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. gl, Pittsburgh

    I am convenicenc that Trig is not her baby that way she is trying so hard to cover it up.

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

    Palin: what a sad excuse for a human being. It is really disturbing that in the XXI century the GOP picked as their vice-presidential candidate somebody who is actually dumber than Bush. Please, lady, for the sake of humanity, never ever leave Alaska. Stay there with your Billy Bob and the little Billy Bobs, and never come out. Thank God she is nothing more than a disturbing footnote in our nation's history...

    January 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. teresa

    If she were still a journalist she would ask the dumbest questions known to man.

    January 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. steve

    i cant believe all u bloggers who cannot get enough of her. leave her alone and take a good long look at whai is about 2 enter the whitehouse now

    January 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Will, NJ

    Welcome to the internet.

    January 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Patricia

    Sarah has given up all hope of being a politician (thank you!). She is just now ranting on like a B or C level has been celeb. Sarah, make yourself useful and go on "are you smarter than a 5th grader" or even "Brett Michaels>" There you'll get all the attention you want!

    January 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Doug - Dallas

    It's scary to think she is the future of the Republican Party; scary for the Republicans!!

    January 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. David Newport, OR

    Sarah Palin is in the wrong field...she could put Tina Fey out of business. She is the best comedian that has come out in the last decade that I know of. Keep it up sweetie...you are making the World smile everyday!

    January 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Robin - Arkansas

    McCain's campain staff were inexperienced with handling a strong woman with a brain. Palin was inexperienced with big goverment spin. I love you Sarah. And I will vote for you in 2012.

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Jim

    I think Sarah Palin is right on this matter.
    Attack her on her views ( as she said herself) ,but don't smear or spread lies about the kids.
    A newspaper has to deal with political issues ,but not anonymous with gossip of bloggers.

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. fishbowl

    More Sarah bashing, get a life people.

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Scot

    I think Obama needs to institute and IQ policy; an intelligence test for anyone running for president or vice president. That way morons like Palin and W would automatically be disqualified.

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. shute

    14 minutes 57 seconds, 14:58, 14:59......

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. George Simmons

    Please make this fruitcake go away

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Missy

    Shawn, you say you're sure she (Palin) is smart lady... based on what? I mean... can you give me one single example of when she exhibited any evidence of intelligence? It's not only that she's NOT smart, it's that she's a grudge-holding, finger pointing, angry woman. BEGONE already!!!

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Julie

    Enough already – I'm sick of hearing from her. Her IQ drops every time she opens her mouth to whine/complain/give an interview. Geez, she has set women back 50 years and I don't appreciate it. Just drift back off into obscurity, darlin...

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. SD Demo

    Jeannie–There are NO "ridiculous comment[s] or charge[s] made about her" any more. The press would forget her, ignore her if she could just SHUT HER PIEHOLE. She obviously doesn't want to be remembered as a pathetic loser from the last election. Anything that is written about her from now on is being brought on by . . . her. She is no longer newsworthy–as you appear to be her "friend" please tell her that.

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Trey M.

    Funny to see the limited number of comments. People really don't care about her anymore. Her 15 minutes are up! Yay!

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Lucky Lucy

    I am begging you...Gov. Palin...stop feeding the media. We are tired of all this. Just SHUT UP!

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. gregory

    Go away!! Its over.

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Jeff Marbach

    What is the possible reason that Sarah Palin refuses to go away? This is one sad individual, and could have been a heart beat away from the Presidency. Now, in retrospect, how scarry is that.

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. michael

    I hope the Republicans KEEP HER AROUND! The left WILL NEVER LOSE AGAIN!

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Obama not my president

    ST, No I will tear up. Seems like the US has become the largest group of stupid people in the world. What are you going to do when Obama say's no comment and we have another attack on our soil.

    January 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. pv

    The pit bull in lipstick is whining about being roughed up?

    Who did she call Socialist after the Republicans' largest government cash redistribution program in history?

    "Palling around with Terrorists?"

    She is a sociopathic liar.

    January 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Bob in VA

    You have to love how Palin complains about the press, untruths, etc. Yet she was, and is, nothing more than a divisive hate monger, spreading lies and untruths about anyone, or any group, that does not agree with her or her goals.

    January 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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