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. Big D

    Palin being elected President in 2012, or anytime really, would prove to me that there is no God.

    September 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. joe

    Awww...she wants to wave her American flag, cheer on the troops, throw red meat to the mob-but she doesn't want Americans to see the consequences of sending young people off to war? Sure, let's keep war like a video game-that'll really help us make the right decisions for the people we shove in the way of live bullets.

    September 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Kristi

    I agree with Palin. But this story is bigger than Palin. I sense a bit of media bias on this one.

    September 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. David

    Why are so many here opposed to seeing the realities of war?

    Face it, this is the reality.

    September 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Willy

    Americans should see what happens in a WAR! PEOPLE DIE! Let's not white wash what happens!

    September 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Buddy

    Does CNN have an obsession with covering Palin? There are so many posts here that want Palin to shut up, yet CNN keeps putting out articles on her, and people keep commenting on it.

    September 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    In a perfect world, I could never agree with Sara Palin about ANYTHING, but this is clearly not a perfect world. In this specific instance, while I do not agree with her invectives I agree that publication of the photos, against the wishes of the family showed poor judgment and VERY bad taste.

    September 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Oh Please

    Palin and many of you are wrong. The image does not belong to the Bernard family, it belongs to us, we who sent this boy to his death, and it is our responsibility to look at that image and take responsibility for it and reconcile our guilt with it.

    September 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Martha

    Sarah, we need to know what is going on over there. The reality of this photo hits home so hard that maybe we will all start paying attention. While I greive right along with the family of this soldier, I also think he is a hero and you should be focusing on that fact rather than condemning the media. War is ugly, and we all sit back in our comfortable living rooms watching reality television while people are dying. This reaction will cause more harm than good, focus on what we can learn from this photo rather than why it is bad – we all know why it is bad, someone died.

    September 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Jesse

    Please stop covering Sarah Palin's dying moments ... it's cruel to continue pushing this idiot on the rest of the country that could care less about her Facebook musings.

    September 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Holly

    Well I don't like her... but if it's true that the parents requested the photos not be used, then Palin is right about this one.

    September 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Joe

    She's right (and that creeps me out to say....)

    September 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. maggie

    Sarah go kill a moose. Order something from Taco Bell. Have one of your kids vaccum.
    Whatever.
    Just go away.
    Please. Just go away.

    September 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Carol

    As a Democrat I believe Ms. Palin is just using this for political gain. However I do agree, the AP should honor the families wishes.

    September 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Just Ejamacate Yourself

    I wonder if she thinks Jesus on the Cross has been exploited, and used in a heartless and selfish way??

    September 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Flash in the Pan

    It's just HI-larious how CNN continues to torment you libs with these never ending Sarah Palin quotes...It's so funny to see you all up in arms about every little thing she says on her facie page or tweeter...

    September 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. LingerieLarry

    Who cares what she thinks...she is now a media puppet. If CNN was a "real" news company they wouldn't even print what she says anymore...leave it to the Enquirer.

    September 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. pat

    So what the AP exploits him, then you do...

    September 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. John

    If Peace is so arrogant and heartless as well as cowardly to fight for the principals of his country, then he/she don't belong in the same country as a Sarah Palin or any true patrior.

    September 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Like DUH

    New name for the spotlight-grubbing Palin – Captain Obvious!

    September 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Joe

    If the family doesn't want the photo shown, it should not be shown. Common sense and common decency should prevail. It should take opportunistic grandstanding by a twit like Sarah Palin to call attention to the problem.

    September 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Mike

    Sarah Palin why don't you "go fishing" nobody cares about your opinions.

    September 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Egomaniac grabs every opportunity for headlines...my how she hates the media...snore

    September 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. an evil thing to do

    I agree with Palin on this

    there was no secret to unvail, nothing blockbuster about this

    just heartless doing something because they could

    September 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. John S

    What has America come too? Democrat or Republican, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, etc. I mean really? It is tragic to lose any Solider, Airman, Marine or Sailor. Put you politics aside and look at the real issue here, which isn't Sarah Palin or her comments, it's the publication of this Marine's death. Take a moment to think about all the thousands of our troops who are overseas working hard on this national holiday. They are way from their families, sweating in high heat and humidity, putting themselves in harms way and sadly dying. I know because I am one of them. I ask you again to look at this issue for what it really is about.

    September 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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