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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  1. andrew s. rostolder

    the drama queen strikes yet another blow, well, for drama of course.... sarah, baby. you are so 20 minutes ago.......lol.....

    September 7, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. denise kendall

    How sad to see all the hate out there. Of course Palin is right. Shame on those who's lives are so bleak that they spew such venom towards another human being.

    September 7, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    CNN are the only ones who care about this woman anymore.

    September 7, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Susie Que

    She would have released it gladly if she thought it would discredit the Obama administration. What an opportunist! Isn't it about time for the media to stop giving a voice to political dissenters like Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Bachman, among others. Beware of false would-be leaders who encourage cult-like behavior. They stir up violence and hatred to further their own agendas and careers. I would think all Americans would want to respect their leaders even if they don't agree with them on all political issues.

    September 7, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. rachel

    It is shame on AP

    September 7, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Denny---Va.

    All the Palin haters are really stinking up the place again with their witless remarks. She's 100% right about this issue. The AP made a huge mistake, nothing new there. The tragic thing about this is the family suffered even more. The other tragedy, this lame leader we have in the White House and that idiot press secretary of his have made no comment and did not chastise the AP. Guess they were too busy thinking of new ways to screw the country and reward their pals, like ACORN.

    September 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. CityBoy

    Goes to show if you open your mouth up enough times you'll finally get something right.

    September 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. B

    Even though I agree with her, she devalues anything she comments on.

    September 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. The enforcer

    To all you rabid Palin haters out there, watch out for you will reap what you sew.
    Palin is more popular than your not soon enough ex POTUS Obama.
    No POTUS has ever dropped so fast in the polls than this fake.
    And why is it happening? Because we are a people who love freedom and we are awakening to the reality of a Marxist in the White House.
    Palin2012..........

    September 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Tom Policastro

    I agree with MS Palin that the photo of the battlefield death of Marine Joshua Bernard is a sacred image but I think that it is an image that we Americans all need to see and to take into our hearts and minds. Without these sacred images most of us will never understand the cost of these wars. Life goes on for most Americans the way it always has. While a few, a very few, of us sacrifice everything. We Americans need to see the cost of war, the waste of young lives and the sorrow of families. My heart goes out to Lance Corporal Bernard's family but he is not just theirs anymore he belongs to all of us now.

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. IG

    Does the human punchline realize that by getting involved, she is turning this into a bigger story than it ever was and is exploiting the situation herself? Upon further consideration, she probably doesn't.

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Terry

    She reminds me of my x-wife ! Good god can't she just go away?

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Chris

    Does this mean its also evil to broadcast images of dead Iraqi or Afghan people? Where is the uproar from palin and the right wing trolls when we are shown images of SW Asian people our forces have killed? Oh, thats right they are evil, so showing pictures of their mangled corpses is a good thing.

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Ben

    I think it's interesting that Sarah Palin seems to have adopted the use a word that may begin to take on life of it's own......evil. The word has been used often enough before, and by many others – but she uses it consistently in relation to varying things that the general public vehemently disagrees with. This could become her trademark......"defeating evil"....around every corner. Don't underestimate her being a player in future elections.....the conservative/independent/libertarian backlash will be coming sooner than later.

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Mike Wagner

    This isn't news.. but it's Sarah Palin (who? oh yeah that world-renowned author and political expert) so CNN must report every time she scratches her butt.

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Kate, Oregon

    I agree yet ,interesting that Sarah Palin sure never has or see's a problem with it when she exploits our military, another's family, turkey's or even her own children upon her own ignorant and careless whims!

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Farrell in Houston

    No, the photos should not be released just like Palin was selfish and heartless in her attempt to hide her daughter's pregnancy by taking the child from the parents to protect her own public image.

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Don of Iowa

    Regardless if the family wishes the photo aired or not, it is news, news not allowed out for over 8 years now. No one remembers the photos opf Nam on the news? What, all of a sudden we reverse a double standard by the conservative facists and we have to cry out foul? How else do you show the horrors of war to those imbeciles who wish to declare war at every misconceived word who refuse to learn there is no good side of war. Yes, people die, these are the facts of war, the only person who really has a say is the one who died, his last words were his death, I think that far outweighs anything his family desires or wishes, perhaps it is they who need to understand what it was they condoned when they supported him joining the military, perhaps it is time they finally wake up to their own sins and hatred!

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Texas Dave

    Dear CNN,

    I agree that it is evil and unconscionable–and totally unnecessary–to release such a photo.

    Your headline link seems worded in such a way as to disparage Palin. If that was your intent, you should know that the effect it had one me was different: It caused me to link you with the unconscionalbe actions of AP, and to think of synonyms you might find useful (if you don't care for the word "evil"). Consider words such as wicked, obscene and vile. Perhaps you would prefer those adjectives, which might somehow make Palin's characterization more palatable to whatever soul you have.

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    She would know about exploiting family members ...

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Uncle Fester

    I can't believe the nut jobs in here that don't believe what Palin said is true. You all need to get a life.!!!

    September 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. gunDy

    "How selfish and uncaring of us?" It is selfish and uncaring of us to NOT see these photos, to sit in our comfortable little bubble and pretend that the wars and violence only exist elsewhere when we turn on the news. It would be selfish and uncaring to barely pay attention to the fact that military personnel AND afghan civilians are dying every day. The family may understandably not want the photo released, but why would any of you be squeamish? Its not because it could be your son or daughter, its that you can't face reality, that war is occurring and you feel you are too busy with your extremely important lives to deal with anything that could depress you or make you feel anything other than peachy this morning. Its time for the United States to grow up.

    September 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. JR

    What? The "evil" word again! First it's "death panels" and now this... Tsk, tsk.... Besides, the same media that is "exploiting" this also sees fit to publish the continual drivel that escapes her mouth... No accounting for taste or relevance...

    September 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    I don't care for Sarah Palin or her political stances.
    But even I am at a loss to understand why we need to have all this "information" when it comes to other people's private lives.
    There use to be a concept of "privacy" in this country. But with all this government interference and media hype, our freedoms and personal liberties are slipping away. It is NOT a matter of life and death that we have to know everything about everybody.
    And CNN could find some other politicians to report on besides this Palin and her faceless Facebook page.

    September 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Bob

    Palin is a goofball, but she is 100% correct on this one.

    September 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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