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. TTG

    I love how she hates the media, except when it's time to use them in an effort to stay relevant, by constantly complaining about . . . the media! The sad part is, you just KNOW she's too dumb to even see the irony. (Though she CAN see Russia from her house!)

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. john

    Why can't she learn something from that ? she needs to go back in school and learn more about Geography & History. Thanks God McSame lost because she could be a JOKE around the world.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. I can see Canada from my house!


    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Jon Davis

    Palin is an idiot trying to schmooze her into power by branding her ignorance and her stupidity as "conservatism".

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Irma in North Carolina

    Sarah the media didnt destroy you you destroyed your self by the way you conducted your self druing the campaign. You did not come across very good to the public. The you betcha thing is not to professional. Also the hate rallys you had and neither you or Mccain tryed to stop this. And to think that the vp canidate was supposed to give a concession speech. Where are from anyway. Mccain gave a very good speech and at that time he did have control over his crowd. You and John thought you guys would win the election with hate rallys and bashing that John did but the american people showed you two different. Now you and the republicans especially the ones in D C are trying to do everything they can in their power to work against the president. The american people will remember this when you are out there running in 2012. By that time there wont be enough republicans left to vote any of you in. I for one have quit the party mainly because of you and how the ones in D C are conducting themselves.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Mary Sanders

    The response to how Palin lost bear her lack of understanding of why she lost (seeing Russia from your window does not in any way make you an expert on anything, never mind the critical role of being a foreign affairs expert), why she is not liked (reminding people that Pres. Obama was palling with a terrorist when her husband belongs to an organization that wants to secede from the U.S.). These kinds of visions is what we see Palin represent.

    Get it over it and take resposiblity.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    POOR SARAH...For the first time a white person has come out and say the media was for a black man and against a white woman. Good job Sarah. I am proud that Barack is the first black man to publicly trashed a white woman and won't go to jail. Sarah is time that you stay in A LAS KA and get on with you daily lives. We do not care what you think. Barack is in for eight years. Deal with it!!! stop whinning!

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. cmc

    surely it couldn't have been her dialogue? This woman had a mean streak a mile wide, and win at no cost attitude. People see what they want, some will believe what is put before them, some "think", in my opinion this woman is and was dangerous, her thinking is so backwords, it's scary. Until she figures it out that she did this to herself, this kind of blame game will continue.

    February 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Brian

    I do not care for Palin, but she is right about the media. I seriously doubt, however, that she would be bringing it up had it served her. Don't trust the media...they have their own agenda.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Michael

    Gimmeabreak! For a woman who didn't release either her tax/income or health info until the very last minute and refused to take questions from the press for weeks, she deserved it. I know that, as a Democrat, I would never have even been able to attend one of her gatherings in my area. How was I to get any truthful answers from her? Just look at what her daughter is saying now about abortion. If mom can't convince her own kids about abstinence, how can she, as VP, convince all of teenage America, many of whom are NOT the children of conservative-leaning parents, that we should spend millions of dollars on unrealistic policies?

    There are many, many issues that the press didn't follow up on, but should have.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Venia

    So the fact that she continually lied on Obama, smeared him, went wayyyy negative in the campaign has nothing to do with her losing???? Goes to show you , none of us can escape our KARMA.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Wow. Is she that stupid that she (they) don't realize that she, Sarah Palin, was the master of her own fate?
    You cannot enter a battle of wits unarmed. You will be led to the slaughter.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Just another wounded veteran

    Please stop giving this woman airtime. Besides what did she stand for? She only read from a script so I have no clue and I'm a Republican.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. BW

    She's back because of CNN...and they know you liberals will come out in swarms to continually beat her up. You better concern yourself with the Hillary/Obama relationship that is heating up. Let's see some excellence in Journalism on that topic, shall we. If Palin is of no importance, quit commenting. Liberals just hate the fact that what she is saying is accurate.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Tom

    Sarah, your 15 minutes of fame expired months ago....enough already! Was it the "horrible, left-wing biased media" that had no clue as to the responsibilities of the Vice President? You betcha!

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Joel

    This crap only serves to disenfranchise her from even more people ( if that is possible). This has strayed from being an issue on democrat or republican to just plain ridiculous. Sarah, please just be quite for a few years. Maybe by then you will have matured enough to be taken seriously ...maybe.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Lisa B

    I suggest also viewing the documentary done by Alexandra Pelosi during the general campaign that shows the right-wing wack jobs who attended the rally's. These are the crazies who think Obama is a Muslim and not born in the USA. There are even some in the piece who say he is the anti-christ. These are the crazies who "love" Palin. Fortunately for the country, there are not as many of these wackos as there were when Bush was elected. Palin is narcissistic by definition and a right-wing religious nut job. I know, I have relatives who are just like her. Very, very unrealistic, tainted people who have no concept of the idea of free will. So go ahead a watch the new documentary of Sarah being Sarah. But also watch Alexandra's piece. Eye opening to say the least. I for one am more than pleased that America has woken up and this woman and the old geezer did not gain the White House.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Brooks Taylor

    Go away,,,,your 15 minutes are up.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Matt

    It wasn't the media, it was that Gov. Palin committed political suicide. She came out as the super-reformer and take control, take it to Washington type, but couldn't answer the easiest of questions, or answer any follow-up questions to her sweeping generalized statements. Not to mention the hate rallys that she and Mrs. McCain were holding. This combination of vitriol and complete ignorance is what turned many people away from Gov. Palin.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Cindy

    Hypocrit... Of all people, she herself, brought the campaign to a new low by insinuating Obama was a terrorist. It backfired, he won, and now she's crying foul?

    This behavior of hers... I suppose she's trying to get sympathy... It doesn't work on me. She's no victim. Ms Palin, you're suppose to be a pitbull with lipstick, right? Stop trying to act like something else now; it's pathetic.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. mike vanyo

    sara when you actually become qualified let us know.your answers to required knowledge removed all doubt.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. honeychild

    If the mainstream media made it a mission to destroy Palin than "THANK GOD IT WORK" now sit down and shut up, please!!!

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Dot Livengood

    Leave her alone-I don't see her as threat to our country down the road as I see who is sitting in the Oval Office now!! I said down the road-right now he is cool, smart, doing alot for the economy-but only history will tell those of you young enough that elected this man what our country will be 20-30+ years from now. She may not be the candidate of my choice either-but are any of them been what out lovely country needed in the past elections-nothing but corruption and greedy politicians in Washinton-let's all consider term limits.

    February 23, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. B Colon

    Please just go away.

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Paula LUcee

    We can't have a pregnant out of wedlock teen in the White House. It is not a good example for our children, nor drug users,moose killers., people under indictment who won't release their medical records. This is why she lost.

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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