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. Merrill

    Sheeeee – yuttttttt upppppppppppppppppppppp!

    January 13, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Fritz

    How do you feel about pathetic politicians who lie?

    January 13, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Whaa-Silly

    Please put on some horns and run under a helicopter in AK.

    January 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. William

    Wow! Count the number of people here who went ANONYMOUS. Seriously. If you are going to slam her, grow a pair and put your actual name.

    January 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Yoshi99

    Lies? I seem to remember Palin trying to deny the fact she had described the Iraq War as a "mission from God," even though Charlie Gibson had in on tape. Even when he confronted her with the tape, she wouldn't come clean. Palin is the truth-impaired one here.

    January 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Dookie

    Wow...the hatred that the left has for this woman is absolutely staggering. If you want her to "Go away!" maybe you should not be commenting on these stories and you should just be ignoring them. You are the same people telling us that we have to respect Obama because he's our President now. Yeah...how about we give him the same respect that you have shown to Bush and Palin. Will that work for you?

    January 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    pls... stop talking.

    January 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Robert

    Please leave Palin's family alone. She is so bruised with the terrible loss as VP candidate with no light at the end of the tunnel. I hope she realizes her mistakes and not start over the media circus again which she failed miserable during Katie Couric interview. Please Palin go away.

    January 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Get over it

    These bloggers are simpletons that have too much time on their hands and that love to spread GOSSIP.

    In addition, these particular bloggers are left wing evil dooers with NO religion in their lives to guard their morality.

    January 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. LOL

    Keep proving her right bloggers!! LMAO!! You all just proved that she is indeed intelligent..more so then some on this board!! LOL!!!

    January 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. EL

    This woman is a pure fool. drop dead palin, you make me sick every time I read about you. and no!!!! that is not your baby!!!! you clown go kill a turkey or moose or yourself slime!!!!!. you are finish in politics you can for get it. go visit your next door people. stay there when you go.

    January 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Alicn

    PLEASE GO AWAY SARA PALIN! You are so pathetic!

    January 13, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Jenni O'L

    Doesn't Alaska need the govenor back? Go home Sarah and quit making more of a fool of yourself and of this country by speaking.

    January 13, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Rfaivre

    What makes me mad is the fact that it upsets her that bloggers say "terrible" things, but she will use things bloggers say to try to get elected.
    She is a shady woman, she is hungry for power and desperate to stay in the public eye. That makes her very dangerous!!!!!
    Sarah Palin is a liar, a manipulator, and she cheats! I have zero respect for the woman.
    For all I care she can stay up in Alaska with her ignorant family and her witch hunting church. I feel sorry for the people in Alaska who have to live under that pyscho woman's thumb....yikes what a train wreck!

    January 13, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Keith

    I find it impossible to believe that half the comments about Gov. Palin are really based upon true knowledge of her character. What you know about this woman is what the media portrayed her as. I don't know her either but I find it interesting that she is capable of being half as evil as the majority portrays her. Personal attack of one's character based upon their run for office by the opposing party is absurd. It's a shame that we have such liberal media avenues. Where lies can be protrayed as truth. If she really was such a liar she would back down and try to let it cool off. Think about it...

    January 13, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Ryan

    Please, Sarah, keep insulting your electorate. Great election strategy for 2012.

    January 13, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Judy

    Sarah can distort and lie about others, but does not want it done to her. Her feelingsare hurt. This is about the 4th time she brought up
    "Anonymous". That is the part that really bothers her. She wants to know the peoples names. Sarah what difference does the bloggers names mean to you, you can't fire them from office like you do to the poor people of Alaska. You ran on a national level, now act like a governor and a professional. If you dish it out- it will come back to you 3 fold. Remember that next time you run for office. Majority of Americans don't like you, we feel you are not intelligent. Why continue this whining, you are only giving the American public more ammunition. We get it Sarah Palin you don't like the media, bloggers or anyone else that says negative things about you.
    Please I beg you, STOP. Concentrate on being Governor of Alaska

    January 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Keith

    She seems to blame everyone but herself. Someone who is unable or unwilling to take personal responsibility for their mistakes is not someone I want running anything, let alone the country.

    Wait....unwilling to take personal responsibility....isn't that one of the attacks republicans launch at liberals? Ironic.

    January 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    Who cares? When will Palin go away? She is pathetic.

    January 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. swinn

    To Trish

    Well said – and simply said. The more Sarah allows herself to hang around the more she permanently affixes in the minds of most people that she is just plain stupid. If Sarah has any further political ambitions, she needs to go hide for a few years, lick her wounds, STUDY a lot, take courses in public speaking and the use of the English language, and then come back and hope that the past has been forgotten – although I feel it's already too late. For my money, though, I hope she doesn't go away – the news anymore is so bad that it is a relief to be able to read some comedy on the news sites.

    January 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. BryanD

    Not only did she use seeing Russia from Alaska as part of her foreign policy experience but she also said Russia uses their airspace so that "when Putin Rears his head" that the people of Alaska are basically America's watchdogs. I tell you that I love Alaska, its people and cultural diversity but Palin is definitely not a good representative.

    January 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Proffck

    Gov. Palin: Andy Warhol called. Your fifteen minutes are waaaay up.

    January 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. phillybits

    So much for being a lipstick wearing pitbull! From what I've heard lately, it sounds like somebody needs to call Sour-Puss Palin a Waaaa-mbulance!

    January 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Melissa

    What a whiny little child she is.

    January 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Tyler in Raleigh

    These pathetic little people are called UNITES STATES CITIZENS! We are the voting public and she seems to not care.

    The media is elite and biased. The common citizen is pathetic and bored... I guess none of us is the "real America" that counts to Palin.

    January 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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