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. The Brain

    Well you just give it a rest? Will you? Just give it a rest.

    The people have spoken.

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Fred

    I may be a Dem, but I like Sarah Palin. I voted for Hillary, then McCain. And, I hope to have the chance to vote for President Palin in 2012.

    And to all the Obama cultists out there.....I am a Democrat, not a socialist. "Spread the wealth around" is the OPPOSITE of "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country"

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Phill

    She wasn't even a consideration. An annoying hate-mongering, half-wit, religious psycho hillbilly like her didn't stand a chance. We have some morons in this country and she pandered to them well, but most people just weren't quite THAT dumb. She is the female Dan Quayle. Ugh!

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Mike

    Well it worked didn't it???? You can't fix stupid.

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. John

    Can this woman get any hotter!

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. DEM in HI

    Amazing how Obama supporters get their silly comments posted all the time. She and others are absolutely correct in that the news media went over the top during the last election. The news media promoted Obama even when there was evidence of his wrong doing in purchasing his Chicago home, his ties to lobbyists, and his famous pastor. Now the news media now trying to compare Obama to FDR and Lincoln. Everyone knows the news media went over the top and the SNL skit is very close to about how they treated Clinton during the debates. Then they went over the top on Palin about her family, the dumb trooper brother -law who tassered his step son – really worth standing up for, and stating how she should remain home and take care of her children.
    However, I do wish everyone the best and pray we all can work together to overcome the greatest challenge since the 1930's, That would also mean that the news media present the facts and drop the melodrama. That would be change I think we all could appreciate and enjoy.

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Branden

    “It is foreign to me the way some in the mainstream media are thinking.”

    Yes, I suppose using logic and reason would be foreign to you Palin.

    Funny, I thought the media under-reported how blatantly unqualified she was.

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. sammieb51

    What is very frightening is that there is a large segment of the population that truly think the (limited) questions posed to Palin during the campaign were out of line and they truly believe other candidates were not treated so "badly". Let Palin sit thru a day in the Clinton or Obama camp - she would really be crying. This woman needs to grow a set if she plans for a 2012 run!!!

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Patriot

    The media is obviously biased. Slammed Mrs. Palin for not having experience but, did nothing against nobamas total lack of experience. Sorry that eludes you libbies but, you have a double standard for anyone that is liberal....

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Backstreets

    Sarah opened her mouth. Closed case. She did herself in. If she thinks she was going to get all easy questions (which many were, like 'what do you read?") she was TOO naive to hold any office. And if she thinks we have or should have a 'in your pocket' Press that only coddles you then she needs to read the US Constitution.

    Oh, and to the jerk who wrote this DVD and book: Does your book cover or will you next one cover the trashing, falsehoods, and down right lies the "RIGHT" leaning Press (and radio) spew out 24/7, not just during the campaign? The problem with you is that you too are one sided; IF there is malpractice then show it everywhere and if you can't see it, well, then you too are just as biased..and slanted. Good Day.

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. JimS.

    Sarah, what you don't seem to realize is that a very large part of America considers what the media did to be a tremendous public service.

    Otherwise they might have been taken in the same way you duped the people of Alaska.

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Mac

    My heart bleeds for you Sarah, just like the endangered wolf you just shot? Please fade back into obscurity.

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Bryan

    When are the Repubs going to drop this whole "blame the media" shtick?

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. humble1

    Sarah Palin need to get a life and tend to her son and grandbaby and stop whinning like a baby! Grow up and get a life woman I am sick of your nonsense whinning. You lost Senator McCain bowed out graciously why can't you? You don't have a brain it is fried up you know!

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Jane GA

    CNN I lknow you guys love Sarah Please enough is enogher.
    Sarah please shut your mouth up.
    Sara Go and hide and take care of your childern.
    Sara Go and pay TAX that you own.
    Please We do not want to hear from you again.
    I think Republican do not want you anymore.
    Is better for you to go and hide

    February 23, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    For "Search and Destroy", read, show her responses to questions and tell the truth of what she said and did.

    The fact is simply that the truth hurts, doesn't it?

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |





    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Facts

    She was destroyed by the media, by the same people who think Osama Obama is going to save the world! All hail the king! What a joke....this country is going down the tubes thanks to all the idiots who voted for this idiot.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Trig

    I still think she is hot! I applaud the media for the many wonderful images we now have of Mrs Palin. She can cry on my shoulder any day.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Todd

    The hatred of Palin continues as is evident by comments here. I guess the media did a pretty good job of trashing a sitting govenor and the cult of Obama continues to spew it's hatred at the very mention of her name.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Rav

    Ahh, Sarah ... the gift that keeps on giving. 😀

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Leo Kishore

    To prove how much america needs an overhaul in education......

    At the RNC, she and others declared herself an EXPERT in Energy, which was later changed to and EXPERT in Energy Security.

    If you didn't know right when she said that, and certainly after hearing her credentials, that REAL ENERGY EXPERTS have PhDs and Masters in physics in chemistry, because energy is straight up a physics and chemistry issue, then you are part of the problem in America.

    I am not lying, you should have know this was straight up nonsense, yet everyone wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt? Like the republicans give the stimulus bill the benefit of the doubt?

    REALLY need to pick up on science here, folks. WAY behind. Half asian guy out....

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Susie Thomas

    REALLY? The media did not form my opinion of you, Sarah. YOU did it all by yourself by the way you answered (or should I say, did NOT answer) questions that any candidate seeking such a powerful office should be able to answer. YOU DID THIS. If you weren't reading from cue cards, you sounded horribly inept and woefully uniformed. Katie Couric was not "after you". She asked fair questions in a professional manner, as she always does. You did not know the answers. PERIOD. Don't blame anyone else, unless you happen to be looking in the mirror while you're doing it.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. cliff

    Poor spoiled babby-can't get over your loss and can't admit you are not qualified to run with the big dogs

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. CF

    The republican MO seems to be: Blame the media for someone in the party doing or saying stupid things, instead of blaming the person who did or said the stupid things.

    "The Media" has become such a scapegoat for the GOP that Republicans are able to get away with anything, and as long as they blame the media all their fellow Repubs automatically take their side and make the media the enemy without question. Shameful.

    February 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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