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. Mr. Politics

    Sarah Palin is mocked because she is "mockable". The things she says are funny and out of place. It may be true that you can see Russia from Alaska, but that doesn't mean you have foreign policy experience. Bush could see Mexico from Texas so does that give him foreign policy experience? She was mocked over that because she SAID that the fact she can see Russia from Alaska GIVES her that foreign policy experience.

    January 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Janet in Reno

    I bet John McCain is truly sorry for finding this woman tucked away in Alaska and bringing her to the forefront as VP pick. The problem is she won't go away and continues to get press coverage due to being repeatedly interviewed. Can you imagine if she and her family were about to descend on Washington, DC? YIKES. Let's move on people, her 15 min. were up LONG AGO.

    January 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Jim

    Even if you can see Russia from Alaska it still doesn't give Sarah Palin more experience in foreign affairs. I can see the Hollywood sign from my house and I'm still not a movie star...
    It is still astonishing to me that someone (Sarah Palin) thinks, that politics are remotely related to singing the national anthem at a baseball game. On the other hand, we have an Austrian Terminator as governor here in California...
    That's why we a moron like George W. Bush as president for the past eight years who is leaving a country behind that is in the biggest crisis since WWII.
    Let's hope Barrack Obama can repair what W. has destroyed.

    January 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Paul

    Govern Alaska quietly, please... That's what you are supposed to do.

    And people, please let the woman alone, you are making her stay in the national spotlight!!!

    January 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. John


    I am a blogger, and i try to persuade my audience with an honest discussion of the problems i see in you. For one, why don't you explain to the Alaskan people why you were collecting per-diem reimbursements from the taxpayer while you where staying at home. In this country, that is called fraud, waste, and abuse. You should pay back all that money back to Alaska's taxpayer.

    January 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Holly

    Brace yourselves. She will be back in 4 years.

    January 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Va 4 Obama

    Please stop covering anything this moron says. The sooner we do that ~ the sooner we can be rid of her and her 1/2 sentences. IDIOT!!

    January 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. b

    come on........she must be getting some of those magical pills from her in-laws because she has gone bonkers, you know there's an expression fitting for her, what goes around comes around you idiot

    January 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Kara

    Jindal/Palin 2012!

    I cannot wait until 1/20/13, the end of an error: Barack Obama.
    Enjoy your maddening descent into socialist dystopia, you liberal fools.

    January 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. jess

    this stresses me out. there are more important things happening then hearing her talk about this still. she's so media hungry.

    January 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. cameron3oe

    Lie?...Let me think...Oh yeah, the definition of "lie" is when a politician's lips are moving!

    January 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. mjm

    Obama and Biden both vote for the "bridge to nowhere" funding.

    January 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. ALL CAPS

    when i hear "pathetic" in context with Palin, only one thing comes to mind!

    January 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Dave

    Keep lying Kitty Litter!

    January 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. KAREN

    Just shut up, will ya?!

    January 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Mantan

    If you want to see a liar, look i the mirror, go away.

    January 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Sheryl

    Please stop with all this mess, Palin you will not get into office again!!!! Oh lord I hope not!!!!

    January 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. JrHagler

    Sarah Palin is a CELEBRITY
    And she knows it!
    And what a person do when they're a celebrity???
    Keep their name in the news.

    Just ask Brittany Spears, Tom Cruise, etc.

    January 13, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. lamuella

    why am I supposed to care what Sarah Palin has to say about anything? Did the 2012 campaign start without me noticing?

    January 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Lori

    It was o.k for Palin to question Obama's citizenship and his so-called 'pals' but God forbid anyone question if Trig is her baby. If she can dish it she should be able to take it.

    As for seeing Russia from Alaska-that had been in response to a question about her foreign policy experience. I am so ashamed to be a female when I hear this woman talk. Palin should go talk to 'real' journalist like Joe the Plumber.

    January 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Shanel

    Folks, Mrs. Palin won't go away because our thirst for gossip can't be quenched. So what if the baby Trigg is not hers, what if it he is? Who really cares at this point. Let her be. The more she talks, the worse things get for the party, who is in disarray. This country has other fish to fry.

    Palin was a pawn in the presidental race and she better be sucking up to Hillary for getting the opportunity. Had Hillary been chosen, Mrs. Palin would have never been heard of. She would have been looking out her window at Putin.

    January 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Alexa

    You go girl!

    January 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Lauren independent voter California

    Hey Palin, It is the bloggers who exposed you for the pathetic, non-qualified idiot that you are. Go away, far, far, far away. You would have been better off if you had kept your mouth shut after the campaign, like mccain did, instead of blaming everyone but yourself.

    I hope you don't think that you are redeeming your reputation by continuing to cry over your loses. You are only making yourself look worse.

    January 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. NIKI


    GET HER OUT OF PLANET EARTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. regina

    she is pathetic. really. i hope the rebubs do use her, it will insure another win for the dems....go palin!!

    January 13, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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