Palin: Media 'stinkers' for reporting campaign leaks
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Published: Saturday November 8, 2008

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Failed Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin spoke to reporters on Friday for the first time since returning to Alaska after her loss in Tuesday's election. Responding to reports on attacks from former campaign aides, Palin assailed the media as 'stinkers,' and insisted she never asked the RNC for "anything other than maybe a diet Dr. Pepper once in a while."

On Friday, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann and Bloomberg News correspondent Margaret Carlson discussed Palin's surprising responses, and what could be next for the Alaska governor.

"Wul, it's ridiculous because you guys report based on anonymous sources, so it's hard to have a defense," said Palin during a makeshift press conference in Alaska. "John McCain and I just spoke a couple hours ago about this, he too saying, you know, as long as reporters will choose to, now a'days -- it doesn't seem like it had been practiced in the past but now a'days -- report based on false allegations coming from anonymous sources, it's kinda impossible to respond to false allegations. But, I know that I know that I know that there was nothing done wrong in the campaign."

"Mmkay," began Olbermann. "You know that you know that you know ... But, define Africa. It's the media who's at fault and not the McCain people, who've been leaking this stuff?"

Clip back to the press conference, as Palin addressed the issue of her spending $150,000 of campaign cash on her wardrobe, and reports that the RNC is dispatching a lawyer to Alaska to retrieve it ...

"The RNC, purchased clothes ..." she began. "Those are the RNC's clothes. They're not my clothes. I never forced anybody to buy the ... I never asked for anything other than maybe a diet Dr. Pepper once in a while. I never have asked for anything. These are Sarah Palin's clothes. You know, we don't take anything with us, so ... Until that's, that's cleared up by you guys doin' your job, what else can I say? What else can John McCain say about all of this, except these are false allegations?"

"Diet Dr. Pepper, you say?" asked Olbermann. "And what exactly happens to that wardrobe? No deposit, no return?"

"The RNC is not commin', uh ... They're not coming up to look at anything," said Palin. "There is an inventory of clothes being done so the RNC is held accountable for all the dollars that were spent, but who said that attorneys were commin' up to my house to pick up clothes?"

A reporter standing to her left nudged his head to the side and said, "The New York Times reported that. And the LA Times."

"Wul, the New York Times is evidently wrong, 'cause it's not happenin'," said Palin. "Nobody's told me they're coming to my house to look through closets, to look through anythin' ... The belly of the plane had clothes in it, and those clothes bein' packed up 'n sent back by staffers ..."

"Wait," said Olbermann. "The RNC is to be held accountable for all the dollars that were spent? You sure that's what you mean?"

Asked if she would attempt to succeed Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), a convicted felon, should his seat become vacant, Palin gave her most welcome line of the press conference.

"Not plannin' on that, no," she said. "Not plannin' on that. Just being very thankful to um, being able to hustle back to my uh, my governor's office here and get to work as the governor. I tell ya, this is the best job in the world, is bein' the governor!"

This video is from MSNBC's Countdown, broadcast November 7, 2008.

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