March 26th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin unplugged in speech to Alaska GOP dinner

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin said there was 'unprecedented' media slant during the campaign."](CNN) - Sarah Palin is teeing off on the media once again.

In a little-noticed speech to a GOP dinner in Alaska last week, Palin riffed for nearly an hour on a variety of topics - including her relationship with former McCain staffers, the Bush administration's anti-terror efforts, and actress Ashley Judd.

But the Alaska governor returned multiple times to the "unprecedented level of media slant" that she witnessed during her two-months on the Republican ticket with John McCain.

Her speech, delivered last Friday to the Anchorage Lincoln Day Dinner, was recorded by the Alaska Republican Party and posted online Tuesday.

Reflecting on the campaign, Palin said there were "a variety of reasons" Republicans lost in November, namely the faltering economy, but she seemed to place most of the blame on the press.

"Some in the media actually participated in not so much the 'who-what-where-when-why' objective reporting on candidates and positions, those five W's that I learned when I had a journalism degree so many years ago in college, when the world of journalism was quite different than it is today," she said.

"No, things have changed," she continued. "But complaining? Or whining? Absolutely not. But I am going to call it like I see it. It doesn't do any good to whine about any of this. But I can call it like I see it. Sometimes it gets me in a lot of trouble when I speak candidly, and I speak from the heart and I do such a thing. But I am going to."

"And there was that media slant this go round," she said. "And unless things change, the GOP had really better can stand together, 'cause we got that on the battlefield also. I call it like I see it and like I lived it on the campaign trail. Not complaining, but dealing with reality."

"Those are the cards that are dealt us," she said, "and we had better learn to play that hand and do things right and do things better."

Later in the speech, she told a story about praying for strength before last October's Vice Presidential debate with Joe Biden in St. Louis.

"So I'm looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra," she said. "And the McCain campaign, love 'em, you know, they're a lot of people around me, but nobody I could find that I wanted to hold hands with and pray." As the crowd laughed, Palin grinned and said she meant no disrespect to the McCain campaign. She said she ultimately prayed with her daughter Piper.

The governor also took a shot at an environmental group fronted by actress Ashley Judd - the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - that has mounted a campaign against the governor to halt the practice aerial wolf hunting in Alaska. Palin called on her fellow Republicans to "stand up to those goofy Defenders of Wildlife celebrity starlets who don't even know about Alaska."

She mocked the Obama administration's elimination of the term "enemy combatant" and reminded the crowd that "we're at war." She lauded former President Bush for his efforts to prevent another terrorist attack after September 11, standing up for the 43rd president even though "the political and media elite ridiculed and mocked him."

"It's no small accomplishment that no terrorist attack has occurred since 9/11," Palin said.

Adding her voice to the debate over the future of the GOP, Palin said the Republican Party would be happy to welcome Democrats and independents who might grow frustrated with Democratic overreach, but she rejected the suggestion that the party should become more moderate. Instead, she argued, Republicans need to better communicate their ideas.

"Sometimes, the middle of the fence is really the most uncomfortable place to be," she said. "How about we just keep it simple? To grow, we've got to be who we are."

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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Concerned citizen

    Who cares about Sarh?Please just go away.

    March 25, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. windfall

    Move on Sarah. Seriously. This is all such old news. This is just another reason why people don't think you're ready for the big leagues.

    March 25, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |

    I'm not sure there was an ounce of insightful information here.

    March 25, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Carmine Abbattiello

    One thing that has become obvious since the election is that sometime in the recent past Republicans got the idea that they had the God-given right to run the country. They seem incapable of understanding that that is something you must earn. Which they have not.

    March 25, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. John Air Force Vet

    Right-most of the media is owned and controlled by republicans/multinational corps. This is insane.

    March 25, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. Brad

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. If the republican party stays "who we are" it is going to be in the minority for decades.

    March 25, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. kathy

    The Republican Party has clearly carried out it's own terror attacks.
    Just look at the sad shape this country is now in. Having Bush,
    Cheney, Rice and the rest of the clowns in that Administration for
    8 years was our very own Axis of Evil, hands down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Shannon

    Right or wrong Ms. Palin does not want to get into a war of words with Ashley Judd. Ms. Judd is one smart lady !

