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

Palin calls news org 'heartless and selfish'

Since leaving office, Palin has been working on her memoirs.

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.

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    I think the real question has to be posed: If you were the solider who lost gave his life fighting for this country, would you want your sacrifice to lose its weight as a statistic or be recognized in the "thousand words" of a picture by your fellow Americans?

    September 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Big D

    To say Sarah "The Blogger" Palin has a point, is a statement I never thought I would make. I still have reservations about the reasons she does or says anything though, as I truly believe she has a love affair with cameras and mics. I can't really start to miss her, if she won't do some "fancy pageant walking" into the sunset. Sarah, that would be, exit, stage West.

    September 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. James

    As some on who lost a brother in the sensless and un-just Iraq war – these photos need to put out there folks. Even if it was my brother people need to be shown all sides of war. It gives a full balance of what happens when war happens. Its just not all flag waving. Families get hurt, and to not show the hurt just brushes my feelings, my families feelings under the carpet as "don't talk about what happend".

    Again, Palin shut up go somthing important like...finish a project or commitment...teach your kids about birth control..make a fish dinner or somthing. ENOUGH of you!

    September 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Grant

    I disagree with Palin on a lot of things, but I completely agree with her about this event. Quite frankly, I'm surprised that there isn't some kind of legal provision that would prevent media from publishing these types of photos against the wishes of the family. The AP should be ashamed of itself. Death is not to be politicized-what a disgraceful thing to do.

    September 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. a military spouse

    I actually agree with Palin for once. Never thought I'd say that.

    I do wish, though, that she'd quit using jumping on everything that involves the military as a way to draw attention to herself. I mean, isn't she also indirectly exploiting that photo to get us to all pay attention to her?

    September 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Larry

    How easy is it to be able to sit back on Facebook and throw pot shots and whatever you feel like and the have the fawning media print every word (even the religious buzz words like "evil")? SHe can pick and choose the tiniest of incidents to "make a stand" on principled issues (sic). This one incident plays right into the Shoot the Messenger / Liberal Media Bias mantra that has exemplifies today's right-wing.

    September 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. james f fishel

    It is regrettable that the same ethnic group which has controlled the press for more than a century and has made billions of dollars from the making of movies about the so called "H', is seeking profit by exploiting images of a battlefield casualty who was killed primarily to defend this same ethnic groups place in the world.

    September 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Joanna in PA

    I do not think the AP meant it to be evil or heartless rather letting people see the tragedy of war. Especially a war of choice, and a war based on lies. This is easily a debatable topic. Plain is not way off base this time i have to say. But the converse point is that it puts a human face on all this insanity.

    September 7, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Georgette

    Intelligent people have already weighed in with the same opinion. So why does this moron have to spout off on it and, more importantly, why is it covered as a news event?

    September 7, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Willie

    While I have not seen the photo, I'm sure it was awful. If it were one of my loved ones, I would not want it published. But as awful as it sounds, the AP did it's job.
    I'm a former reporter and editor. The news media's job it to report the news, no matter how ugly, horrible, etc. A photographer in a war zone took at picture. The AP was/is under no obligation to consult with the soldier's family. If everything that someone found objectionable was omitted from the news, we would have no news at all.

    September 7, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Peace

    You have to thank the new technology Sarah, I do not think you could have said/wrote anything if there wasn't "Facebook"!

    September 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Miki

    It never ceases to amaze me how much hate is out there on the liberal side of the fence. Just because the statement comes from a rival, it's somehow instantaneously wrong.
    Quite simply – the family specifically asked that the photo not be published. Yet the AP published it anyway. I DO consider that selfish and evil – at the very least, heartless and unprofessional. It really does demonstrate how the media has shirked its responsibilities for the sake of ratings.
    And why has our Commander in Chief been silent about this? This was one of HIS soldiers who died for OUR country. Or did you forget that part?

    September 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. PK

    stop giving this woman attention!

    if you have time and space to fill, focus on something that matters like world hunger or domestic violence.

    September 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. jnywest

    Well, I feel sympathy for the family and such, and perhaps the AP should not have released the photo. However, I don't think it was an "evil" act. Mrs. Palin needs to go on vacation and find her center. The reality of the whole of the Irag war and the War in Afganistain has been that we, as a people, and through are elected officials are so very ready to send young women and men to die, or suffer dearly, for what often are lies and coruption. Maybe if we spent the same amount of time debating the use of bombs, bullets, and blood as we do healthcare (about a 50 year debate by the way, since Truman) there wouldn't be so many pitcures of dead marines to be concerned about.

    September 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Michael Stallworth

    Ms. Palin, What does this story have to do with you? While this is a case of some in the news media crossing the line to get everything they want, you on the other hand make the news media by running your mouth and screaming at them when you are under scrutiny. If you can't stand the heat, just get out of the kitchen.

    September 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Sam Barber

    More manufactured outrage from the fringe elements of what once was a great political party.

    September 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Cheryl from MN

    Palin is another Chavez. If she had her way, she would shut down all the radio and television stations and block the internet unless they said and did exactly as she instructed them. She is a threat to freedom of the press.

    September 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Larry

    Photos of a dying Neda were called 'Journalism'. Photos of a dying Marine are called 'evil'. Politicians will say *anything* for political points – this is the true evil.

    How true......

    September 7, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. DaveyBoy

    In case you haven't figured it out, the point here is not Palin–it is the AP's despicable decision–despite the family's and Sec. Gates' objection–to publish this picture. Is nothing sacred–not even a soldier's dying moment?

    September 7, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Dan

    Palin posted this on her facebook page the news decided to make it public.
    I think a lot of people need to read before commenting. Just like the news seems most people have no respect for any one these days. For those who said you didn't care what Palin said you read the artical and then made a comment so you must have cared a little.

    September 7, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Perusing-through

    Why is it okay for you to stir "dangerous unchecked anger" against the President with lies that he is a terrorist (e.i. – "paling around with terrorist"), and now you sit up on your fake conservative ivory tower pretending to be distraught by the pictures? LIAR!

    September 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Mike1952

    Funny how liberals would have you believe they support the minorities, including women. Then a woman has a chance to be a major political figure and they excoriate her at every turn. Oh, wait she's a conservative woman. Doesn't fit the mold of a woman worth accepting.

    September 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. LW In Texas

    Please go away, or shut your mouth, you have nothing to say except what someone has told you to say. You could not pour water of boots with the instructions written on the bottom.
    Go Away please.............

    September 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. hdrider69

    Sarah, we DON'T care what your opinions and thoughts are. We are SO over you. Go away, far, far away. Go commit to another "Alaska Picnic/barbeque" in the wilds and be a no-show again. You are a NO-SHOW in american politics.

    September 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Jilli

    I don't think it's horrible to display the photo – perhaps if more photos of the war were shown, we would be out of both needless wars by now.

    Palins just looking for a little more airtime. Her opinion on any matter is moot to me. She's all drama and no substance.

    September 7, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12