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. ajfal

    Palin is pathetic. Go back to being a soccer mom or attempt to be a decent mother/wife whatever just go away from the news scene. You can be on ET! Entertainment tonight but not on serious news. To get a decent education is too late for you. Take care of your kids for Christs sake; not the Christ I pray to though. 😉

    January 13, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Cathy

    Anonymous? Yes. Bored? Maybe? Liars? Truth is stranger than fiction. You had your 15 minutes Governor. How can we miss you if you won't go away?

    January 13, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. SmarterthanSarah

    Please Republicans, support Sarah in 2012 as your candidate for president. She is such a strong political presence who will destroy any Democrat candidate.

    Smell that? Smells like sarcasm. 😉

    January 13, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Peter (CA)

    Jim @2:56...

    You guys had (and still have) Hillary, we have Sarah.

    Difference is one is actually qualified and smart enough to lead the world.
    Here's a hint: It's not Caribou Barbie.

    January 13, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Leah from FL

    This statement speaks volumes: “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.
    What a DIVA! Seems like whenever she called the shots (as she is now) is when she started showing how inept (ah,ignorant) she truly is.

    January 13, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. James Ibhahe

    Ye Ye Sarah wanna be vice president, don't you get it American's are tired of dumb people like you, Just stay focus for once by concentrating on looking after your family and state if that is not too much for you.

    January 13, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Doris

    Go Palin. Screw the rest of you libtards.

    January 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. sky

    Watch Hillary Clinton in her confirmation hearing today. Watch an intelligent, well versed, thoroughly capable human being handle the questions that are relevant to our world today and then, if you can, imagine Palin answering those same questions.
    This cry baby business about people talking bad about her and her family; making her look stupid, editing interviews to create the "illusion" of stupidity....no one has time to do that. No one anticipated she would be like that. It was a shock to everyone that SHE presented herself that way. No one else did that. Here is an analogy. You like to pretend you are a math scholar and so you go to a math genius convention. you sit on a panel and when they ask you the very first question you do not have a clue what they are talking about. Now, if they write about that in the Math convention quartely....are they the ones in error...or is it you, who went to a math convention and pretended, fraudulantly, to be a math scholar?

    January 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. tee


    President Elect- Obama deserved some respect, Palin's comments: Palling around with terrorist, socialist, just a community organier

    January 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Dave

    How do you know if you haven't thought about the issues? If you support Sarah Palin.

    January 13, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. jay

    Palin, u suck! point that finger at yourself. You ruined the campaign no one else. stop blaming people.

    January 13, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Sherrol in Canada

    She's now attacking us – bloggers! The woman needs to go on a tack and.......................

    January 13, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    The Media and Democratic Party are a bunch of idiots. Most of you who are commenting on this board are clue less.

    January 13, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Chuck

    Lets face it, this broad LOVES the camera!!!!!!! Who ever heard of her before McCain made the mistake of picking her as his running mate. Hell,she would go to the opening of a door or the opening of a can or the opening of –well you'all get the picture. And as long as we continue (including myself) feedin' her she will continue with the pity party. Lets let her go. Or is that asking for too much?

    January 13, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Joni

    Every time she opens her mouth and blames the media, she appears more ignorant than ever. Why would it be so hard to answer a question about what newspapers you read? I could answer that question immediately without even thinking. Then she tries to spin it that Katie Couric asked it in another way. I watched the replay of the interview and it was a simple question. I can only hope and pray that she stays in Alaska indefinitely!!

    January 13, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Palin is a total disaster. A big why bother.

    January 13, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Jeff


    Either put Palin articles in the entertainment section of your website or don't report on her ever again. I would prefer the latter.

    January 13, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Brandon

    Sarah Palin can barely speak proper English, and as far as I can tell, has limited mastery of written word. She is the least qualified person I can think of to criticize journalists and journalism.

    January 13, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Richard,Orlando,FL

    I'm reminded of an old saying, "It takes one, to know one!"

    January 13, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    Sarah, just go do your hilbily drugs with your daughters mother in law. As far as liars,

    Oh My God, Sarah "I can't say a word of truth" Palin is calling somebody a liar?

    Republicans better join the rest of the worldin the 21st century, I knowm its amazing, but back where you Republicans seem to live, you seem to think there are no such things as recording devices, tapes, DVD's, youtube etc etc etc.

    The believeme not your eyes theory doesn't seem to be holding any koolaid any more, except for a special little yellow bus few.

    January 13, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Allen

    Yeah! Those liars... accusing her of palling around with terrorists!

    January 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Ben

    Please make her go away!

    January 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Chipster

    Thanks but no thanks for the bridge to nowhere....
    Sold the plane on eBay for a profit....
    Didn't even use a teleprompter....
    Turned down earmarks....
    Special needs children will "have a friend in Washington if I elected..." (she slashed funding for special needs education in Alaska over 3 year period.)
    Obama pals around with terrorists....
    Stood up to lobbyists? False.
    Didn't accept earmarks? False.
    The list could go on and on.

    Lies, Sarah? You really should be familiar with them. Pathetic, just pathetic.

    That said, her children should be left alone. Even though she has used her child as a prop, it is not his fault and he should not be used as ammunition by her detractors. Hands off the kids, seriously.

    January 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Larry B.

    Gee, I thought she'd been run over by a reindeer (just like in the Christmas song) after returning to Alaska post election which resulted in her permanent demise. What a shame, I guess that information was wrong. But then, hope springs eternal!

    January 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. borednanonymous

    The only future interviews given by Sarah Palin that would interest me, would be those conducted by employees of Larry Flint or Hugh Hefner.

    January 13, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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