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. independent jim

    Oh, please. Regarding the "you can see Russia from Alaska" comment, If the Governor will remember, that was a response she gave to a question about her foreign policy experience. Get real. If that's the best she could come up with, then she deserves every bit of attention to the answer that was bestowed upon her.

    Now I don't subscribe to the false rumors about her family but honestly, because she was going for essentially the highest office in our land, the questions asked of her by the media were well within bounds otherwise. We had no idea who she was when McCain picked her, so everything needed to be asked so we could find out who she really is.

    Now if she would just exit stage left.

    January 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. samuel Holbrooks

    people need to lay off this lady!

    January 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    I've never agreed with Palin's neo-con, let's-append-the-Christian-bible-to-the-Constitution, politics, but you don't get to be a state governor by being an idiot. And attacking her, personally, never was a reasonable thing to do. Attack her politics, attack her views on the issues, sure. But that doesn't mean it should be open-season on her private life, her family, or the woman herself. If nothing else, the American public didn't know enough about the "real" Palin to attack her–all we ever heard were politically motivated comments that may or may not have had anything to do with the truth.

    January 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. RT

    last i checked, the anchorage daily news is not a blog, but a newspaper. furthermore, it was "bored, anonymous, bloggers' who broke the news about Mumbai's attacks, who rightly criticized the TARP for the lack of oversight (now proving to be true), and didn't Drudge DEFEND palin? What, we should all become as vapid as Gov Palin and believe only that we hear from our pastor, and not apply critical thought?

    January 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Timothy

    Can she just go away...

    January 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Fred Pohlman

    Abolutely incredible how she just goes on and on and on with this drivel

    January 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Still Yawning

    The "Who is Trig's Mommy" story was never a big deal; most on the left dismissed it and no left wing blog ran with the story after mid-September.

    Palin, like Bush, focuses on her own twisted sense of political reality, failing to see her own shortcomings, like Bush.

    However, since she keeps bringing the subject up, I am now starting to believe that Sarah may not be Trig's mommy.

    "She doth protest too much"

    January 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Ken

    Typical Republican. It's OK for her to lie but when someone dares to question her it's a personal attack and the people who raise the questions are the liars, not the one having to answer.

    January 13, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Irritated in Fl

    I understand your frustration Sarah but slow your roll girl. You have a huge fan base but allowing the media and Obama cultist to work you into a frenzy is not helping your cause. Just ignore the BS and carry on with your mission. You have an adorable family and no amount of slander can change that. However, you do have to watch the perception you're giving. I'm a hot blooded woman too and I like to speak my piece but sometimes you have to bite your tongue in orger to preserve your future. Hang in there! This democrat woman loves your style!

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Heather Butler

    As much as I was insulted, as a voter, by Palin's nomination as VP, now that the election is over, WHO CARES? With continual talk of her in the media, you're just feeding her need to be in the limelight. I'm fed up with hearing about her. Now that the releif of her not being second in command has sunk in, why should I care if she has babies into her 80's, or if her kids started having babies at 10? It's not my problem. In fact , it's just another reason for Sex Ed. to be taught in school and at home. At least then they'll get to formulate their own opinions on the subject instead of being force fed the beliefs of their parents.

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. karen

    Doesn't she have a state to run? Shut up already woman!

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. John

    Just stop existing Sarah, no one is interested in you. Take your ignorant stupidity to the Arctic Circle and shoot some polar bears or something.

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Peter Hommel

    Sarah Palin is a good person who would have made a great VP. Ssure she was very light on internation issues, so is our new president but thats why smart executives surround themselves with advisors who can support and develope the weak areas. The media has done their best to unjustly slam Sarah Palin how ever and when ever the opportunity came up. The media did this all through the presidential election process and continues to act like morons. I have no use for media sensationalism. We have all this corruption and mistrust in our elected government officials and all the media can do with a good part of their time is to attack Sarah Palin, a women who has more honesty and integrity in one finger than most of the media has in their whole body.

    Wilton, NY

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Carmen

    God bless her, she is such a sore loser, all she has done is complain
    to the media since the election has been over about her unfair treatment, she needs some backbone like Hillary, if your going to run with the big dogs you have to learn to handle them like Hillary can!!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. From Peoria

    If I throw a stick will you go away....your 15 minutes is over.....

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. NotNowMooky

    I expect a Moose Hall Putsch at any minute!

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Anonymous


    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. ayman

    Sarah, Please go away.
    You are: 1)

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. John Lubeck

    To think how much (more) the Republican endangered the country by putting her on a ticket. I guess if you have Geroge W. Bush as president, then there is no limit to your ignorance and your stupidity.

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. GJ

    For that is good and decent, please stop covering this woman! This is not news!

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    If reporters would quit giving her the time of day then maybe she would go away. Unfortunately they say any publicity is good publicity (much like Ann Coulter) and that just keeps this woman in the spotlight. Ignore her and she will crawl back under her rock. Trust me.

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. jsilver2th

    She says let it go but she fixates on it.

    There were lies about her in the 'blogs' but no worse than anyone else-

    Does not she get it- if she would have told the Mcain adivsors she would be calling the shots they would have left her up north in the permafrost to play with her imaginary pipeline-

    January 13, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Chris

    Why is CNN keeping this woman in the NEWS? I mean seriously, CNN always seems to put something about this woman every day on the ticker!!! She and John McCain lost the election it's over and she is old news. I've really come to respect John McCain because he has moved on and tending to the people business. You would think Palin would do the same being she is the Governor of Alaska!!! JEEZ!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Linda - WI

    Governor Palin would do well to take her own advice...and let it go.

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. alvino

    VP candidates for national office who lie really annoy me.

    I hope Sarah will be allowed to call the shots in all her future campaigns. However, any 'alikeness' between her and a viable candidate from the republican party will be coincidental.

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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