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. Daniel (dallas, tx

    I really hope the Republican Party doesn't hitch their wagon to this women. Though the Republican Party loves her, for some reason, she turns so much of the rest of the electorate off. I think Mccain was smart to get a woman, he just picked the wrong one, and unfortunately it may have ruined her chances to ever be a vp or presidential candidate.

    January 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Steven Daedalus

    Cry me a river.

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Cathy

    Gov. Palin is absolutely accurate in her analysis of the bias in media reporting. It is shameful the levels we have stooped to in this country, through unchecked(liberal) media. We take the rights people have given their lives to defend, and we squash them into the ground. Our forefathers could never have imagined the power and bias media could wield, or they would surely have legislated for that. This country was founded very consciously on the tenets of fairness and equality for all. For ALL.

    Can you imagine if a Republican had done what Blogojevich or Richardson has done? They would be relentlessly crucified in the media. How about Obama appointing all the liberal old guard and pop culture mavens? Give me a break. When Bush appointed some he had experience with in Texas, he was accused of pulling together his "cronies". Not only is Obama bringing in what would have been accused of as being cronies, he is bringing in the same faces we have seen before-yet his campaign mantra was "CHANGE".

    I would like to hear the media judge him as harshly as it did Bush, to be fair. OR, conversely, how about if the media backs off of all the mud slinging, biased or not, and lets the real news be what is reported?

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Bennie

    If she would stop talking and the media would stop covering her, I think we would all be better for it.

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. ian

    Gee Sarah, of course it's all about *you,* isn't it?

    In fact, it's true. If Palin wants to know the reason she lost, all she has to do is get up, and take a good, long, HONEST look at the mirror.

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Larry

    Keep the dirt on Palin coming! Trailer trash is always fair game – look at all the jokes about Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, and similar illiterate states.

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. cool onlooker

    She just cannot stay without asking for trouble from media. why blame now?

    Show up more, lash more... just keep busy.

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. marc

    Seriously, Hope? Caroline Kennedy is qualified to be a Senator because she "graduated from an Ivy League college" and "has written books'? Really? And for all you stupid liberals complaining about "another Palin story" the answer is real simple: DON'T READ IT, DON'T CLICK ON IT, SCROLL PAST IT YOU NIMRODS!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Bubba

    Well, the media said McCain was a Maverick, but he turned out to be more like the Chevy Vega. Darn media, can't trust 'em. But the fact is that Down's happens more often to older mothers than younger ones; odds are Sarah's the mom. You betcha! But she's still a thick-headed loudmouth.

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. obama-mama

    I just hope she doesn't end up in a mental institution. She is really not stable. Maybe she should see a shrink to get herself together and clear her conscience....

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Loy Layman

    C'mon Sarah get off it. A senate seat is not a heartbeat away from the presidency. And as for being exploited, you sure seemed to enjoy it while you were in the limelight. You're a little fish in a very big pond. When you start in National politics, there are some very mean and viscious "baracuda's" bigger than you out there, and they have no morals or scruples, so get used to it.

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. cara

    If you were so appalled at the sketches on SNL, why did both you and McCain agree to appear on the show?

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Jacob

    I support Palin on this.......God Bless America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. P. D.

    Dear Lord! Why is MSM so focused on this woman? She is not intelligent. She plays the victim card constantly. Just suck it up Sarah! The way you're going, you will lose your bid for Govenor, but you'll get a great offer from Faux News!

    January 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    Sarah Palin is a BIG LIAR, she's a Republican, what more can you expect from them. Sarah why haven't you release your medical records yet, Gee, I wonder why, something there to hide. This woman is a nut case and for all you rethugs out here, who truly think she's qualified to be president, you're just as crazy as that nut case. The republicans are trying everything they can think of to make her(Palin) look as if she's so right and everyone else is wrong, NEWS FLASH, ( she's dumber than a cucumber ). How in the world can she blame the media and the Dem. on things she said and did on the campaign trail, O, that's right she's a Republican, the party that screws up every thing and blame the mess on someone else. Just look at what the Rethugs are saying about this counties problems, it's not Bush or Cheney fault, it's Franks, it's Bill Clinton, it's Obama, it's Nancy P. ,it's Reed, but not Bush and his rethug admin., nope, not theirs, it's the Dem., Take responsibility for your screw ups.

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Charlie

    Looks like all the comments are from "That side"...

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Rob

    Paternity testing – DNA testing – could slam the door shut on this. Why not consent to it?

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. CA Indie for Obama

    why does CNN still think she is news?

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Juan from L.A

    She's suffering from Menopause...poor moron...she's so stupid and she has to understand the game of politics. Which is to never go or attack the media and expect them to be your friends. She pretty much declared war on the media in the Republican convention like no other. Dumb idiot!!
    Of course she doesn't understand because she has a journalims degree out of 6 colleges.

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. John

    Go Sarah! Keep'em sweating! The media is dead. Fox is the only place to get ballanced coverage. And, please don't bring up Hannity and O'reily.....they are commentators, not newscasters. But, even THEY bring upposing viewpoints to their shows.

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Morgan

    I am so sick of this woman. I love how when it becomes apparent that the majority of the American people do not agree with what she says, she tries to lay the blame on the interviewer or the media in general. Hey Sarah, news flash here for ya, the only person that distorts anything you say is YOU! I feel sorry for you that you were so uneducated to the fact that once you accepted the GOP nomination for VP, you and your entire family, the way you have "governed" EVERYTHING you have done, would be under the microscope! It is the same way for everyone else did you think you would be any different? Good god I am so glad this moron is not a heartbeat away from being our President. Stop your complaining and go do your job while you still have one.

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. ss

    Too bad that Kevin in Ohio has less than 1/2 a brain. . .

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    The fixation with Palin is getting tiresome. The election is over. It is time to move on to matters of greater concern. The next presidential campaign is a long three years away.

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Bill Nancy,Ky

    How about a little cheese with that whine sister Sarah!

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Ghost

    Delusional at best, pathetic at worst.

    I get a kick of these repubs screaming about media bias. If CNN is liberal, someone forget to tell Lou Dobbs. To be honest, Ed Rollins is but the only repub talking head that I respect.

    January 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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