February 23rd, 2009
04:08 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin: Media was on a search and destroy mission

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/23/art.palinint.gi.jpg caption="Palin says in a new documentary that the media set out to destroy her."](CNN) - The mainstream media made it a mission to destroy the vice presidential candidacy of Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor says in a new documentary released Monday.

In an interview taped last month for conservative John Zeigler's new film "Media Malpractice," Palin said it is "very frightening, I think, what the media was able to get away with, this go-around.”

"’We are going to seek and we are going to destroy this candidacy of Sarah Palin’s because of what it is that she represents,’" the former vice presidential candidate described as the attitude members of the press adopted.

The movie, available on DVD for the first time Monday, chronicles press coverage of both Democratic primary campaign and the general election, and concludes the media was clearly biased in favor of Barack Obama.

“This is for the sake of our democracy that there is fairness in this other branch of government, if you will, called the media,” Palin also says in the interview filmed in January. “It is foreign to me the way some in the mainstream media are thinking.”

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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Linda32

    The "lady" does protest too much.

    February 23, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Maggie from Virginia

    Please stop whining... It's not the media's fault that you weren't savvy enough to overcome the alleged bias.

    February 23, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Juan from L.A

    Palin is just simply dumb! She is playing the victim card. Honestly here is what happened and I remember pointing it my wife during the RNC. She in her speech declared full out war against the media. She did and I don't know why she was that dumb. Anybody in politics knows that you can't do that. And thus the media retaliation afterwards adn throughout the campaign.

    February 23, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Tina

    Dear Sarah,

    Nobody cares.


    February 23, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Heather

    When will this woman just go away? And why can't she take responsibility for anything rather than just blame the "liberal, elite media?" Good God, you guys lost the campaign. Move on already. You're not doing anything to make 2012 more likely for you. Even the republicans are getting sick of your blame shifting and pity partying.

    Sarah Palin- you and Joe the Idiot need to go away to your own planet where you can pretend to be important.

    February 23, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Jane in Windsor, CA

    IF they were out to destroy you, it was out of fear that having you as vice president would destroy this country. Folks, we dodged a bullet!!! Face it, chickadee, you were not, are not and probably never will be a "ready for prime time player."

    February 23, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!



    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Who's Complaining

    Seriously? Did the media doctor the footage of her horrible interviews with Couric? That was enough to doom her legitimacy. This "seek and destroy" claim is funny, if not sad. She was train wreck from the beginning. To her credit, she improved(s) over time but she needs to quit talking about the 2008 election and focus on 2012 if she plans to run. Stuff like this will not help her.

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Cathy Brandes

    You can't be serious – with all the issues facing the US, including those facing Alaska, she stil refuses to accept responsibility for her own failures.
    Lady, the only one who damaged Sarah Palin's chance of being vice president was Sarah Palin. Perhaps a little less of "paling aroung with terrorists" and a little more of a substantial message you may have been successful. You did this to yourself! Take responsibility and go away!

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. I can see Russia from my house!

    Well well,

    Sadly, the only person to destroy Sarah Palin was Sarah Palin herself. It was uncomfortable to watch this woman bumbling around. She could have politely said no to an office that she is obviously not qualified for.

    Yes, some newspapers lean democratic, but that nothing to do with her pitiful appearance with Katie Couric.

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Dem from AZ

    I believe Palin was on self destruction during campain. doent anybody take responsibility?

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Carlos Averhoff

    It is "foreing to me the way some in the media think..." There in black and white are TWO of the many reasons we did not vote for Sarah...1. The many things that were FOREIGN to her and 2.The fact that she could not think (articulate) an intelligent responce. We already had GW for 8 years doing that, we certainly did not need Sarah to continue. My advise to Sarah, GO AWAY....this from a REPUBLICAN....Carlos Averhoff

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. globalgroove

    That's truly laughable....the only thing that destroyed Sarah Palin is Sarah Palin.

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Wiz

    Yeah, that's the ticket! It wasn't Palin's fault, just the evil media! Maybe GW Bush will pick up on this too, it's all the media's fault! *They* make the brilliant leaders look like buffoons!

    *snicker snicker*

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Karen

    I think that she did a fine job destroying her own chances with her own words. The job of the media is to shine a light on the facts and that's what they did. With only 2 1/2 months between her introduction and the elections, of course the media had a narrow focus on her, what did she expect? She was not ready for the task.

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. karen-Phoenix

    The women is NOT bright!!! She destroyed herself!!!!

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. allie

    Sarah- it seems that there are plenty of bloggers who are less than gracious and less than honest. I am referring to the seven bloggers above this post. I for one than ALL OF THE CANDIDATES that threw their hats in to this election. You amongst all of them were the most fun and the most refreshing.

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. HM

    Boo Hoo, I am an Obamakin and am mad mad mad at the racist NY post for representing our man as a chimp. What we did to Bush and Palin is not the same thing b/c as you all know or should know, our attaching racisim to any picture / article / speech we don't like trumps any argument. Not only that, we are right (left) and you are wrong (right).

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Lynn

    Why am I still reading Palin stories almost four months after the Republicans lost the election? The media was after her? She's an idiot...it's not like they had to dig very deep. I think in another place, at another time, John McCain MIGHT have made a good President, but he really screwed the pooch when he chose Sarah Palin as a running mate. I still can't believe he made that choice and that Republicans were so quick to fall for her and support her. Does anyone really believe she would have made a good VP? I found her laughable, and now I just feel sorry for her. She won't give up, though her 15 minutes were up months ago....

    February 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Kyle

    You lost, go away

    February 23, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Dan

    Sara herself said that God would make sure the best candidate for America would win the election. She should be oK with the outcome.

    February 23, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Leilani

    It will be difficult for the media to keep her in the news for the next four years so that she can be a viable GOP candidite for president.

    I have to give her credit for turning down the stimulus money. Her state doesn't need it. That was a good decision. Jindal on the other hand, needs his and Palin's share to get Louisiana going.

    February 23, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. John from SC



    February 23, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Michael Fallai

    Sarah Palin could not even answer simple questions like, "What magazines do you read?"

    And that's the evil Liberal Media's fault, I guess. Maybe they should not be asking her 'gotcha' questions... ask her instead, 'What color is they sky in Alaska, you betcha?'

    And they can give her the questions 3 weeks in advance so she has time to prepare.

    February 23, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. just asking for it on a regular basis

    don't disappoint does she, she lives by the rule – 'there is no bad press, the only bad press is no press'

    to her credit she seems to push every issue button

    what she lacks in brains she makes up for in attractiveness

    too bad that won't be the case next go around, better study hard, stay away from illegal drugs, shooting things from flying machines, better promote safe sex, don't talk about what books you've read or what you can see from your back window

    take care of Alaskans, they need your help, you've done enough self promotion for three elections

    oh, and PAY YOUR TAXES

    February 23, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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