March 26th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin unplugged in speech to Alaska GOP dinner

Palin said there was 'unprecedented' media slant during the campaign.

Palin said there was 'unprecedented' media slant during the campaign.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is teeing off on the media once again.

In a little-noticed speech to a GOP dinner in Alaska last week, Palin riffed for nearly an hour on a variety of topics - including her relationship with former McCain staffers, the Bush administration's anti-terror efforts, and actress Ashley Judd.

But the Alaska governor returned multiple times to the "unprecedented level of media slant" that she witnessed during her two-months on the Republican ticket with John McCain.

Her speech, delivered last Friday to the Anchorage Lincoln Day Dinner, was recorded by the Alaska Republican Party and posted online Tuesday.

Reflecting on the campaign, Palin said there were "a variety of reasons" Republicans lost in November, namely the faltering economy, but she seemed to place most of the blame on the press.

"Some in the media actually participated in not so much the 'who-what-where-when-why' objective reporting on candidates and positions, those five W's that I learned when I had a journalism degree so many years ago in college, when the world of journalism was quite different than it is today," she said.

"No, things have changed," she continued. "But complaining? Or whining? Absolutely not. But I am going to call it like I see it. It doesn't do any good to whine about any of this. But I can call it like I see it. Sometimes it gets me in a lot of trouble when I speak candidly, and I speak from the heart and I do such a thing. But I am going to."

"And there was that media slant this go round," she said. "And unless things change, the GOP had really better can stand together, 'cause we got that on the battlefield also. I call it like I see it and like I lived it on the campaign trail. Not complaining, but dealing with reality."

"Those are the cards that are dealt us," she said, "and we had better learn to play that hand and do things right and do things better."

Later in the speech, she told a story about praying for strength before last October's Vice Presidential debate with Joe Biden in St. Louis.

"So I'm looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra," she said. "And the McCain campaign, love 'em, you know, they're a lot of people around me, but nobody I could find that I wanted to hold hands with and pray." As the crowd laughed, Palin grinned and said she meant no disrespect to the McCain campaign. She said she ultimately prayed with her daughter Piper.

The governor also took a shot at an environmental group fronted by actress Ashley Judd - the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - that has mounted a campaign against the governor to halt the practice aerial wolf hunting in Alaska. Palin called on her fellow Republicans to "stand up to those goofy Defenders of Wildlife celebrity starlets who don't even know about Alaska."

She mocked the Obama administration's elimination of the term "enemy combatant" and reminded the crowd that "we're at war." She lauded former President Bush for his efforts to prevent another terrorist attack after September 11, standing up for the 43rd president even though "the political and media elite ridiculed and mocked him."

"It's no small accomplishment that no terrorist attack has occurred since 9/11," Palin said.

Adding her voice to the debate over the future of the GOP, Palin said the Republican Party would be happy to welcome Democrats and independents who might grow frustrated with Democratic overreach, but she rejected the suggestion that the party should become more moderate. Instead, she argued, Republicans need to better communicate their ideas.

"Sometimes, the middle of the fence is really the most uncomfortable place to be," she said. "How about we just keep it simple? To grow, we've got to be who we are."


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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Nick

    Palin is right. She makes more sense than Obama!

    March 25, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Karen

    You go, Sarah. The media did hang you out to dry. This is why so few trust them.

    March 25, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Anthony McMahon

    Sarah, the media reported it as they saw it–to take a phrase from you. It was you who lost the election; it was you who had no grasp of global politics; it was you who had no understanding of basic economic principles; it was you who played the race and religious card against Obama; and it was you who came off as exactly as you are: a right-wing religious nut who has the potential (the potential, mind you) to become a dictator.

    That's all the news that's fit to print, my dear.

    P.S., stay in Alaska and leave the "lower 48" alone.

    March 25, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. gaysforpalin

    Sent in another $20.12 from this past friday's paycheck!!

    March 25, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Louis

    CARIBOU BARBIE–Once again we hear from the not-ready-for-prime-time crybaby.

    March 25, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    Talk Sarah Talk!

    March 25, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Jimmy D Victoria

    Go away!

    March 25, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. michael macarthur

    ms. palin has a heart? And she lost the race for Senator McCain HANDS DOWN.....had nothing at all to do with the press......sorry carribou barbie!

