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. Hasta la vista......PLEASE

    I think that all media outlets need to adopt a policy which states that from now until infinity there will be no more coverage of this blight on society. Enough already........Sarah, you have never made your point...of course it could be because you don't have a logical one that you could give or spare.

    Kudos to the editor of the Anchorage Daily News, it's nice to see that you're not afraid of what pressures she might try to exert on your publication. Could it be because the folks in Alaska have seen her for the "mistake" that she is? Be very careful when it comes to electing your next Governor or Senator......

    January 13, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. steve-o


    January 13, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Michael Wiese

    Sarah, if you are reading this, and I'll betcha are because we all know you read all of the major news sources, please understand that we as a people have made a grave mistake by electing a moron like Bush into office twice. But that doesn't mean we can't learn from our mistakes. You are a clueless twit and every anonymous or ostensible blogger on the internet has called you out on it. Don't lash out at our country because we were smart enough not to vote for you. We wouldn't trust you to run a Waffle House much less run a country.
    The sooner you accept the fact that you were chosen for the sole purpose of gaining votes from disappointed Clinton voters and nothing more than a decoration for the GOP, the better off your career will be.

    Sincerely, a non-anonymous writer,
    Michael Wiese

    January 13, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Rob

    She really does not know when to stop.

    It's fairly obvious that when you have someone as blank and vapid as Palin, getting a taste of the spotlight, you know they're not going to reliquish it easily. And she cannot stay out of the picture. Let's simplify it: she's an idiot. Like a spoiled child who is having a tantrum, this is what she does–and it seems, on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, God help us all, this woman somehow managed to get elected to office. It makes you really question our voting system...

    Keep in mind, it's a GOOD thing that people ARE taking her to task every time she opens her yap and says something else incredibly stupid. She's starting to make W. look like a Rhodes scholar (or at least a high school graduate...).

    CNN should know better than to give this woman any more airtime; leave it in the hands of fiction-writers like Fox.

    January 13, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Past is Gone

    Forget Palin Stop trying to make her important She is History
    Dumb and Dumber Not even interested in anything she has to say. She is irrelevant. Just a mistake to start. What ever happened to Dan Quail?

    January 13, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Meh

    God, when will this woman fall off the face of the Earth? I'm so sick of hearing about her. Also sick of her constant whining.
    And, frankly, if she didn't want people talking about her, she should have put her ego aside and not entered the national political arena!
    I actually think she is not as "outraged" as she is pretending to be. I think this is just her pathetic way of making sure the spotlight stays on her.

    ja> Moral and honest? Really? Do moral and honest people "accidently" bring home clothing that doesn't belong to them? Do moral and honest people smear the name of a good man...to the degree that makes other people want to kill him? Like they say, if you can't take it, don't dish it out!

    January 13, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Randy Andrews

    I wonder if Sarah Palin would be equally annoyed if she were told about the city council race in Yakima, Wa., where the incumbent a prominent democrat Ron Bonlender was defeated last year by a republican Rick Ensey after an anonymous blogger spread lies that the incumbent had been arrested for DUI and other crimes, all of which were completely false. Candidate Ensey was asked before the election about the blog and claimed no knowledge. After councilman Ensey won, it was discovered that it was in fact councilman Ensey's wife, Diane, that was the source of the blog. Many called for councilman Ensey to resign. He refused, quoting at one point, "Mr. Bonlender needs to have a thicker skin." Mr. Bonlender is currently pursuing the Ensey's in court. Through all of this, the Enseys were strongly supported by the county republican party. Are the Enseys and the Yakima County Republican Party these "bored, anonymous, pathetic little liars Sarah Palin is speaking of?

    January 13, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Elle

    Sarah Palin was villanized by the democrats to take down John MaCain, she has been villanized by the media and democrat supporters and has every right to defend and protect her position and family. I am a democrat and you people sicken my heart. Sarah Palin has done an amazing job as the Govenor of Alaska , and her family is off limits as you all cried Obama's should be. Hypocrites are what you are . The sick heartless mindless comments about Govenor Palin and her family are incomprehesible. Get on with your lives you have enough to worry about in the next four years, concentrate on that and leave the Palin's alone, they have done nothing wrong but take the fall for the failed republican party.

    January 13, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Larry from Bel Air

    Yeah, but what a rack!!!

    January 13, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. jay jay

    It's time you grow up, little girl. Your a small fish in a big pond. Learn how to survive before you take on the big fish.

    January 13, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. california grandma

    okay – the stuff about her son Trig is out of hand.

    it is not, however, the REASON most of us voted for Obama.

    Palin herself is her own worst enemy.

    forget the family stuff.

    someone ought to tell her it's her personality that worked against her – her warped values and uneducated mind we found so bizzare.

    and finally, WHY IS THIS NEWS?

    January 13, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. bruegg

    What about pathetic republicans

    January 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Flat-earther, Georgia

    She killed Bullwinkle.

    January 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. closet republican


    January 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Know Hillary - No Hillary

    If Sarah Palin says you just have to let go of it about criticism and the barbs she's been hit with – why does she keep harping and whining about it to the press? What would she have done in D.C. under that pressure cooker – go crying home to mama? Leave us alone, please. And to the mainstream media – please ignore the whining from this woman, her already dim light ought to have burned out long ago.

    January 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Jeff

    She's becoming more annoying than Paris Hilton. Now that I no longer have to fear that she might be running this country I could care less about her, her beliefs, what she says or does or what her family says or does. Let's get back to some real news, CNN!

    January 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. ILoveAmerica

    Taken out of context? – Palin was asked what qualifications she had in the area of foreign relations, and she replied that "you can see Russia from Alaska." The context was what made her statement so ludicrous!

    January 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. JiAnn

    I will say to Palin, as eloquently as I am able, two words, "SHUT UP!"

    January 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. James

    Oh honey, shut up and go away already.

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Robert

    I can see the end of Palin's political career from my house!

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. K Mills

    Go away. . .

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Jackie in Dallas

    By the way, the media gave this woman weeks, even months, of respectful coverage...there just wasn't anything to cover. She was sequestered by the McCain campaign to try and bring her up to speed, at which they failed. She brought this barrage on herself, by refusing to meet the serious media, screwing up a simple interview with Katie Couric, actually appearing on SNL then raking them over the coals for making fun of her by simply repeating what she actually said, and by having no powers of intelligent communication. No wonder McCain's daughter won't discuss her! She's got more smarts than Sarah, apparently.

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. bd

    Does she keep getting dumber, or is there something strange in my tea?

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. TM

    Sarah is digging a deeper hole for her future candidacy with all these complaints. I have no doubt she will do things differently if there is a "next time." When she takes control of her own campaign, I hope she will spend some time learning about the Supreme Court (a few relevant cases beyond Roe V. Wade) and perhaps read a few books, newspapers and news magazines. What she should NOT do is continue the blame game – it looks petty and junior-highish.

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Carolyn

    Sarah Palin needs to go away! She was an embarrasment during the campaign and continues to be so. If she intends to have a future in future politics she really needs to stop alienating the media, other political types but particularly the public. I had hoped to be able to support an accomplished woman for public office but I now realize there is no way it will ever be Sarah Palin. She is rude, vindictive and continues to blame everyone for her demise but herself.

    Sarah, please run your state and keep quiet, we've had enough!

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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