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. Kimberly

    I don not like Palin, but this is DISGUSTING!!! As a liberal I am SICK! This woman should be ashamed and made to give an apology!!! Now THIS is a direct attempt at hurting and being a PIG! Sarah Palin as a liberal I apologize to you and your family. I didnt think the Letterman thing was a big deal, but THIS crosses EVERY moral line! The blogger that did this deserves to be FIRED!!! I am just SICK!

    June 25, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Jim

    Here's your weekly manufactured outrage from Palin. What else is new.

    June 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Lynne - Seattle

    I am not a fan of Sarah Palin, but I think changing the picture of the baby was full on WRONG. If she wanted to make fun of Eddie Burke, use photoshop and take a picture of her and add a baby Burke so it is obviously doctored. Leave her son alone...special needs or not, that's just tasteless!

    June 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Dave C

    How does this qualify as news? I wish the news agencies would just stop paying attention to this airhead and focus on the real issues. Every celebrity and politician has doctored photos of them online, and Sarah Palin is unfortunately both a politician and a celebrity.

    June 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. itbeme

    OMG....get over it already......

    They're making such a big deal about this because he is a 'specical needs baby"......

    would it be okay to do it if he WASN'T a special needs baby???

    the half baked alaskan keeps trotting her kids out in public, then has a cow if anybody says anything about them.

    stay home, shut up, and get over yourself already.

    June 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. AO

    Palin keeps spouting her mouth off about how bad the media is yet she keeps seeking out the lime light. To top it off she only fuels her own mockery by responding to every single blip about her. I hope she runs for president in 2012. I would love to see that idiot go down in flames.

    June 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. James

    There's nothing iconic about Gov. Palin's photo with her baby. The Governor repeatedly has used her family as a political prop, so she can't cry crocodile tears when images of her family are used by the opposition. Palin really has turned into a professional victim lately; I can only hope she's still performing the duties that the good people of Alaska expect of their Governor.

    June 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Tom Howard

    Desecration?? Oh come now!! As usual with Governor Palin, this is way over the top. I find it illustrative that it was fine and dandy to put her children out in public for her political gain, but now we see her whining about the negative side of paying the piper for having done so. As usual, she just can't take the heat and wants to have it both ways. She could have taken a cue from the Bush, Clinton, and Carter families about keeping the kids out of the political campaigns. But with having to read every newspaper, sha may have missed that part.

    June 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Colette

    The First Ammendment. Enough said, Ms. Palin.

    June 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Daisy

    Only Palin is allowed to trot Palin's kids out into the spotlight. The rest of you, hands off. She gets first (and only) dibs on using them as a publicity stunt!


    June 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Craig Simpson

    Mrs. Palin needs to simply go away and never come back.

    She is an example of the character of the GOP. One that is out of touch with reality.

    Thanks goodness this idiot did not become VP!

    June 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Mississippi Mike

    That's just wrong. Make fun of Burke all you want but don't drag a handicapped baby into it.

    June 25, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Loup Garou 782

    "Celtic Diva" probably more resembles a "Celtic Pig" and she should be in the company of people like James Carville, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev Jeremiah Wright, Letterman and other mouthy trash.

    June 25, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Beth

    You know, if she's going to get involved in national politics, she'd better get used to this kind of thing. I agree that this had nothing to do with Trigg – it's clearly a comment on her relationship with Burke. Sheesh.

    June 25, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. mypitts2

    Palin has to learn that she cannot go chasing after every bit of vitriol directed her way. It only drags her down to the level of her attackers. She still does not quite grasp the demands of having a national presence.

    June 25, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. frieda406

    what is wrong w/palin? she jumps and screams and hollers at every imagined slight. let it go, woman. calm down. besides, she's the one who dragged the baby out at every opportunity and ditto her pregnant teenaged daughter and her boyfriend. as ye reap, so shall ye sow.

    June 25, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Jeremy

    Why does the liberal media continue to do this to Palin? It's really getting old. She lost; let her do her job in Alaska.

    I am starting to think this is just a way of distracting attention away from the current administration's failures and broken promises....

    And now 300 comments asking "WHY SHE JUST WON'T GO AWAY!?!?!" It's because the media seeks her out because it makes you puppets react the way you always do.

    June 25, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. stevetall

    Dear Alaska,

    Please get your governor under control. We're all getting pretty tired of hearing about her thin skin and thick head. Isn't there some work you can find for her to do around your state? My governor works on state problems instead of being one.


    PS Love the wildlife and frozen tundra. Keep it up!

    June 25, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Tom R

    I just don't understand why there is so much hatred for this woman. The leftist liberal media must be in complete fear of her that they have to resort to such hateful and meanspirited things to make her look bad or cast a negative light on her. Letterman and the "Celtic Diva" both should be recognized for what they truly are, ignorant and self absorbed.

    June 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. gr8mate

    The image is no worse and no more offensive than Palin's shameless use of her children to gain sympathy and support for her personal advantage.

    June 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. A. Goodwin

    I am a Democrat who definitely believes this is out of line – dirty politics. That being said, I still think Palin is a complete bonehead.

    June 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. a little sad

    Oh goody –

    More faux outrage from the Palin camp.

    The outrageous part is Palin's camp claiming that Sarah is the "iconic representation of a mother's love for a special needs child".

    This woman who cut funding to special needs programs? Who exploits every aspect of her children's lives for political gain? Who hid behind her 6-year old in an attempt to shelter herself from her detractors?

    This is not a good mother. No way, no how. This is a political opportunist.

    June 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. chris

    once again sarah palin has decided to get overly upset to draw attention to herself. "special needs children" are people too. On one hand we are told to treat those with disabilities the same, not to baby them and generally treat them like children. On the other hand, we are "not allowed" to ever joke about anything relating to those with "special needs". This photo isn't making fun of the baby, it is making fun of Palin. To me, Sarah is doing a good enough job of making fun of herself these days.

    June 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. economist

    "Malicious desecration"? Is Mrs. Palin claiming to be sacred, now?

    June 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Pete

    "Iconic representation"? Methinks Ms. Palin has developed an unhealthy sense of her own importance.

    June 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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