February 23rd, 2009
04:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin: Media was on a search and destroy mission

Palin says in a new documentary that the media set out to destroy her.
Palin says in a new documentary that the media set out to destroy her.

(CNN) - The mainstream media made it a mission to destroy the vice presidential candidacy of Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor says in a new documentary released Monday.

In an interview taped last month for conservative John Zeigler's new film "Media Malpractice," Palin said it is "very frightening, I think, what the media was able to get away with, this go-around.”

"’We are going to seek and we are going to destroy this candidacy of Sarah Palin’s because of what it is that she represents,’" the former vice presidential candidate described as the attitude members of the press adopted.

The movie, available on DVD for the first time Monday, chronicles press coverage of both Democratic primary campaign and the general election, and concludes the media was clearly biased in favor of Barack Obama.

“This is for the sake of our democracy that there is fairness in this other branch of government, if you will, called the media,” Palin also says in the interview filmed in January. “It is foreign to me the way some in the mainstream media are thinking.”


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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Lori, Houston Texas

    Sorry Rush let ya down, Sarah. Maybe you should suggest a boycott of his show. And Hannity's. Oh wait, look, over there, is that Putin's Giant Head? No, just Bill O'Reilly's.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. IJA

    She just can't except the fact that people hated her personally. Not so much because people were favoring Obama. How ignorant can she be????? Maybe this is the reason why your not in the White house today Palin, your ignorant! You have bigger problems at home stay there where you belong!

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Gina

    Where is her dignity? Palin should take a lesson from John McCain, who at least lost gracefully. I suppose the difference is that McCain's career is nearing its end, and she still sees herself as a future senator or talk show host (surely she can't be so delusional as to think that she will ever be elected to a national office at this point).

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. ultrasubharmonica

    Give me and the rest of the country a break, please. The media didn't have to paint a picture of who she was or what she stood for-she did that herself in a few interviews. Does anyone remember how she didn't speak to the media or give one interview after her nomination? Did you ever wonder why? Why McCain's strategists kept her under wraps so to speak? (no pun intended) They tried to head off the storm that was to come because they knew what would happen once she started attempting to answer any substantive questions. Well, at least she has some time to start reading all the newspapers she couldn't remember reading before, study some geography and think about woulda-coulda-and shoulda.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Joe

    Perhaps the media was just reflecting the attitude of the majority of Americans who felt very firmly that Sarah Palin was unqualified for the office of Vice President. Their job is to ask questions, not give her a platform to say whatever she wants.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. PJH

    C'mon on CNN, this documentary isn't just about Palin. I've seen a few stories about this movie today and every one of lthem only focus on the Palin interview. Do you think the media would really focus on the fact they were bias in their coverage of one candidate throughout the primaries and general?

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. edward

    Me thinks she doth protest to much.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Linda

    To the contrary. It was my perception that initially and until Palin repetitively demonstrated her ignorance regarding foreign policy, lack of sufficient experience to assume responsibility for a heart beat away from the presidency, and manipulative authoritarian methods of governing in Alaska, that the media actually ignored and avoided addressing her inexperience and engaged in an attempt to support a dangereous candidate by acting as if one should seriously consider that she may be capable of assuming such responsibilities. It was frightening, at first, that the media was reluctant and fearful of calling a spade a spade. It was like playing the "emporers new clothes." Initially, out of an attempt to provide respect for her, the media led the public down a path of believing that this candidate could, in fact, legitimately claim sufficient experience and responsibility to be the president of the U.S. it was frightening.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. texas buddha

    I hope this is part of her bid for 2012. Nothing gets votes like holding a grudge and refusing to admit you sank your own campaign.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Brad

    Is she really a supporter of the Fairness Doctrine?

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Patriot

    Mrs. Palin will be back whenthe entire USA is ready to dump nobama in 3+ years and counting.......

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Linda

    To the contrary. It was my perception that initially and until Palin repetitively demonstrated her ignorance regarding foreign policy, lack of sufficient experience to assume responsibility for a heart beat away from the presidency, and manipulative authoritarian methods of governing in Alaska, that the media actually ignored and avoided addressing her inexperience and engaged in an attempt to support a dangereous candidate by acting as if one should seriously consider that she may be capable of assuming such responsibilities. It was frightening, at first, that the media was reluctant and fearful of calling a spade a spade. It was like playing the "emporers new clothes." Initially, out of an attempt to provide respect for her, the media led the public down a path of believing that this candidate could, in fact, legitimately claim sufficient experience and responsibility to be the president of the U.S. it was frightening.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Sha

    Every time a republican blames the media for their own failures and shortcomings it makes me even more sure that they are clueless and completely unwilling to take responsibility for anything. Their new motto is – If I look bad its because you made me look that way. Getting old guys, getting old.

