January 9th, 2009
05:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin accuses media of 'personal, salacious' reporting

 Palin lashed out at the media in a Friday statement.

Palin lashed out at the media in a Friday statement.

(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s office accused the media Friday of habitually taking her remarks out of context “to create adversarial situations,” and of pursuing “erroneous and often outrageous leads on a variety of non-issues.”

The statement also charged that some members of the media, including independent bloggers and the Atlantic, were continuing “to give credence to the sensational allegation that the governor’s child, Trig, is not hers.”

“As a public official, I expect criticism and I expect to be held accountable for how I govern,” Palin said in a statement released by her office Friday. “But the personal, salacious nature of recent reporting, and often the refusal of the media to correct obvious mistakes, unfortunately discredits too many in journalism today, making it difficult for many Americans to believe what they see in the media.”

Earlier: Palin takes digs at Fey, Couric

The governor also said press coverage had distorted her recent remarks about aspiring New York senator Caroline Kennedy. “I was not commenting at all on Caroline Kennedy as a prospective U.S. senator, but rather on the seemingly arbitrary ways in which news organizations determine the level and kind of scrutiny given to those who aspire to public office,” she said. “In fact, I consider Ms. Kennedy qualified and experienced, and she could serve New York well.”

In portions of an interview with conservative John Ziegler released Thursday, Palin said it would be “interesting” to see how coverage of Kennedy’s candidacy compared to her own media experience. “It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

Her office took particular issue with a Politico story that said Palin had called coverage of Kennedy to date too soft.

Palin’s office also charged that reporters were unfairly scrutinizing the governor and her family. “Just this week, false stories in the media surfaced alleging improper influence by the Palin administration or the governor herself,” they said in the Friday statement, pointing to a report by an Alaska paper on union charges that her administration had delayed serving an arrest warrant on the mother of Levi Johnston, fiance of Bristol Palin. Union officials later changed the substance of those allegations considerably.

Another report — that Johnston lacked the proper educational requirements for the position he held — resulted in his resignation from the job.


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  1. jackson

    How long is Palin's post-mortem going to drag on. These continued, and increasingly whiny efforts to blame everyone but her own shortcomings - and McCain's poor judgment in picking her - for their defeat is getting very old, and will certainly not winning her any new friends or admirers! Let it go, guv!

    January 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Proud American

    Why does the media continue to give this Idiot a form. John McCain should be sued for this. Republicans should be given an I.Q. test before being allow to run for public office.

    January 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Matt

    As dumb as she is, she's absolutely right (for once). All the media cares about is making sure the price of the advertising time and space that they sell is as high as possible....that means having a high share of the market for viewership/readership and a high click count on websites. How do you do that?

    Step 1 – Understand that Americans are starving for controversy and gossip.

    Step 2 – Report EVERYTHING as though it is a controversy even though it is just gossip.

    January 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. willie

    Robin, here's an idea, have your girl quit throwing herself out there, dragging her family around, essentially be quiet. If you don't like the attention then don't ask for it CONTINUALLY. She needs to quit being the incredible hypocrite and give it up. Did she voluntarily agree to be the VP candidate, was she forced into any of her poor decisions such as appearing on SNL or with Kouric, was she forced to drag her family back and forth across the country, on stage after stage? Now SARAH! has asked for and received tremendously more attention than any loosing VP candidate in history. It is unbelievable.
    By the way, I am glad FOX News has never mentioned any of this.......

    January 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Tony

    I fully expect CNN.com to not post my comment since I'm not calling Sarah Palin a bimbo. The liberal media has (or always has been?) fiercely misogynist. It's okay to personally attack female politicians' families, but not male politicians. It apparently also okay to count the number of times a female says "you know" in an interview. How about we start the count on Barack? Once he finally gets to sit in the big-boy chair he's not going to be able to use the "there's only one president" line to avoid controversy. Voting "present" won't be acceptable either.

    January 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Coopersmith

    Palin is trying to extend her 15 minutes. If she reads this I hope she will see that 99% of the comments are of a "give it up" nature and that she may begin to absorb that.

    January 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Last Honest Man

    The media including CNN, MSNBC, Time, New York Times......... got the person they want in the White House. They did it. Not the American people. This was not about votes. It was pure brainwashing. What is happening with Palin is further evidence of their destructive power.