    March 25, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Concerned GA voter

    Quotes from this article by Palin:
    those five W's that I learned when I had a journalism degree so many years ago in college,
    My Comment: This should have been worded, when I earned or recieve a journalsim degree.....or don't you actaully have one or no longer have one what exactualy was she trying to say?

    Palin Quote: "And unless things change, the GOP had really better can stand together, 'cause we got that on the battlefield also.
    My Comment: What the heck!!

    Note to Palin: When you made (and continue to make) incoherent statements like these....you just fuel the media fire against you. Don't blame the media for your own ignorance!!!!!

    March 25, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Wookie

    Palin needs to retain the services of "JEDI-YODA" to "better communicate" what she means, among others – "to grow, we've got to be who we are"?

    March 25, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    When you are on a political campaign with people that ARE AT WORK 'working' with you – you should not expect them to PRAY with you!
    In America we have the separate of church and state. Go to church if you want to find people to pray with.

    March 25, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. sylvia vaught

    ara Palin is an egomaniac, who jumped into this race for attention .t.She can't stand that it is over, so she is lashing out for any attention she can get Unfortunately, CNN an others are giving her what she wants.

    I, for one, don't want her in the White House!!!

    March 25, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Dan, TX

    I agree that the media are horrible. They want to tear down everyone because whoever you tear down, half the people are cheering you on. If you build someone up, you annoy half the people.

    As long as the left and right decide to hate each other, the media will tear down the left, right, AND center. That's because the left and right both hate centrists.

    As far as enemy combatants go. Obama has kept us safe so far. If the republicans want him to take ownership for the economy, then surely they have to give his policies credit for keeping us safe.

    March 25, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Tom in Delaware

    Media slant? Maybe THAT's why none of the hundreds of Tea Parties protesting Obama and his policies have gptten any press.

    The left hates this woman because she makes you look at yourselves...and you come up short.

    Tax Day Tea Party, April 15, 2009

    Coming to a city near you in all 50 states.

    March 25, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Kevin, Parker CO

    Does she just get edited horribly or are her thoughts really that disjointed? It's almost stream of consciousness.

    March 25, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Bill

    She's kind of a "Forest Gump", except he was likeable.

    March 25, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Wayne from Fullerton, CA

    Of course..., Sarah Palin is your lead article on a day so many other important issues are before us.
    What's happened to you CNN? I used to respect you.

    March 25, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Peter

    That's right! It's not Grandpa Munster with his "I know nothing about the economy, but it's just fine" baloney and the Gidget-goes-to-Washington ignorant-beyond-belief comments. It's the media!

    March 25, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. William Cowan

    Awww, poor Sarah Palin. How dare the media actually record and report on the inane ramblings she thinks qualifies as sound political rhetoric. She's made a cartoon of herself, indeed, I can't think of a more ridiculous politician in the US today...though Michelle Bachmann does give her a run for her money.

    March 25, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. please

    As long as the GOP keeps blaming the press for their losses, they will keep becoming more and more irrelevant.

    Grand Old Party – with OLD being the key – old stale ideas and old stale rhetoric.

    "Instead, she argued, Republicans need to better communicate their ideas." – we know your ideas – cut taxes for the rich, don't let homosexuals marry, the government should control woman's bodies, and minorities should stay minorities. Did I miss anything?

    March 25, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. Suave

    Why does she have keep reiterating that she's not complaining.

    It certainly sounds like it to me. Mrs. Palin the media asking you what do you read didn't cause you to lose. You're responsible for that all by yourself.

    March 25, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. Joe Sixpack

    When you have to announce multiple times that you're not complaining... that seems to be a pretty good indication that you actually are.

    And this "media elite" thing has to stop. I don't think it was just the media elite ridiculing Bush–whether fairly or not–he provided a pretty easy target for pretty much everyone.

    March 25, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Jim

    Still disjointed and incoherant. Time for speech therapy ... or is the biased press misquoting her? Is she wooing democrats or the Taliban since they are extreme too. Some of them are more articulate in English than the poor gov .

    March 25, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Larry

    Only Democrats, that do not appreciate someone telling the truth, would not like Sarah.Democrats prefer someone that does a great job of reading a teleprompter and saying what ever it is that audience wants to hear,the story changes to suit the needs.

    March 25, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Tim

    Wow...
    She dove in head 1st with the media...blew it completely and iconicized her image as intellectually incapable...and its the media's fault. Seriously?

    March 25, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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