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. Akinola - Houston

    I'll gladly take waterboarding over this!!!! Please make her stop, someone, anyone!!

    January 13, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. believe

    poor pitiful palin.

    January 13, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Bill

    Dear Sarah,

    Please just shut up and go away.

    January 13, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. ILoveAmerica

    "Taken out of context?" – Palin was asked what qualifications she had in the area of foreign relations, and she replied that "you can see Russia from Alaska." The context was what made her statement so ludicrous!

    January 13, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Fred S.

    Gov. Palin needs to go away or else say something of substance. So far after the election she has done nothing but criticize the media. She has added nothing of substance to the national dialogue on so many critical topics such as the economy, war in the mid-east, etc. Her comments so far just reinforce the perception of her as a lightweight that she is apparently trying to change. If this is the future of the GOP, the democrats will be in power for the forseeable future.

    January 13, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. anthony

    internet censorship bill on its way in the name of "homeland security".
    i forsee this from neocons like her.

    shut up sarah, you got caught, you looked stupid. get over it.

    January 13, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. sarabeth

    Oh, for goodness sakes! Can't this woman find anything better to do than complain or attack? Gee, doesn't she have enough work to keep her busy? Or maybe governors in Alaska don't need to be busy all the time...

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Chloë

    Darling, they weren't mocking that a person can see Russia from Alaska. That's not remotely funny. They were mocking the fact that you chose to share that statement with the rest of the country in response to a question about your foreign policy experience. Sweetie, you should follow your own advice. Let it go. Stop giving angry interviews. You performed poorly in the election. Accept it. Let it go. Your career probably isn't over, despite how many of us would like to see it so. You still have some supporters, but if you keep reminding everyone of your screw ups in the election and, worse, playing a childish blame game, you are forever cementing yourself as Sarah "I can see Russia from my house!" Palin.

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Roger

    Why won't this woman go away? She would serve her state, her family and herself better if she would just shut up and do the business of the state of Alaska which she was elected to do. This kind of behavior will certainly not be looked upon as positive should she decide to run for any future office. We are embarking on a truly historical week in American history and to do anything to take away from that is not only in bad judgment but in very poor taste!

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Helen

    This woman just has to be seen and heard. Doesn't she realize that nobody really cares and if she would just shut up and be invisible no one would bother her.

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Pete Caloger

    This woman is a nitwit – the percentage of people who tear up during the playing of the national anthem at sporting events is very very low, and that is not an indication of a lack of patriotism, love of God or country, or any other spin that these out-of-power nation-wreckers care to jam and buy this nonsense, and who, most probably, still tear up when they hear the national anthem.

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Ken

    Yes, maybe you can see Russia from Alaska. But that's not the point. The point is that being able to see Russia from Alaska does not give you foreign policy experience. Is Sarah Palin that slow?

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Don

    I think that Sarah is Triggs real mom. But given her nature of distorting the truth and reaching low levels to obtain her objectives, she will always be questioned or doubted on her word. This is not the news media or bloggers, this is Sarah playing the blame game. She created the character that she wanted and now she doesn't like what she has seen. She doen't like what she portrays in front of the camera, though she is driven to be in front of it in her power struggle.

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Chris

    Alright Sarah, you've had your 15 minutes. We've heard plenty of your folksy rhetoric at this point. Please go away now.

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Palin is in the lead for Whiner of the Year and it's only Jan 12.

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Uh... Is she going to read this article? Because I really think she needs to let it go. Woo-Sah!!

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. TiredPalinNews

    I have 2 words for you....
    GO AWAY!!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. DebM, Allentown, PA

    Cmon CNN...cut me a break

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Oh, where do I begin?

    First of all, bored, anonymous bloggers are NOT the media.

    And what about Vice-Presidential candidates…you know, the ones who call themselves Christians…who incite racist hatred and vitriol by lying and saying that Obama palled around with terrorists? Are you exempt from your own contempt?

    And will you PLEASE learn the English language? Alikeness? Is that really a word?

    And now a message for CNN. Will you PLEASE stop covering this narcissistic fruitcake?

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Isn't it time for Ms. Palin to go away now? Her 15 minutes is way over. She does herself a disservice every time she opens her mouth. I can only hope the Republican Party can find someone better for their next Presidential ticket.

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. rin

    please stop it cnn... who gives a ____ about her anymore.... please its more important things going on in the world! this is a non story

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Jay

    Are you serious?!? After she implied that Obama was possibly 'an unrepentant terrorist' sympathizer she has the nerve to call bloggers and others liars?!? This woman is Bush 2.0 and worse in almost every way

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Mr. Smith Former Republican

    Palin you are a disgrace to our Party..please go home and bake some cookies..it's over...your five minutes of fame is over...have a moose burger on me...I'll pay....we all know the truth and the truth sometimes hurts...John McSame made a major mistake and gambled our hopes away by picking a lying, thieving, unfit suppose to be Hockey Mom that pimped her kids out like you...just go away already....PLEASE

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Howdy

    Why doesn't she let it go? She's the one who keeps granting interviews. And if she's upset about the continued questions regarding Trigg, she is the one who kept the pregnancy a secret until the very end. What are normal people to think?

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Oh, Dear Lord. Please let this egomaniacal moron fade away!

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. irene

    If you can't stand the heat, get out Palin. You're nothing but a pathetic loser who is blaming everybody else for your loss. Go away – please and we'll stop calling you on every stupid thing you say and do.

    January 13, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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