    January 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. smokesignals

    Regardless of her own "salacious remarks" made during the campaign, the one thing that really turned me off about Sarah was that she was the one who chose to subject her family under the media microscope, during what was obviously a difficult time for her daughter. What kind of Mom would do that? If I were her daughter, I doubt that I would be speaking to her right now.

    January 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Center of the Middle

    Doesn't Sarah realize that if she would just shut up and stay home there wouuld be nothing for the press to talk about.....

    She is her own worst enemy.

    January 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Tia

    Palin 2012!!...God, I hope not.

    January 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. MO

    Waaa....Waaa......Waaa. Is everyone picking on you Sarah. If the press, like so much of the country, doesn't like you, then stop talking to it!!

    January 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Wayne, Greenville TX

    “But the personal, salacious nature of recent reporting, and often the refusal of the media to correct obvious mistakes, unfortunately discredits too many in journalism today, making it difficult for many Americans to believe what they see in the media.”

    And because of her track record and the dumb answers she gave during the campaign, it's difficult for THIS American to believe ANYTHING Caribou Barbie says.

    January 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. marty

    Govenor Palin is the quintessential republican....never admit a mistake, never apologize and cover your egregious actions by attacking someone else...anyone else...and lie if you have to. Very few persons have been 'scrutinized' as publicly as Senator Clinton has been, both recently during the presidential campaign and years ago during the Clinton administration. Allegations have been made against John McCain and his family by George Bush during their campaign and Mrs Palin made her own "terrorists" allegations against Mr. Obama without any regrets. It is a simple case of someone who can "dish it out" but "can't take it"... thank heavens that most of the Americans could see through the veneer. What did George once say...you can't fool ?????????

    January 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Shaggy

    Palin is stupid? What about Obama? If it weren't for affirmative action, he'd be a middle manager in a paper company. He wouldn't know a detail if it hit him in the head.

    January 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Mike Boze

    Lazy journalism strikes again at CNN. Why not another story on Britney. Spears?

    Move Journalism forward. I know you compete with with Fox but you do not have to be them to win ratings.

    Ted Turner must be vomiting right know.

    January 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Rebecca

    Welcome to politics, Sarah. If you were a real politician, you'd have realized a long time ago that one side attempts to discredit the other side... just like you did to Obama! I'm so sick and tired of seeing this STUPID "hockey mom" STILL on the news pages. Go away, Sarah. No one in the US will ever vote for you for anything. Go back to covering up your dysfunctional family.

    January 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Disappointed

    You people are pathetic, you all complain about how you don't want to see anymore about her but here you are complaining on the wall that your tired of it. YOU ARE ALL STUPID.

    January 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Pam

    This woman is so desperate for attention. It still doesn't change the fact that she is and will continue to be...unqualified to lead in any capacity.

    January 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. marta-texas

    Wow! Who wrote that statement for her? These words are NOT in her vocabulary.

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Martin

    Is this the same woman that falsely accused Barack Obama of palling around with terrorists?

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Kirsten

    Perhaps she shouldn't be in the spotlight if she can't handle the attention.

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Steve from Ohio

    I keep trying to read the comments, but they all just say Baaaa, Baaaa, Baaa. I guess not much more can be expected from the 'Media Sheep' on the left. What's that, you got a comment on what I've said? Sorry, all I hear is Baaa, Baaa, Baaa.

    Come on CNN. Practice what you preach-Freedom of Speech- and post this one!

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Real American

    She's right... the liberal bias in the media is downright nauseating and I'm a Democrat. The press man-handled her from day one and I'm glad she's finally standing up to them. I will no longer read the New York Times or watch any news from NBC... they lost all credibility in my eyes.

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. bucketball

    She complains that Katie Couric thinks that she is center of the universe. She complains that the media attacks her children when she brings them to the RNC and rallies. She denies that her children are dropouts. I'm sorry to say but when you quit school to get a G.E.D. or take correspondence courses your still a high school dropout. I know some of you people wonder why the media keeps giving her coverage but I think it is because everytime they turn around she spews out another lie. They should be exposing her everytime she speaks as my 10 year old daughter can put together better sentences.

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Steve

    I can't believe what I am hearing. Governor Palin criticizes the press for reporting "salacious" remarks, but she had no qualms about accusing President-Elect Obama of palling around with terrorists?

    My Mom used to have a saying for that: You can dish it out, but you can't take it.

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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