September 7th, 2009
03:43 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin calls news org 'heartless and selfish'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Since leaving office, Palin has been working on her memoirs."](CNN) - Sarah Palin is calling the AP's decision to release a battlefield photo of a dying Marine over the family's objection "an evil thing to do."

In a Sunday night post on her Facebook page, the former Alaska governor called the photo released this week of Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard's dying moments on the battlefield in Afghanistan a "sacred image."

"Many of us join Secretary Gates in condemning the Associated Press for its heartless and selfish decision to turn its back on the wishes of a grieving family in order to exploit the tragic death of a true American hero," she wrote.

The release of the photo was "a despicable and heartless act by the AP," said Palin. "The family said they didn't want the photo published. AP, you did it anyway, and you know it was an evil thing to do.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bernard family. …"

Palin has had limited public appearances since resigning the governor's office in July. Most of her comments have come via posts on her Facebook page.

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  1. Lola

    Go Away! Go Away! GO AWAY! Just let her go away!

    September 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Big Ed

    I may not agree with the publication of the dying Marine's photo, particularly over the objection of the family, however Mrs. Palin's opinion is purely a publicity opportunity. Evil? I can't agree. Palin, an opportunistic media hound? Without question.

    My condolences to the family of the fallen warrior.

    September 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Moish

    God Bless Sarah Palin

    September 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. dan567

    Maybe the first time I have ever agreed with Palin. Yes, the press needs to make sure we all know the horrors of war, but to exploit the greiving family and to dishonor the sacrifice this young man made to protect YOU, is as disgraceful and disgustiong as it gets.

    September 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. doug

    Sarah Palin is wrong again... it seems to me that she does not poses the critical thinking skills that would make a good president.

    America has a long and bloody history of war. As such, photos of war, the dead and dying are a part of that history and have been since the civil war. I wish it were not so. But the truth is, when we make decisions as a nation to go to war, we must live with that decision. We must be reminded that these decisions should not be made lightly, and that we must only go to war when it is right and justified. I wish we didn't have to see these images, but they serve the public. They remind us that the fallen are the true heroes, and that these deaths should not be forgotten, but revered and remembered. These images, if shown, must be done so in a respectful manner that pays tribute to the fallen, and reminds all of us that freedom once won must kept .

    September 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. shelleyt

    Sarah, you are such a hack. The only time in recent history that showing the truth about war was denied and hidden has been in the last few years. To the extent that we were not even supposed to see the flag draped coffins! War is evil and by NOT showing the vagaries of war is simply hiding what it really is. It is not some patriotic ideal. The most important photographs in history are the ones that show the truth: of war, life. Why is anyone even giving you print and air time??? You have done incredible damage to those working with the terminally ill, have spread lies and encouraged the fear mongering. Hell, much of the paranoia and hate filled speech of late began with your despicable statements during the campaign. Go away.

    September 7, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Rick

    What many of you miss is, this isn't about Palin...
    I can not honestly believe that any of you would like to see a picture of your brother, son, sister daughter dying moments used for publicity without your consent.
    The AP was way out of line and I would hope that no major news organization (CNN) would carry it.

    Active Duty Military Man

    September 7, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Terrance

    Stoking the fire is just as bad.

    Palin needs to stop capitalizing on things like this.

    nuff said.

    September 7, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. bob

    Seems to me showing the photo reminds us that real people are dying, not just names and ranks. These photos show those of us back home what is happening to the men and women we are sending overseas. It is not "evil" to show these photos, it is the right thing to do.

    I see a photo of a dying soldier as a tribute to that soldier. Should we just pretend he died peacefully fighting for our freedom? Freedom is expensive. It costs a lot of blood and guts. If you can't stomach that, you don't deserve freedom.

    September 7, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. proud dem in nc

    I can't believe I'm agreeing with this no-nothing airhead, but as the mother of a soldier, to air this against their wishes is cruel, insensitive and selfish. Heads should roll!! However, I still can't bear Palin.

    September 7, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    If it were up to me, it would be required that everyone see this photo. THIS is the war we fight – not the photos pre-approved by those in charge of military men and women smiling and standing around.

    September 7, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Justified

    The photo, though it causes anguish to the family, should be published. This is news, and it's not evil. The unjustified war is the evil here. We are not fighting a war in a vacuum, and it's been too sanitized as it is. Palin isn't worth the coverage she gets.

    September 7, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Lorna

    This woman is...let's face it...not real bright. President Obama is 'EVIL"....Keith Olberman is "EVIL" ....AP....."EVIL". Coming up with a new and different adjective is just too much for her. It was wrong and in bad taste for the photo to be published but I sure as heck don't need to hear or read about her lecturing anyone on being despicable. What a joke she is.

    September 7, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Just imagine this was YOUR son, brother, or friend. Still want to see? Palin is correct. The wishes of the family should be respected. All these "airhead" comments reflect your lack of maturity!

    September 7, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Niki Birdsflight

    Does anybody listen do this woman? She is looking for anything to trigger irritation and anger from people. She is an agitator who hopes she will somehow benefit from the chaos. Very sad she is still around. She will always be a minority as her lack of education and information does not qualify her to talk on any issue.

    September 7, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Dave

    Sarah Palin and that photo should not be released.

    September 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    we don't need this freak show to help esplain any thing to any one

    she needs to go away and not come back

    September 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Despite who's saying it, she's 100% right. Would any of you liberals, who mouth support for our troops but do little else to show it, want your dying loved one's picture published? The left has never and will never support our troops. Just stop pretending.

    September 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Ruth

    Apparently Sarah and I can agree 1 percent of the time. The family's wishes should have been followed.

    September 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Mark - Atlanta

    Palin 2012!! Finally somone who stands up to the press. At least we're certain to have a Rebulplican in the WH in 2012, whether its Sarah or someone else.

    Thanks to our brave soldiers for what they do so we can be Free. Sad some many of you Dems despise them.

    September 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. cara

    There's this little matter of free speech, and freedom of the press that she's not very comfortable with. As a result, it makes me very uncomfortable thinking of her in any office other than Mattel, Inc. corporate.

    September 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. laurel

    Eh... I am surprised to admit I largely agree with her here.

    September 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Jayhawks

    Why is this woman still talking????

    September 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Bob

    Sarah Palin did not bring this up in a speech, she did not hold a news conference, she made an entry on her FaceBook page. To accuse her of trying to use this for political gain is disingenuous at best.

    September 7, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Jerry

    Sarah Palin is so irrelevant. She panders to people who rant about socialism, fascism, nazi – terms they can't even define.

    Does Ms. Palin really think war is a secret and only "bad guys" die?

    September 7, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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