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. Tim

    What a nutjob.

    January 13, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. SAD SAD

    Ok thanks got your message. Woulda coulda shoulda. election is over and the newly elected president is gonna take office in a week. lets us all move on and wait till the next election if you got a point to make.

    January 13, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Matt

    I may be bored, anonymous and pathetic, but I'm no liar. She's the liar:

    Thanks, but no thanks?
    I read all of them?
    I have foreign relations experience?
    I didn't fire the police chief because he wouldn't fire my sister's ex-husband?
    The Bush Doctrine?
    I have more experience than Obama? (check the facts there GOP...he's got more than a couple years of service on her)
    The VP runs the Senate and is part of the legislature?

    She's got the pathetic part down. Now, if only she could manage the anonymous part.

    January 13, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. tee

    Sorry Sarah, you gave them nothing pertinent to talk about.

    January 13, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Boston Irish

    I agree. This question has been answered too many times to require being asked again. This is the same as the Obama birth certificate issue. But, I can hear it now from all you Obama fans-any question, or slam is legitimate for Sarah Palin, but keep your hands off Obama and his family. By the way, this is a fact, and I'm still waiting for Michelle Obama to apologize for stating she was not proud to be an American until her husband won the Democratic nomination and she had a chance to become the first lady. IF she does (and probably won't) I hope she says it just as loudly and clearly as she did when she made that horrible statement. Looks like Michelle's pride can be bought for the price of becoming first lady. Sad, really sad.

    January 13, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Robert Tasch

    I would hope that this woman is the Republican party's nominee in 2012. It would guarantee another Obama landslide.

    January 13, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Unbelievable

    GO AWAY!

    January 13, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Wes

    Lady please just shut up and go away.

    January 13, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. cherry strawberry

    that dumb beyotch actually said that YOU CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM ALASKA!!! come on conservatives, even yawl have to admit she is dumb.

    January 13, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Adam from Ohio

    Keep talkin' Caribou Barbie. You just make even more American people think you're a bitter washed up idiot, you betcha. And then when you seek national office again, even fewer people will be on the Dimwit Express. Also.

    January 13, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. wanda

    I must say that older women have babies with down syndrom, not young girls !! So stay off Sarah, she is perfect!!! Like Obama said ,'Lay off my family"........This goes for the Palins also.......

    January 13, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Dean from Maine

    Track, trig, trip...who gives a ship?!

    January 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Kathleen

    If Sarah Palin wants to play with the big dogs she needs to get off the porch! Get over yourself Sarah – no one really cares!

    January 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. cherry strawberry


    January 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Chuck

    Nobody is questioning whether or not you can see Russia from Alaska. They are dumbfounded because that was Palin's stated foreign policy experience. She needs to fade away.

    January 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. No More Palin

    When Katie Couric asked Palin How she kept up with world news and any other new sources. She could have easily named the “blogosphere” as a source, since she is so captivated by the bloggers information. I had to laugh when she finally named a news source 4 months later after the interview! Now that statement was something to archive, right next to the original interview! Just think going back on a test 3 months later and asking the teacher to change your grade because you finally figured out the answer! All her teachers need to be looked up and fired immediately! I guess she “winked” her way through school! Palin is a liar and needs to stop blaming people for her short comings!

    January 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Stacy from Leesburg VA

    Another Palin story? Say it ain't so! I did not even read this garbage.

    January 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Matt


    Now she's just inventing words lol

    January 13, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Little Hawk

    Please go away!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. Bob

    Taken out of context? The 'you can see Russia from Alaska, so I know something about foreign policy' remark???

    WHOSE context, Governor? It was YOUR CONTEXT – it was YOU who made the connection, NOT the reporter.

    Keep it up! Every time you open your mouth you not only make yourself look stupider – not a mean feat, for sure – but you tarnish the Republican brand just a little bit more.

    Are you SURE you're not the Democrats' 'Manchurian Candidate'?

    January 13, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Joe in Austin

    So Sarah, where was Barack Obama born? So what about the bored, pathetic, republican bloggers that lie? You seem to accept their contribution – "questions that deserve an answer" – in good spirit.

    January 13, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. cara

    who is she talking to? does she really think anyone needs to hear anything out of her mouth? exchange her for Vanna White and PERHAPS she has the ability to hold that job. she's not fit for any of the jobs she has held or sought so far.

    January 13, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Andrew

    Bloggers aren't journalists, they are citizens who use thier First Amendment to examine those who would pretend to be leaders. If Palin read more often, she might understand that. Maybe she should spend some of her hot air going after all those "Obama isn't an American" folks, or is that "real" journalism in her eyes?

    Can we stop covering this bored, pathetic, woman who lies?

    January 13, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. arc, Lugano CH

    Dear God. This woman is for to laugh.

    January 13, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Hamilton


    January 13, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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