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. PJ

    Thanks Sarah, you just put the last nail in the coffin of your political career. Good Bye and Good Riddance

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. r

    Maybe she shouldn't lie about other people and people won't lie about her. If this bigot decides to run in 2012 she will be laughed off the stage.

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. counting crows

    Palin could well be killing her career with all this nonsense. It doesn't put her in a good light and it's beginning to sound like a soap opera.

    Keep it up Sarah!

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Marie

    Can we spend time on real issues! Who cares what this woman thinks – she needs to put a zipper on her lips and the media needs to quit giving her attention.

    Sarah, don't go away mad, just GO AWAY!

    January 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. brian

    ...yeah, "t from ny" gimmie a beak. seriously.

    January 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Brendan

    Why isn't she talking about something relevant? Why not give a speech or interview about public policy? Something to rebuild her credibility on something.

    January 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. PD

    Please, S. Palin, keep making a spectacle of yourself. Great. Keep doing it right up until the next Presidential election. And I hope the Republican Party allows you (read: is stupid enough) to be on the ticket again. What a gift. A gift of entertainment for the duration of that campaign and a gift of ensuring that you and your running mate (either Pres. or VP) do not win. It is a very sad state of affairs when someone like Palin can actually be on a national ticket. As I said throughout the campaign – it's like the "American Idol" of politics.

    January 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Judy

    Keep it up Sarah – you give me a good laugh every day and that is very good for the soul 🙂

    January 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. meena

    Palin is also bored . Interview after interviews she is giving. Like a energizer battery. When will it end.....in 2012!

    January 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Rebecca

    She made herself into a punchline...plain and simple. And yes, bloggers on both sides can be cruel....but there were no palin complaints when those negative comments were against Obama, and those were far more dangerous than questioning the birth of her son.
    Those were the ones that harkened images of lynchings and had people truly beleiving that obama was a terrorist, a muslim (which contrary to the way some beleive, are not one in the same) and not american. shouts of "kill him" and "bomb Obama" were not only "annoying" as palin describes, but out-right inflamtory and contained the possiblility of inciting violence.
    So Palin, I have a word of advice...if you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen!

    January 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Vicki

    She is Dick Cheney in a skirt.

    January 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Jim

    Please, Please, pretty please with sugar on top just make her go away ..NOW.
    Please stop reporting on this train wreck and perhaps she will and give us all a break with her moronic dribble.

    Wink, wink y'all! and everything. I've had more than enough of this idiot.

    January 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Peg

    Perhaps, finally, Governor Palin understands how Barack Obama must have felt when asked over and over to respond to ridiculous questions about William Ayers raised by right-wing bloggers who were egged on by her stump speeches.....

    January 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. brian

    Sarah Palin is a pox on society. The sooner she leaves the lower 48 forever, the better off we ALL will be.

    Keep preaching that abstinence education, it works so well.

    January 13, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. JLO

    Sarah Palin is right. Alot of you bloggers do lie and whats worse, you believe your own lies and each others lies, then spread them as truths.

    January 13, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. realistico

    I thought I stumbled upon E! News. Keep up the smarmy talk, Sarah. That'll really help your political ambitions. No, really.

    January 13, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. bts

    Still fighting the "us vs. them" battles...
    Suppose Obama or his appointed running-mate had Palin's background: BA degree in journalism, spouse a member of a successionist party (and gave a speech via video-tape at their annual conference), a pregnant unwed daughter, on-going ethics investigation, a witch-hunting personal Reverend, ignorance of the Bush Doctrine (re Foreign Policy) and if he or the VP nominee gave such rambling, incomprehensible answers during a limited number of interviews (eg. proximity to Russia made her an expert; I "read em all") or conducted no press conferences during the entire election season. Would the liberal media have been so deferential (as requested by the RNC) to Obama?

    January 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Steve from Florida

    Please CNN...stop reporting on everything she says...it / she is mindless!

    January 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Bored, anonymous, and pathetic

    bored with pathetic sarah, anonymously

    January 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. sweetlou

    please stop posting stories about her. Nobody cares what she thinks of bloggers, McCain, the media, liberals, or anything at all. Please, please stop providing coverage. Stop the insanity.

    January 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. david thomas

    Poor Sarah.

    January 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Karwolo

    Some of you readers never cease to amaze me. You complain that Palin should shut up and go away but you can't bear to ignore a single article about her. You even take the time to comment, that's not a sign of Palin-fatigue. I don't like her politics but she is fun to read about and I hope she keeps giving interviews. I even hope she runs in 2010 for the senate and 2012 for the White House. I will love it, and so will CNN! And you whiners too.

    January 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Mel from Las Vegas

    Theres a Moose waiting for you somewhere in the woods, why not go there, at least we won't have to listen to your moronic rhetoric any longer!

    January 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Seriously, how can any Republican defend her? I find it hard to believe that even the most dedicated Republican could feel good about her being such a high-profile representative of his/her party. I'm not going to question her patriotism...it's her intelligence that's suspect.

    January 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Waz

    Did she just forget about her pathetic lies while on on the campaign trail

    January 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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