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. sdmackey

    Like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps on going and going and going.......................

    January 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. David

    When will this person (Palin) just go away to her snow covered house and hybernate? She had her name in the lights and now she should just go away and stay away!

    January 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. indignant99

    Sarah, Sarah! Who'd know best about Being Pathetic, and Lies, than a filthy neocon christard like you?

    January 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Lissa

    I realize she's granting a string of interviews, but if no one listened, she'd have to realize her 15 minutes were up. This is getting ludicrous already!

    January 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. elvis

    That's it, stupid. Just keep on whining and showing us all how thin-skinned, unsophisticated, and desperately insecure you really are, Governor Flailin'. You are not ready for national ofice and never will be. Stick to shooting wolves from helicopters. GO AWAY and give us a break!

    January 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. watcher

    It's amusing how Obama supporters scream bloody murder over web myths spread about Obama while they were the first to forward any and every absurdity regarding Palin without thinking twice. I guess that's they way they voted, too, for Obama without thinking twice.

    January 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Jamie

    Thank goodness these people have finally been called out.

    January 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Barbara

    It's high-end entertainment, aimed at the intellectually gifted who are able to discern the humor. For her next act, I would LOVE to see another sit-down with Joe Biden...a free-for-all, so to speak Please let her keep talking – I am bored during the days in wintertime Ohio, and I am starting to depend on the likes of Sarah and her plumber buddy to entertain me.

    January 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. drew

    yess, yes.. keep marginalizing yourself.

    January 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Carol

    You know what annoys me, Sarah? Pathetic losers who blame everyone else for their problems, i.e., You.

    January 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. SaraPisSorry

    You owe our new president an apology for calling him a terrorist. You also owe the secret service an apology for all the crazies you stirred up that they need to deal with. You political practises were not Christian and they cost you my vote.

    January 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Mark Cutler

    What does she think about pathetic politicians who lie?

    January 13, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Al

    Too bad that CNN doesn't devote the same energy to investigating and reporting factual information on issues of importance to this country. For CNN to call itself a news agency is hilarious!

    January 13, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Rick

    Go away – Go away – Go away – I am a repbulican and I still say go away Palin – go away!

    January 13, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. David from West Virginia

    Sarah Palin needs to get a life. If I were a resident of Alaska, I would be e-mailing or calling her office on a daily basis requesting that she take care of the state's business and stop the whinning.

    I feel sorry for anyone in the State of Alaska who has to listen to her whin on a daily basis. What were they thinking when they voted for her? Yes, she taxed Big Oil to get their rebates, but her party didn't think it was a good idea for the rest of the country. I guess Alaskans are more priviledged than the rest of of the States' citizens. Our states, too, give towards the well-being of this country. Big business Barons from New York has robbed West Virginians of their coal and we get no rebates.

    January 13, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |

    She was supposely in austin texas when her water broke, yet she boarded an air plane and flew to alaska to have the baby. don't make me laugh. she is as phony as they come.

    January 13, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. blackhat

    I doubt this story and the writer is who she is speaking about. Show her saying it and in her demeanor or don't write about it because you at the news can no longer be trusted! I doubt it, don't believe it and you can't prove it!

    January 13, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Sara, Birmingham, AL

    She's the biggest liar of all. Who cares what she says anyway. She's a nothing and as dishonest as they come!

    January 13, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. my2cents

    I think it's the press that won't leave her alone, not that she's going out and trying find someone to talk to her. I find it interesting though that Clinton didn't even get nominated but you people can't get enough of seeing her. If you think Palin should go away, then why aren't you complaining about Clinton? Oh, yeah... whiny liberals with only one viewpoint. I forgot.

    January 13, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Our Future begins Janaury 20th.

    If Palin hates the media, bloggers, and everyone in general why doesn't she shut her mouth and leave all of us alone.

    I can't believe the people of Alaska would elect her again to anything.

    January 13, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. William

    "It is best to have people thing you are ignorant than to open your mouth and confirm their belief, with apologies to Mark Twain.

    Gov. Palin get a clue. The Republican power brokers blame you for the loss, not McCain. You will never get back to a White House run. As the mob guys say,"the fix is in"!

    January 13, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Larry

    Hey, Alaska!...do yourselfs a big favor. When you vote for a govenor next time...vote for a real governor type!

    January 13, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Mike

    Haha! Its not just "liberals". Read the next article on the ticker about Mike Huckabee and explain that. By the way, notice how she brought up the word "cryptic" while being totally cryptic. She never answers the question being asked.

    January 13, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Pam


    Good for you! Say it loud and proud girl your future is looking brighter and brighter.

    January 13, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Paul C.

    Is there anything that I can do to get this poster child for dysfunctional politicians out of the news? Your 15 minutes are over...back to the tundra.

    January 13, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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