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. Ryan

    Please stop reporting "news" stories related to this woman. She's uttered comments like these, and they've been posted here, several times before. I'm not learning anything as a result of this story, and that's what this organization is supposed to do – inform people of relevant happenings that they otherwise would not be aware of. That's not what this is.

    January 13, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Alan


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

    Every time she opens her mouth it's a stream of incoherent idiotic gibberish. I love it! It's totally entertaining. Speak in tongues for us, Sarah! fgkjhairh akjskavshfkav! You betcha! *wink!*

    January 13, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Social Observer

    Sarah Palin

    Hockey-mom eye candy....nothing more....nothing less.

    January 13, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. GC

    I smell an appearance on Maury to settle the Trig thing........Who da baby Mommy?

    And hey – she has a promising career as a stand up comedian, pretty
    much everyone thinks she's funny. Everyone laughs @ a MORON

    January 13, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Robert Leigh

    Please God, let Sarah be the future face of the GOP. We need the laughs and the Democrats are going to need the extra time she'll help ensure. Amen

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

    Anything but PEBO is good news! 🙂

    Everyone is nervous about Palin including the Republican wannabes like Huck...!

    Authenticity scares politicians. They are used to obfuscation and arrogant egomaniacs with diarrhoea of the mouth!

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

    Why is this woman still in the news??

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

    Amazing waste of time. Palin does not have a brain to be in office. But she is entertaining isn't she? I bet the people waiting to vote for her are eating up all her words.

    Give up Sarah Palin! Go home and raise your kids. Or better yet take Alaska out of the gutter and remove it from the list. #1 in rapes in all USA. Change that!

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

    This is too easy to proof and clear. A DNA test. I wonder, Why Not??? unless there is really a story.

    January 13, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Fred the moderate

    Sara, ignore the media, you'll feel better. If what anyone says about you ticks you off and you go off, then all they will do is jerk your chain. I'm not in anyway a supporter, having voted for Obama, but I just have to tell you, you don't come off very well like this and you have all but closed your chance to run again as a credible candidate. Who wants a hot head in office in a world like this?

    January 13, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Sarah

    "WaH WAH WAH!!!!"
    -Sarah Palin

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

    Sarah just can't shut up. Could you imagine a whining president fabricating truth, justice, and "Sarah's" way. A baby at the breast, with her blackberry on Yahoo in the other hand, watching "Putin rear his head" blaming Pres. Obama for the weather. Still no pipeline, Alaska in ruins belonging now to Canada, and just finding out that South Africa is south of North Africa. Still waiting for God to open that door so she can do a follow up on Saturday Night Live, looking out the White House window trying to see Russia, and hoping that Katie Couric and Charles Gibson will finally ask for new interviews. Good Luck America and count your blessings this fanatic will hopefully never escape Alaska.

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

    Move on,refocus.

    January 13, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Noel

    Way to go, Sarah.!

    Give them H..., like Harry S. Truman!

    About time people are held responsible for telling lies!

    I find Sarah, "gutsy," down to earth, and more in touch with reality than all these people willing to criticize her.

    January 13, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Palin is still hot

    Leave her alone. She has the right to say whatever.

    January 13, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. RussC

    How does she expect to be considered for any national office if she can't get along with the media? Just keep staring at Russia from your backyard....Too bad the media isn't making it any easier to forget about her....

    January 13, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Bob H

    Sarah Palin brought great energy and enthusiasm to the campaign. She also galvanized the social conservative base of the party. Prior to adding her to the ticket, this important element of the Republican base had been luke-warm, at best, to the McCain candidacy. Gov. Palin offers the Republican Party a candidate who is able to articulate her positions in a way that attracts people to her unlike anyone since President Reagan. I expect and certainly hope we see and hear a great deal more from her in the years to come. She is a Godly woman who possesses the honor, integrity and character so vitally needed in the leadership of our government today.

    January 13, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Tim

    I find it really "funny" that Palin feels the media should put her legal age daughter in the off limits category. I was given the impression she indicated her 18 year old daughter is not being treated fairly because the media has respected Obama's request to limit their coverage of his 8 and 10 year old girls. She doesn't see a difference between the two age groups. I don't see the media affording much coverage to her other younger children.

    January 13, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Auntie Cairo

    Am surprised Palin would talk to the Enquirer – especially since they printed stories that she had an affair with her husband's business partner and that her son joined the army to avoid drug charges. There are lies about most famous people on the Internet – but most of the stories printed about Palin in the main stream media were true. Unfortunately in her case it's just that the truth hurts. Instead of whining she should be reading all the newspapers and other materials she didn't read before getting nominated which resulted in her looking like a dolt. And since she was shopping her family around for a reality show before she was the nominee, her cries of media intrusion in her life are ridiculous to say the least.

    January 13, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. stevedude

    Sometimes if you ignore people, they do go away. Let's stop the Palintology and see if she does just go away. Sadly tho, it remains possible that the ultrarightwingnutjob faction of the GOP may try to promote her in the future. Maybe if she is rejected twice on a national level, she'll get the message since she obviously didn't get it this time that this election was as much, if not more, a rejection of her as it was both a rejection of GWB and John McCain and an embrace of Barack Obama and hope for the future.

    January 13, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Gin

    Ms Palin makes all this pathetic herself –
    Go hide and take care of your family –
    Oh, and you can see a smal part of Russia from Alaska, but only from a small tiny little island belonging to Alaska, which Sarah has never stepped foot on, according to the people of that island.

    January 13, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Roger from CA

    Oh, this worthless woman has GOT to go away!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Roberto

    How about when Fox news lies? Does that bother you Palin? Does it bother you that Fox news parades opinion as fact? Does it bother you that Fox news is a Republican mouthpiece masquerading as a ligitmate news source? Did it bother you when Tom DeLay was indicted and Fox news carried the feed and labeled him as "D-TX"?

    I didn't think so.

    You really are trailer trash. Go back to live in the mountains.

    January 13, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. ryan

    Go away. GOD...JUST GO AWAY!

    McCain's conduct since the election has been admirable: he simply got on with his life. Or maybe he's hiding out, cognizant of the fact that he's the one who unleashed this disaster of a politician upon the world. Either way, he is showing much more character and dignity than this woman, who can't seem to come to grips with the fact that the US, as a whole, said "no" to her.

    January 13, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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