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. Mike G

    Open note to Palin: SHUT-UP ALREADY!!!! No one wants to hear your inane comments. You lost big time and if there is any sense left in this world you will never again win an election.

    January 13, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Taylor

    Sounds a lot like when you were calling Obama a terrorist

    January 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. korkea aika

    Pathetic Sarah has not yet realised that she was selected and dressed up like a barbie doll to attract straight, white, male, swing voters. The attempt to attract Hillary voters was an excuse to parade her with her hair up and then her hair down.....who cares? There are plenty of qualified women (republican and democratic) who are patiently waiting in line to serve our country which is in desparate need of real leadership. Good riddance to Sarah Palin and her made-for-TV persona.

    January 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. JFK

    Of course Mrs Palin, its the journalist fault that you can not communicate as an intelligent person and just answer the questions straight! Shame on them! Give me a break!

    January 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Emily

    Get the hook! Please stop giving this woman more attention than she deserves!

    January 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. jim - chicago, illinois

    "Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me…"
    Really? Idiotic, clueless politicians who babble nonsensically and never tire of the sound of their own voice annoy ME!

    January 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Cystem Phailure

    Please, please, please, right-wingers, choose this lady to lead your party in 2012! She's one of the best things ever to happen for the Democrats. Not to mention her entertainment factor!

    January 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. tabsea

    Its funny how she didnt grant any interviews while she was running & has all this to say now- instead of nipping it in the bud- she let it compound- this woman is a complete ding dong- wonder if McCain picked her so he would insure a loss- who would want the mess W has left- Obama has his work cut out for him- but we are all behind him & I know I will sacrifice to help him succeed in his historical run as our leader.

    January 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. me

    Obama Did pal around with Terrorists. BILL AYERS leader of the homegrown terrorist group Weatherman. You keep thinking Obama didnt know him, morons.

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Yvonne

    Sarah should focus on her job as Governor of Alaska and caring for her family. America loves a comeback story and she has an opportunity to make a comeback at a future date. If she really is as smart as she purports to be, she should stay under the radar and wait it out in silence!

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Ron Wilson

    Sarah Palin will not be the next president no matter how hard she tries or who she blames. George Bush Sr. has already stated that he plans to make Jeb the next president in 1012 and Sarah won't be a GILF (no longer a MILF) by 1016. In four years, she will be the mother of a 4 year old child with special needs and should stick to local politics or better yet, AM Talk Radio in the Morning.

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. ZenInBlack

    Poor Sarah the world is out to get her. All of us terrorists that hang out with Obama and his friends. Sarah you continue to whine. I guess you really are the new face of the GOP. Useless thin skinned non constructive potilicals of far right exclusion. Keep up the good work, while the GOP continues to devolve.

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. mdub

    Who cares? Why is she still in the news? She is a lightweight. Katie Couric completely mauled her. Katie Couric! She has zero chance in 2012 so lets move on.

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Remy

    She is a proven lyer. She better shutup!

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |

    Sarah, needs to shut up and get on with her life. She chumped herself when she started blurting out that she was more qualified than Mr. Obama. Of course Mrs. Palin thought that just because she was caucasian that everyone would beleive that she was qualified. People need to understand one thing about why Obama won. First, we could see the racism at the Mcain, Palin rally's. We could hear the arogance in her tone of voice, and finally when they went out and created "Joe the Plumber" every thing about this guy screamed "Racist Pig" and the way he tried to "talk down" to Mr. Obama. So.., Mrs. Palin the media had nothing to do with you and Mcain loosing. You guys lost from the time you opened your mouth.

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Tim from Atlanta

    Palin's ego clearly knows no bound. Her steady series of interviews since loosing in November are a desperate and pathetic attempt to remain relevant. She had her two months is the limelight and now it's over; but like the washed up beauty queen that she is, she can't accept that fact and, sadly, still craves the attention. She is too self-centered to see that every time she opens her mouth and blames others for her own shortcomings, she demonstrates that she is neither smart nor capable, only full of herself.

    Were Sarah Palin the intelligent and admirable politician that John McCain is, she would do as he has wisely done: get over it and get back to work.

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. FAYE, NV

    Well, Sara I have not heard nor seen any evidence indicating that Trig is your son. Put some medical records out there so the public can see. I did recall your mother or someone saying you usually wear/wore large clothing. No one could tell at the time if you were pregnant, and the pregnancy was a secret.

    We have never seen these large clothing or anything resemble such wear. Is the baby Trig yours and Todd's or is it Todd's baby? Or, perhaps Trig belong to Bristol?

    CNN please show this and where is Sara's medical report?

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Montana

    Truth is, Sara Palin likes the media attention. She is what McCain's staffers described her as "diva".

    As Sara Palin lashes out at the media and America public hopefully she's writing the end of her story. Be gone already!

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. jjd

    To everyone that wants CNN to stop reporting on Palin-

    They report items that interest people, so if you don't want them to report on her, then stop reading the article and stop posting comments on it. Problem solved.

    January 13, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Dylan

    Sarah Palin is an arrogant moron who doesn't understand how things work in America.

    CNN, please quit letting this lady, this THING, on your website. She's annoying and immature and completely out-of-touch.

    January 13, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. phil.c

    she keeps running her mouth brraaaaaa braaaaaa one day some angry citizen may throw shoes at her .

    January 13, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. jen

    anyone who's ever seen John Mark Karr in his kilt chasing tots around knows exactly who and what Sarah Palin is. think it's funny?

    January 13, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Jake

    The poor me act is only going to dig you a bigger hole with Americans Sarah. Science has already proven that people do not put much into people who wallow in self-pity.

    January 13, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Liz

    If anyone would know anything about lying, it's Ms. Palin. She proved herself to be a serial liar and now she won't just go away!

    January 13, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. TA

    Sarah pals around with drug dealers.

    So, the right wing freaks simply love her for her values. hahahah

    1: was pregent when married
    2: daughter pregent at 17, un-married
    3: husband, where do I start with this traitor
    4: future in-laws are drug delaers
    5: lies more then a 5 year old who stole a cookie

    But she is against abortion! That makes her the best thing ever! screw all this other stuff that the freaks do not care about. Pathetic.

    January 13, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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