September 3rd, 2010
08:12 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin's 'impotent' comments make rounds

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/03/art.palin.0903a.gi.jpg caption =" Sarah Palin has set the blogosphere ablaze again."](CNN) - Sarah Palin has managed to set the blogosphere ablaze again, this time after appearing to use sexual metaphors to slam mainstream media reporters who rely on anonymous sources.

"Those who are impotent and limp and gutless and they go on their anonymous - sources that are anonymous - and impotent, limp and gutless reporters take anonymous sources and cite them as being factual references," Palin said in her criticism of the press. "It just slays me because it's so absolutely clear what the state of yellow journalism is today that they would take these anonymous sources as fact."

The comments, made Wednesday on Sean Hannity's radio program, appeared to be fueled by an unflattering Vanity Fair profile out the same day that, relying heavily on unnamed sources, claimed the former Alaska governor had a 'mean temper.'

"When a story is filled with those, we know it's bogus," she also said.

Palin's latest choice of words made the rounds on countless blogs and Twitter feeds Thursday.

"I agree [with] Palin on overuse of unnamed sources, but calling reporters 'impotent' and 'limp'? Did she have to go there?" tweeted Howie Kurtz, a Washington Post media critic and CNN contributor.


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Brian, NJ

    She's a fraud, like any other politician.

    September 3, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Tex

    Limp, impotent journalists "slay" Sarah Palin? Wow...her standards are low. Poor Todd.

    September 3, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. GeeWizz

    It is funny how the media is always digging for something on Palin when dirt on Hilliary falls in the media's lap and they don't even mention it!

    September 3, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. tejasoutlaw

    Anything that comes out of her mouth is Bogus.

    September 3, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. ABM

    Face the truth....you are not capable of leading this country and handling the media. Continue talking on the Faux news network where they through you softballs and ask you second-grade questions.

    I would like to see you debate a democrat right now. THEN the world will once again see what a JOKE you are Mrs. P.

    September 3, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. lost

    Why cant she speak in a complete sentence???.
    "Those who are impotent and limp and gutless and they go on their anonymous – sources that are anonymous – and impotent, limp and gutless reporters take anonymous sources and cite them as being factual references" – <-WHAT IS THAT?
    why is it so hard for her to just say, "Impotent , limp, and gutless reporters who go on their anonymous sources cite them as being factual references". ONE sentence, instead of this mangled mess.

    September 3, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. jl

    is she talking about Glen Beck?

    September 3, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Neil

    Oh Sarah, you're such a dirty girl.I really like to hear this kind of language from a potential presidential candidate.It puts our country in a really good light.

    September 3, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Disbelief

    More Palin "Cesspool" politics...

    September 3, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Phil Muse

    Actually, it's thanks to the state of today's "yellow journalism" – and our adolescent fascination with tabloid celebrities – that people like Sarah Palin owe the notoriety in which they bask. The sad thing is that shenanigans and wild, unfounded assertions will always get you press coverage, and the Republicans seem to be getting three times as much attention from the media as do the Democrats. Leading up to the November elections, all that free publicity for the GOP doesn't bode well.

    September 3, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    So Sean Hannity and Fox are not yellow journalism, Sarah?

    September 3, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Are you kidding me?

    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????? What the heck did she say?????? Is there ONE complete sentence in that mangled mess of words? "When a story is filled with those " WHAT??? What are you talking about?? If this is an example of what the now defunct GOP (party of NO!) has to offer in the next presidential election then you guys are in SERIOUS trouble!!! How on earth is she supposed to converse wtih the other world leaders when she cannot properly speak her dissatisfaction with one reporter?! I have no clue as to how this woman alone (not to mention Beck and the rest of the fox crud) have not dissipated what is now left of the republican party.

    September 3, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Cslo

    Sarah Palin is the LAST person that should be preaching about facts. She spreads more lies, innuendos, and false scare tactics than all the "impotent" journalists put together.

    September 3, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. GI Joe

    Hmm – mean? (It's on U-Tube now) ha ha ha ha ha

    Do ya think?

    Why would any man want to be around her? Maybe with a duct taped mouth.

    September 3, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. Doug

    She's making very specific, calculated statements to her target audience on the Hannity show. Calling the media 'impotent' and 'limp' is pillow talk for the conservative, primarily male audience, who see themselves as virile, 'real' men. Palin is aiming at 2012, no matter what she's said to the contrary.

    September 3, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Chris from San Antonio

    Once again, Palin demonstrates a her ignorance of the working world. If MSM reporters – and make no mistake, Vanity Fair is in no way MSM – weren't allowed to use unnamed sources, there would be no sources for the MSM to cite.

    September 3, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Another viewpoint

    And THIS is the person that some Americans think should be the head of the country??????? Can't you just see her at world-wide events with the leaders of other nations!!! What little is left of the American image would dissipate very quickly–after everyone else had picked themselves up off the floor and stifled their laughter.

    September 3, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. Michael

    She is simply amazing. I laugh at her reference regarding the meidas reaction to unsustatiated facts. This statement has to include all media, including the like of wingnuts Rsh and Beck. These two constantly cite stories that have absolutely no merit yet they contend it to be factual. Beck still questions Obama's birth certificate. I would bet he could have whitnessed Obama's birth and still wouldn;t believe it. Th media's job is to scoop the competiton, which includes liberal and consevative meida alike. I guess Sarah owes an apology to Beck & Rush for exposing them as the frauds they are. Thank you Sarah. You've done it again.

    September 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. ODA155

    This clueless idiot twit just described Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and every other person associated with Fox News… HOT DAMN! GO SARAH GO! Keep on talking...

    September 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Maribeth

    Well she proves the points made in VF doesn't she? Funny thing is that she's so illiterate she has to repeat the same words over and over- does she think that will make us believe her more? NOT

    September 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. paul

    hmmm so which part of that game do you not play?

    September 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Shucks

    Yeah, and some want this lunatic as president? She is as hillbilly as they come and what some Americans think is tenacity and grit, there are many more of us that see it as just plain old ignorance.

    September 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Joe NY, NY

    Sounds like her hubby (what's his name?) has been derelict in his duties and needs to get to work to make his grizzly mama sweeter in disposition. In all fairness to him, though, Sarah's not what I'd consider much in the boner bait dept. Well, to each their own - they buttered their bread, now they gotta lie in it.

    September 3, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. disgustedindc

    the only thing "impotent" is her brain.

    September 3, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Mrs. O

    "Those who are impotent and limp and gutless and they go on their anonymous – sources that are anonymous – and impotent, limp and gutless reporters take anonymous sources and cite them as being factual references."

    Yes, Ms. Palin, just like the following:
    1. Your laughable claim that "Death Panels" are out to spook us.
    2. Birthers who don't accept "fertile" and "hard" journalists who have proven again and again that (gasp) Pres. Obama is an American citizen of the Christian faith who loves his country more than you do
    *Where do you and your supporters get your sources? You rarely substantiate your claims with "hard" facts.

    If being a celebrity is too much for you to handle, then zip it, and go home to take care of your "fertile" family.

    September 3, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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