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. Rocky

    I'm so tired of hearing from this wannbe. Who cares what Sarah thinks? Doesn't CNN have anything more important to report.

    September 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Ted Tartaglia

    Palin is a part of a bunch of misguided individuals who want to shield the American public from the realities of war. They only want to see the sanitized version, not the images that show people and soldiers dying. This is reality!

    I agree it is not a pretty sight but the American public should see what goes on in their name especially in a war that was not necessary. Perhaps if more people realized that war is ugly and devestating to those who fight in them, we would not be so quick to approve military action.

    September 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Manny Ginn

    Have you ever noticed how much liberals and Demoncrats rant, rave and spew hatred for people like Bush and Palin....but adamantly (and ignorantly) defend a manipulative and dangerous man like Obama who is spending this country into extinction, hiring czars who are avowed Communists, and taking over major US corporations? The hypocrisy is disgusting...!!!

    September 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Steve W, Portland, OR

    No Sarah, you've got it backwards: starting this war was an evil thing to do. Supporting it didn't help much either.

    September 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Brian MacDougall

    Let's see: AP's decision is "lamentable," "regrettable," "unfortunate," "misguided," "bone-headed," and many other adjectives too numerous to list. The family's wished must be respected.

    The decision to run the photo is not, however, "evil." Only a demagogue like Palin and her ignorant supporters could twist this incident into some kind of condemnation of AP as a satanic force.

    So, even when Palin is right, she's wrong. Now THAT is a talent!

    September 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Joe

    If all of you want her to go away, quit visiting this web-site. They run a story about her everday. Many people posted a comment on face book but cnn puts her's out there!!

    September 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Reformed Republican

    In case you haven't figured it out...

    Palin's commenting about this is EXPLOITING the death of an American hero too!

    After all, it got her the headline didn't it.

    Guess by your own words you're "evil" as well hey Palin...

    September 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. william nunas

    I was just wondering what "enforcer" means by the "real american" comment. Perhaps "think like me" and you are real. Aparrently only rightwingnuts are entitled to be "real americans".

    September 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. itbeme

    it's a fact of war that people die. If a reporter was traveling with these troops, and some were killed, why wouldn't they report about it.

    It's just like the caskets coming home, covered with flags. The repukes think that if no one sees the caskets, no will know that our kids are being killed.

    Maybe if we saw a new photo every day, people would actually remember what is going on over there......

    Iraq is a needless war....Afghanistan is the forgotten war....

    September 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. JMajor

    The irony in this situation is that when young 'Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard' signed up for the military forces, he was in agreement to serve the country. Perhaps when his life was ending as a result of a fraudulent and needless war, we as a country should bare witness to the sorrow and grief of a family losing their son needlessly. He completed his service and we all learned what it was about. Godspeed to his family, and may Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard rest in peace. We thank him for his service.
    JMajor

    September 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Dan

    Yes, that heartless eveil media again – not quite the same as using the same incident for political gain in a paid speech, but you're right Sarah, they're evil.

    September 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    Dear Sarah – if you would like to look at what evil looks like – try a mirror.

    September 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Ryan

    Isn't talking about the 'event' making it more public than it already is ?

    September 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. trace

    So many people SO OVER Sarah – yet you take the time to read her stories AND comment? Tell me who needs to get a life!

    September 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. John Gillbuny

    and she studied journalism in college? crawl under a rock sarah

    September 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    And how is this her concern? SHUT HER UP. She'll snap at anything to stay in the news.

    September 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Jeff in Houston

    I may be stoned by my fellow progressives, but on this point, Palin is absolutely on target. The wishes of the family trump EVERYTHING folks. Period. End of discussion.

    And even though bile raises in my throat, I stand and bow to Ms. Palin on this one. Someone at AP needs to be horsewhipped, and i would hand Sarah the whip.

    September 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Connie, Indiana

    wasn't pictures of dead or dying soldiers shown on TV and in the newspapers during the Vietnam conflict??? What is evil is the idea that a war was started on false "information", that caused the lives of over 4,000 Americans and countless Iraqi's, so where was/is the uproar about that...Maybe seeing pictures of this sort will cause people to think real hard about even thinking about going to war in the first place.

    September 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Miguel

    She has over 100 paid speaking engagements coming up. Liberals, she isn't going away, in fact she is going to be more in your face now than she was (thanks to the extreme left focusing on her as Governor).

    And whoever thinks it is o.k. to show a picture like this against the family's wishes, no matter what political point you are trying to justify, you need to shake yourself and think about others grief instead of your own agenda.

    September 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Ted Tartaglia

    Palin's comments about AP's being heartless and selfish and doing an evil thing about publishing a photo of a dying soldier illustrates what a self-serving shallow thinker she is. She is trying to cover up the horrors of the war she unquestioningly supports.

    September 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Peter, San Francisco

    For once I agree with Sarah Palin.

    September 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Derek

    How did she not find a way to tie Obama into this latest rant??? Boy, she's slipping.

    September 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Ralph

    War is about killing people. America has been killing people, and suffering the killing of its own people, without interruption, for many years now. Let's face it: Images of dying and dead American soldiers are going to effect American viewers much more than images of dead and dying "foreigners," enemy or otherwise. I still vividly recall the news photo of a truckload of dead American soldiers, stacked like cord wood, from the Vietnam war. These are the kinds of images that turn Americans against war. That make them want to stop it. And that would, obviously, save American lives. And foreign lives too. Out of sight, out of mind. In sight, in mind.

    September 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    As much as it pains me, I must agree with Sarah Palin on the photo issue. I also think it was over the top when they put the video of Neda all over the news as she was dying. That is a moment in time that should be shared only between the person dying and their GOD.

    On the other hand people need to realize that Sarah Palin could not have written that Facebook entry as it contained grammatically correct phrases forming complete sentences and we all know that Sarah Palin speaks in phrases so lighten up on the criticism of her as this was not her writing.

    September 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. will

    Showing the death of a US solider is something I would not appove of having shown, but everyone need to know the cost of war. The most heart wrenching thing I have ever seen is a mother laying the rest of her son who has not even begun to live a life. I still have my hometown paper where the mother of a soldier is crying because her heart is breaking because of a death. Sarah Palin in only trying to promote herself and not have an intelligent discussion of the issues. If she is looking for her real debate. Ask her to put her policy viewpoints down in writing in a real fourum. Put it in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Times... Pick one... and don't just try to play to your base plz... Present real solutions... NO TALKING POINTS PLZ

    September 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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