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. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    I have never in the past year, since learning who Sarah Palin is, agreed with even one thing she has said or stood for. That said, I agree with this. If the family has stated that they wish not for the photo to be released, it should be a respected request.

    And as much of a liberal as I am, I find all those who are using this space to denounce Ms. Palin appalling. It makes us look heartless, and I know we're not. We all know what war looks like; why do we need more pictures? Stop acting like it's our right to view something that the Lance Corporal's family requested be kept out of the media.

    I think that the AP was absolutely despicable for not respecting the family's wishes, and I'm ashamed that some of my liberal brethren seem to think that this is the place to put others down.

    September 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Rick, ex marine, liberal

    For once I agree with Sarah Palin. Some issues require more thought and respect.

    September 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Pat

    This is a true instance of the pot calling the kettle black. Shara P. is the biggest media hog there is. She would sell her own disabled child's story if the price is right. I do believe the media is using the solders on camera death as a way to get higher ratings, but for Shara to support the incident in no way should mean it is a popular or just stance, She should bring no more credibility to a cause then a paid advocate!

    September 7, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Daniel

    it's the cost of War, let me remind you that President Bush, a Republican authorized the War. But I suppose Bush & Cheney have no remorse for any of this, especially since they went to War for the Oil and in pursuit of their New World Order which CNN never ever talks about..

    September 7, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. TangledThorns

    As a former soldier the AP should respect the parent's wishes at the least. The AP has no morals or sympathy for the fallen.

    September 7, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. judith

    Won't you please stop reporting this woman's words? She is not representative of anyone or anything. Please stop trying to make her relavent. She is a product of the media. You, the media, can make her go away. Please, she is like a little germ that makes people sick every time they are exposed to her.

    September 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Tom

    I do not agree with most of what Sarah says but here I have to agree. What purpose did this serve that was so important (other than making money) that the family's wishes were overridden.

    September 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. ED

    Sarah Palin posted a comment on HER Facebook. Y'all do the SAME on yours. Only YOURS isn't interesting enough hit the news - HERS is - so shut up, already, you morons! She's an American and she can say whatever she wants! And so, clearly, can all you morons who continually denigrate this woman on a public ticker - JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN! Yep - you're real "smart" people, alright (NOT).

    September 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Pfft

    The man's FAMILY didn't want the photos released. The news agency decided that their selfish needs outweighed the family who lost a loved one. It really doesn't matter who spoke out – the news agency was at fault.

    September 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Patrick in the Army

    I am an Army Officer and Afghanistan veteran. I think Sarah Palin has a right to an opinion but frankly feel her opinion is ridiculous. Embedded reporters have a duty to show what's happening on the battlefield. The photo was of Marines diligently working to save the life of their brother Marine. This is the battlefield, not paparazzi. It’s the battlefield, not art. I feel sorry for the family loss. I lost a couple soldiers during my tour. Families don’t have the right to shield the world from their loss, no matter how great. My understanding was the AP complied and did not release the photo until the appropriate next of kin were notified. Its news – its reality. If Sarah Palin doesn’t like – I AM SURE – we will here more about it, but I say keep it coming. Americans need to suffer with the families and share their Pride and loss.

    September 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. slenon

    The face of war is ugly and will always display loss.

    The media's job is to report the truth, not to protect people from the truth. The truth is that American troops are being killed because of political decisions made by the Bush administration.

    It is easy to support a war when you have no personal stake in it. Every American needs to see the faces of all our dead, needs to hear the cries of all our wounded, needs to see the loss apparent on the family members faces as the final rifle salute echoes The wounded and the dead belong to all of us. Their images belong to all of us. Without those brutal photographs on our televisions and monitors, it is all too easy to forget the absolute cost of letting our politicians involve us in wars.

    Palin, once again, knows nothing of what she's speaking about. Rank her with Halliburton, Blackwater/Xe, and all the other contractors, just another profiteer using our troops for personal gain.

    September 7, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. John Q

    She's right, but it's not her issue to own. It's our issue as a nation. She's trying to lay her claim on it now and later will likely attempt to put her political opponents on the other side of the issue. Even though Robert Gates did everything he could to stop it.

    I thought Republicans were against government intervention in matters of corporate business? Why the sudden change?

    September 7, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Godfrey Carmichael

    Sadly irrelevant and irrational. She makes me embarrassed to be an American.

    September 7, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Howard

    You all need to listen to Don Henley's dirty laundry song. 'get the widow on the set, they love dirty laundry..." The press does what it thinks will sell newspapers, or the nightly news, how many times have you seen some perky little reporter stick a microphone in some weeping mother/father's face and ask, "so, how does it feel to watch your son/daughter die? It's all about business.

    September 7, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. happymullah

    This is why I love Sarah. She calls a spade a spade.
    What a courageous and patriotic woman.

    September 7, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Marian in Pensacola

    Family and dignity first, in this case. Jeff in Houston, I agree with you completely. If AP was asked by the family not to publish the pictures, then the issue of respect should have garnered top priority in their decision. Even we Obama supporters know how to respect soldiers and their families. Truly.

    September 7, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Big Blue Patriot

    Where was the eminent ex-Governor when the war that led to this Marine's death was being sold to us with lies?

    Despite what Ms. Palin says, she has mostly practiced situational ethics, the reason she is destined for the elite political realm of talk TV.

    September 7, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Joanna in PA

    OK Palin, why do things or people or actions always be defined as evil. Why do you always use hate speech? Nobody wants to see a person dying. But it does put a human face on the the "war". Maybe it will make us think twice before we send our sisters and brothers into a battle. We better make sure there lives are worth it and NOT foer political gain. Ya know?

    September 7, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Maryellen

    Wow, the first time I've ever agreed with Mrs. Palin on anything. The photo should not be released.

    September 7, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Ray Koob

    I thought her 15 minutes were up...

    September 7, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Nevada Voter

    Yes, it's better to hide the faces of the fallen so we don't have to suffer the discomfort of the realities of war.
    Yes, it is better to imagine all of our fallen soldiers dying peaceful deaths. It sure makes it easier to send them off to war, that way.
    But, when we are face to face with the horror of war, the evil that Palin sees is not in the horrific battles between human beings and nations. No, the evil she sees is in the journalists' attempts to show reality to the public.
    I guess we all see things however we really want to.

    September 7, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. katiec

    Who but CNN goes to Palin's facebook in order to keep her
    in the headlines??
    We are getting tired of your love affair with this hypocrit.

    September 7, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. gl, Pittsburgh

    This happened last week and Sara Palin comment today just show how bad she crave attention. Using anything to make news. Something that happen last week which is old news.

    September 7, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Rosie

    Why is the media still covering this woman? She doesn't have the intelligence that God gave a doorknob.

    September 7, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. donald nguyen

    The lying lier about death squads has no credibility whatsoever. Even if she is correct (because the family's wish was not to show the picture), she does not get any credit. Kind of a penalty for being a lier and a flamer that contributed to the division of this nation, in the same category as Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. No credibility whatsoever. Nil, nada, zero, negative number.

    September 7, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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