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. David

    When will Palin learn to speak in a complete sentence. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...If she were ugly, or just even plain looking, and saying the same things, no one would be paying a bit of attention to her.
    In fact, they'd be laughing her off of every stage she set foot on. She's a pretty female Republican politician, and that is something that comes along maybe once every 100 years.

    March 25, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. montanor

    Circumlocutory. Still the same tired jibberish. If Palin ever learned to speak correctly, she might be better understood, or at least listened to. It seems to take her a long-time to get her point across. Me thinks she does this because she believes it makes her sound "more smarterer."

    P.S.: this statement is solely directed at Palin and not the intelligent people of the great state of Alaska.

    March 25, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. john

    She is so full of it.Nobody got more attention than her.She is a complete fabrication of the media herself. No talent,no smarts, norelevant experience whatsoever. She is the ultimateEntertainment Tonight candidate.

    March 25, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. smart one

    wow!! when will she ever understand that the reason the Republicans lost is because of her being clueless to the real issues and not because of the media. Sarah Palin, stay in Alaska and chow down on your moose stew, don't ever think of getting into the national scene again because you will ruined it for everybody once again.

    March 25, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. David


    We listened to her responses in the debate.

    This person has her inexperience to blame, not a media conspiracy.

    March 25, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. ron levine

    It's time to move on, Governor. ONe could argue that you weren't treated fairly. However that's the nature of the beast. Always has been, probably always will. If you want to play the game, learn the game. Maybe you'll gow up and see that the past belongs in the past.

    March 25, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. MN Guy

    Ok, once again Sara Palin tells us that the media doesn't like her and that she is a victim. I'm sorry Sarah but who would ever want a victim in such a place of power?

    If you really were as tough as you make yourself out to be you wouldn't be crying still. It's become quite apparent to the American people that you are not.

    Go away.

    March 25, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. Charles

    Sarah Palin sees a "slant" to the media coverage of her campaign. It appears that way to her because the media was covering a candidate who was terribly unqualified for the position she sought. As she whines and complains, she says she will not whine and complain. Go figure.

    March 25, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. Connie

    Oh for God's sake! Do you never stop blaming everyone for your failures,mistakes and bad choices, etc.?? I shudder to think of you ever in the Whitehouse. It is indeed a nightmarish thought I am confident will never have to be lived.

    March 25, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. Pete

    I've followed Sarah since McCain picked her. I blame McCain for her demise! She certainly has lots to learn, but she has plenty of time and is very adept at learning! Bottom line, you will hear plenty more about her, she is a leader, John McCains claim to fame is getting his jet in the line of fire and getting shot down, He really has no other attributes that I can see! To me, Sarah would be the person I would most likely vote for next election. My friends pretty much feel the same way.No other female (or male) comes even close!

    March 25, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Truth Bomb Thrower

    If the American people were just a few percentage points smarter, this woman would be our vice president right now and we would not be on our way to economic ruin and our enemies would not be using us as a door mat.

    Oh well. There's always 2012. GO SARAH!!

    March 25, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. CareFree

    Is this the same Sarah Palin that told her son's departing Nat'l Guard Unit going to Iraq, that "don't forget, these are the people who attacked us on 9/11"? Has anyone bothered to tell her that there were NO Iraqis on those planes (mostly Saudi's, W's friends) and that Sadam was not at all involved with Al-Queda? Well, someone needs to sit this woman down and educate her; especially when she declares that the "Founding Fathers" put "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance (which wasn't added to the Pledge until 1949)...........And, "NO" I didn't have to rely on the media/press to point these things out to me; I actually heard her say them on TV for myself....

    March 25, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. What?!?!?

    Unfortunately for her and McCain, people heard her interviews and there was no other way to take the interviews other than she had no clue as to what she was talking about. The US citizens are not stupid no matter whether they live in small towns or large cities, they can figure things out. The Republican party has, if they want to survive, start being more moderate in their views and not let the extremists run the show just as the Democrats can not let the extremists on the left run the show.

