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. Jon in LA

    I hope the Republicans keep bringing Sarah Palin back over and over. She provides endless entertainment, and it will mean sure victory for Democrats as long as she is carrying the Republican banner. You go, Sarah!

    January 13, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Sam

    It is an insult to this country and to the people of america that she thinks or that anyone else actually believes in her being a valid candidate for anything past the mayor of Timbuktu. God Bless America, but God does not bless a Woman who believes she stands for "family values" when she has a pregnant unwed daughter, and so irresponsibly gave birth to a baby at the age of 43.

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

    Sara Palin was the answer to a lot of our prayers.

    Thank you God for Sara and thank you for making her republican.

    January 13, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. chris from chicago

    and i thought i wanted paris hilton to go away.

    January 13, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Quint

    Sorry, Mrs. Palin. Those quotes were not taken out of context. You were asked about your foreign policy experience and you said that you could see Russia from Alaska. Come to Tennessee and you can see seven states from lookout Mountain. Does that mean I have experience in interstate relations and trade? Quit blamin' the media. You sure seem to be talkin' to the media a lot lately.

    January 13, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. aware

    We all know that legitimate journalism died during this election!

    And smart does does not mean wise! 🙂

    January 13, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Bob

    Every day I thank God more that she's not our next Vice President.

    January 13, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. brian

    You know whats funny? People who want to forget Palin, yet read articles about her and waste their time writing about how much they want to forget her.

    January 13, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. What the hell did we ever do to deserve her?

    At last she has come out of the closet! ann coulter's long lost sister! what a pair of bookends.

    January 13, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. NY - UGH

    Palin, Palin, Palin, does she honestly think she has a chance at the presidency? Blame the media all you want, but many Americans did see you speak for themselves, and any of them with half a brain would have realized that your head is full of air =D

    January 13, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. justin

    The whole mom faking a pregnancy to cover up the shame of her unwed teen daughter was a great script on desperate housewives, but in real life it would be pathetically sad... If she wants to silence the rumors forever then either release her medical records like all the other candidates did, or release a paternity test of Trig, or just get used to the conspiracy theories about something that really is not news.

    January 13, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Paula LUcee

    Palins stomach is to flat to have had a baby at her age, unless, she had a tummy tuck and breast lift. In the 40's, the skin has lost its elasticity. She looks to good to have had a baby. Just my opinion.

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

    Cute how CNN always posts the anti-Palin, anti-Republican comments.

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

    It is such a scary thought that looking only at the popular vote, she almost became VP! As a registered Republican, I decided that not voting was better than giving this Palin idiot a chance to be President. That is the least I can do for my country!

    January 13, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Robby

    I wonder if now CNN (CLinton News network) will change its name to ONN (Obama News network) to try to out suck-up MSNBC/NBC to Obama and his cronies..and no, I am not a conservative by any means, Im an openly gay Denmocrat but I prefer balance to my news, not all one sided, and that goes for CNN, NBC and Fox news.

    January 13, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Morgana

    Is she also slamming the conservative blogger who brought her to national attention? Is she ready to also talk about the lying that has been done on her behalf? Like Newt Gingrich saying she was more qualified than Obama to be president? Any positive thoughts I had about this woman went out the door once she opened her mouth. What an egoist! Tina Fey didn't even have to come up with a comedy routine, she just repeated word-for-word the inane prattle that Ms. Palin considers political discourse. Can we get over this idiot already?

    January 13, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Jan

    Sarah, you need a public relations person to handle you. You are destroying yourself.

    January 13, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Peggy

    You all need to grow up. Here is an intelligent woman responding to continued lies thrown at her in the media, and you are still attacking her. Isn't the new Obama world the one of tolerance for all? Are you all prime examples of this Obama world? We are in trouble. I didn't vote for Obama, but I am sure supporting him and all of his efforts as President of this great country. I suggest you take his lead and stop being so horribly hateful.

    January 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Ric in NY

    Go Sarah.. dont listen to these crazy liberals on the now left leaning CNN! Sarah Plain is a great woman who has done alot for her state of Alaska. Just because she isnt a latte sipping, open border maniac, abortion loving far left liberal like the rest of you doesnt mean you can slander her all day. The baby stuff is nonsense! of course thats her child you idiots!


    Obama is already a disaster !!

    GOP 2010 / 2012!

    January 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Clarence (Florida)

    Maybe she should go be to being a journalist!

    January 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Can you hear me now?

    Sarah Palin, the election is over. I think you should try and be Governor of Alaska and take care of business there, Barack Obama and Joe Biden have everything else covered.

    Take care.

    January 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. ZeroCorpse

    Sarah– WE DON'T CARE.

    You lost, and thus you aren't important anymore. Go back to your secessionist buddies and leave the rest of us alone. We've got a country to fix.

    Your 15 minutes are over, Mrs. Palin. Will you kindly shut up now?

    January 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. jd

    oh shut up, sarah

    January 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. jk

    Tearing up during the National Anthem is the best thing in common she can come up with between Alaskans and New Yorkers? Pathetic. Seriously, how many residents of Alaska have attended a major league ball game? They don't even have a major league team. No wonder most democrats can't relate to many republicans – they just can't think that deeply.

    January 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Bob Goldblatt

    Keep talking Sarah...this will help us all really get to know you, your paranoia and your "poor, woah is me attitude", that way when you surface again in 2012 we will know that you are still not qualified for public office!

    January 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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