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. Jay

    I don't think the press was unfair to Palin. They asked the 5 W's in most instances–she just couldn't answer them.

    March 25, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Immune to the Rhetoric

    Way to go Sarah!

    March 25, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Shannon

    Palin needs to run for the Senate. She in no way represents a majority of Americans, but there are is large percentage of people, millions of people, that completely identify with her and her ideology.

    She has no business as VP or POTUS, but the Senate seems like the proper place for her.

    March 25, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. "Jerkwad" Jay

    Why are we still listening to what she has to say?

    Her ticket lost, she's not the VP but still has her job as Alaska's Gov. Why don"t we simply let her do her job, and ignore everything else she has to say about national politics?

    A message to Sarah Palin, " ahem. Go away!"

    March 25, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. leslie roberts

    The GOP did not lose this election because of the press, they lost it because of their sheer unmitigated incompetence in the last eight years.

    March 25, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Jen

    She complains and complains and complains, but she fails to list specific instances in which she and/or the GOP have fallen victim to this new-age journalism. Please.

    March 25, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Les Jablonski

    Never blame yourself for failure , always have the media to blame.

    March 25, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. 4thepeple

    I find it somewhat amusing, though sad , that the repubs and neo cons always point to the fact that there were no "attacks" after 9/11 under W, as if he took over office sometime thereafter. Ialso wonder what publications Sarah reads to make her think that the media was responsible for their crushing defeat. Oh, thats right, even she doesn't know, (see Katie Couric) . wink wink!

    March 25, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Wayne

    Way to go Sarah...sounds alot like "Give em hell Harry"...Keep it up, maybe some one will listen.

    March 25, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Bruce Munro

    If Sarah is the future of the Republican party, the GOP is in deep trouble.

    March 25, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Red, Los Angeles

    No one edited a word you said during your interviews Sarah. Stop insulting the American voters by implying that we were somehow all *duped* by the media into voting for Obama. After hearing you speak publicly, there was really no other choice. You certainly sealed the deal for me voting for him!

    March 25, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. john

    i find it warm and honest that ms palin speaks what she believes, it is refreashing to hear a governor speak the truth, instead of sying what the polititions want to hear from her.
    she should be commended for a job well done.

    March 25, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Judy from PA

    Awesome. Love everything you said, Mrs. Palin. Imagine that, someone in politics thinking on their own.

    I'm sure the negative insults will begin for me and Mrs. Palin, but at least she has a backbone.

    I wish all the luck to Mr. Obama, but the media won the last election for him. And now, he is trying to run a dictatorship just like President Bush did, asking for more power. Change isn't going from Repulican to Deomcrat, it is doing things differently. I don't see anything different about rushing into things and asking for more power. Sounds like the Iraq war all over again, but this time it is with the economy.

    March 25, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Sue

    She prayed for strength before the debate, and then she winked and whined her way through it. That was not a slanted media, that was Palin being Palin, and that's exactly why she is not VP. If she still wants to blame media, fine, but she is kidding herself and not facing the reality that she is not smart enough to run again for national office. She may see legitimate questions from Gibson and Couric as traps, but they were only asking what the public had a right to know. Did she understand history? Did she know what GWB stood for? Did she grasp foreign policy? Had any of the answers been "yes" she might have made more of a positive impact. As it was, she just seemed further and further out of her league the more vicious her stump speeches got, and the more hateful her audience became. She turned most of the country completely off, and she is not changing that perception with these poor me speeches.
    And it was not 'the media" who got her into trouble. It was regular folks online who dug into her past and found some disturbing things. You know, those evil "anonymous bloggers" who came up with facts about her daughter, the boyfriend, the family...those evil people. Darn them for wanting to know the truth about her. They did ask the 5 'w's' and did not like the answers they found.

    March 25, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Cathy, Peoria AZ

    Why am I not surprised that after all this time Governor Palin still does not realize that SHE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR HER FAILURES not the media. She was ill equiped to become vice president or god forbid president!
    The failed policies of the previous administration, a GOP candidate who had no clue what to do coupled with her complete lack of knowledge on many subjects were among many reasons the GOP lost the election.
    I suggest Gov. Palin stay in Alaska, do the job the citizens of Alaska elected her to do and then stay in Alaska!

    March 25, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. L:ucy from Chicago, IL

    Palin is always unplugged. I am glad to see her rhetoric has improved (sarcasm). I can't wait for 2012 when we have to start seeing her again as well as hearing from her. Doesn't she have a job to do?

    March 25, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. DobyGS

    Governer Palin,
    What's wrong with asking a vice presidential candidate about the newspapers that they read or supreme court cases, especially if you say that you don't like some of the decisions?

    March 25, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. Cecil

    Can't stand to not talk about the media? The media was the reason they lost? Couldn't have been the Republican ideas, tactics, etc. Nope, just the economy ( which they had no ideas for) and the media. Simply delusional!

    March 25, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Dear Govenor Palin:
    Seriously... put a sock in it.
    You disgraced yourself incredibly for the 6 weeks of your lame excuse for a candidacy. And now you are trying to capitalize on John McCain's loss by making pretend you were inhibited by him in some way shape or form. I hope you do run for president in 2012... so that OUR PRESIDENT Barack Obama, can put you to shame once more and you can go somewhere and roast marshmellows with Blagojevich.

    March 25, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Jackalope

    Yawn. Another right-wing Republican who hates America's free press. What's new?

    March 25, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Mark

    Oh Sarah, Sarah, Sarah.

    Media slant? What did the media really need to slant?

    You've attempted to have books banned in the past, not much slant to be put on that. Goes along with the fact that you couldn't answer when asked the last book you read. No editing needed to make the point there.

    You actually believe that torturing a living, breathing animal to death from the air is a "sport". You know that's the sign of a potential serial killer right?

    There's footage of you being "cured of witches" and you've easily shown how you think YOUR bible should be legislated over MY life and my bedroom. The Constitutional Bill of Rights was written specifically to protect the rest of us from people like you doing that.

    And then you claim you're not whining and that you call it like you see it while you whine out your delusions. Sad really.

    March 25, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    "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,"
    Why can't this woman string together a complete sentence??

    March 25, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Michigander

    "It's no small accomplishment" all right. How about had he listened to his intelligence in August, there may have been NO 9-11 to start with! And his attacking Iraq for no reason led to the financial problems and the building of an even stronger terrorist network. Oh, and Bin Laden, the guy responsible for those attacks? He's still out there mocking us, and watching his predictions of our economic decline come true. Bush handled that well, huh, Sarah?

    March 25, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. Hoping for an intelligent GOP female candidate

    I didn't hear this speech, but if the transcript is any indication, it was another rambling, pointless diatribe out of the mouth of the Clueless Wonder. This speech was painful to read; I thank my lucky stars I was fortunate to miss the video.

    March 25, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Hans Brecker, Newport RI

    She says what everybody knows.......the liberal press will do anything to destroy anything or anyone that is not a pushing a liberal/socialist cause. They like to act non-biased and "no-bull" but it is truly B.S. in it's own right. Until all of the liberal newspapers have gone out of business because no one reads their PROPAGANDA, we are stuck with them and their "objective" reporting.

    Then they say that no-one is reading newspapers which is a half-truth: no one is reading biased, liberal lies and deceit.

    Any other questions

    March 25, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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