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. Marie

    Get over yourself Sarah. You just aren't that important nor qualified. You need to deal with the problems in your own home and quit blaming others. The media elite are far more intelligent than you and you don't like being called out on it. You mean Greta and Sean were the only nice guys? Well, let me let you in on a secret, they're not journalists. Journalists report facts, and you didn't like that. Sure hindsight is 20/20 and you probably went over that Katie Couric interview and realized how stupid you really looked and thought, gosh darnit, I'll blame the media! Be sure that you keep that caveat for Fix News attached or the Greta and spouse funding for your 2012 election might just go "poof;" kind of like Levi did when he saw what he was getting into. I predicted that on Gretas blog last October.

    So what are you? Republican? Independent? moving toward Nowhere, Alaska? Stay there. Your voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard and that, alone, is open season for critics.

    March 25, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. HQ

    Sarah makes a good but obvious point. Mainstream Media's left leaning sympathy/posturing has been clear for years. Socially and financially conservative voters and politicians need to find a new "Ronald Reagan" style communicator with the skill and honesty to carry their messages. That's the only way to trump media bias and directly communicate with Americans and the world community.

    March 25, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Kane

    Palin's no PR dummy, she knows if she continues to hark upon the "media slant" then she'll get more coverage. If you ignore her, she'll just go away...

    March 25, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Concerned Alaskan

    Shows once again how totally full of it this woman is....and will continue to be. We are still waiting for our Governor to return from running for office to govern our state, but looks like she will spend her remaining time in office trying to grab headlines and keep her name in the media, the same media she blames for her loss. IS that why she's had a zillion interviews on the biast FOX news November? Time to get back to doing what your paid to do Governor, not running for the 2012 nomination.

    March 25, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Tricia E

    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.

    No, Sarah, it's just that you finally started paying attention to what was happening outside of Wasilla. If you had been paying attention, you would have anticipated the media coming after you because McCain didn't properly vet you before picking you.

    March 25, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Matt

    Apparently, Sarah Palin has never heard of the Wall Street Journal , Rush Limbaugh or Fox news. Sure, news has become retail in recent years; it's become a business that caters to the tastes of its viewers, but who led the charge? As I recall, the first highly-partisan nationwide radio show had a decidedly conservative slant (Rush). And, the first truly partisan television news network was Fox News. It's not surprising then, that some people decided to go elsewhere for their news or that liberal news options developed (Daily Show, Colbert Report, AirAmerica). Sarah Palin's–indeed the entire Republican Party's -problem is that they blame the media for their own policy and leadership failures. The media didn't force the Bush Administration into an unpopular war of choice and it didn't force the Republican-controlled governments of 2000-2008 to turn record surpluses into record deficits. The Republicans made their beds and now they have to sleep in them.

    March 25, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Nika4

    i am thinking, Sarah, that you are a bit too paranoid to be an effective leader. Perhaps you had better stick to taking care of business at home, and get over your national loss. The voters have spoken.

    March 25, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. greg

    When she's right, she's right. This election was the worst I have ever seen when it came to reporting. The media gave up all pretense of impartiality, CNN included. Friends of mine who were life long democrats, and who had always dismissed republican claims of media bias had their eyes opened. Some even quit watching the news altogether.

    March 25, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Annie

    I guess it depends on your perspective. The night of her convention speech I listened, and got so distressed, as a diabetic, I had an insulin reaction. And her speeches just got uglier and more hateful from there. Hell, she even insinuated I wasn't a "real American." I thought the media treated her with kidd gloves vs. the hate she was stirring up. Good grief, her and McCain were told to cool it by Secret Service. But here she is again doing the "poor Sarah" act.

    March 25, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Johnny C. Lately

    Thank you CNN!

    I hope the "liberal media" objectively and accurately reports everything that Palin her ilk have to say (just the facts, or the 'who-what-where-when-why', in her own words). That way "We the people" will always be reminded of what a dismal failure the republican party is, and hopefully will not be enticed into ever repeating the mistake of giving these idiots any power whatsoever in future elections.

