September 7th, 2009
03:43 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin calls news org 'heartless and selfish'

Since leaving office, Palin has been working on her memoirs.
Since leaving office, Palin has been working on her memoirs.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is calling the AP's decision to release a battlefield photo of a dying Marine over the family's objection "an evil thing to do."

In a Sunday night post on her Facebook page, the former Alaska governor called the photo released this week of Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard's dying moments on the battlefield in Afghanistan a "sacred image."

"Many of us join Secretary Gates in condemning the Associated Press for its heartless and selfish decision to turn its back on the wishes of a grieving family in order to exploit the tragic death of a true American hero," she wrote.

The release of the photo was "a despicable and heartless act by the AP," said Palin. "The family said they didn't want the photo published. AP, you did it anyway, and you know it was an evil thing to do.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bernard family. …"

Palin has had limited public appearances since resigning the governor's office in July. Most of her comments have come via posts on her Facebook page.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. CALVIN

    As I said before – she is an airhead!

    September 7, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. mike

    Come on AP, please respect the family's wishes. Don't release the photo.

    September 7, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    It is odd the press would show this in order to tell the "truth" and yet the press, including CNN, is totally incapable of telling the truth when it comes to the facts relevant to policy.

    The press has betrayed the American people and we need people to get out there on YouTube and tear every single news show a new one, until they start showing the facts as truth instead of showing everyone's opinions as facts.

    September 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    Palin is absolutely right about this.

    September 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Jose, San Diego

    CNN is trolling a Facebook page to generate news about Sarah Palin? Did she also, like, totally hate the latest Harry Potter film too? We need to know, CNN, put your crack reports back on the Facebook/Twitter-Tweet trail and Woodward-Bernstein the facts for us.

    September 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Jen

    I agree that if the family did not want the photo be released it should not have been. However who gives a hoot as to what Palin has to say? You quit your office Mrs. Palin now just be quiet.

    September 7, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Post always rejected by CNN

    You know Palin and Phewlenty are running a race to see who can generate more hate in the news. If these two are examples of republican "leadership" the country will have nothing to worry about the republicans ever getting back in the whitehouse. All you have to do is look at the mess in Alaska and Minnesota...republicans made it...just like bush ruined the USA>

    September 7, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Debra from Georgia

    Although I agree with you on this issue. However, you need to go away.

    September 7, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Tom

    If anyone knows about being heartless and selfish it is Palin.

    September 7, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Sam

    Why does anyone, especially CNN, care what this serial quitter says? Stop giving her press, which is exactly what she craves.

    September 7, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    AP has placed politics above all else.
    This is a shinning example of some of the slime comming from the news media of today. Maybe it is time to look at the media in another light and require some responsibility from them.

    September 7, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Barbara

    Takes evil to know evil-Go away. No one cares what you have to say!

    September 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Joyce in South Carolina

    I do feel concern for the family, but we need to see this. Maybe if the public would be allowed to see more of this, there would be enough outrage to end both wars.

    If it were my family member, I would want it released, as I would not want any other family to go through what I was going through.

    September 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. AlRam

    For the first time you are right Palin.

    September 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Keith

    Yes, keep what happens over there a secret. Wouldn't want the liberals getting squeamish like in Nam. That's the American way.

    What's more questionable is the media attention on this joke of an ex-governor. Everyone likes a freak, it seems.

    September 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Jan

    First time I've agreed with her.

    September 7, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. On the other hand...

    Again, Sarah Palin steps forward for rational thinking. This was just a plain bad decision on the part of the Associated Press. It wreaks of desperate exploitation of a young man's ultimate sacrifice for his country.

    The administration's silence on this incident stands out.

    September 7, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Hmmm.....

    Who are we that we would condone causign any family to have to watch their childs last breath away from home and all alone. If it were my sone or daughter, I would ache knowing that my arms should have been and wanting to have been able to hold my child as tightly as I could. What is wrong with us that we coud believe printing this image and doing this to a grieving family can in any way ever be justified? Some will decide based on who said it is evil. How selfish and truly uncaring and unfeeling we have become as a people and a nation to allow this to happen.

    September 7, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Rick

    War is almost as ugly as the thought of her being President.

    September 7, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. tom

    I'm not a Palin fan, but she is right about this. No question.

    September 7, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Ken

    Well, well. Here's the POT calling the KETTLE black. At least now she is finaly talking about something she knows about: being heartless and selfish.....just ask McCain, her husband, Alaska....

    September 7, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Dennis

    I don't always agree with her, but she's right this time. In this situation the desires of the parents should have been honored.

    September 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Kevin Wickman

    Who cares what Sarah Palin thinks about this?

    September 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Balcorot

    Who gives a rat's tail what this nitwit thinks or says????

    September 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Dean

    Photos of a dying Neda were called 'Journalism'. Photos of a dying Marine are called 'evil'. Politicians will say *anything* for political points – this is the true evil.

    September 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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