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. NJ Mom

    Sarah, how can you say your comments about being able to see Russia were taken out of context? You are the one who said that in response to a question about your foreign policy experience...

    Do you really think that we misunderstood you? I don't think so. Maybe you should explain then context then instead of just saying it was taken out of context.

    January 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Pssof

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarita... really, how much do you need to feel good???
    Really, don't YOU have useful things to do at work? in your life?
    Please, do us all a favor, do the world a favor and stay away from public, from politics WOULD BE THE BEST. Another piece of advise, before you make any other comment, spend some time at school to get some education. It is pathetic you have such a job!!! PATHETIC

    January 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Michael

    What's pathetic is a political never-was lashing out at average citizens in a desperate attempt to claw back into the spotlight.

    January 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Chris n' NC

    ja –

    You're looking to Palin as an example of morality? Why are you looking to your political leaders for morality in the first place? You should be looking for ethical leadership. We have this thing in America called the separation of Church and State. In part that means our government will not legislate morality... in other words, force individual ideas of morality on the rest of society.

    Palin did a great job teaching morality to her children, except for the teen pregnancy and video of the same 16 year-old daughter smoking what appears to be pot. Oh, and her new mother-in-law wasjust busted for dealing drugs. Yah, very "moral."

    As for ethics, she's a shining example to the community again if it wasn't for her using her office to influence the firing of a police officer who just happened to be recently very unhappily divorced from her sister. Other than that she's never so blatantly abused the powers of her office (that we know about).

    January 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Nancy

    Ever see the movie Idiocracy? She is one of the people in this world who is diluting brains from the gene pool, she and her offspring, and I'm not talking about little Trig. He is one of the bright spots in that family.

    January 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. watchdog

    she is a great woman!

    January 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Josh

    Get it Sarah, you have outlived your worthiness to the Repubs. I dare you to try running in 4 years and see how they will tear you and your family up. They will use the same tactics they are known for. It was ok with them that your daughter got pregnant out of high school, they pretended to admire your courage but deep down they had other things to say about you. Try in 2012 Ms "I can see Russia from my window". They knew you were dumb !!!
    For now, JUST GO AWAY. The lime light belongs to OBAMA, our man.

    January 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Nela

    There is nothing wrong with Sarah Palin. The media is the problem. She isn't harping on the loss back in NOV. She will be BACK,
    Palin /Jindal 2012

    January 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Bookgal

    To any of you who post here AND support Palin - gotta tell you, she called YOU pathetic TOO. She insulted all of us here. We are, according to her, pathetic bloggers and we all lie.

    How can you support someone who calls you a liar??

    January 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Carla Martin-Wood

    Bored, pathetic Palin annoys me. She has now launched a full-time career in attempting to stay in the spotlight. Enough, already. She's pitiful. She's not even a has-been. She's a never-was-and-never-will-be. The woman thought Africa was a country.

    January 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Laura

    Ah poor Sarah, she can't handle the criticism and goes after bloggers now! Can SNL bring back Fey to do a skit on her latest attack? Is there anyone left that she hasn't blamed for the GOP loss?

    January 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Non-Alaskan

    Sarah is so hot when she's whining!

    January 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. 7 more days!

    Palin's campaign lies and rhetoric about her record and about PE Obama have an "alikeness" to the pathetic bloggers she accuses of spreading lies about her.

    The best thing Palin could do is stop bringing up all the things that made people NOT vote for her and hire a speech coach to help her out with her grammar and vocabulary. Her word choice is definitely akin to Bush.

    January 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. obama-mama


    January 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. fred

    I agree with 99 % of the remarks. The people of Alaska must have been suffering from frostbite of the brain when they elected her to govern their State.

    January 13, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Jason

    I agree with her on anonymous bloggers. If you have an opinion, then stand up and stand by it. Changes can't come from people who yell from the shadows but won't step into the light and try to make the change happen.

    January 13, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Marcy

    Holy cow. Is there no end to this? Can I please go just 24 hours without seeing Sarah Palin's name in print? She's like a bad rash that won't go away.

    January 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Tim C

    So let me get this straight: It's ok to say Barack's only accomplishment was that he pushed for "comprehensive sex education for Kindergartners," and to say that he "Pals around with terrorists?" But when people talk about you, they're pathetic?

    Get real. What's really pathetic is your narcissism, and the fact that the media still feels compelled to cover your train wreck.

    January 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. afarray

    The more this women opens her mouth, the more she puts her foot in it.

    January 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. obama-mama

    Jim January 13th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

    Keep it up Sarah!! I hope you get so far under their skin that they scratch themselves bloody! You guessed it!! I'm not a liberal!
    Jim: This mindless twit is not getting under anybody's skin....She's good for a laugh....It's really sad that she continues to make a fool out of herself. Apparently she is not very busy in Alaska.

    January 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. joe

    Please go away. I have never been repulsed by any politician as I have been sarah palin. God help the GOP.

    January 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Lillianne

    Can you imagine four years of this? I've got to wonder what the other choice for Alaska governor was.

    January 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Sharon

    Who cares what she has to say? CNN needs to stop giving her a forum.

    January 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |


    January 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. PO'd in Chicago

    Hear this Sarah?? It's the tiniest violin in the world, playing just for you. Please, just go away or stop talking, or both. Go watch a hockey game and eat some Moose chili or whatever you do up there, but we in the lower 48, who have more than a gradeschool eduction, don't give a crap about what you think.

    January 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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