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. bigdaddyJ

    how about: COUTH

    January 13, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. FLgirl

    She needs to be quiet. She is not the first person to be picked on....WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF BEING A WOMAN! I AM A WOMAN THAT'S LIFE. She should have done more so that her resume had the likeness of the Michelle or HIllary when running for this office. The problem is even with big titles like mayor and governor, she hasn't primped or flexed her intellectual prowess because she doesn't have it. That is fine though...everyone doesn't have to be a genius. However, the constant complaining and ache for attention (probably why her daughter got pregnant in the first place, misjudgment and cry for attention from a mother who needs the spotlight, gosh this is PSY 101) is going to over exposure her and make her no longer viable as a candidate for the Reps in 12 which will guarantee Obama's re-election. She really needs to play this wisely but those with histrionic personalities and internal ache for attention cannot help themselves.

    January 13, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Justin

    They should send Sam the Reporter, I mean Joe the Plumber, or perhaps Jorge the Obstetrician, to check this one out.

    January 13, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. SamDaMan

    Why won't she show us the Birth Certificate??? What is she hiding??

    (I'm sorry, but I just couldn't resist, lol)

    January 13, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. steve

    Whatever you think of her, she nailed that one. Journalism is dead.

    January 13, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Rickymo

    Just go away...like the Bush and Cheney team...

    January 13, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Veteran in Chattanooga

    When your campain and stance on issues all surround lying and not answering questions, what do you expect? She was involved in corruption in the State she is elected in.

    January 13, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. mimi


    January 13, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. mARGE

    I am not a republican so I can say this truthfully. If McCain had been more outgoing, informative and truthful like McCain, obama might have had a tougher time trying to win.

    January 13, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |

    just show us the birth certi for mr trigger Palin if you are the mom i believe you are but the rumor mills are spinning fast what is hidden in the dark will come to light soon.

    January 13, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Phil

    Is she just out of touch or completely delusional? It has nothing to do with the comment "You can see Russia from Alaska" in itself. It has to do with the fact that she used that statement as a litmus for her foreign policy credentials. She has absolutely no understanding of foreign policy. She has absolutely no understanding of domestic policy. She has absolutely no understanding of how the federal government even works. She couldn't even explain the role of the Vice President. Instead, she tried to parallel her vision of the role alongside that which Dick Cheney has crafted – a completely unconstitutional expansion of vice-presidential power. And for you blind and ignorant Palin supporters, I hope she runs for POTUS in 2012 because Obama will squash her. She is a completely ignorant, uneducated, unintelligent imbecile.

    January 13, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Danielle

    Ughhhhhhhh..... (beating my head against a concrete wall). STOP IT, NOW!!

    January 13, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Ex-Republican

    The lady is an idiot.

    Note: She avoided answering the Daddy question in regards to Trig. None of the arguments have been addressed by her. All we got is a "Take my word" from a racist dimwit that campaigned for VP on nothing but lies and division.

    January 13, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Bill

    Are the people of Alaska still paying her to be their governor? She seems to spend most of her time promoting herself for some other job.

    January 13, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. christy

    Well, I guess she's just gonna take her ball and go home! Nyah!

    January 13, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Lila from AK

    If she doesnt care about them why give people the satisfaction of commenting. Honestly let it go...sheesh

    January 13, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Mum

    I believe she received too much national attention too soon – for her ability to handle it all. She really needs to step back for a decade or so and concentrate on learning the world. She was the worst pick ever and Dan Q. is most definitely sitting back laughing at this nut case.

    January 13, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. RMGofCO

    Ms. Palin. Keep quiet. I do not agree with the myths (Trigs real mother) but I am fascinated that you continue to show your lack of knowledge and depth. I beg you. Concentrate on the work of serving as Governor of Alaska and take care of your family. Your endless desire to play victim and stay in the news is not helping you...at all.

    I do wish you the best.

    January 13, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. YouLost

    Go away already

    January 13, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Columbus

    Why does this individual continue to seek out press, knowing how the public has dismissed her as a lowest-common-denominator piece of hypocritical white trash? Well, perhaps not only does she lack the intelligence to just go away, but her handlers must be cut from the same cloth. Look at John McCain...I did not vote for him, but I admire the fact that he has maintained far more dignity in his loss, than his running mate did, is doing, and probably will continue to do.

    January 13, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Garth

    Wasn't her 15 minutes up already?

    Frankly, I'm so bored with her and woodsy, mouth breathing lifestyle to wonder why anyone would triple check anything. Or wonder why anyone would interview her or want to talk to her, outside of Alaska or the National Enquirer.

    Ohhh, I get it finally. It is from the Bush/McCain/Cheney book on politics. 'llI make up stuff and get someone to write it down, then I stay in the media spotlight. Instead of doing work.

    January 13, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. BOJ Jr From Raleigh

    Why are stories still being written on this individual?

    January 13, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Daniel

    I really despise this woman. She tries to make it seem like the media is causing all her problems, when they come from herself. Please disappear, you pathetic excuse for a human being.

    January 13, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Mark

    For the 5th time- who is Trig's birth mom?

    C'mon, yall can tell us- we're just lyin' fake Americans who are bored

    Y'all'll need us if yir gunna compete in 2012

    January 13, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Sarah from VT

    Please go away!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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