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. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    "cryptic" is a very poor word choice for the issue being discussed......I suspect that there is a dictionary missing from the Wasilla library.

    January 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Brian Abrams

    What do you think the real reason is she won't release her medical records? I'm going with too many abortions. This could make a good
    Letterman top ten reasons list.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Alex

    While it's true that the press is at this point excessive, Americans respect a politician that can keep it cool in response to a beligerent media.

    It's part of the game, and she isn't winning points with responses like these.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Owen

    Gah, Palin... go away already!

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Pat

    Sarah Palin is what this country needs. It's stupid pathetic people like you that have brought this country to its low point. All of you insecure individuals need to get a life. Face it journalism is dead. All the media cares about is spreading smut and lies and negative people like you help it along. Have a great day you bunch of losers!

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. kate

    Did she actually go to 5 colleges for a degree in journalism? I think that's a more interesting story.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. courtney

    stop reporting about her.
    no one cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. pirmin

    palin who?

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Ann

    Enough already about Sarah who? We don't care anymore and CNN why don't you quit covering her? She loves the spotlight. Leave her alone and give us all a break. We'd rather read about interesting issues. She is not worth the continued coverage. She will go away when the press stop interviewing her. When she then asks for an interview, ask "why"? The Republicans really aren't interested in her running if and when they have a chance.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. shucks

    This isn't funny anymore. As a mental health professional, I would advise Mrs. Palin to seek counsel for her and her family members who I'm sure are as unstable as she is. I'm starting to feel sorry for her just as I do for some of my patients who have severe mental illness.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Justin Utley

    CNN... why are you still covering Palin? Old news.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Kelly

    What? She's still talking?

    Because at this point, all I hear is, "blah blah blah."

    Be gone with you, governor. Back to your state. They may still like you up there, but you've reached your expiration date in the lower 48 and are starting to be rather stale.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. lefter

    I hate fox for there cheesy outright lies.
    The left has enough genuine dirt to dish out and should not resort to cheesy, insulting musings.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Chris

    Maybe Trig's parentage won't be suspect if Sarah Plain acted like a repsonsible and not fly from Alaska to Texas to attend a conference in the ninth month of her pregnancy. And then when her waterbroke flew eight hours back to Alaska instead of going to the nearest hospital ion Texas because as Todd Plain stated they didn't want a Texas doctor to deliver the baby. (Did know doctors in Alaska are better than the ones in Texas.) Instead of going to the hospital in Anchorage (which is better equip) drove nearly a hour to the hopsital in near her home town. On top of that they knew her pregnancy was risky.
    And picture sof Sarah Plain taken by her local press doesn't show her to be pregnant, even in her third trimester.
    Ada Palin'shistory of lying.
    No wonder people still aren't sure of Trig's parentage.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Har

    I can't wait to see Obama do NOTHING different than this administration did. He will pal around with the oil barons just like Bush and Clinton did before him. Sure, he might give us all another stimulus check. Once he gets to actually see all the top secret things for the first time he is going to understand what he is up against.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Ed

    Since the election Gov. Palin has signed the license for the gas pipeline, finished her state budget, joined Gov.Perry in a child obesity campaign, created a rural subcabinet, worked to continue air sevice for Japan Airlines made numorous appointments, and endured arson at her church. Sounds like she has moved on,only wish the Palin haters would do the same.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Agnes Fleming

    ... a bit like Rudy, no; he overplayed his 9/11 card because he had none other.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. PJP in OK

    Well most of you don't care what she has to say, but I do! If I were in her position I'd be doing the same thing. You might as well get use to it and if you don't want to hear what she is saying then quit reading and listening to her and quit blogging.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. LarryMoore

    This cheap piece of baked Alaska is determined to get 30 minutes of fame at any cost and that's 15 minutes too long in my book.

    January 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. GJ

    It is sad that our Country has gone so morally backward. When a "real" person speaks out the truth, it is no longer recognized. Sarah Palin, I am sorry that there are those who are ignorant to the truth. Please do not quit standing for what our Forefathers based this Country on. God Bless You.

    January 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. john

    Please just go.

    You SHOULD HAVE told the McCain folk that you were "gonna call some of the shots"? Wish you would have said it. then you'd still be below the radar screen of the world, just a-watchin' those doggone, dadgum "Rooskies" from your taxpayer-built front poarch for the lower forty-eight.

    BTW Where's da clothes, and Toddie's silk briefs?

    January 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. gwhitton

    Perhaps Palin shouldn't have dropped so many white lies herself. What goes around comes around

    January 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. katmc

    T from NY sounds like SP herself. Ya betcha and also.

    January 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. John

    Just go away already!

    January 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Tricia

    Sarah Palin is not an idiot. And she's not nuts. At least not any more than the rest of us. She's a human being. Just like John McCain. Just like Barack Obama. Just like each of you who are taking the time to express your opinions here. She's a wife and a working mother of 5 children. Yes, that's right... 5 children. Two sons, three daughters. She works hard at whatever she does and currently that involves governing the State of Alaska. I'd like to see how the vast majority of the American public would hold up under the media onslaught which has been brought down upon this particular human being and her family. Sarah Palin is a very bright, professional woman. But when you start dragging someone's children through the mud, how many mothers do you know (smart, professional, or otherwise) who would stand quietly by and let that happen? Leave Governor Palin alone. Leave her family alone. Leave Alaska alone. Surely, you can find something better to do with your valuable time.

    January 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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