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. Diana Ewing NJ

    SP reminds me of my teen daughter who loves to get into the DRAMA of high school stuff.... My daugher does not follow my advise and I doubt SP will either... but if you want it all to stop...(if you really do)... stop adding to the drama.... The majority of people are tired of hearing from you.... so if you stop all this drama life is unfair... look how they all pick on me.. while you make your snide remarks... from day one... you stop... they stop.

    January 13, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Diane

    she asked for it. It doesn't seem to bother her when the media attention is focused on anyone not in her circle. I do wish CNN and all the others would quit interviewing her. Don't give her any more attention. What a whiner!

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Ben

    I hear SNL is looking for some good actors, They say there ratings are down since Sarah has been out of the limeligth.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Fritz

    Methinks the lady doth protest too much

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. SusieQ

    Enough about Sarah Palin already!!! Nobody even cares about her anymore. It is her own fault she ended up where she is. That is what politics is all about. She chose to accept the nomination and she lost, so stop whining. Nobody made her look bad, except for herself. But, she sure made the rest of us look bad with her. I think she should just go back to Alaska, be quiet and realize her political career is over.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. spencer

    ja....seriously. I was waiting for the punch line....and then nothing. Of course, considering you called her "intelligent "while misspelling "intelligent" yourself, I wonder how high your bar is actually set.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. republican

    Sarah, please. go. away.
    you're an insult to all Republican women who don't buy the "kuche, kinder, kirche" mentality of the paleolithic leadership of the current GOP.
    Understand that YOU are the reason McCain lost, both for his bad judgment in acquiescing to your selection, and your bad judgment in accepting a role for which you are utterly unqualified. Sorry, pull up your big girl panties and in your own words, "let it go." let US go!

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. D. D.

    Please keep reporters away from her and Joe the Plumber. We haven't heard very much from their candidate but too much from them.
    Can't they go back home mentally?
    Reporters, please stop enabling these two Americans.
    Find a real story about fascinating people not Republican throw aways.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    Don't blame anyone but yourself, Sarah. Your lashing out at the media is what is pathetic. You use the media as a way to get attention. Get over it. Move on. Get a life.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Mike

    Ah, nothing like more Crappy Non-News from my favorite news network...

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)

    Next topic.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. dale

    Wow, interesting to see all the liberal democrats shivering in there boots in regards to a comeback of Sara Palin. I hope she comes back i a huge way for the Republicans. Shes not going to go away, why should she?

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Canadian Parasite

    WOW. this article itself, and that she's going out of her way to speak on these subjects points directly to her own... Problem, and feelings of inadequacy with with being seen in this light. She is a former beauty queen, correct? She has deep rooted psychological issues. Forget her failure. Let her get back to her " real america " where everybody is REAL DUMB. I wouldn't be surprised if she mistook $15000000 on warbrode as five eleventy thousand moneys for fancy time. Thank goodness the old warden is gone, his buddies arent taking over, and that you have a real vice president with more important things on his mind than "bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie".

    Much Love From Above
    Canadian Parasite

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Rorschach

    Tick... tick.... tick.... DING! That's it! Your 15 minutes are UP!

    Outahere, Caribou Barbie-Doll.

    sheesh... look up "narcissist" in the dictionary, there's a pic of Palin.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    If Tina Palin had a bigger hand in the campaign, Barack would have received all the electoral votes, you betcha

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "You have to let it go...what you have to do is let that go."

    Interesting statement, considering how many times I've seen a story on CNN lately with her complaining about the media.

    I also hope Palin ends up running for president in 2012. That will be an easy reelection for Barack Obama.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Rosie

    This is so comical! Thanks for that laugh. You made my day!

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Christa, E. Palo Alto, CA

    Actually, I think the reason "You can see Russia from Alaska" thing got so much traction was because it was IN context – the context that she was claiming that gave her foreign policy experience. Taken out of context it's just a piece of trivia. But in context it's a ludicrous and mockable claim. And so she got mocked for it.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Apples for sale

    Its easy to run a state, when that state is owned by big oil.big oil and gasboys tell her what to do, while she fills her pockets full of cash.

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. mimi

    who cares whom is the mother of her child, whoever. However she need to go back to the books; Africa is a continent, bored blofggers are not the 'media". She should also stop preaching about how to live a Christian life by starting to teach her daughters about sex out of marriage. People on the right pretending to preach values to the rest of us Americans and not living by their words. We are sinply sick of it
    Sarah learn how to lose and go away...

    January 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. theabroma

    Ah! The Nattering Nabobs of 'Net Negativism!

    This is Ann Coulter's soul sister: they both can dish it out, but neither can take it. Why should we believe anything that comes out of either of their mouths?


    January 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Amber

    Doesn't it strike anyone as mildly ironic that the people who rail against the media are the ones who look like the biggest buttocks in front of the media in the first place?

    Re: Samuel Wurtzelbacher

    January 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Shelley

    hello.....hello.....hello.....Sarah?... does the elevator go to the top.....is anyone home....hello...hello....it's over....we don't care..........what planet are you on anyway?...............goodbye.

    January 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. PutinRearsHisHead

    keep digging sarah. you are your own worst enemy.

    January 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Jack

    Please try and run in 2012 Sarah!
    Hope the GOP uses you again as their clueless candidate!

    that way Obama can save his time and cash campaigning since you don't have a chance
    Don't forget that the media is what catapulted you to prominence.... so if you attack them, they will eat you alive! Promise!

    January 13, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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