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. Jack

    Sorry Sarah, it's just that you have a disgusting family and you are a bitter hateful woman...You lost...now go away.

    January 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. VAL


    January 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |

    It is very cryptic. For many to question if Trig is her baby or not, says a lot.

    January 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. RW

    I don't have much respect for Sarah Palin but some of the
    stuff I've heard about her in referance to her or her daughter
    is rediculis.
    It's sad that the constitution let's people do this and there's
    no way Palin can retaliate.

    January 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. BC

    OK, but what I want to know is this: Is it really true that Trig was named after Roy Rogers' horse?

    January 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Anthony from DC

    If Sarah Palin keeps attacking the media, she gives validity to what they write and say – and no one will ever take her seriously, not that they ever did.

    People tend to get "MOST" upset when it's true. Lies can always be ignored. Obama was the best at that.

    January 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. DeLiRon

    I had no interest in this gossip about Trig in the beginning since I know that bloggers make up stuff on both sides of the politcal map... However, the more Governor Palin brings it up, the more I want to know... Where can I get information on that?????

    January 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. FnSlwHnd

    Enough of the Palin coverage. Can't we let her fade back into the landscape? Let her relax and watch Russia from her house?

    January 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. George Milquetoast

    I am really getting tired of BORING, ATTENTION-SEEKING, PATHETIC, IGNORANT POLITICIANS WHO LIE. Sarah Palin fits that description perfectly.

    Sarah Palin, for the sake of the country, just dry up and blow away.

    January 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. girlygirl

    Yep, the malicious media. If I remember correctly, she was advised by the McCain camp not to do SNL, plus some of the other interviews she gave without prepping. And as much as she bashes the media, she sure can't stop talking to them. C'mon, Sarah, stop complaining about the media while you're doing everything you can to stay in their eye! Doesn't Alaska have some real business for you to take care of???

    January 13, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Brandon from WI

    I think Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin are trying to win queen of whiners title. Talk about two people that are an hour late on their 15 minutes of fame.

    January 13, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Jepp

    Well Sarah your comments sound like more regrets and sour grapes. You keep saying you havet to just let all those comments go and yet you won't. And how can you defend your statement that you have experience with Russian foreign policy because you can see Russia from Alaska.

    And Sarah to help you with your ignorance of journalism bloggers are not major reputable news agencies.

    Sarah go crawl in an igloo and go away. You are not now nor will you ever be ready and able to compete with the big wigs in federal politics.

    And put a pot of bear stew on while you are at it.

    January 13, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Man....She's just a human joke....with an endless stream of punchlines.

    January 13, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. VAisforLovers

    Normally I don't like to comment regarding Ms.Palin, but I am done with hearing her complain about everything. Is this really the Republican hope for 2012? The same person that said Hillary was whining? What is she doing now? Every other day she's "lashing out" against one group or another. Get a life Ms.Palin, and govern your state!

    January 13, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Elizabeth

    Palin is a SICK woman!!! She just does not realize that she is DUMB, DUMB, DUMB!!! She NEVER belonged in a Presidential campaign and she cannot accept the fact that she lost.
    She is a drudge and I hope, somehow, she can be gotten rid of!!! Just that voice of hers and what she says are enough to send people flying away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Steve

    A pox upon John McCain for letting the Genie of Stupidity out of her bottle. She won't return to her bottle, John! What are we to do now?

    January 13, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. SBZ

    I simply do not understand why we have to continue to hear from and about Sarah Palin! She rails against the media, yet does not refuse any interview. If she doesn't like the spotlight she simplys has to say "NO" and the media hype will die down. I'm curious whether the citizens of Alaska are content with their governor's habit of giving interviews about herself and her family- how is that helping the people of Alaska?

    Please, Please, Please – let's get back to talking and reporting about what is important – the economy, the war in Iraq & Afghanistan and how all of this is affecting regular people

    January 13, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. southerncousin

    Oh lordy, more red meat for the bunch that believe SNL is actually a real newscast. We need more blogs about Billary and all of the corruption there and what about Charlie Range, how come he is still sitting on the Ways & Means Committe, when he has been caught cheating on his taxes? Where did the auto bailout money go? Did the UAW finally get that golf course for union executives paid for?

    January 13, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. BWJ

    She hates "pathetic bloggers who lie". Shucks. She just condemned 90% of her meager support base.

    January 13, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. James

    Yes, because the reason people made fun of her Russia comment was because they doubted she was telling the truth....

    January 13, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Christie

    An "alikeness." Wow, how did we let this gem of a candidate slip through our fingers? (Well, I'll tell YA!)

    January 13, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Kumar

    "Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me"

    Hey, that's the same type of bloggers that spread all of the half-truths and outright lies about Obama. I guess she's finding out how annoying it's aimed at her.

    You'd think she'd be prepared for it after hearing all of the crazy stuff shouted out at the pep rallies a few months ago.

    January 13, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Sam

    I would be happy to meet with her in person to tell her what I think of her and call her out on all her bs...but I bet she wouldn't go for that. It seems she would rather make statements through the press and hide behind "the media" while she steals her last bit of the spotlight. She is pathetic.

    January 13, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. manjay

    get overt it and mind your alskan businesses

    January 13, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. AL+

    WOW, this woman is never going to give it up. Thanks to Mccain, we're stuck with her for a very long time........thanks Maverick

    January 13, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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