'I'm through,' Palin says
March 24th, 2011
08:58 AM ET
11 years ago

'I'm through,' Palin says

(CNN) - Sarah Palin says she's done.

Done with whining about the media, that is.

In an appearance on Fox News, where she serves as a contributor, Palin shrugged off a recent sexual slur directed her way from comedian Bill Maher, saying, "I'm through whining about a liberal press that holds particularly conservative women to a different standard, because it doesn't do any good to whine about it."

"Nobody ever promised life was going to be fair," Palin continued in what appeared to be a departure from her usual pattern of forcefully responding to critics, especially those in the media. "And politics really isn't fair, the scrutiny, the double standards, and all that. I'm dealing with it I guess in a different way than others who want to bring more light to it and demand that Bill Maher apologize."

The comments come a day after the traditionally-liberal National Organization for Women issued a statement condemning Maher for directing the slur toward Palin, saying, "Cut the crap! Stop degrading women with whom you disagree and/or don't like by using female body terms or other gender-associated slurs."

But Palin made clear she is none too welcome of newfound support from NOW, an organization that has long been critical of Palin and her stances on issues like abortion.

"I need NOW's defense like a fish needs a bicycle," the former Alaska governor said.

But she also vowed to be an advocate for other conservative women who come under attack.

"When it comes to other women, when it comes to my daughters…when somebody says something that's not true, I am not going to retreat on that. I'll reload and tell them what I think about them," she said.

Meanwhile, Palin says the door remains open to a possible presidential run in 2012, though quickly tempered those comments by saying, "You don't need a title, you don't need an office to make a difference." Still, the Alaska Republican says she's tempted:

"I am tempted to because I am still wondering who is going to be out there with a servant's heart, willing to serve the American people for the right reason. Not for ego, not for special interests…I am waiting to see, who else is out there willing to do this."

The former vice presidential candidate also directed fire toward President Obama's recent dealings with the crisis in Libya, suggesting the president has not made his mission there clear.

"We better be in it to win it. 'Win it' means Qadhafi goes and America gets to get on out of there," she said.

"It's not America's role not to be out and about nation building and telling other countries how to live," Palin added.

The interview with FOX follows a two country trip abroad, during which she visited India and Israel.


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  1. Georgia Hull

    The sexism suffered by former Gov. Sarah Palin is similar to the attacks on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she ran for president. I was an active supporter of Clinton and ran a web site which was tremendously successeful during that time. As a former TV reporter and current free lance journalist, I was and am diligently aware of all stories concerning women's rights. This is a real problem in America. Women hate will no longer be tolerated.

    March 24, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Bill

    NOW cal just go away along with Palin, Kathy Griffin, Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Reid, the cast of Glee, the cast of Jersey Shore, Sheen and maybe some others. We can send them to their own island and when they destroy it we will have a Pay Per View and watch then go under.

    March 24, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Shawn

    Waaaahhhhh! Then why is she still whining about the meeeedia? She's so dumb.

    March 24, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. south side

    If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Caribou Barbie likes to talk a big game but when people criticize her, she cries like a baby.

    March 24, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Justin

    She's quitting that too, huh?

    March 24, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. confused

    Since when is Bill Maher a member of the press?

    March 24, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    As much as one often disagrees with the lovely Ms. Palin, she is right about our being in the Libyan affair to win it–an Allied win, that is.
    France reportedly shot down a Libyan jet. Vive la France!

    March 24, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sarah Palin is through playing the victim? . . . . HAHAHAHA.

    "I need NOW's defense like a fish needs a bicycle," the former Alaska governor said."

    Fact is Sarah, honey, you THOUGHT we women would be crawling all over ourselves in our willingness to vote for *one of our own* in 2008, regardless of political ideology. And then, when THAT didn't happen, you and your many GOPer supporters spent the next three years mocking OUR vote for President Obama in your nonstop mockery of him, his wife, and liberal voters in general. Never understanding, - or caring - that you and your party of fools will once again need our vote come 2012. Not a smart move for any GOPer candidate to alienate 60% of the AMERICAN voting base with divisiveness and snark, and still expect to be elected President.

    March 24, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Sam

    Sarah honey, Bill Maher isn't a member of the media. He's a comedian who has a show on HBO.

    March 24, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. dragon8me

    " Not for ego, not for special interests"? That sure aint sarah.

    March 24, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. MrPragmatic

    Another tip for you, Sarah. If you ever plan to make it in politics, you're going to have to stop portraying yourself as the victim. If your feelings are that easily hurt, maybe you should think seriously about becoming a failed governor of a backwards state somewhere where no one will see you, care about you, or comment on you.

    March 24, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Kelly

    Even this new non whining but defending other women stance is total hypocrisy from the woman who popularized, during the last election, calling any man she disagrees with "limp', and 'flacid'. I guess when she makes sexist comments by goining after a males body parts and masculine image, that doesn't count.

    As usual, she can do no wrong because God tells her that Hypocrisy is her calling.

    March 24, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. jarhead

    "It's not America's role not to be out and about nation building and telling other countries how to live." Isn't this the knucklehead that said" go it alone no fly zone"? One good sentence from zero mass would be a blessing.

    March 24, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Tom

    Sarah, aren't we nation building in Iraq? And you support that war. The mission in Libya was to stop the massacre. We are and we will move out when we are assured it will not happen.

    March 24, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. scmike

    "It's not America's role not to be out and about nation building and telling other countries how to live." Double negative–this actually says that we SHOULD be telling other countries how to live. I'm not sure if she's for or against.

    March 24, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Shane

    "It's not America's role not to be out and about nation building and telling other countries how to live," Palin added.

    Is that really what she said – in effect that America should be telling other countries to live? How ignorant. Also, how sad that she didn't say 'I'm through – I'm going back to Alaska and you will not hear from me again'. I guess that is too much to hope for.

    March 24, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. CHW

    Ms Palin as usual has her double standard when it comes to the media she demeans anyone who speaks against her but yet she demeans others the same way and that is a double standard. I as a female say if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen, okay?

    March 24, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. Paylin

    ..Willing to serve the American people like you served them in Alaska..?

    March 24, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Chas in Iowa

    Looks like she's accomplished alienating the "National Association of Women".
    Add that to the list,....she's getting to where she's alienated about everyone but the wingnuts.

    March 24, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. GrogInOhio

    Silliness. First, since when is Bill Maher "the media"? I would also suggest that Ms. Thin-Skin's moratorium on petty vindictive responses lasts about 5 minutes.

    March 24, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. mike

    what an idiot. enough said.

    March 24, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. POTUS45

    I've never known this woman to be gracious or presidential. The idea not to retreat and reload on issues such as she was referencing is a divisive ideology that don't unite people. SP often times cannot connect the dots or see the bigger picture on 99% of the issues she weighs on. She often have her talking points given to her without fully understanding the implication or how her utterances are percieved.

    March 24, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. LovesIrony

    'I'm through,' Palin says as she resigns the governorship she was elected to.

    March 24, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. taffd

    she's as guilty as anyone, so it's only fitting she get used to it

    March 24, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. CoolguyMcSly

    Gotta love misleading headlines.

    March 24, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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