June 25th, 2009
07:16 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin hits back at 'malicious' photo

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(CNN) - A week after a high-profile uproar with comedian David Letterman over the late-night host's joke about her daughter, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is again sharply responding to the appearance of her children in the public sphere.

Palin's latest response comes after liberal Alaskan Blogger Linda Kellen Biegel doctored a photograph of the former Republican vice presidential candidate with her 1-year-old son Trig, who suffers from Down Syndrome.

Biegel, who blogs in support of the Alaska Democratic Party under the name "Celtic Diva," superimposed a picture of conservative Alaskan radio host Eddie Burke over Trig's face in an apparent effort to show how close the radio host is with the Alaskan governor.

"Recently we learned of a malicious desecration of a photo of the Governor and baby Trig that has become an iconic representation of a mother's love for a special needs child," Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapelton said in a statement provided to CNN. "The mere idea of someone doctoring the photo of a special needs baby is appalling."

Stapelton also suggested President Obama should speak out against such behavior from liberal activists.

"Babies and children are off limits," She said. "It is past time to restore decency in politics and real tolerance for all Americans. The Obama Administration sets the moral compass for its party. We ask that special needs children be loved, respected and accepted and that this type of degeneracy be condemned."

Responding on her blog to the uproar, Biegel said in no uncertain terms the doctored picture was intended to make fun of Burke, not Trig Palin.

"It's called 'Baby Burke' because it's Eddie Burke...basically his probable second-biggest fantasy about the Governor," she wrote. "So, connecting the dots for you...WE'RE MAKING FUN OF EDDIE BURKE!!!!!!"

Earlier this month Biegel filed an ethics complaint against Palin for wearing a jacket made by a company that sponsored her husband - a snow mobile racer - to a public event. An investigator ruled Palin had not acted wrongly and the Alaska governor accused Biegel "asinine political grandstanding."

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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Tom from PA

    You've gotta be kidding, right? Can you imagine if every politician whined about every doctored picture how many "headlines" we'd have to read?

    Palin can call Obama a "terrorist" but then whines over something as trivial as a picture illustrating a relationship she has with aconservative talk show host. She can dish it but she can't take it...

    Give us all a break with this "news".

    June 25, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Harry

    If you don't have any substance, well the you need to create Diva-crisis. Please dissapear Sarah.

    June 25, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Sniffit

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! crybaby...someone needs thicker skin

    Ask yourself, would she be trying to play up everyone's sympathies on this if the child didn't have DS? Would you be as susceptible to being outraged over what really amounts to nothing more than a slightly tasteless way of making a point if the child didn't have DS? Enough is enough. She probably does more whining than Trig does.

    June 25, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Mary Jane

    Come on! Get over it. Palin's drawing attention to her own son's status is what is insulting to her son. The cartoon was just showing how close Palin is to the radio host. If this is the only way Palin can draw attention to herself, that is sad.

    June 25, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Frank

    She's a kook but I have to agree with her on this one.

    June 25, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. John

    Best stay out of the limelight Sarah. Your fight with the media will show your weak spots.

    June 25, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Holly in Knightdale

    If Palin thinks fighting every single attempt at humor is smart, I guess we all see why the country is glad she isn't VP. Get a sense of humor and move on Palin. We all laughed at you during the campaign too...you were just too busy wasting campaign contributions on clothes and rose colored glasses to see it.

    June 25, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Paul

    When people make jokes or doctor photos of Obama, he is cool and collected and promptly ignores it because he is above such childishness. Palin could learn from Obama the value of thicker skin.

    June 25, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. snead

    Hey–it worked for her w/Letterman. Attention attention attention. Not the kind that gets you the votes of thinking people, but a satisfying me me me nonetheless.

    June 25, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Beverly

    This Palin woman needs to shut up. She is (trying to be) such a diva! People in the political spectrum need to have a stiff hide. He comments about Obama were worse than someone doctoring a picture of Palin and her youngest child. She makes me ill.

    June 25, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Kristen

    You gotta love this woman. She literally has no idea when she's overplayed her hand. The only one exploiting the Palin children is Sarah Palin, who parades the poor things on stage, sends them on talk shows, and then overreacts whenever anybody says anything about her way-overexposed kids. You want people to stop talking about Bristol's preganancy? How about you stop sending her on talkshows to talk about her pregnancy you moron?

    June 25, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. MarylandsFinest

    I honestly do not understand why Sarah Palin insists that she and her family be treated differently from any other public figure.


    June 25, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. George K.

    The only acceptable treatment of a special needs baby is to keep him up late at night and parade him in front of cheering crowds and bright spotlights in an attempt to win votes.

    Do you know what all that does to the nervous system of a special needs baby?

    June 25, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. c. chang

    DESECRATING?!!!!!!!!!! Is she or Trig holy?

    June 25, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Sammuel G

    I agree with Tom on this one. Sarah Palin put her kids into the media in an attempt to benefit her during her media outtings.

    She really needs to stop trying to gain attention. She had to blow up the Letterman thing, which was really nothing in the first place, and now this. yeah, she stand for women's right, sure. Dont forget to pay her for your rape kit.

    June 25, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Make America Great Again

    Great work Celtic Diva!

    June 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. RB in FL

    Good God Sarah, it's a joke. You should see what Jib Jab did to Obama and Bush Jr. If you can't take the heat, get out of the political and social kitchen.

    June 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Army Vet in Charlotte

    She is appalled by everything. You're a national political figure, these things will happen. Give it a rest.

    June 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Jimbo

    Doesn't the Governor have a state to run?

    June 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Peace

    I am tired with this woman. Its right for you to show the picture of Bristol and her baby but not OK with your youngest child!!!! They all belong to you Sarah, regardless of the state they are!!!

    June 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    The silence of all the women's groups is deafening when it comes to Sarah Palin. As a human being and a woman, I'm disgusted with the way this woman and her family are constantly attacked.

    I, for one, will remember.

    June 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Fred

    This is a mean spirited thing to do and If Sarah Palin had not blatantly used her own children as props, thus forcing them out into the public sphere herself, this would be unforgivable.

    Shame on this liberal blogger for using a child's photo and shame on Sarah Palin for being such a "me-me-me" person to the detriment of her children

    June 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Robert

    Ms. Palin is such a diva! Get over yourself! Calling it an "iconic photo" is just way too much self flattery. She makes drama over every little thing just to get more attention for herself. She has more in common with Britney, Paris, and Lindsey Lohan than she does with any respectable elected official. Enough with the fake outrage. You are not on a reality show...at least not yet.

    June 25, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. CD in FL

    She just can't stay out of the media!!! How could she possibly think that we will ever consider her as a serious politician who is devoted to the country and its citizens when she doesn't do anything else but forcing herself in the limelight any time she gets a chance without thinking how ridiculous the topic might be.
    Just for her knowledge President Obama has better and more important things to do for this country than take her side in the media.
    The more time goes by the more ridiculous she gets, yet it seems that she is so stupid that she doesn't even realize it!

    June 25, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Moonbeam

    Did you notice that Gov. Palin is always complaining, always in the victim mode? She is a politician, she has to be above it but it appears that no small potato is too small for her.
    Is she planning to run in 2012 on " I am a media victim, elect me!" platform?

    June 25, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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