January 13th, 2009
01:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin slams 'bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/08/art.palinop.gi.jpg caption="Palin has given a steady stream of interviews since Election Day."](CNN) - Sarah Palin fired a new salvo in her war on the media, unloading in a new interview on her home state paper and “bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie.”

The Alaska governor, who has granted a steady stream of interviews since Election Day, also told an Esquire reporter that she wishes she had told McCain campaign advisors she’d be “callin’ some of the shots.”

"Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me....I'll tell you, yesterday the Anchorage Daily News, they called again to ask — double-, triple-, quadruple-check — who is Trig's real mom,” she said, in an interview to be published in the magazine’s March issue.

“And I said, Come on, are you kidding me? We're gonna answer this? Do you not believe me or my doctor? And they said, No, it's been quite cryptic the way that my son's birth has been discussed. And I thought, Okay, more indication of continued problems in the world of journalism."

But Palin said she had adopted a philosophical attitude on the downside of the spotlight. "You have to let it go,” she said. “Even hard news sources, credible news sources — the comment about, you can see Russia from Alaska. You can! You can see Russia from Alaska. Something like that — a factual statement that was taken out of context and mocked — what you have to do is let that go."

The former Republican vice presidential candidate said again she regretted not taking a greater leadership role during the campaign season. "If I were giving advice to myself back on the day my candidacy was announced, I'd say, Tell the campaign that you'll be callin' some of the shots,” she said. “Don't just assume that they know you well enough to make all your decisions for ya. Let them know that you're the CEO of a state, you're forty-four years old, you've got a lot of great life experience that can be put to good use as a candidate."

Despite a season of barbs aimed at the coastal elites, Palin seemed to offer an olive branch to the Big Apple: "I would think we all tear up during the national anthem at the beginning of a baseball game, don't we? That's an alikeness between Alaskans and New Yorkers," she said.

Update: In an Anchorage Daily News column published last week, the paper's editor said the only questions reporters there had asked about Trig's birth came when the paper undertook a project to debunk conspiracy theories surrounding the event, but that they had abandoned the effort because of a lack of cooperation from the Palin family.

"I don't believe we have ever published in the newspaper a story, a letter, a column or anything alleging a coverup surrounding your maternity," wrote the editor in an e-mail sent to Palin and reprinted on the paper's blog. "In fact, my integrity and the integrity of the newspaper have been repeatedly attacked in national forums for our complicity in the 'coverup.'

Later, he added: "...So I don’t understand the behavior of the governor’s press office. Did the governor not share my email with the press staff? Did the press staff deliberately ignore what I said in order to have a longer list of press 'outrages'? Or are they just sloppy with details? I don’t know."

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  1. Casey

    As a Upstate New York resident, I know a lot of people like Sarah Palin, but I wouldn't want any of them to be VP either. Don't get me wrong, I think there was a lot of sexism involved with her candidcy, but unlike Hillary Clinton who fought through that sexism with strength and grace, Palin just cries about it and plays the victim. Maybe someday we'll get beyond sexism in our lives, but until that time there's still no way a woman will be elected by embracing victimhood. And as if that wasn't enough, stupid arguements like "The state I live in is close to Russia so I know foriegn politics" really doesn't help. I can see the stars at night, that doesn't make me an astronaught.

    January 13, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. natkat

    Ok. So the entire world is wrong and she is right? Oh... c'mon... give me a break. Sarah, there are great deals on Amazon. com on history, geography and other instructional books that you might find useful.In addition, there is a copy of USA Constitution you just have to Google it. And, there are resources you can use prior to being interviewed so that you would not look like a complete fool.

    January 13, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. George Benda

    Can Ms. Palin, the loser, please shut up and crawl back under her rock where she belongs

    January 13, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Proud Liberal

    Doesn't she have a state to run into the ground?

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Lisa

    Holy cow I wish this cry baby would shut up. The world of politics is a tough place. If you can't handle it, get out.

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Jennifer

    I think Sarah is right on with what she said! People took it to a whole different level with hammering her and her family. They didn't deserve it. Sarah is intelligent, honest, and refreshing person!

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. John in Ohio

    The top ten things that annoy Palin:
    1. Free speech
    2. A free press
    3. People who notice that the daughter of this "champion of abstinence" got knocked up
    4. Quebecois comedians who pretend to be Nicholas Sarkozy and successfully prank her for several minutes
    5. Larry Flynt's right to free speech
    6. Liberals
    7. Democrats
    8. Liberal Democrats
    9. People saying things that she can't control
    10. Republicans that aren't sufficiently conservative

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Mike Hall

    She walked onto the national stage without understanding that the press would rake her over the coals on every little thing, no matter how silly or irrelevant? If that's the case, she's even less politically savvy than the American electorate seems to have deemed her.

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. KarenT

    And she really knows how "to let it go"?

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Tania

    Enough already.

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Chuck

    Palin's history since becomming McCain's running mate is that she is always slamming someone or some thing and her attacks are rarely supported by the truth and facts. Palin, like President Bush, uses McCarthy tactics to divide people and attack the character of specific targets then acts surprised that the public doesn't like her.

    Be quiet, Sarah, we don't want to see you or hear from you any more.

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Disgusted

    The journalists are still trying to find something to wear in Sarah Palin's closet. Let's play reverse rolls on the journalists. Did your mom ever have an abortion? Is your mom your real mom? Governor Palin, let's launch an investigation on the journalists? Let's see if there's anything in their closet they hung up that's dirty. I'm sure when we open up their closet, everything is going to fall out.

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Randall from FL

    Get'em Sarah! We got your back!

    January 13, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Niky

    Oh please! Why is she being interviewed... there are so many other important things happening in this world. Palin can bash up democrats later sometime.

    January 13, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Mark

    Go home Sarah, your fifteen minutes are over.

    January 13, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Monty Delaware GOP!!!!

    an alikeness????

    Really... she is killing her chances to be a national candidate. She would do better to just shut up and disappear for 2 years and maybe come back with a clearer and better strategy. She hasn't learned that she will lose this fight. Never fight with someone or something that you can't see or hit back. You will Lose.... Someone please tell her this... for her sake.....

    January 13, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Miguel

    Time for this ignoranus to go away.......you've had your fifteen minutes of shame, Sarah. GO AWAY!

    January 13, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Matt

    I wonder how she would characterize Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. Honorable champions of the truth? That's the world of politics, Governor. Both sides are equally guilty. Get a little thicker skin.

    January 13, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Carl

    You can disagree with Governor Palin all you want, but some of the comments and lies made up on purpose by people that use...


    to describe someone that simply has a different view on abortion or religion are just


    January 13, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Al, NY NY

    She is ALWAYS the victim. What a crybaby. If HRC had been the candidate and said some of this drivel, the GOP "pundits" (aka shills) would have blasted her as unworthy to take the heat. But since she is a pathtic excuse for a candidate (and a Republican woman) she's being unfairly targeted. GIVE ME A BREAK fido!!!

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Margie

    We don't CARE Sarah. Please GO AWAY.

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. dave

    this women needs to go away. you lost. get over it. you are just as insignificant as you were the day before mccain's campaign picked you to be his running mate.

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Tracee

    Will she ever go away?

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. tom from des moines, not anonymous

    now that is articulate. was this women really the republican party's answer to barack obama? what a joke

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Ryan

    Will she ever go away? Why is she still making the news? Does ANYONE care anymore honestly?

    January 13, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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