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. Kurt

    It amazes this woman still gets a reporter to talk to her. I am appalled it actually made it to a dvd – not very "green" of her. She is sort of acting like a typical celebutard in hopes of keeping their fame in the public eye. Why she can't admit it was totally fair coverage and it is not the media's fault she is a shady, underhanded, idiot I will never know. I have never in my life heard an interview of the 2nd highest position in this country become such a joke. How do you not know any Supreme court cases? Hell, not even know any media sources you read on a daily basis to keep up? Wake up Palin, you are the idiot, not media.

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    GOP: we hate handouts...blah blah blah self determination...stop blaming everyone else....hard work aned elbow grease! It's everyone else's fault when we fail!!

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Mark Dover, Delaware

    Yeah, the mainstream media destroyed her when they asked her legitimate basic questions and she was unable to answer them.

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Liberal Media: Long live Ann Coulter. She is always right!

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. John

    It is sad to see how vicious we can be toward another American just because we don't agree with their stance. It is one thing to disagree, shame on those who spew hate

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Monte

    I know; it's absolutely horrible that the media attacked her character when the one they really should have gone after was the guy who pals around with a domestic terrorist. C'mon lady. Just go away....forever.
    Being a mindless prop for 3 months should do it for ya.

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. PE

    Was she running for President or John McCain? Poor Sarah.....

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Roy

    Of course it was the media..it coune NEVER be Sarah's fault...is could never have been:
    -The Katie Couric interview where Palin could not answer simple questions.
    -The VP debates where 'You Betcha' became a buzz word
    -The Troopergate scandal where Palin refused to cooperate with the official investigation
    -The refusal to release any medical records like the other candidates
    -The questioning of her own Party's running of the campaign

    Sarah Palin is the kind of leader WE DON'T NEED......one that is 'frightened and confused' by any viewpoint that does not agree with her own narrow-minded world view. Sarah, I seem to recall the media questioning the activities of all the other candidates......too bad the blinders you wear don;t let you see that.

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. deanna vandall

    the media had nothing to do with her destruction, she has that glory all for herself. she doesn't need any help from anyone. why doesn't she go hunting for a mature male grissley with a pocket knife, at least make it fair since the bear would not know hes in the sport. i would love the day she would be eaten alive by a grissley.

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. LIP

    Win or lose, facts are facts and it is no surprise that there exists a predigious media. Everyone knows and talks openly about it. Not only did they trash Sarah Palin, but likewise Hillary Clinton. Palin is rigtht when she says the Media is like another branch of government, and it is one we don't need. There is a lot to be said for censorship or at least some kind of oversight or transparency in how they behave.

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Jeff

    She is absolutely right. If the main stream media including CNN had vetted Obama as thoroughly as Palin, he would never have been elected. As soon as the MSM saw how Palin rivaled Obama in newness, popularity and interest they went into full attack mode and destroyed her while protecting and cheerleading for Obama. Just look at all independent studies on the election and you will see a media totally biased favorably to Obama.

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Mary Kay

    Stop with the Pa(l)in stories. Everytime she isn't in the news for a day – she brings up "the mainstream media." Does this include FOX? Can she name the mainstream media that supposedly keeps hounding her about her son's parentage? Seems like she can't – because she is making it up. The media wasn't based toward Obama – THE VOTERS WERE!!!

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Angela

    This is another sign that she would have made a terrible vice president. Immature thinking, inability to own up to her own faults, and a superb excuse maker. How pitiful of you, Sarah! You lost four months ago and everyone knows the TRUE reason why!

    February 23, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. ben

    Hey CNN? Why not cover some real relevant news instead of of the mumbles of a moronic failed VP candidate? is that too much to ask of our supposed 'free-press' ?

    No one cares about Palin, the only thing that concerns me about her treatment by the media is why none of you had the guts to tell america that this women was pathetically unqualified and an all around buffoon.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Dave S.

    Poor Sarah;
    How should the media react when she doesn't know what the job of the VP is? Also "palling with terrorists", etc. is so low that only Rove (& the GOP sum-bags) could have thought up. Besides only the "wackos" like the thought of Sarah a heart-beat away from the Presidency, Stay is Alaska.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Linda of Michigan

    As a life long Republican, I can honestly say that voting for Obama was the hardest thing I have ever done. Would I do it again? Absolutly. The chance of having this ridiculous person one step away from running the our country made me shudder. Her Andy Griffin delivery and lack of intellegent follow through did her in.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. MirCat

    Her views are extreme compared to most of the public. Of course the media are going to criticize her. She did not present herself well after the GOP nomination...and that is her fault.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Talia

    Good Lord! Will she just go away!

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Tucker

    Funny – when she came out and did her speech at the Republican convention, she was a media darling. Once the media caught on that she was all style and no substance, it became the media's fault. Seriously Palin, it's not the media and it has nothing to do with your beliefs (seriously). It's you and your absolute inability to hold an intelligent conversation with ANYONE that caused you to be turned into a clown. The media had nothing to do with it.

    If you truly want to run for President in 2012, you have to stop blaming the media and start accepting the truth. Maybe you should get out there and travel and really get to know what's going on in the world so that when the media asks you those "unfair" questions about how you would handle situations, you might be able to come back with an intelligent answer.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. jeff morrison

    Who cares! Stop reporting about the gross miscalculation by Republicans...

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Elizabeth

    So, let's recap: a conservative AM radio mouthpiece has concluded that the media was biased in favor of Obama, I am shocked beyond words! What will these conservatives think of next? How about the conservative policies that wrecked our economy, drove us into a useless war, and devasted our Constitution? Naw, Conservatives do not accept responsibility, they deny, delay and then do nothing. As for Sarah, please either figure out how to put a sentence together from beginning to end or go away. I prefer she go away.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. h

    It's all about you always.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Bruce Munro

    If she cannot take the heat, she should get out of the kitchen. She was the weakest of all the possible candidates McCain could have picked. Was the media supposed to give her a free pass?

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Ron K

    I was wondering if Governor Palin is in denial about her VP loss. Does she understand that it wasn't the media that clobbered her. Rather it was the republican party. All of the Bush blunders. Does she understand that John McCain did not represent a platform for change. Governor Palin has to understand that what happened over the past eight years to America is criminal. So it wasn't the media that destroyed her chances. She need to get her facts straight.

    Ron San Deigo

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Marcy

    No one destroyed Palin's candidacy but Palin herself. Americans want competent candidates and everytime she opened her mouth she proved not to be... and so it continues.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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