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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soundoff (2,659 Responses)
  1. johnny the boy

    Is it ok for SNL to use white comedians in blackface to make fun of obama the magic negro for the next four years?

    I can't wait.

    January 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Maryland




    ALASKA. . .


    January 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Andre

    ahhh Palin- what a good laugh, nice break from job hunting and figuring out how I'm gonna cover my bills come next month

    January 13, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Tracey

    If you don't care, then why take time out of your life to let everyone know?
    And btw Gary it's spelled illegitimate. You're an idiot. Oh and your grammar sucks.

    January 13, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Peter

    She is a moron

    January 13, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Morgan

    Palin unfortunately lacked the international experience needed to become president.

    Those who defend her, I appaud your attempt to make an inexperienced person sound better just because she's female.

    If you can't hack it, get out of the kitchen and stop whining Ms. Palin.

    January 13, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Pittsburgh Matt

    The vast majority of people did not believe the 'rumors' that were spread. Period. She brought the negative image on herself. If she didn't want people to talk about her kids then she shouldn't have brought them into the spotlight every chance she could. And I have a beef with her trying to explain the fact she is ignorant about issues beyond 'talking points' by saying they were 'gotcha' questions. Every single question that she called 'gotcha,' were legitimate questions whose answers should be expected of by the American people from a vice presidential nominee. This has nothing to do with partisan politics and everything to do with the individual. In my opinion she was unfit to run, and I saw the policies and stances espoused by Obama as better than those by McCain.

    January 13, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. J

    If only Sarah Palin could produce a video of herself actually giving birth to Trig, then perhaps the press would believe her. Oh, but she might have switched the baby, so we would need to have that video date stamped. No, she might have faked the date stamp, so we'd need to have witnesses. Oh, but the witnesses might be paid off. So it would have to be someone we could trust. Oh yeah, we can't trust anybody. There you have it folks, iron-clad proof: She's lying.

    January 13, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Jesse

    This is fantastic. As much as anyone dislikes Palin personally, she is the most efficient point of articulation for the impending collapse of the right. Their doom is the inherent freedom of information that the internet provides, and attacking it only provokes an opposite effect than they can predict within their narrow perceptions.

    Is it really such a good idea to for such an illiterate person to keep the provoking the blogerati, presuming of course that they are just an easy target, the next cheap "other," for the same trite conservative attack politics? Keep it comin lady! You are the best blessing there is toward the demise of the right! Ah, the self-fulfilling end of GOP politics... life is goooood...

    January 13, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Cobra 4.6

    Good God CNN, please let this insignificant little piece of trailer park trash go away. Were sick of hearing about every little crumb that comes out of her hatefull mouth. Let her crawl back into her little part of the world, and stop force feeding us this trash!

    January 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Frank, Las Vegas

    The only one keeping that story alive is Palin. That story was dropped months ago, but that's all this bored, pathetic lier has to keep her name in the press. Enough already! Why the press continues to care about her is unknown, because no one else cares. Please, just let her fade away, her spotlight has been turned off for months now. Just let her and us, rest in peace.

    January 13, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. NY Woman

    Palin, Don't you have a state to run (into the ground that is)? Don't you have a family to take care of (yeah, what a joke)?

    Most of us don't care about you have to say, shut up already!!

    January 13, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    I wondered to myself, what other kind of countries would they be. She constantly spoke of PE Obama and Bill Ayres and claiming that he was a "Pal" to a terrorist. She claims that Bloggers lie. She is the center of her world and the problem is that she cannot come out of that center because that bridge that would be her transport out was not completed. After funding to that bridge to nowhere was cut off, then she says, "THANKS BUT NO THINKS". To late then lady. It is already gone. It's kind of like saying "ABORT, ABORT" to stop the car from running off the cliff after it is already airborne. My mom used to tell us the old expression of, "It's better people think you a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt" . Well she is beyond that so now she should go someplace and hide for a while and read some news papers and or law journals including Supreme Court decisions.

    January 13, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Norom

    Jim January 13th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

    Keep it up Sarah!! I hope you get so far under their skin that they scratch themselves bloody! You guessed it!! I'm not a liberal!

    No, you are an idiot

    January 13, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. JoeyBLS

    Is Sarah Palin relevant to ANYTHING anymore? Sarah....you were made fun of for your comment about Russia being viewed from Alaska because you made the statement as if seeing the other country strengthens your relationship and your foreign policy credentials with it. Some Key West-erners can see Cuba from Key West, but that doesn't qualify the Florida governor for the executive office!

    No one wants you in office now. No one will want you in office in 2012, or 2016 either. You ARE the weakest link – GOODBYE!

    January 13, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. WaitWut

    For those that keep saying that Palin is a "breath of fresh air"...I agree. We need something to make us laugh with all that is going wrong in the world. Palin's hypocrisy and idiocy is just that breath of fresh, comedic, air that we need.

    I pity some of you. And, to you liberals out there, quit pointing out her faults. She might try to fix/hide them. We really just want her to stay as "real" (AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA) as her followers see her.

    January 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Nep Oznat

    Sarah, I know what you're trying to do here – snow everybody, trying to explain your way out, make us think you're not as dumb as we KNOW you are. As the saying goes YOU NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION.

    So, stay up there in Alaska, be thankful for how far you got with the little you have to offer and sshhhhhhhhhhhhh

    January 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. The American People

    Sarah: Please ...Please just go away...stop the whining and go back to governing Alaska.

    The American people do NOT LIKE YOU!!!! Get over it!!!!
    Why is CNN bringing her back and back all of the time....STOP this nonsense!

    There are other better stories to tell.

    January 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    Were there any turkies behind her this time?

    January 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. the heart of the matter

    every time i hear her, i cringe and for other reasons then just the obvious–she sets women back 50 yrs, i was offended for women when she was picked and i had listened to her after the inital speech at the convention–she is so low on the intelligence scale that to have ever thought she could be this nations #2 in command is just beyond the pale. and further she tried to make the point in a recent interview that the dems would have loved her–she needs a drug test....and maybe we should give candidates some type of intelligence tests BEFORE they can run–you know like current events...etc

    January 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Eneya

    Yes... the bloggers are always the bad guys.
    Last year in my country there was publication in one of the biggest newspapers that was explaining that all bloggers are evil, mad loonatics, who had no social life and they are homosexuals.
    I'm serious.
    If somebody wants the article, i will send it.
    And i will translate it of course, because i'm sure that you don't speak bulgarian. 🙂

    January 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Rick

    Why dont we ask her to cough up a check for the hundreds of thousands she spent on clothing and hair? She has made a total fool of herself and I wish she would just go away. Anyone that thinks that idiot had any business being the VP of this country is just as much a fool!
    Maybe she should go do porn, then maybe people might wanna see her on a TV screen!

    January 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Gee Sarah, all you gotta do to stop the rumors about Trig is release a certified copy of his birth certificate. Why won't you do that??? Mmmmmm???

    January 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. roxfatal

    Who is Tripp's brother? LOL

    January 13, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Senor Steve-O

    @ LC If you really don't care why do you keep reading articles about her!! Let's face it folks if you really weren't interested in our Future President Sarah Palin you would not be reading about her. You call leave comments like go away, and we don't care, but you don't really want her to go away do you? No of course not, because then all you pathetic bloggers would have nothing to do.....

    January 13, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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