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. ex Illinois man, now a Pennsylvanian

    this is the last time i comment on a palin story either until 2012, or ever again. I am sick and tired of her talking about the media. She needs to realize that her fame and popularity ended the day she talked to Katie Couric, and she needs to realize that she lost the election. I am sick and tired of hearing her say stupid things to get attention. You lost Palin, GET OVER IT!

    I urge CNN to stop reporting on anything about a Sarah Palin comment. It can't keep falling in to her little trap to get attention.

    This is my last Palin comment. I've begun to take the first steps toward total boycott of her mouth. I advise everyone else to follow. Let's override her together.

    January 13, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. jennifer, Houston

    "Bored, pathetic, anonymous..... who lie" oops the pot is calling the kettle black. Sorry Sarah but truthfulness was not your strong suit during the campaign.

    January 13, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Sophia in Canada

    How does Todd Palin live with this woman? I would not want to see there arguments/fights.
    Once again Palin is missing the point. The issue was not TRUE or FALSE can you see Russia.
    The issue Gov. Palin is that it does not constitute Foreign Policy experience.

    January 13, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Marie banderas

    Aaaah, people do indeed love to see ignorance, stupidity...makes them look gOOD...LOL..I dont care for Palin either, and like most of you, wish she would go away, but, as long as people keep ranting and raving at her or about her, CNN will keep publishing every article they can find about her..way to stop it, is for all of us ( yes, me TOO) to stop "contributating" to this charade..just read article if you want to, but, dont comment..and thats exactly what I intend to do..this is my LAST comment on her...
    bye bye Palin

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

    Where is the hospital and newpaper birth reference.....do not newpapers place birth ads?.....there was no child born to Palin on the date she said he was born....hello....

    January 13, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. T Mikel

    There is a very good reason why Palin is #1 in the year's Fifty Most Loathsome People List. I mean, who can admire ANYone who cannot utter a simple declarative sentence. This is one "star" that cannot burn out too quickly. Oh, and the "not liberal" person – your heirs and THEIR heirs will be paying for the past eight years for many years to come.

    January 13, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. stripedplanet

    she just continues to lie about anything and everything to promote herself and make the rest of the world look bad. Want to know how to tell if Sarah is lying? You can tell she is lying when her mouth is moving.

    January 13, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Rosa

    So they refused to cooperate with the local newspaper reporter who was trying to debunk the conspiracy theory? Huh. I wonder why?

    January 13, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Paul from Chicago

    These comments are a stitch! You can feel waves of insecurity coming off those die-hard take-no-prisoners activist types desperately wanting the rest of us to stop pointing out that they completely undeservedly and repeatedly lied about, mocked, belittled, and ridiculed Palin for the crime of being a Republican woman! Keep reminding them, CNN!

    January 13, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. ROC

    Why is she still talking about the past? The election is over.

    Move on and talk about the future of Alaska.

    January 13, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Travis

    If she was a Governor and a child was born, would not the newspapers have a big write-up about her child being born?....check the Alaskan newspapers....not a word about her giving birth....what does that tell you?

    January 13, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Lisa

    Palin GO AWAY you are BAD for America

    January 13, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. John S.

    If she can't stand the heat........

    January 13, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. CJ


    January 13, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Grant from Denver

    "Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me…."
    Hypocrite! This lying, pathetic woman has some nerve.

    January 13, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Dan

    Sarah is simply a revisionist Christian. Let us hope she keeps it up for a long time, so that she can lead her grand old party back to prominence. She is one deluded individual. That is for certain.

    January 13, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Texastoast

    So who is Trigg's mom, anyway? 🙂

    January 13, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Michael, Houston Texas

    For someone who "hates" the media, you are sure spending alopt of time talking to them, Sarah. And all this stupidity about she was asked "gotcha" questions, well, answer the question. Folks, let's try this out:

    Media: Michael in Houston Texas, you say you are in Houston but are you from Houston?

    Michael in Houston: No media am a transplant.

    See how easy it is to answer a question….Truthfully!

    Sarah you are a joke and an embarresment to this country, go away!

    January 13, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Patrick

    Sarah Palin gave birth to a genetically defective baby. It is she who should be ashamed of anything.

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

    She's qualified to hold the country's highest office, yet she cannot handle simple questions from a reporter. She's a pit-bull, yet she's flustered and frustrated when someone implies she's a hayseed who doesn't read. She displays a fundamental lack of knowledge, yet blames others for putting her into situations that demonstrate it.

    She's definitely leadership material.

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

    cnn, we don't care for sarah palin.

    January 13, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Bert

    You guys are the pathetic ones; beating up on Sarah Palin. How original. CNN chummed this article so morons like you would bite at it. Things a little slow at the newsdesk today CNN?

    January 13, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. S.Vl

    No Jim, you're just a simpleton like you idol.

    January 13, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Dev in Waco

    To DebM in Allentown, PA et al. on this Comment board: Many of you accuse Sarah of lying – please give us concrete evidence of this:
    Palin’s comments about Obama “palling around with terrorists” have some substance, as he was/is friends with Bill Ayers (if you do some research you will find out that Ayers was “more than just another neighbor” to Obama – but if you are calling Palin a liar for her statement, then what are you calling pres-elect. Obama ? Oh wait, he’s perfect...)

    Even her statement about putting the Alaskan govt. plane on eBay was factual (and if you get to the heart of it, it her reason was to get rid of a luxury of the previous administration that she could do without…)

    It appears that many of those writing on this board are some of the “bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie” of whom Palin was referring to. In this age where iReporters and bloggers are looked on and given credibility by CNN as reputable sources, their comments do become “media”. Shame on CNN.com & its comment moderators for making such anonymous people so prominent! I think one of main besmirchings the McCain-Palin received was courtesy the comment moderators on cnn.com (who seem to be the perfect stealth Obama operatives…)

    So to those of you who are calling her the “Queen of Lies” and a liar: Put up or shut-up.

    And I certainly don’t mind reading about Sarah Palin!

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

    I wish she would just shut up & go kill some more moose & turkeys

    January 13, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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