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. Ryan

    When will this twit learn that bloggers are not journalists? Is she going to try to debunk everything on the big, bad Internets? What is this, high school?

    Secondly, no one is talking about her unless she's out doing interviews or press conferences trying to rile up trouble. You lost, now just go away, for the love of all that's holy.

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. James from DC

    Who cares about Sarah!!!!!!! She lost

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Larry in WV

    Please stop reporting anything about this person.

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Tom

    this is just more of the pot calling the kettle black. it's amazing how the members of the GOP cry foul when equal treatment is given to them.

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Laurie from Connecticut

    Hey Sarah – you have some nerve picking on the media. You didn't mind using the media when it suited your purpose. You complained about Tina Fey & SNL – yet, you jumped right in and appeared with her.

    If you are running for public office dear, you better develop some thicker skin. Also, you might want to start speaking using complete words – stop dropping the "g" in ing words, stop using "ya". You might want to start presenting yourself as an actual candidate instead of a "hockey mom".

    However, unless you lose your conservative religious slant, I will never vote for you.

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. andrew

    ya know, they be callin' and all. ya know. What an amazing product of small town university education standards. Please someone tell her to stop talkin' ya know.

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. etta

    Can we all move on, and who cares who Trig, Tripp or Track's parents are.

    Go back to the world of Moose hunting, see you in July 2009.

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Marc

    Whine, whine, whine... yeah, we can only hope she is the face of the new Republican party. And when in doubt, blame it on the bloggers...not so original there Sarah...

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Chris

    Who's the greater fool? The one that keeps crying that she's not a fool? Or the fools that blog about her? Or the ones that report on her? Or the one (yours truly) that comments on that report 😉

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    Person one: "I'm a Mac."
    Person two: "I'm a PC."
    Person three: "I'm a PB." (pathetic blogger) 🙁

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Linda K.

    This is the second time in a week that she's brought up rumors about Trig. I haven't seen anyone else discussing it, not for months now. Why is she doing this?

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Sarah Palin needs to understand people will almost say anything about you. Welcome to President Obama world

    January 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    ...so, um, who IS Trig's mom, again?

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Jim Q.

    Lord, who cares about the bloggers? Get a grip, lady! Your problems neither begin nor end with bloggers!

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Anthony

    Go away is right!

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Jim

    Get lost, shut up, absolutely nobdy outside of Alaska wants to ever see your face, hears that squeakly voice of see that pinched up face again.

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. hypocrisyalert

    People, listen to yourselves, or at least read what you say after you write it. For goodness sakes, the Media is going to her. Maybe she has a point, why is it that we know more about her clothes and baby-mamma-ishness (I doubt that is a word either) than we do about Obama's so-called ability to reach across the aisle ? With a strict party line vote percentage of 96%, he was ranked 12th in Senate. As a matter of fact, the top 32 partisan Senators were all Democrats. McCain was ranked 65th. Or how Obama in his short two years in the Senate rose to #2 in the list of Senators who had accepted money from Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac lobbyists ? Second only to Chris. Dodd ! Whereas McCain was ranked 62nd ? Or how about how Obama is credited with getting $97.4 million in pork barrel spending for his state, and McCain took $0 ? Or how he sat in a church pew for 20 years and learned or at least heard nothing his minister was preaching ? or how HE got rich by providing a product that people wanted – his books – and actually used capitalism as a method of redistributing wealth of others to himself ( applause here), rather than depending on taxes to do it ? Capitalism seemed to work for him. Or any other questions that the media SHOULD have asked him but did not. For fear of hearing the answer ? for fear of exposing their mentor ? out of hatred for another party ? We all have hope, we all could use some changes, but honestly, you know nothing about the person you put into office. I HOPE it works out ok.

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. CitizenJ

    Ooooh, bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie and annoy her.

    As opposed to bored, pathetic Alaskan politicians who lie and annoy 90% of the country.

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. kurt

    Here's a news flash for "ya" Gov. genius. Blogs are not journalism. Don't lump them together.

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Sharon

    The nation is in two wars, the nations economy has tanked and all this stupid woman can talk about is her. If anyone is pathetic it is Palin, who cannot comprehend there are greater concerns in life than her.

    Sarah Palin is a misguided, self-absorbed fool!!!!! Thank God she didn't get elected into national office, it was beyond her capacity!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Jim

    "Come on, are you kidding me?"

    Right, exactly, but the question should be directed to CNN who continues to barrage the public with this woe-is-me train wreck.

    She is right. Bloggers who spread malicious lies are losers. But CNN, please tell me why her feelings on this matter are newsworthy?

    Can somebody please inform CNN and other "mainstream" media outlets that the election is over?

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Ernest Giuseppe Anastasio III

    I Just wanted to congratulate Bristol on the birth of her second child.

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. km

    the silly ditz...she just can't spit out the bitter bile of america soundly rejecting her and her grubby family. oh,sarah...PLEASE crawl back in 2012 for another humiliating defeat. PLEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Bob

    Sarah Palin probably wouldnt have even been nominated if it wasnt for a certain blogger. Jesus, this woman makes Bush look honest.

    January 13, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Seriously

    If you had called more shots, you would given Obama 40 more electorial votes.

    January 13, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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