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. Hannah Stevens

    Whine, whine, whine, I have never heard anyone whine as much as Sarah Palin. And trying to blame other people for her own inadequacies. My goodness, she sounds more like bush every day.

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Adrian Veidt

    Someone shut this moron up.

    Her 15 minutes are over.

    She is not a credible political figure.

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. cc

    The more this woman talks the more she makes it clear she IS NOT presidential material.
    There is an old saying "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen".
    She put herself and her family up for public scrutiny, unless she has spent her life living under a rock, she had to have known along with the limelight comes the low light..
    Her complaining, about the negative comments that come with any "celebrity" status, as if she some how should be immune is absurd and proves she spends too much time concerned with what others think..
    That is not the kind of woman I want in charge of anything.
    I want the person in charge to make decisions based on their importance, not how she looks making them.

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Renee Black

    Will you please just let it go. This is why women get the bad rap of always nagging the hell out of people, and never knowing when to let something go. Go on with your life and enjoy your new grandchild and the rest of your family.

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. shoegazer

    I hear she has webbed feet and sleeps hanging upside down from the rafters.

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Nan

    Why is this women still considered newsworthy? Also, using words like "ya" and leaving the g off of the end of your words does not make you folksie. It makes you appear uneducated and not ready to represent the US on any terms. News organizations should stop giving this woman any time at all. It was difficult for me to even decide to read this post let alone comment on it. These are wasted minutes of my life I will never get back. Let her go quietly into the night and out of the news.

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. BV

    JA, you got to be kidding. A lot of us with you. Not for a minute. Sarah Palin is not Presidential material. She wasn't Vice Presidential material. Please don't bring it up again. It really makes me ill to think that anyone in the world would want her as their leader. Let Alaska have her forever if they love her so much, but please don't suggest that the rest of the US does.

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Dear Sarah,

    You made the comment about seeing Russia in an attempt to fake your foreign policy credentials so don't cry about the media and bloggers. This is the good ole USA for Pete's sake, can't we point out the truth? Typical republican thinking if you say it then it's so. Grow up you 44 year old child and go back to minding your own Alaskan business. You had no biz trying to claim to be qualified for VP.

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Matt

    She and her supporters should all move to Alaska and secede from the union.

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Helena

    Keep it coming, Sarah. The more you speak the more laughs we have. I agree with you. McCain should have given you more press. It would have been so much more fodder fo Tina Fey and the late night shows. We can't get enough of you so please, keep it coming. some of us really are hooked on your idiocy.

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. dave

    She doesn't understand the difference between a blogger and a journalist.

    She's a great leader, just as long as nobody lies about her.

    She doesn't understand the role of the VP is not to "call shots," but to do what you're told.

    She doesn't understand the first rule of holes: when you're in one, stop digging.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. John Burgoyne

    Did someone actually refer to Palin as Intelligent? Palin would not be intelligent in a town idiot convention.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. dcgirl1975

    Pathetic bloggers who lie ?

    How about the pathetic speech you gave during the campaign about President Obama palling around with terrorists ?

    Get lost.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. sc

    She needs to get over herself. Nobody cares at this point and the more she rants about the "evil media" the worse she sounds. You lost. Deal with it and move on. The rest of us have. We face way more important problems right now.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Mark

    Sara- You'd be better served if you just went heli-moose hunting and stopped worrying about what bloggers say about you. Your time is done. You are as unimportant today as you were 4 months ago.

    In the words of a famous SNL skit... Bu-Bye

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Rob

    Steve January 13th, 2009 12:30 pm ET –

    Two words for ya pal, Bill Ayers.

    'Nuff said

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. kat

    Thank you Gov. Palin for speaking up to the media. We deserve the facts not gossip and that is all we have been given. And we are still be subjected to half truths only most people don't care as long as their day is not disrupted and gov't portrays a themselves as the innocent bystanders to the mess we face. Gov. Palin you are a fresh breathe of air and hopefully you will be the leader of the future. Thank you! Now go after the bloggers who are probably campaign volunteers.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Tim

    You have no one but yourself to blame. Just go away!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. I'm just saying

    CNN... Please DON'T STOP covering this stuff! If she was actually the VP it would be terribly depressing and painful to watch this pathetic ignoramous stumble around grasping at half formed thoughts and made up words (like i'ts been watching Bush these last 8 years) but since the country had the good sense to reject her bid for national office, it's just SUPER ENTERTAINING!

    We'll all keep clicking, so CNN, keep mining that comedy gold from the gift that keeps on giving! And it's even better that SHE'S the one that keeps rehashing the same crap, but still can't form a lucid thought! Care to try again Governor?!? LOL!!! Great stuff!

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. tb

    We are not interested in hearing about Palin in the news or any entertainment programs. The fact that she was nominated to be a VP by the republican party destroy their chances for a win other than Bush!!

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Bill R., Streamwood, IL

    Sarah Palin = losing part of losing ticket = old GOP politics = boring = not newsworthy.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Jim

    You reap what you sow Governor. Throughout your campaign you spread gossip, lies and rumors at every turn. Accept that gossip is hateful and stop doing it, then maybe it will stop as it relates to you.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Matt

    Nobody really cares whose vagina the kid dropped out of...jsut begone for crying out loud!!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. rugger 86

    Intelligent?? Intelligent people don't need to bounce around from community college to community college just to get a journalism degree.

    And maybe CNN would stop covering her, if she'd shut up. She just makes it worse for herself and her family everytime she starts whining again.

    And speaking of lies. She says her daughter and son-in-law are not HS dropouts. So what would you call two teenagers that no longer attend hs, and left without finishing?

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Jerry

    Are Alaskans just as dumb as her? I mean they elected this twit. I don't think she could organize a party in a liquor store.

    Nice republican values; pregnant daughter now an unmarried 17 year old mother who is a HS drop out dating a guy who is also a HS drop out that just quite his job.

    Sarah has made her family name a joke. If it werent for the fact she is good looking those goofy Republicans never would have swarmed her like they did as the second coming.

    If Republicans were serious about this past election they would have recommended Olympia Snow, Senator from Maine; an articulate and knowledgeable lady.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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