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

Palin accuses media of 'personal, salacious' reporting

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/09/art.palin1.gi.jpg caption=" 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. Sarah, Northern Colorado


    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Jane (Minnesota)

    Oh Gov. Sarah...........Nothing is ever your fault, is it? If the media is so evil why do you still seek them out at every opportunity??? (I'm guessin' that no one forced you to appear on SNL before the election). Please do us all a favor & govern Alaska & give the rest of us some peace.

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. obama-mama

    John in Iowa January 9th, 2009 12:19 pm ET

    I seriously doubt the coverage of Kennedy will be anywhere near as intense as the coverage on Palin.
    But I guess that might be because Kennedy isnt trying for the VP position!!
    Just a slight difference there on job importance and what it would mean to not just the US but the world stage.

    "seemingly arbitrary ways in which news organizations determine the level and kind of scrutiny given to those who aspire to public office"

    Yeah isnt it strange how the media seem to concentrate more on the people going for the more powerful positions, go figure

    Do-do the press is not scrutinizing Caroline because she's not making a fool of herself. When you act like a clown you will get laughs. Sarah Palin likes the attention.

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. deek

    Politics are not about personal issues....they are about what affects our nation's interests regarding it's own policies and procedures – including the many problems other nations are facing. Regardless of what is said about Palin everyone that posted negatively on this site is drawn to the false rumors leading many to critique the personal life of someone trying to make a difference. Back off and get a life....and pick up a copy of National Inquirer in order to catch-up on the "real" issues.

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Jaimon

    Can we please stop talking about Sarah Palin? The people that care about these non-issues need to get a life. Leave her to Alaska.

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. McCrazy

    This from the woman who tried to convince us all that Obama is a Socialist and who allowed hate into her rallies?

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. shan

    when are we going to stop talking about this dark spot in American history?

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Denny

    OH, that explains a lot, I'm reading comments from people the listen too the slanted CNN. Some of you are pathetic...... HA

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

    Perhaps, Governor Genius, Caroline Kennedy will be accorded a different level of respect from the media because, as you'll recall, her father for his country took a bullet in the brain.

    January 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Get over it

    I wonder if Carolyn Kennedy will be raked over the coals by the media as bad a Palin was???? After all, Carolyn has absolutely NO experience other that her name to go on.

    Oh yes, I forgot, Carolyn is a democrat and the LEFT WING media will handle her with kid gloves.

    So much for fairness in the media.

    Journalism truely has died in America!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. John

    "I've visited 57 states and I'm planning to visit the 58th".... B. Obama
    If a conservative had said that, he wouldn't have been elected president. That's worse than Dan Quayle and potatoe. The media doesn't even pretend to be unbiased anymore.

    January 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Diane

    I had not heard this story about Trig, I am suspecting because most mainstream medias would not touch it. Bloggers, on the other had, have little to no oversight as most politicians know.

    With all due respect Ms. Palin, I would hope you would remove yourself from any more national media attention. It is time to be gracious and grateful for the brief stint you had. You have and continue to provide us with more than enough evidence that you are not ready to play for prime time.

    January 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. llr

    Sarah Palin loves America, period.

    You can't say the same about Barack and Michelle Obama.

    January 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Laurie Anderson

    Every time Palin opens her mouth she just emphasizes how inept and self-importat. Forget about Palin and concentrate on the several wars we're enbroiled in, our economic woes and natural disasters to be dealt with.

    January 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. SAY WHAT

    I thought the movie Nailin Paylin did her extreme justice!

    January 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Ann

    It is astonishing to me that Ms. Palin continues to castigate the "Main Stream Media" for their supposed attacks on her. Of course, she will get preferential treatment from a member of the far right press – who are NOT mainstream. Her "gosh darn" and continuous dropped "g" at the end of words are painful to listen to. She is the one who regularly paraded her children on stage and then complained when comments were made. Overall, it is my hope that she will continue her work as Alaska's governor and just stay out of the lower 48!

    January 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Steve from Ohio

    You libs are HILARIOUS! The comments telling people "You lost, Move on" aren't nearly as effective from people who still cry about the 2000 election results! Seriously!

    January 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Sara

    Why won't this woman disappear? And why is she always "blasting" the media?

    GO AWAY!

    January 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Dave

    The media, including CNN, is paid off by the democratic party

    January 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Pat

    As if Sarah Palin and what she thinks is of any significance. It is always so helpful for the American people to have something/someone so trivial to obsess over so they don't have to look at what really matters.

    January 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Snake eyes

    Quick! somebody call a WHAAAAAAAMBULANCE!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Tpope

    Poor little Sarah. Must be hard trying to keep your name public for 4 years while waiting for her next shot at President...

    whine whine whiner....

    January 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. George

    Everytime she opens her mouth to criticize the media or someone else, she really shows John McCain what a great choice he made in selecting her and to theoretically be in charge of this country. Please come out from under the desk Sen. McCain and apologize to the people of the world.

    January 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Colin

    Kevin in ohio, i'd like to say you're an idiot.

    Secondly, Sarah Palin might as well get used to it. The media reports on things whether they've been proven to be wrong or not. And I agree she needs to shut up and go into hiding

    January 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Leeza

    I'll start by saying that I don't think that Palin was qualified to be VP, but saying that because Caroline Kennedy attended an Ivy League school and wrote a few books, etc. makes her qualified to be a Senator is a bit elitist. Not necessarily the resume I'm looking for in my US Senator. How about startin' off with something a little more local.

    Oh wait, her Daddy was president. I think Chelsea should be appointed then. Or how 'bout the Bush twins. What's Amy Carter up to these days?

    January 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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