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. LIP

    The real problem is that the media gives out misinformation and the silly bloggers, not really caring, as long as they have fodder for their loose cannons, spill it all over the web. The media should be held accountable for their lies and false statements.

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. brian

    is this woman ever going to shut up? i guess she's too dumb to understand that the more she runs her mouth, the more she makes herself look like even more of an idiot than she did during the election.

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. PAUL

    Please – the media must stop interviewing this woman- let her go – she is the laughing stock of America. She has nothing to say – her views are those of an insane person. She has destroyed my beloved Republican Party and was the main reason the Republicans lost the White House. I ask again, please stop interviewing this woman – she has nothing of interest to the Nation. Hopefully, one day she will figure who/whom gave birth to Trig – who cares........

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. stormerF

    They can't help it Sara,they get their info from the Lying Media.The Mainstream meida that refuses to tell the truth,only if it suits their means. There is nothing worse than the MEDIA Lying and trying to make People believe they are not Biased. Katie Curic should be ashamed,Charlie Gibson should be ashamed. They were and are still AFRAID of you because you told them the Blunt truth and they are not use to a politician telling the truth up front.After they let Biden tell at least 10 lies in the debate with you,and did not try to correct him,but let him keep lying.

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. irakwarno4americans

    My God.. scary that this thing , was part of the republican ticket. America is in bad need of an overhaul .

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Charles Smith

    This woman is unbelievable. Since LOSING the election for McCain, she has done nothing but try to keep her name in the headlines. What next, a reality show? Oops, I shouldn't have said that; she may be listening.

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Chavis, MO

    Before you can lead a country, you have to like other people from different states. It's the United States of America, not the Country of Alaska.

    Grow a brain Sarah, you're not ready for prime time.

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Adam

    She wasn't mocked for saying you could see Russia from Alaska. She was mocked because she implied that gave her some sort of foreign policy experience. I can see the White House from my house but I don't think that implies anything about my readiness to lead.

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Bernard

    She should shut up already...she is ruining whatever political future she might have had with all this whining and complaiing

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Jon S.

    And who exactly is governing Alaska, while its governor blabs and gets as much media attention as she can?

    Perhaps Todd?

    January 13, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Nick

    She continues to struggle. People did not mock her Russia / Alaska comment because it was false. It was mocked because seeing another country is not an example of foreign policy experience. Does she still not understand?

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

    Palin is the only "pathetic" one. She brought down a good man who should be inaugurated on Jan. 20. I hope she crawls into the hole she came out of and stays there.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Traci

    Sarah go away! You need to learn the meaing of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. AK

    Apparently she thinks she is more than she really is. Wake up call! Hey Sarah, look in the mirror and say, "There's no place like home.....". Maybe a moose will fall on you. No wait, I wouldn't want to traumatize the moose.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. George

    Spiro Agnew reincarnated.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Daryl

    Maybe she should have gotten Bristol a computer to blog on when she gets bored.

    Lord knows that her time can be better served blogging than making babies at 16.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. justme

    The reason that Ms. Palin won't go away" like we would all like, is the media. If they left her alone, we would all be much better for it. 2012?? I think NOT!

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. LaughingInMinnesota

    I have some cheese to send you to go with that whine.......

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Mike from NY

    Obama is closing Gitmo and transferring the prisoners to Alaska. No more waterboarding, prisoners will now be made to sit in a room with Palin while she continues to whine.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Ojore

    Why is this news? Please keep this woman off the front pages and use your considerable resources on news events and happenings that matter. Whether or not I know what Sarah Palin said something is not going to help me understand the world I live in. Items like this only shine a light on the kind of "serious" media we now have today, a collection of wanna-be gossip journalists who seem ready to work for PEOPLE magazine.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. therealmarie

    This woman will goaway when the MSM stops covering her.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Rose

    To: Ja – Thank you for the joke of the day.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Renee, TX

    Well, Texas loves her and W, but that fact and two nickles will get us nowhere.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Mia

    I'm sure Lindsay Lohan would also agree that the media is unfair.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. George- Chicago

    It's irrelevant and nobody really gives a crap who Trig's mom is. Maybe you should have thought about false allegations when you were spouting off on terrorist connections during the campaign.

    January 13, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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