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. mi

    Palin..Omarosa...some people just won't go away.

    January 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Jennifer in CA

    For all of you calling for CNN to stop reporting on this, just look at the # of comments this gets v. other articles on the political ticker. People are just as fascinated with Palin – VP candidate as they are with Palin – Sore Loser. The press reports what we find interesting and engaging. Apparently, Palin is both.

    January 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl

    In her defense, I must say "She's really cute"

    January 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    If the media would stop covering every trite,innane comment she made and just ignore her, she might just disappear, and isn't that what we want?

    January 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Genna

    Ms. Palin appears to be in permanent denial. Many did not vote for her because they checked into her record, and were not at all impressed with their findings. Her behavior and comments on the campaign trail were vituperative, and channeled the fear and hatred of McCarthyism…they were not in the least presidential. This posturing of hers is becoming rather obnoxious.

    January 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Your 5 mins is up!

    I don't know who is more stupid at this point: Sarah for whining about the media or the media that continue to give her press for her whining.

    Media: Let her go! Here time is over! We don't care.

    Sarah: Keep whatever integrity you may have had and stop.

    January 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Tony

    My gosh.. this woman is like a pimple that just wont leave my face.. every time I turn on the TV or read the news she is there and just reminding me how close to intelectual distruction we were as a nation and as a world. I would love for Sarah Palin to simply go back to Alaska and be Gov there. She sounds like a angry bitter person on a vengful rampage... Mrs Palin the election is over. Get on with life..

    January 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. HRC

    Oh Now, Sarah, Dog Gone It, Here you go again. Shucks, it sure takes one to know one. Maybe if you would just go away and quit talking to the media, all the Bad people would just leave you alone. Go back to your doublewide and fry something up!

    January 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Judi

    It's unfortunate that this "big fish in a little pond" was arbitrarily thrust right into the big pond to help capture the religious extremists vote .. which, of course, she did handily. What is very fortunate is that her campaign of fear and defision failed miserably when faced with hope and unification. If she learns nothing else from her experience, I certainly hope she learns that! I think she's to be more pitied than scorned. She has many skills, perhaps, but being a heart beat away from leader of the free world was NEVER one of them.

    Frankly, it amazes me that media still gives her a platform.!

    January 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. soupy

    Yaybe if Palin had not tried to actively pretend that she wasn't pregnant with Trigg she would not be under so much scrutiny from the media

    January 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Mitchell from MS

    Sounds to me like this is all true. Democrates are such babies. No backbone what so ever.

    Oh before I forget the four MILLION REPUBLICAN voters who stayed home and did not vote for that POS McCain will be out voteing for whomever the GOP nominee is next time after NoBama runs the country in the gutter.

    January 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. fmjk

    Funny, she never seemed to mind the Muslim terrorist socialist rumors about Obama on the blogosphere. Seems to me she stoked 'em up so they'd keep on comin.'

    January 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Stuart C. Hellinger

    She still doesn't get it. We don't care. She is not interesting to many people. She is not ready for the national stage. The more she speaks the more it is obvious that she really does not represent any one. There was a great editorial cartoon in the Monday, January 112, New York Daily News shown Ms Palin with a rifle, muttering all her comments and a moose standing up, covering its ears, saying "Just shoot me!" Even the Alaska moose have had enough of her.

    January 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Aileen

    Sarah, Sarah...when will she ever take responsitility for the reason things did not turn out for her as a V.P. She is the reason. Not Katie Couric, Not Saturday Night Live. If she had not given the dim witted material, they would have had nothing to play on. She continues to make a fool out of herself. It is time to shut up and go away. I for one am disgusted by your constant whining and carrying on.

    January 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Fred the moderate

    At it again HUH? Just can't get over it? All you do is make your self look more bitter and silly doing this. Forget ever running for anthing in the lower, you just keep cooking your own goose or moose or whatever.

    January 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. george M.

    sara, the reason you were not "calling" the shots was because of your inexperience and your consistent fumbling & stumbling. had you had just a fraction of the experience of say biden or romney, then maybe you would've called more shots.

    January 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Frank in Wilton Manors

    if you really wanted sarah palin to go away you'd stop leaving all these comments. if you ignore it, it will go away.

    January 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Peggy Greensboro NC

    Since when do VP candidates call any of the shots on a ticket? You're told what to do, then you do it. If you don't like that scenario, don't take the job.

    January 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Hope - Arizona

    I feel that Ms. Palen shoule "Man Up", and take her blows just like any other politician. She is not the Lone Ranger and the criticism she received is actually pretty mild compared to the criticism she was throwing out during the campaign. For being a Christian she is really quite mean and hateful in her comments about others. She does not take responsibility for her actions or words, exaggerates her accomplishments and down plays her limitations, she is not the most truthful candidate, and has become a publicity hog over any issue she can think of.

    It is time for Ms. Palen to step down from the stage and let someone more deserving have the limelight for a while.

    January 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Brian in Seattle

    Congratulations America! Last November we had a choice between an uplifting message of hope from Obama/Biden or the synical message of fear, accusations and lies from McCain/Palin. Luckily, this time—as opposed to 2000 and 2004—Americans saw right through it.

    In the 2½ months since the election, the global economy has continued its downward spiral, the world continues to see violence and Sarah Palin continues to act like she was somehow wronged and not at all responsible for her party’s woes.

    Think about how different things could be, seriously. Imagine how we as Americans, and the world, would feel today if next week we were instead swearing in McCain and Palin to fix the Bush disaster.

    McCain admitted that he wasn’t an economy man—he’d still be bragging that he supported the surge while over 2.5 million Americans lost their jobs. Palin, although she doesn’t admit it, doesn’t know much about anything. We wouldn’t be very hopeful about next week—or our nation’s future. There wouldn’t millions of Americans making the pilgrimage to Washington to see a McCain/Palin Inauguration. There would only be despair.

    Now a message to Alaskans, stop this lady dead in her moose tracks—don’t vote her into national office (the Senate) where she would get a platform to spew her lies, ignorance and shrill voice that drives even my dog nuts!

    January 13, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Peter (Canada next to Alaska )

    Sarah...Girl......."It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

    January 13, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Carole

    This woman is so starved for attention. She really is full of herself. Why doesn't she just do her job, or raise her family, or find something constructive to do and stop the boo-hoo'ing already? I'm getting sick of her whining.

    January 13, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. palin for prez

    Okay, first of all, it was a Saturday Night Live skit where the actress portraying S.P. said: "you can see Russia from my house."

    Pathetic liberal bloggers and wanna be bloggers posting on CNN

    Oh, and this is for you too..the moderator...that is tempted to delete this post!

    January 13, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Joanna

    The more you talk Sara, the more you validate our stance.

    January 13, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. castoff13


    Since when is THAT a word?

    Please, somebody, put this woman out of her misery.....and ours.

    January 13, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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