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. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    "But Palin said she had adopted a philosophical attitude on the downside of the spotlight. "You have to let it go,” she said."
    THEN LET IT GO, SARAH! She is giving Webster's new material/behavior with which to DEFINE the word "Pathetic" (as if her "performance" during campaign season didn't give them enough to use).

    January 13, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Eddie

    Back to the trailer dear......

    January 13, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Barry

    Hmm, in a perfect world this story would begin very differently. More along the lines of:

    Bloggers slam 'boring, idiotic, annoying, pathetic, hypocrite attention mongerer who needs to be quiet and do her elected job'.

    January 13, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    "She'd be callin' some of the shots...." then they wouldn't have picked 'ya, honey! Perhaps that would have been better...ESQUIRE, a former girlie mag, the perfect place for a has-been, washed up beauty queen.

    January 13, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Politician

    Why You Want Her to Stop,. Please Continue Sarah,. You Are Cheap Comedy entertaining us.
    You know Girl, The American People Will Accept to Put Monkey in Public Office Ahead of You,.
    Hide Yourself, Game Is Over, Just Try to keep your place in Alaska,. Beleive me if a teenager run against you, he will win !!

    January 13, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Ron Ward

    Palin, go home, leave, you lost the election (thank God) you were and are a joke. A beauty pageant contestant running for office. The biggest mistake of many made by John Mcain. Yes you did cost him having any real chance to win. Go back to your igloo let you husband tell you what to do and try and keep your daughter from running the streets.

    January 13, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Meka



    January 13, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    They bug ya' especially when they're right about 'cha!

    January 13, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Jackster

    I think the only one who is sorry that poor little Sarah was not on the winning ticket ( we can thank our lucky stars for that ) is Tina Fey. But if Palin keeps up this whining, SNL will have huge ratings for as long as Palin insists on hanging around. Hey, times are tough, we need a clown and Sarah is the perfect match.

    January 13, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Stacey

    I really don't give a darn who Trig's mom is. Why does CNN care? It's the media that won't let this woman go away. What blog sites is she reading? I mean, who really cares? Gov. Palin needs to get past this and move on with governng the state of Alaska.

    January 13, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Sara

    Cheer up everybody, in 5 years she'll be in People magazine on one of those "whatever happened to..." stories. She's an aberration bred by a time of great turmoil when the Republican pseudo-Christian Right felt the mood of the country going against them, and she was their lame attempt to get the attention of the electorate. The fact that she is illiterate and personally unfettered by a single contemplative thought seems to have escaped them. Thank God the electorate was not fooled again.

    January 13, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Sidd

    Govenor Palin – GO AWAY...if we wanted to keep seeing your face we would have voted for you. Go back to Alaska and look out your window at Russia.

    January 13, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Sophia in Canada

    I am getting concerned about this lady.
    Is she mentally unstable?
    Why does she keep speaking out about trivial things?
    Can we get her to Dr. Phil for an intervention.

    January 13, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. McEmtol

    I can't stop thinking....how did McCain made this gruesome and destructive kind of mistake.....why was it Sarah Palin....how did she become a victim of it all....and now McCain goes to the grave with a mistake i dont think he can forgive himself....but the most sad part is....Sarah Palin perpetuate in ignorance and whining....i hope she doesn't end up destroying the little she has left.

    January 13, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Bob D.

    Keep your eye on the prize sweetie!


    January 13, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Taylor

    We love you Sarah, even if the liberal media doesn't! We will paciently wait your return to the political stage. The Republicans will need your star power in 2012 to clean up any messes left by Obama and his congressional and senate democrats.

    January 13, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. bvo

    14 minutes and 59 seconds ... Palin time is just about over, but thanks for entertaining us.

    January 13, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    "Bored, annonymous, pathetic" oops, sounds like the pot is calling the kettle black.

    January 13, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. philoforlife



    I realize you are very attractive. That's all your good for.

    January 13, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. wsd

    Didn't she use that "seeing Russian from Alaska" as her foreign policy credential? To put it in context, it was even more hilarious than Tina Fey's skid. I guess she really has no clue why people mocked her. So sad!

    The election is over, Gov. Palin. Let it go and move on!

    January 13, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Sheri

    She needs to go away, and stop commenting. She is hurting herself greatly. She is saying all the WRONG things AGAIN!

    January 13, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Sophia in Canada

    Though I am sure he is disappointed in his loss, McCain better be glad he didn't win. She would have found a way to kill him.
    This woman didn't want to be VP she wanted to President.

    January 13, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Karen in Missouri

    I'm lovin' it!! Keep it up Sarah! You keep diggin' your hole deeper and deeper. Everytime she does an interview it only goes to prove she has no brains, no talent, no political savvy, no integrity. Let her talk and talk and talk... and soon she'll melt away.

    January 13, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    I forgot the "who lie bit. Sorry Sarah truthfulness wasn't your strong suit during the campaign.

    January 13, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Dwight

    Gov. Palin is reaching the point of desperation. She is totally unaware of her inability to talk people into believing how great she is because she has spent all of her life up north where a mediocre level of intelligence seems to be genious to most people. Listen to us Governor, we don't care, please be quiet, be who you are, where you are, and leave the rest of us alone. If people want you to be their leader, they can move to Alaska and make you their Queen for life. There is plenty of room for a few thousand more people and if not you can do a one on one trade, send us a moose and we'll send you a subject for your kingdom.

    January 13, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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