    Hey Sarah Palin! Please continue with your now perfected routine of "open mouth – insert foot" as it serves a dual purpose of entertaining us in these dismal times as well.

    March 25, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. RN in Ann Arbor

    We know you cannot lead. We know you refuse to work together or follow. So, just get out of the way!
    I have yet to hear of a single idea from the republicans, other than "Lower my taxes!"

    March 25, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. KW, Vail AZ

    Sorry Sarah, you exposed yourself when you opened your mouth. The media just happened to be there. One didn't have to be a genius to figure out that you were not ready for prime time.

    March 25, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. JO

    Let the Repub freak shows continue to rear their ugly heads. Please, do not change a thing. Yes, it's the press that does this to you, you betcha! There is nothing wrong with any of you. Stay the way you are.

    March 25, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Steve

    I'm sorry but Sarah is not the brightest politician out there. She needs to accept the fact.
    I rank her with a Fred Thompson or Ross Perot.
    She needs to appreciate what she's got.
    If not for McCain nobody would pay any attention to her.

    March 25, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. smac

    "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."

    Did she say she has a degree in journalism? She sure doesn't speak like it, she had really better can get some training in preparing and giving speeches.

    March 25, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Pier Giacalone

    Wow, Palin gibberish. I forgot what a wonderful gift that was during the campaign.

    The woman is completely incoherent. Republicans need to find something for her to do FAR away from any press.

    March 25, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Brian

    Why is anyone still listening to anything Sarah Palin has to say. She was a desperate attempt by McCain to "invigorate" his ticket. She did anything but. I'm sure that Alaska will go the right thing and end her political career the next time they elect a governor.

    March 25, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. BJK

    she's not going to whine about it? thats all that woman has been doing since she lost. Why don't you lead by example, and just do a good job of being a governor, and then maybe people will take notice. And if that doesn't work, maybe you can get Jeff Gannon to do all your interviews for you

    March 25, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. tom pittsburgh

    Does the Republican party need new direction to survive? You Betchim.
    It needs to join thinking Americans, and develop a new philosophy that loves America and all Americans. Forget guns, fear,prejudice, and bogeymen.
    Lose the Rush bunch and find candidates with knowledge, honesty, and fairness.

    March 25, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. Patrick

    Yup... typical... blame it all on the press instead of your own inadequacy and total lack of ideas.

    GOP.... the party of Dr. NO.

    March 25, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. fletc3her

    The media did not make up Sarah Palin's disorganized method of speaking. It is nice to see that even off the campaign trail she is no more coherent than she was on the campaign trail.

    With all her whining you would think that her competitors had not received any negative press. For every mention of her firing her brother-in-law, receiving thousands of dollars in clothing and jewelry from the campaign, or lying about her support for the bridge to nowhere there was a corresponding mention of Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Obama's religion, or even, and I wish I was making this up, tin-foil hat theories that Obama's birth certificate was forged.

    The media does not so much show bias as general incompetence.

    March 25, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. The squirrel running up the tree

    Interesting article, and very insightful comments from Gov. Sarah Palin. The quote at the end was especially spot-on.

    March 25, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Paul

    Right, it was all the media, and we poor voters are just too dumb to think for ourselves and come to a reasoned decision. What an arrogant, foolish woman she is. And didn't she say whoever wins the election will do so because God wants them to? So she thinks the Almighty was taken in by all that 'librul' media?

    I think la Palin's fifteen minutes are close to being up.

    March 25, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Boy, talk about divisive politics and using the media for your own propaganda slander. She sure is something.

    March 25, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. Karl

    Why does "the media" keep quoting Sarah precisely? They print exactly what she says and it makes her sound like a fool. That is simply not fair. It is the proof of what she is saying that it is.

    March 25, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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