    March 25, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Andrea what exactly is the difference between her comments and whining/complaining? Sarah....YOU were the reason the GOP lost because you didn't have a clue. You can't blame your blatant ignorance of international affairs or lack of intellectual curiosity on anyone but YOU. You can't spoon feed someone what takes years to informed opinion. It was so obvious that some of your "views" were given to you which made it hard for you to discuss them without bullet points and a teleprompter (see Couric and Gibson interviews). You were a complete train wreck so quit whining.

    March 25, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Bryan

    Good God! What form of English does she speak? I think we have all learned our lesson, don't vote for a candidate that won't at least learn how to string together a proper sentence.

    March 25, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. mypitts2

    How long is she going to continue to whine about this? It's old. And it's not even true. She was baby-sat by the media. Hillary Clinton would have been lambasted for only giving three major interviews in a national campaign.

    Palin supposedly "won" the debate against Joe Biden, if we listened to the punditry. But every poll among real Americans showed that she got her clock cleaned.

    She was unprepared for the office she sought, and the media merely made note of it. The system worked.

    March 25, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. colby

    " And unless things change, the GOP had really better can stand together, 'cause we got that on the battlefield also."

    Seriously, Sarah, my seventh graders can write more intelligible and grammatically correct sentences than you speak! If you actually earned a degree in journalism from any of the colleges/universities you attended, I would suggest that our nation's educational reform should begin with an investigation of the credibility of that university.

    March 25, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. Pat Marin

    Maybe it wasn't media slant – maybe they were just calling it as they saw it – a very unorganized, tired campaign attempting to revive itself with a spectacularly unqualified VP. It was what it was and they called it!!

    March 25, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. alexandra

    Go Sarah Go. This is one woman that has turned Republican since Obama took over. I had hopes, but now no faith in this man.

    March 25, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Bradley from CA

    Is this the best we can do? CNN, chill out... you've done a good job marginalizing and diminishing Palin. For crying out loud, we have an administration and a congress in our capital that is spend-crazy and an economy in shambles. Can't you find something else to report on? Dang!

    March 25, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Show me - I'm from Missouri.

    Just like any other politician, Palin has to blame someone else for her failures, might as well be the media. When is she going to take responsibility for her own actions or lack thereof?

    Gets a per diem from Alaska for staying at home, drags her kids around Alaska and charges the state for their transportation, awards an oil pipeline to a Canadian company, why not an American company?

    We already have enough Rush and Colter's of the world, how about the republicans putting up someone who gives us some positives instead of always complaining?

    March 25, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Carmela, Longwood, Florida

    This woman keeps repeating herself and honestly, it's getting old. She will continue ad infinitum to blame the press, the McCain campaign, Obama, everyone else but herself, for her ignorance, for her lack of preparedness to be a VP candidate, and for the biggest mistake candidate John McCain made by bringing her as his running mate. This lady should shut up, do her job as an elected official, as a mother and concentrate on her life now. Not on what happened when she had her 15 minutes of fame. Enough already! The more she talks, the more she lets everyone know what a joke she is.

    March 25, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. Cheryl from Seattle

    This article's yet another example of the media bias that Palin talks about. The verbiage has a slant to it that this writer never uses in describing those on the left. Nowhere does he write that Obama or Dodd or Bide or Reid or Pelosi "riffed" or is "teeing off." I did a Google search on Peter Hamby and he seems to have it in for Sarah Palin - all his articles about her have a level of condescension and snarkiness to them. This isn't the news - this is a hack job.

    March 25, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Kim

    Sarah, GO AWAY. Quit blaming everyone/everything for the loss of the Republican ticket and try looking in the mirror. How good it is to know you remember the 5 W's from your stellar academic journalism degree. Now try and understand that the public will not be fooled, lied to, tricked or deceived anymore. We had enough of it with Dubya. And as a "journalist" you ought to know a little more about how to spin the media.

    March 25, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Steve - Nova Scotia

    Palin isn't telling us anything we don't already know. The media has been voting with the left for years. Polls of media voters for at least the last 30 years have consistently shown that the media members vote 90% of the time for Democrats. The media constantly tries to influence voters to vote Democrat and tries to create reasons for them to do so. The people can generally see through the media spin. However this time the Republicans didn't give the rest of the voters any reason to vote Republican and the Democrats would have won without the help from the press. The margin wouldn't have been so wide but the Democrats still would have won.

    March 25, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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