    March 25, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Barbara

    1. Most of us are able to pray alone.
    2. is pailin ever going to except responsibility for her own 'screw ups"

    March 25, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. monamae

    Can someone put some BONDO in this woman's mouth...please!!!
    Palin is to politics as oil spills are to the environment!!!! Something this world doesn't need!!!

    March 25, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Mary

    Gov. Palin – you are absolutely correct – the media was so "star struck" with Obama that nothing else mattered. And it still continues and all his followers are following blind!!!

    You are correct Republicans better stick up for one another and respond to the incorrect comments being made immediately!!! Obama has not quit campaigning why should Republicans?

    Obama is taking this country in a direction we may not be able to turn back from!!! Gov. Palin you are what we need so get up and start your campaign NOW!!!!

    Palin 2012!!!!

    March 25, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Ann, California

    I find it very difficult to believe this woman "had" a journalism degree. I thought once you earned a degree, it was yours. Did she lose it along the way somewhere?

    The subsequent rambling is reminiscent of Bush English-wacking. Amazing! Thank the good Lord, we were saved from McCain/Palin.

    March 25, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Tulsa L

    she still talks and makes no sense.......she says shes not whinning or complaining about the media and the treatment she claims she got from the media that was so unfair.....I Call it like I see it, straight from my Heart.....she's still a windbag whinner..........and when she runs for "GOD FORBID WHATEVER" the media will remember her complaints against them and the next go round with the media will be tougher.........the likes of Palin, Jindal, Thompson, Mccain is the reason that will only give Obama another 4 years and the GOP will be wondering again what did they do wrong.....the have NO BODY good enough to run for President, and they have NO NEW IDEAS their party is finished, the country turned the corner when we came into the 21st century, but the republicans fell off the wagon........

    March 25, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. amy

    If college is the first time she learned the 5 W's, that explains a lot.

    4th graders know that stuff.

    March 25, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. Rick

    The poor woman still can't put together a sentence that even remotely makes sense.

    March 25, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. thomas

    Palin is history. Nobody cares what she is doing.

    March 25, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. Theresa

    This woman is no more coherent in print than she is when speaking. Go away, Sarah.

    March 25, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Tom

    What a joke.

    If she was held to the same standard as Obama, she would have crumpled like a cheap suit.

    "So I'm looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra,"

    What Palin needed was some intelligence to actually ANSWER QUESTIONS. She dodged every one, and even told the Moderator and the American Public she "wasn't going to answer the way you expect".

    She will not make it out of the Republican Primaries if she is silly enough to try to run for President in 2012.

    They will chew her up and spit her out... she does not have what it takes to make it through a legitimate debate with her peers.

    Talk about a "Teleprompter" candidate!

    She's the ONLY national candidate to NEVER give a single press conference.

    Not a single one. Zero. Nada. Zip.

    March 25, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. Neutralizer

    Governor Palin is a good governor with approval ratings above 80%. Congratulation governor, you're doing a good job.

    March 25, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Craig

    This woman needs a reality check. Sorry, but it sure sounds like she's whining to me. Blaming the press on the republicans loss? Get real. Maybe your inabilities had something to do with it lady.

    March 25, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Jim

    There is is that inclusiveness, "I looked around but there was no one I wanted to pray with"! The hypocrisy of these people and many who claim to be Christians is shocking. I'm not happy about Obamas spending but I'll say least he spent it on AMERICA, rather than spending a greater amount on some unnecessary war in a sandbox roughly twice the size of Idaho. So republican claims of patriotism and fiscal responsibility are absolutely unfounded. Please keep being who you are and we'll never elect you again.

    March 25, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Tom

    Palinology – "Media Slant" = coverage and vetting.

    She was handled with kid gloves. Next time won't be as easy.

    March 25, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Pat she goes again at distorting the facts ....
    the right wing war mongering fundamentalist religious nut.

    March 25, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. Sandy Carey

    Ol' Sarah must have lost her notes for this speech – what a lot of drivel!

    March 25, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. t. m

    i swear people will do anything to make sure their name stays in the media... she doesn't want to fade...

    March 25, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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