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. Anonymous

    i can only hope that she dosen't run in 4yrs. she annoying and will put the party back 50yrs. but heres a prediction she will probably run in 4yrs. and the religous wing of the party will have their vote cut in have between her and old huck, and we'll finally do what we should have done the first time around and run Romney against Obama.

    January 13, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. To All

    Guys, Please comment on the issue about some bloggers writing about her kids which is relevant to about post . if you dont like her thats fine but pulling any one's kids is not fair game. what will you do if some one says that you are not mother of your kid.?

    January 13, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Mike

    Caribou Barbie, please GO AWAY and stop having news conferences ! WE DO NOT CARE WHAT YOU SAY ANYMORE....

    CNN: WHY do you continue to report on this AIRHEAD ???

    The American Voters have spoken – Palin LOST !!!

    January 13, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. ari from virginia

    The mean media-They try to trick people so much with such difficult questions like what news media do you read?
    NY Times
    Washington Post etc.
    Moose Hunters Weekly
    How to de-capitate a turkey while giving an interview on TV?

    ...and the list goes on.

    At least bloggers write–she reads–we have now established that in her intellect.

    I am still unsure about the proximity of Alaska and Russia issue.

    She landed once in Ireland to refuel a plane doesn't that qualify her as Irish Leprechan (sp)!!!

    January 13, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Don From Philly

    These Left leaning narrow minded bloggers who sit in there basements putting all this garbage on line And you left leaning liberals eat it all up.
    I saw that one of them wrote that Alaska was the most corrupt state.
    What a laugh just look at Illinois where our next president came from
    That all I have to say.

    January 13, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Bill

    Sarah is an excellent example of the old adage that an empty tin can makes the most noise. Say "Bye bye", Sarah.

    January 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Canadian Parasite

    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".

    January 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. piker

    Sara you have to quit picking on these "feelings people" We all know that they care more than the rest of us!They seem to enjoy name calling,childish games etc.

    January 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. college of no knowledge

    Maybe she should call a press conference and invite Joe the Plumber, uh sorry, Joe the War Correspondent to cover it. Then she'll get that positive press she's so desperate for.

    January 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Kin (Anaheim, Ca.)

    PALIN be thankful that you got recognized. There are many qualified BARBIES availible to take your place. TAKE CARE of your babies and ALASKA... God will place you where you need to be. SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS... Yes that's YOU !!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Please everyone!

    I think your comments are interesting and insightful and I agree with much of what has been written here, however, please check your grammar before you post- we lose the battle when we say, "your" instead of you're for you are.

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

    The village idiot from wasilla needs to start governing instead of whining about the past. I hope the people of Alaska see their governor as someone who is using her office to pursue her own personal agenda and should vote her out. Shut up and govern your state lady!!!!

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

    Palin seems to be demonstrating she does not have the temperament
    to be a US president. The need to blame the press for her shaky statements and to blame the Campaign for her limited power is a way of giving away whatever power she has.

    January 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Rachel

    Goodbye Sarah!

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

    I love when Palin gives interviews because she never cease to amaze me with her staggering ignorance.

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

    Steve January 13th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

    Pathetic bloggers who lie?

    What about her accusations on the campaign trail that Obama palled around with terrorists?

    For your information, Steve, Palin was accurate. This information was printed in some of the biased liberal rags as well:

    Both Obama and Ayers were members of the board of an anti-poverty group, the Woods Fund of Chicago, between 1999 and 2002. In addition, Ayers contributed $200 to Obama's re-election fund to the Illinois State Senate in April 2001, as reported here. They lived within a few blocks of each other in the trendy Hyde Park section of Chicago, and moved in the same liberal-progressive circles.

    Now tell me, if Obama was on a board for that many years with a guy who openly admitted that his terrorist group "didn't bomb enough" US targets, why didn't the Great One do something about it? Where are the lies that you speak of? This is public record information...not something made up like you liberals want to buy into.

    January 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Ken L.

    Sarah, pathetic politicianS who lie should be your target. Look out! There's one in your mirror!

    January 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Beverly, NYC

    Hmmm, if your home town paper , who will be most sympathetic to you is calling about this rumor and they can't get a straight forward, coherent yes or no, it's the bloggers fault? Talk about a victim mentality. See what happens when you lie Miss Sarah,
    people are less likely to believe you when you are telling the truth.

    How long is this post election depression going to last? CNN lets help Miss Sarah by not reporting on her rants. One would think she was the Presidential candidate. John McCain has gone underground its time she does too.

    January 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. republicans hate america

    the Russia thing was not mocked because it is fact. it was mocked because you actually had the audacity to use that as foreign policy experience you idiot!

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


    January 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. I wonder...

    How much is this woman paying to try to keep her name alive? You'd think she'd at least until some of the inauguration hullaboo calms down before she tries to rebuild her image. She needs new advisors, she's coming across as really pathetic now.

    January 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Patrish

    Gosh what a whiner – move on – get back to work taking care of Alaska. Wait – she did take time to support the aerial killing of more Alaskan wolves and the killing of their pups. For anyone that thinks this is a sweet caring person, you may want to take another look at her. BTW has this woman ever made one intelligent comment or evaluation of any world situation, or does she just babble?

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

    I don't know how to spell a scream!! Does she not know she's a joke? Will she never fade away? Perhaps the media can start ignoring her and she'll get the message. WE DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK?????

    January 13, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Paul - MPLS

    I actually feel sorry for her. This woman is not even smart enough to realize she is not smart. However, I think her recent comments tend to demonstrate that she has a vindictive streak and was very capable of firing a trooper because of a grudge.

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

    Unfortunately, in this and age, Sarah is just the William Hung of politics. It was kind of funny for 15 minutes. Those 15 minutes have been up for over 2 months now. Move along.

    January 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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