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

Palin's 'impotent' comments make rounds

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. TJ

    Her comments prove the authors point.

    September 3, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. dilbert

    There is no-one more impotent and limp than Caribou Barbie

    September 3, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Gale

    You go Sarah! Tell it like it is!

    September 3, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. dave

    when you have a limited vocabulary, and lack common knowledge in simple basic areas of society and of the world, you turn into something like her, you can't win in words, so you become violent, as they say she tried to be a bully to those weaker, and even tries to be a leader to those stupider than she, and this is 100 percent correct, point blank, she is a uneducated fool, slow in learning, and only those who follow her and listen, normal society know they are as slow as she is, or have their own hidden agenda, others countries have written articles about her in what i am saying, thats why they paid her to come to japan and speak, and the fool dont even realize all she can do is blab nonsense, and lies knowing the stupid and weak and those hidding behind their own agendas, dont even see it.

    September 3, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. CR

    That's the real Sarah Palin, crude and nasty. She's as vile as she is brainless.

    September 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. steven harnack

    Don't these people have any sense of what irony is. The first thing they do when confronted by critics is to prove them right. She became even more unintelligible than usual in her anger.

    September 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. erik

    She is a pig. There are no two ways about it.

    With all of her disgusting rhetoric she can't stand being accused of having a bad temper? You'd think "don't retreat, reload" Sarah would be proud of that.

    She is the pathetic spokesperson for an even more pathetic philosophy..

    September 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Susan

    I think I've finally figured out the way this stupid woman speaks. It's a combination of a dimwit trying to sound smart by rolling big words that shes doesn't understand together and a church goer who wants to sound like her preacher by beginning sentences with things like "those who are..." I think think she's trash.

    September 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. BobH

    Didn't she take a journalism course or two? Anonymous sources are often critical to breaking big, entirely accurate, news stories. Watergate is one that comes to mind.

    Not sure how protecting a source is related to impotence or gutlessness. I think she's just mad and those are her new "go to" adjectives, following on her success with speculating on cojones.

    I think there could well be a spot for Palin on Jersey Shore if she plays her cards right!

    September 3, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Elle in Idaho

    If Palin does have a "mean" temper, I'd prefer to stay unnamed as a source as well. Wouldn't want her to use her high profile to slander me by name, would I?

    Again, she proves what an idiot she is. Maybe if she started treating people with some respect they wouldn't want (or need) to make bad comments about her. Give unto others....

    September 3, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Jon

    Yes, the MSM is impotent and limp. If you don't like Sarah Palin, they can use unnamed sources (excuses) to smear her and damage her political career, because there is no way Sarah can fight back these unnamed attackers.

    September 3, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Blanchard

    The definition of impotence is to be weak, lacking in power, helpless. A secondary meaning is that of sexual inability to perform. Some who uses an argument or quote without proper documentation may therefore be considered "impotent" whether male or female.

    September 3, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Rob

    Caribou Barbie is a first-class dummy. I hate this broad!

    September 3, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. GentleCritic

    "impotent and limp and gutless"..........Those are a few of the words I think of everytime Sarah opens her mouth.

    September 3, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Patriot

    Right wing media NEVER does that Sarah.....Hah! People in glass know...

    September 3, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. katiec

    Palin wouldn't recognize or understand a fact if it hit her in the face.
    Just consider the source.

    September 3, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Snow

    She could not have described these limp wristed liberal so called journalists any better. I just wonder if they have a fixation for their mothers. Their lives are so pathetic and useless, they seem to need to make others appear as pathetic as they are.

    September 3, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Ric in PA.

    Hey media, keep up the good work! Seems like the queen can't handle the "Lame-Stream-Media". It seems to be working on her nerves a bit. If she's give a REAL press conference, maybe things will get better for her. That's not gonna happen!

    September 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Patty

    Yeah, like her comments show that she doesn't have a 'mean temper'. LOL at SP.

    September 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. D from Wi

    This woman is crazy!

    September 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Old Farmboy

    To be honest, no harm, no foul. You have to admit that the media hasn't cut her a lot of slack. I know, usually she deserves it, but still a person will only take so much. As for the "impotent" and "limp" comment, she probably could have phrased that a little better, but hey, if the shoe fits.... Anyway, Howie, I wouldn't let it bother me...

    September 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Sissy

    She sounds like and looks like she has a Demonic temper......even her daughter sounds like she is half afraid of her reaction to when she and Levi decided to makeup......they waited to tell her after it already had been in the News.......sounds like the people who know her are afraid of her ....... they know she is vindictive and fear what she might do or say to them........I believe this Story, just like the people who believe she is "Presidental Material", just like the people who await her next endorcements of Tea Bagger canidates........I believe she the so full of Demons that she needs to visit her Witch Doctor minister and have them driven out again........

    September 3, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Roberto Galoppi

    If it was not for those "limp,impotent,gutless" individuals, she would be she she is not, and unknown ex governor without any political expertise instead of a famous king maker, making money like crazy on people's stupidity . She should be careful, those "impotent,gutless, limp" individuals may decide to stop paying attention to her and she would be finished .

    September 3, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. CSD

    Please, can someone just make her and her "family" just. go. away?

    September 3, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Shelly

    What the heck is she talking about???? And she could have been a minute away from being the President!!!

    September 3, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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