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Babs

    What a JOKE, grow up Sarah and get the hell out of the other states, stay in Alaska we don't want you....Understand

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    It is typical of the right wing radicals that they can't take blame for their own actions. The so called main stream media didn't need to do anything to destroy her, she has done a fine job of that all on her own. Any one who fairly reports her actual words an actions is apparently out to get there. As Harry Truman said so well "If you can't stand the heat get our of the kitchen".

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. humble1

    Sarah Palin need to get a life and tend to her son and grandbaby and stop whinning like a baby! Grow up and get a life woman I am sick of your nonsense whinning. You lost Senator McCain bowed out graciously why can't you? You don't have a brain it is fried up you know!

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. scott

    Yeah that was it ,the media did her in. It had nothing to do with the fact that she was painfully underqualified to be Vice President and for a governor of a state seemed frighteningly ignorant. Damn media.

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Linda

    To the contrary. It was my perception that initially and until Palin repetitively demonstrated her ignorance regarding foreign policy, lack of sufficient experience to assume responsibility for a heart beat away from the presidency, and manipulative authoritarian methods of governing in Alaska, that the media actually ignored and avoided addressing her inexperience and engaged in an attempt to support a dangereous candidate by acting as if one should seriously consider that she may be capable of assuming such responsibilities. It was frightening, at first, that the media was reluctant and fearful of calling a spade a spade. It was like playing the "emporers new clothes." Initially, out of an attempt to provide respect for her, the media led the public down a path of believing that this candidate could, in fact, legitimately claim sufficient experience and responsibility to be the president of the U.S. it was frightening.

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Matt

    If the media was against Palin they would stop covering her. She has shrewdly managed to stay front and center. If she can keep the media in her pocket she will be a force during midterms and set for 2012. Right now the media seems to be her best friend.

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. CF

    The republican MO seems to be: Blame the media for reporting on someone in the party doing or saying stupid things, instead of blaming the person who did or said the stupid things.

    "The Media" has become such a scapegoat for the GOP that Republicans are able to get away with anything, and as long as they blame the media all their fellow Repubs automatically take their side and make the media the enemy without question. Shameful.

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Matt M.

    Governor Palin and then-Senator Obama were both under extremely intense scrutiny. The difference is that she screwed up; he didn't. In interview after interview, she came off as, at best, unknowledgeable and unqualified; at worst, a moron. Her public image was no one's fault but her own.

    Obama was under as much scrutiny as Palin was, and for a much longer time. He stumbled a couple of times, but overall he prevailed. Conservatives, for all their talk about personal responsibility, seem to always be very quick to point fingers at others when they fail.

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    It is typical of the right wing radicals that they can't take blame for their own actions. The so called main stream media didn't need to do anything to destroy her, she has done a fine job of that all on her own. Any one who fairly reports her actual words an actions is apparently out to get there. As Harry Truman said so well "If you can't stand the heat get our of the kitchen".

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Sawber

    It's a shame Obama's cabinet selections didn't get a fraction of the scrutiny that Palin got.

    Would he have ANY cabinet members appointed yet?

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Linda

    To the contrary. It was my perception that initially and until Palin repetitively demonstrated her ignorance regarding foreign policy, lack of sufficient experience to assume responsibility for a heart beat away from the presidency, and manipulative authoritarian methods of governing in Alaska, that the media actually ignored and avoided addressing her inexperience and engaged in an attempt to support a dangereous candidate by acting as if one should seriously consider that she may be capable of assuming such responsibilities. It was frightening, at first, that the media was reluctant and fearful of calling a spade a spade. It was like playing the "emporers new clothes." Initially, out of an attempt to provide respect for her, the media led the public down a path of believing that this candidate could, in fact, legitimately claim sufficient experience and responsibility to be the president of the U.S. it was frightening.

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    It is typical of the right wing radicals that they can't take blame for their own actions. The so called main stream media didn't need to do anything to destroy her, she has done a fine job of that all on her own. Any one who fairly reports her actual words an actions is apparently out to get there. As Harry Truman said so well "If you can't stand the heat get our of the kitchen".

    February 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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