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

Palin hits back at 'malicious' photo

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/25/art.palinpic.cnn.jpg caption="Palin is upset with a blogger who doctored a photo of herself and son Trig."]
(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. Plain Film

    Obviously the joke was directed at Burke. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a "intellectually backward" and needs to have some "special education" themselves. Just being "politically correct".

    June 25, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. keith pollard

    I respect the love and concern for all special needs children, however I do not hold any special place for the palin baby over any other child. This clown of a mother needs to grow up. If you subject yourself to the public please be prepared for the backlash.

    June 25, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Michelle

    Why can't she just call Trig a baby? Why is he always a special needs baby? Why can't he just be a person with down syndrome?

    June 25, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Susan

    This is disgusting. It's not enough that these people attack her teenage daughters...now they are openly mocking an image of her baby...the fact that this child is disabled makes their mean-spirited "laugh" even more indecent. By the way, the woman who did this to the photo of little Trig is employed by the DNC as blogger...a link to her site is posted on the official Alaska Democratic Party website. The Democratic Party needs to start taking responsibility for the ugly, hate that is coming from their representatives.

    June 25, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Anonymous

    As if there remained any doubt that Sarah Palin will do ANYTHING to keep her name in the press and gain political points... Is Gov. Palin's office saying that it would have been ok for the blogger to doctor the photo if Trig did not have downs syndrome? I am certain that if the photo had been of Governor Palin holding her grandson Tripp, who does not have special needs, she still would have referred to the photo as a 'malicious desecration'. Any reasonable person can observe that this photo has nothing to do with children with special needs. What is truly revolting is Governor Palin's own unrelenting exploitation of her children in the pursuit of political gain!

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. James Deen

    Inappropriate but she invited this kind of publicity when she paraded her kid around the campain trail.

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. JA/TN

    American polictics, on the campaign trail Palin said Obama hung out with terrorist, well it has come back to bite her

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Tom Clarke

    Sara, get a freaking life. This whining, sniveling attitude of yours sucks. These situations would never have become issues if you'd just shut your mouth. You wanted attention and now you can't deal with it. Makes me wonder what you would have done in a crisis if you and John had won the election.

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Mr. Magic

    that is one of the funniest pictures ever....keep at her!

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Michael

    This country is becoming so PC that even when a joke isn't about anything off limits, it is still off limits...

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. W Smith

    Palin is so thin-skinned, she has no business being in public life if she can't take the barbs and arrows that come with it. How could she possibly cope with the world if she's such a shrill violet every time her family is mocked or criticized. Here's some advice for her: go back to your previously anonymous life in Wasilla forever and nobody will ever care to write or talk about you again.

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. weasle

    "Liberal activists" maybe responsible for tasteless jokes but, "Conservative" talkshow hosts are responsible for spreading racist propaganda and disinformation. Geeeez, who's a danger to America?

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Davey

    People need to seriously just ignore her and she will go away.

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Gobsmacked

    Of course it's President Obama's fault. Does Palin take responsibility for all the prejudice among the Republican constituency, that she personally exploited during the presidential campaign? Probably not.
    Freedom of speech is only OK when you're accusing the president of "pallin' around with terrorists." She's such a sore loser!

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. schafe

    Seriously, Palin, get over yourself.

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Nate

    Was the picture in poor taste? Sure, but Palin is so sensitive as to go after a blogger? It's not like the opposition party or a PAC put this out. Wah. You can't be like China and make the internet bend to your will, honey. It's called Freedom of Speech. It's not always tasteful, but you are a public figure and at one time very close to being the second in command in the United States. Quit crying and get back to governing.

    June 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Steve

    Does the Palin camp even think before getting offended?
    This is the biggest non-issue I can imagine.

    June 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Dustin

    If Sarah Palin wants to be taken seriously, she need NOT to take herself so seriously. Her standards for what is acceptable for her versus what others may do is what is really appalling. She is free to accuse Obama of "palling around with terrorists," but if someone else bothers to say "boo" about her it becomes some sort of vicious attack on her very soul. Get over yourself, lady. If you want to be president you're going to need thicker skin than this.

    June 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Candy West Virginia

    But it was okay for people at her rallies to scream 'kill him' about then candidate Obama right? I truly despise this woman. And palin it's called karma, all those lies you told against President Obama are just coming back to you in some form or another, that's what happens in life. The hate you spew comes back to you.

    June 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. fd

    Those people are sick

    June 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. john

    Please just go away! Quit covering this nut bag. Yes a doctored picture is awful, not just of her baby but all babies! She holds herself so high above the rest of us it makes me sick, then she gets all bent and draws more attention on the obvious.

    June 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. sean

    Get over it Sarah, you are a public figure. Public figures of all walks of life get subjected to all sorts of public skewering. It is the same as you being allowed to call Obama a "terrorist". Grow up, and stop whining.

    June 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Mike

    I love it, the more that stupid people do stupid things it only makes Governor Palins supporters more determined to support her. After all, this much fear from liberals makes our day. At least she has not been to 57 states with 1 more to go like obama.

    June 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. jp

    GIVE ME A BREAK ALREADY!!! Can this woman ever stop whining about feigned outrage. She's been trying to play the victom card since the stupid "lipstick on a pig" comment that had nothing to do with her. She needs to both develop a thinker skin, or at least smarten up enough to understand what/who the satire around her is targeting. This "HOW DARE THEY" shtick is getting old real fast.

    June 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. A Howell

    I think we are all very tired of hearing Sarah Palin commenting on every single thing that happens...maybe if we don't talk about her anymore she will go away.

    June 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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