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. JT

    blah! blah! blah! blah! what is she talking about and who really cares, I have no respect for a woman who neglects her infant child to gain popularity, take care of your children and maybe things will change for you.

    January 13, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. RSB

    Maybe 'Joe the reporter' could straighten it out for her. He knows as much about reporting as she does about being vice-president.

    January 13, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. vinnie

    "an alikeness"???!!! sorry sarah, but we can just let you talk and you do it to yourself...

    January 13, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Doesn't this woman realize that some people just do not like or respect her?

    January 13, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Gay Hollingshead

    Hey Sarah,

    Get a life. No one really cares what you think.

    If you want to appear intelligent SHUT UP!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Jimmys Corncrackings

    Get herself back underneath that rock called Alaska. This women has no business in national politics. But hey, the MEDIA keeps her in the spotlight. I don't see her running around the talk show circuit trying to foster up some attention.

    Does anyone who reads this garbage ever wopnder WHY the media is putting it out there for you to read? Is it in any way shape or form important? Not one ioota.....aye...

    January 13, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |


    January 13, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. roy miller

    she is the best example of dumb-squared !! Just shut up, Sarah.

    January 13, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. ronnierayjenkins

    You still would be waiting for her medical records today.

    January 13, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |

    How would Sarah know if she can see Russia from Alaska, has she even visited the tiny little island where you can see the bigger island accross the water that is Russia? With regard to her son and other children, stop putting blame on the media for her own display of her children on one of the biggest stage, she did that not the media. I agree, enough of Sarah, Joe the plumber who is not a plumber, not a tax-payer and not a news person worthy of reporting on the war in Gaza/Isarel. They both need to go away and if CNN does not stop reporting on these 2 they will lose me as a dedicated supporter of their show.

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Blad Snarvey

    Doink Palin.

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Bradley M Lemberg,M.D.

    If this is fair ,where were all the similar comments and probing of Caroline Kennedy

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Brent

    Palin seems to be addicted to publicity. She just can't seem to fade away like the world wishes she would. She has to give her worthless opinion on everything. We don't care what some semi-literate, failed vice-presidential candidate thinks.

    And by the way, the reason why you and Kennedy were treated differently by the press was because you were seeking to be the vice-president, and in line for the presidency, and she was looking at being appointed as one of two senators from a single state.

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Kenneth

    So was there an answer in her ramblings? Regardless the page has turned, the fifteen minutes are up. Are the people of Alaska shaking in their boots each time she opens her mouth and they realize that they elected her to office ... I hope so.

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Latoya

    CJ- if you dont care at all, why do you bother to sign in and leave your two cents?

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Jimi NY

    STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Go kill a moose or whatever the hell you do up in Alaska. America is sick and tired of you!
    Enough already!!!!!! You are a MORON!!!!!!!!!!!
    CNN STOP!!!!! Let it go . . .

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Lyz

    You know, all this "it wasn't my fault " crap isn't going to get her any votes. She's starting to sound like a whiny teenager. First complaining about the Tina Fey thing (which actually made her more likeable, imo) and not she's complaining about the media?

    Sarah, it comes with the territory. I'm sorry if the GOP didn't explain that the media would get into every nook and cranny and find all the little problems in your life. But Alaska's not that far away from the rest of the world, and I'm pretty sure you all get tabloids up there, and should know what happens in the rest of the US.

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. CitizenTom

    Palin/Wurzelbacher in 2012! They make W look like a Rhodes Scholar!

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Pete

    Fredi – Christians give Christians a bad name.

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Michelle

    I totally agree with Fredi. I wish she would go away.

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. michael

    'pathetic bloggers who lie'?
    ...and you said every chance you got that Obama pal'd around with terrorists, you disgraceful moron!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. zaphod2000

    Hey ja, the mental institutions are waiting for you and the caribou bimbo and anyone else who really thinks she's a breath of fresh air. What are you smoking?

    January 13, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. Tel

    The blogger she's talking about is anything but anonymous – his name is Andrew Sullivan, he writes for The Atlantic, and he's been asking for definite proof of the baby's parentage for months now. So far, no concrete proof provided. (Whether he's bored or pathetic is another question).

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Gov. Palin, it is time for you to exercise some personal responsibility for your own faults on the campaign, so stop pointing the finger at others when you need to accept some of the blame yourself. It isn't our fault that you can't name a newspaper that you read, not our fault that you cited as Alaskan proximity to Russia as a case for having foreign relations experience, and it is not our fault that you can't form cohesive sentences on a regular basis.

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. TRI

    Go back to the obscurity from whence you came! Tina Fey has moved on, why can't you??

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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