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. Trig

    Gary, if you're going to call someone an idiot, at least use correct English.

    January 13, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. AC

    You may be able to see Russia from Alaska, Sarah Palin, but that does not mean you are ready to deal with the Russian government if necessary!
    The media really needs to start ignoring this woman. It was all very amusing at first, but it really isn't anymore. Isn't it bad enough that she'll probably be trying to run for president in 2012 and we'll have to hear more about her then? I think we deserve a break!

    January 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. SJ

    How you know Sarah Palin is lying...her lips are moving.

    January 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Ryan Hamlett

    Stop putting a microphone in front of this woman. Seriously.

    January 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. enough of this idiot

    DOWN WITH PALIN!!!! She's digging her grave deeper and deeper and doesn't even know it.

    January 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Allen Hussein


    I really hope you are the Republican nominee in 2012. Maybe Joe the Plumber can be your running mate. That would be a dream ticket.


    An Obama Supporter

    January 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. sara

    Just GO AWAY TODAY!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. nick

    WHO CARES??? Go back to your moose and let the rest of us alone

    January 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Jared

    Why does anyone care about Sarah Palin or her kids? Oh wait, nobody does. She needs to go on a huntin' trip and not come back. Please spare us having to read anything more about this attention grubbing backwoods moron. Thanks John McCain, you really outdid yourself this time. Quite the legacy you are leaving.

    January 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Marge

    What shots could sarah have called???
    FYI ((((Sarah)))0 you were NOT on the top of the ticket! It was john McCains campaign...not yours....
    When you were asked to join the ticket,you had no more power to 'demand" anything than you are now. You're a dummy,but even YOU know the powers that ran McCains camp wasn't going to entertain any suggestion or idea's you had. Although I wish they had, LOL!LOL! Your stupidity was hilarious!!!!
    They knew you were dumb...your selection was an attempt to get the 18 million Hillary Clinton supporters....which we all know now that YOU did not do.
    Please just STFU....you time (such as it was) is OVER!

    January 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Joe Burton

    The only pathetic thing is Sarah herself. I would have loved to see her "call the shots", as it would have shown her glaring stupidity even more clearly. Say goodnight Sarah.

    January 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Seth

    John McCain will have to live out the rest of his years knowing that in his desperation to win the Presidency he unleashed this upon the world. She's a walking talking lowest-common-denominator machine, and as long as their are people ignorant enough to follow her and resentful enough to think she represents them, she will have a political career.

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

    Oh Sarah, go away already. No one cares...you are a whole bucket full of C-R-A-Z-Y!

    January 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. O-h-i-o


    If she was so "moral" she would have thought twice about the libelous claims she made against her running mate. Moral and christian are not equivalent. I am sick to death of religion being any kind of credible platform for politicians to fun on considering the necessity of the job being that they govern for ALL PEOPLE including non-christians in the United States. The real breath of fresh air is to have a thoughtful, considerate, intelligent leader. "God bless" that and remember that morals transgress religious affiliation and that even agnostics have morals.

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

    Sarah Palin – the Rise of the Fourth Reich.

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

    The bloggers won't have anything to write about now since we'll be living in a perfect world with unicorns and gold for everyone now that the Savior has been annointed.

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

    She never goes away...she is like a tape that constantly rewinds and replays itself over, and over, annnnnd ovvvverr AND OVER....

    I love how she contradicts herself. Idiot. If she says you have to GET OVER IT, then why in the world is she STILL running her mouth about it? What's done is done! GET OVER IT.

    She really needs to practice what she preaches! If she can figure out how!

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

    Happily. If you read these blogs you will discover that the negatives outweigh the positive comments on a scale of about twenty to one This augers well for the future. God Bless the Democrats and roll on 2012

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

    "Pathetic Bloggers who lie?" Well, she is just a pathetic unqualified VP candidate who is a pathological liar herself.

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

    I watched some of Hillary today, navigating tough questions with intelligence and studied knowledge. Whether you agree with her or not, the point is... can you imagine Palin in the same situation? Palin was running for a HIGHER office than SOS and she can't even answer the qustion 'What newspapers do you read?' And she outright LIED about being "cleared" by a bipartisan ethics investigation (Troopergate). That woman is delusional and I just pray she keeps it up until everyone sees through her distorted, self important, everyone-is-wrong-but-me BS.

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

    I am not just some liberal bashing her, but with every utterance from her mouth I question this woman's maturity, intelligence, and grasp of the global scope.

    We have major global problems to resolve and she keeps harping about tiny aspects of the campaign and the media. Perhaps the accusations of megalomania are more accurate than I would have thought.

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

    Sarah doesn't know how to lose an election with grace.

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

    Hey Sarah,
    seems that you know an awful lot about bored, anonymous, pathetic liars. You know, you have really become a laughing stock and it's sad to see you try and re-write recent history. Someday soon i'm hoping that you'll just go away like a good little witch.

    January 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Chris in VA

    The article also suggests she regrets not calling more of the shots, so to speak, once she got on the ticket.

    That really would have been a good idea – the suspense would have ended much sooner. She probably would have had more silly press conferences like this one.

    January 13, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Dave

    Everyone in American knows this woman is done except for CNN. The daily headline of her complaining about something is getting old.

    January 13, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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