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. LosePal

    She has a Low Life style with her high profile position...

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Tom in Phoenix: She should have never accepted McCains offer

    This women was minding her own business doing a good job of governoring her State. Then some moron in the McCain camp decided "hey, there are women out there who want a women on a ticket......let's find one".

    So some McCain loser looks in a list of governors and picks Sarah Palin out of the list........she's attractive......she has breasts.....she's a "maverick".........that"s our girl!!!!

    The rest is history and I for one feel sorry for her........she needs to go back to doing what she knows best........being a Governor and stay as far away from the press as possible!!!!

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Bob

    All these comments show why all democracies have failed. If this is the kind of sandbox, kindergarten intelligence that follows you people into the voting booth, then there's no hope for this country.

    Get over yourselves, and stop hating Sarah Palin just because you vote for her opposition's party.

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Nick

    Yeah, and I could see NYC from NJ, too. Just not in my backyard, as you said. Go away!!!

    Actually don't. These ticker messages that involve you saying stupid things are hilarious.

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Beantown

    I love how this news site transforms anything bashing the Republican party into news. This isn't news, it's just designed to get liberal people agitated.

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Bob

    After reading some of these comments, it's amazing how much hatred is directed toward this woman and how much civility has regressed in this age of liberalism. God help this country.

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. bsmith171

    she's right there is no accoutability by bloggers or the media.
    lazy media now fed by bloggers.

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Andy

    Palin/Coulter 2012!

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Uncle Ellsworthy

    Actually the ones who should go away are the idiots posting garbage on here and most of the posts are garbage. I say again, your guy won, get over it and go get a life. Enough already, she's worth ten of any one of you. Oh and by the way, her "fifteen minutes of fame hasn't even begun.

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. ChuckJones

    What a bunch of pathetic bloggers. i'm on my lunch break – how many of the commenters here are still in their pj's? I'm sure most of you voted for the con man.

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. You won't get the last word lady.

    Sarah .... step away from the microphone ....

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Tyler

    I'm surprised Palin just doesn't set the record straight on Trig so the media will drop it.

    Instead she's getting blustery and accusatory, shifting the blame, and ignoring questions. Textbook lying.

    Kind of like Blago saying he was going to set the record straight at his press conference, then he rambles about health care initiatives for five minutes.

    What's most shocking is the quality of people we have running for governor the past decade: Palin, Arnuld, Ventura, Blago, etc....wow

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Rick

    The more Sarah Pailin talks, the better George W. Bush looks. Can this woman ever put more than two sentences together that make any sense?

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. TyWebb

    Keep shooting your mouth off, Palin...you're finishing yourself for future political ascendancy.

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Brian

    This is truly amazing. Every comment on this story is anti-Palin. Either there isn't a single moderate or conservative that has read it, or CNN is censoring any comments that might be even slightly pro-Palin. Either way tells you something.

    As for me, Palin is A-OK in my book. She did little more than take the misguided advice of her incompetent handlers in the McCain campaign, and she was crucified in the media. Not even her family was spared. As a mother, she has every right to come to the defense of her family, especially her 17-year-old daughter? Her poor daughter was victimized because many in the media disagreed with her politically. The people who smeared her should be happy Sara-cuda is keeping her comments to generalities rather than paying the perpetrators a personal visit. However, I doubt many of these so-called journalists have a firm enough grasp on logic to realize that.

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Grizz

    “That's an alikeness between Alaskans and New Yorkers…” “Alikeness”? We have a word for that in English, Sarah–“similarity”.

    You didn’t by chance have the same English teacher as Dubya, did you?

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Fred

    Palin is old news...geee! Move on!

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Jim

    Can you believe that someone actually wanted to put this zero a heartbeat away from the presidency? And there are some who still do?!!!

    Good grief.

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Tim

    Sick of Palin. She's old news. NEXT.

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. omahajim

    she had "rally" here in omaha and the republicans said 7000 people showed up. the fire department and the police and the venue called it 4500. she got on TV and called it 7500 herself.

    what a lying skank. shut up and stay home. who is raising your 5 kids while you are out and about?

    obama had a rally in omaha and the venue was filled to capacity. 15000 and there were people lined up around the block who did not get in.

    and i live in a red state!

    January 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. S. Shay

    Can we all say Narcissistic Personality Disorder and move on? There is nothing to see here, just your average personality defect. Keep it movin'.

    January 13, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |

    As I wrote earlier, she is a total wack job, to paraphrase the McCain staff – but I do hope she is nominated by the GOP in 2012!

    January 13, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. chris

    she claims the media (curic, fey) exploited her during the election.

    Sarah, stop exploiting america and using the same media you critique to satisfy your need for attention.

    January 13, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. sam carson

    Oh poor baby Sara! How does it feel to be lied about. I guess the same way Barack Obama our President Elect by a landslide must have felt when you accused him of being a terrorist and paling around with them. Too bad for you now. Shut your mouth and deal with it and stop acting like a middle school girl. Your old news............

    January 13, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. EW

    I just love how the liberal talking points just keep going and going. You idiots keep telling yourself that you're better than everyone else then maybe someday you will realize that nobody is better than anyone else.

    It is no one's business about hte Palin family and their children. Obama has children but nobody questioned him relentlessly about them.

    Grow up.

    January 13, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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