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. David Stein

    Thanks to the American votes, she is not one heart beat away of the presidency

    January 13, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. virginiamom

    That's OK CNN, keep talking about Sarah. The more we see, the worse she looks. I just feel sorry for her husband and kids...they used to live in this little town where they could party all they wanted to. Now they are forced to behave. And poor Levy's mom, she can't even be a smackhead and sell her meth without everyone paying attention.

    January 13, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. daune

    is this woman for real? if any one is pathetic is sarah palin ,all she does is going around playing the blame game .why wont she just take some responsibility for her own mistake,no one told her to have said such things like , i can see russia from my house ,or can,t even name a single thing that she read, or the bridge to no where, so please just go away.

    January 13, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Media Bias

    CNN, why are you keeping this story at the top of the Ticker? Why isn't it rotating down as the rest of them do?

    January 13, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. genek1953

    The media's questions often are ignorant (or worse). But what does that say about someone who has a degree in jornalism but still can't manage to field ignorant media questions well?

    January 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Ian

    Yeah, CNN: PLEASE stop reporting on this woman. She's dangerous for the country, and validating her existance with mainstream news coverage is damaging this country. PLEASE STOP!

    January 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Sheri

    If you idiots want her to be gone stop talking about her...every media outlet wants to talk to her..... maybe you fools should stop reading and watching the news........idiots ....and I am a Obama supporter!

    January 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. dmitry

    Well, at least I seem to be right. Palin's future will much more closely resemble the career of Ann Coulter rather than Hillary Clinton.

    January 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Trang, Fremont, CA

    One must admit she has a great following. What attracted them to her, I have no idea. When she speaks, she makes my blood boil, and I consider myself a pretty calm person. Heck, I think George W Bush is even better than her. At least, George W Bush has some humor in him. Probably it's her fan that keeps her going, just like Clinton's fan keeps her going. I am glad she is not on Obama side, because if she is, as great as he is, she will drag him down.

    January 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Mike

    The more you let and idiot talk, the more nonsense they will speak, Please leave this lady alone and quit focusing on giving her limelight also paying her to speak, let focus on some serious things gone wrong in the world now

    January 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Lou

    Sad that this pathetic inarticulate loser can't just go gently into the night. 9 months ago we hardly ever knew anything about the governor from AK, now we're innundated with her inanity.

    January 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. carol ingersoll

    I can't believe I am the sole person on this blog that has only good things to say about Sarah Palin., Oh, wait yes I can. I am thankful that
    she instilled values and responsibility on her daughter. If not, she would have joined the other 4,000 babies a day that are aborted from my generation. I feel so sad to think I am being begrudged 4,000 other members of society that may have contributed in a huge way.
    Well, surely if they were specially handicapped or down syndrome babies they would have no use in our "perfect" country, So, I say and think I am alright for having voted for Sarah Palin

    January 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. TruthWillSetYouFree37

    Everybody here, please, please, go away.

    Why don't you go find Obama's BIRTH certificate?

    January 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Sick Of Sarah

    I really feel for the sensible people of Alaska.

    She doesn't have a clue when to shut up! And that sentence with alikeness? I really would have hated to hear her BEFORE her journalism degree.

    January 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Tony Bacci

    Talk about hypocrites. Most of you are just that. If you or a member of your family had been publicly humiliated by media distortions and lies as Governor Palin was this Fall, you would be screaming bloody murder. As for your wishes that she would go away, I've got bad news for you. Sarah is here to stay and will be a major force in politics over the next decade. If you paid any attention at all to the crowds she has drawn in political rallies (for herself and others), you wouldn't think otherwise. Sorry!

    January 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. jack

    Let's see? The Queen of Wasilla left that town with a $20 million debt when she left for the Gov's office. If given the purse strings of the U.S. government (if she and John had won ) how much money would we be debt at the end of their first term? How much would inflation be? How many people would be out of a job?

    Just ask Zimbabwe's Mugabe, how does 240 million % inflation sound?

    Sarah, just remain in Alaska....out of sight...with Bristol's first son Trig.

    January 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. BoredAnonymous&PatheticBlogger

    At least a bored, anonymous & pathetic blogger whether lying or truthful is still several rungs up over any smirky, pompous, indignant self rightious politician on the evolutionary scale.

    January 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Greed is not good

    Hypocrite...go back to your village

    January 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    The only two people still complaining about the presidential campain, and the national media are Sarah Palin, and Joe the Plumber. Mmmm, I think they need to team up for a national Hockey Mom, and Plumber tour.

    January 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Jessica

    WHEN will CNN stop giving this woman coverage? Does she really deserve to still be on the national stage? Ugh, so over it.

    January 13, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. chris jensen

    i don't know who's more pathetic.... Gov. Palin, The Media, or The Bloggers (myself included btw). I just wish we would all stop paying so much attention to Gov. Palin.....she is really not worth the time and effort.

    January 13, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. norb

    Looks like Bozo the Clown moved from WGN Chicago to Alaska!

    January 13, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Monrob



    January 13, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Doug

    I thought she wanted to run for national office again. Apparently she only wants to insure her next defeat. Sarah, you could be spending this time actually learning something about our national government, but instead you want to make even more people dislike you. What a total fool. I guess there is no question about it now.

    January 13, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. born2win

    Don't tell me the pitbull wearing lipstick is upset by a little criticism!

    January 13, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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