

But some political observers suggest that Palin's ongoing - and predominantly adversarial - relationship with the national media is all part of a savvy effort to retain her popularity with the legions of rank-and-file conservatives who stood so strongly behind her during the campaign.

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  1. Louise

    Sometimes when a baby won't go to sleep, you close the door and let them cry it out. Eventually, it falls asleep safe and sound in it's own bed where it belongs and all is quiet at least for the night. If you keep picking the baby up night after night, the baby learns it can control you and continues undesired behavior. I say to the media: Put her to bed and let her cry her self to sleep in her pillow!

    January 14, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    p1tey1,

    I wish you were correct, but these are Republicans you're talking about, they would pick a bad choice even if they only had three good ones.

    January 14, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. J.L.

    Palin has got to be the biggest joke in the Republican party. If this is the best they got, "God" save the Republican party... but wait, this was the same party that gave us George Walker Bush. But then again... fool us once shame on you, fool us again shame on us... hopefully the American people will have learned a lesson from 8 years of Bush. Palin would be even more clueless...

    January 14, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    I hate to say this but if I were given a choice between the pain of hemorrhoids or the pain of Sarah Palin, I would purchase several cases of Preparation-H.

    January 14, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Diane

    Please, can we just leave this alone! Palin mediamongers need to put this to rest. I have no desire to hear anything she has to say. Just let it go!

    January 14, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Sherrol in Canada

    - you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
    - you can take a pig out of the sty, but you can't take the sty out of the pig
    Need I continue?.................

    Go away Sarah Palin, you are a sorry human being.

    January 14, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Former Republican

    FOLKS, TIME TO LET THE OLD POLE DANCER GO.

    THE MOST DISGRACEFUL DECISION THE RNC EVER MADE

    AFTER RUNNING BUSH FOR PRESIDENT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    THEY WERE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE DUMBER, MORE

    ARROGANT & MORE DIVISIVE THAN BUSH & BY GOD THEY FOUND IT.

    January 14, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Brad

    CNN, Please stop reporting on her. You are creating the news, not reporting the news. Please return to more journalistic integrity.

    January 14, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. CA Indie for Obama

    Terry 5:40 pm ET,
    I agree with most of your post except I would have said the same about neo-cons, not true conservatives. True conservatives want less gov't (therefore, less spending) and intrusion into private lives and the private sector. bus Neo-conservatism has done the opposite via their interpretation of wirtetapping, the largest budget deficit ever, government bailout.
    I do agree a palin candidacy in 2012 should be good for the dems if they don't shoot themselves in the foot before then. They can't seem to stand properity (mid-term 94 elections as an example).

    January 14, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Diane

    Dear Ca,C, I'm with you! I take the pledge right now.

    January 14, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Joe

    I agree with Brad CNN should stop making news and report on real news, like what dogs Obama should get or what school his girls are going to.
    Forget news like Geithner not paying taxes.

    January 14, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. KR

    Brad – I would argue that CNN just loves to "make" news when it comes to Governor Palin, and I wouldn't hold your breath expecting journalistic integrity from them.

    January 14, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Larry in TX

    Palin is failin'.
    Her time is past due.
    The public rejects her.
    If she only knew!

    January 14, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Tyrone Brown

    All that really matters is that the Alaskan Govenor will not be sworn in as the next Vice President of the United States of America next Tuesday...thank you God!

    Yes We Did!

    Tyrone Brown
    Proud Obamacrat
    Seattle, WA

    January 14, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Kate

    Shouldn't that be rank and file idiots?? Anyone who wanted this woman anywhere NEAR the White House needs their head examined.

    January 14, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Al, NY

    Savvy my eye! Every whiny little cry from this liteweight proves she doesn't have what it takes to face anything other than friendly GOP reporters and interviews. Keep it up Palin.You look more pathetic with each little accusation

    January 14, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Simon

    Let us ALL once and for all decide now NOT to click on any websites that even so much as mention the name of this TOTALLY uneducated, uninformed and virtually illiterate woman. Do NOT encourage her. IGNORE ANY mention of her.

    I would have credited CNN with more professional expertise than to give Palin so much space on its website, particularly since she's NOW so anti-press. Just one sign (there are many) of how stupid she is is how she is complaining about how the various interviews during the campaign were held. They were perfectly and professionally conducted and no "leading" question was asked. Palin simply had NO knowledge of anything relevant to the running of the USA and is now trying to put the blame on intelligent, professional journalists who were simply doing their job of informing the American public on a matter of crucial interest to it.

    January 14, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. malclave

    And the liberals continue to celebrate their hatred and intolerance.

    January 14, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. Randy

    Hey CNN report the news Palin is not news anymore, I get gas everytime I see her name on here.

    January 14, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Irritated in Fl

    Hey. She's a fireball. She's genuine and you media dawgs picked on the wrong Pit Bull. Give her a break already.

    January 14, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. SDenice

    Wow. Another Palin story. When will it ever end? " The more I see and hear from her, the less I like her. Trust me, there's never been any love and admiration from me. The lady is having some sort of mental issue. She just can't let it go. It would be one thing if she appeared more intellectual after the election. Then maybe, just maybe, we could all say that we misjudged her. But the woman is sounder dumber and more unintelligent the more she speaks! Go away Sarah, please go away!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Fed Up in CA

    The article says "savvy". I don't get it. How is savvy to bash the very people whom you will want to say nice things about you in 3-4 years??? And why would you want to align yourself with only the ultra-conservative base? It's already been proven that that is not nearly enough!

    By the way, the media, ALL of the media were very nice to her when she first arrived on the scene. She made a huge hit. What changed? They got to know her.

    Personally, I am loving this–keep talking Sarah, the hole you are digging will someday be as big as the state you are supposed to be governing.

    January 14, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    Former Republican,

    I love your point. I'll be laughing about it for a while.

    January 14, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. Rhino

    I would rather read about a recession than about Sarah Palin. This poor idiotic woman should not be allowed back in the lower 48!

    January 14, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. Larry

    Sarah ,you are driving the left wingers CRAZY-They are so intimidated by your honesty they feel the necessity of constantly calling you a liar,or telling you to go away,or to shut up-keep it up,it helps show just how full of hate the left wing really is.

    January 14, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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