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. Mike Dallas

    Yo' Frigid Spice, I am sure 85% of American citizens had no clue about the Trig rumor, since it was only on the web and websites, not in the national media.

    Guess what, Missy Moron, you just managed to get it front and center in the MSM you hate so much, except when your exploiting it like you are now.

    January 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. robert knopp

    The defense of Sarah is incredible. She used salacious in one of her comments. I guess that these things that offended her must have come from one of the "bad parts of america." Come on Sarah, can't you just go away. Called Obama "unamerican" and that he "Hung out with terrorists " and a "socialist". Now those things are really salacious. Saying like they were "Back home digging" and how she stopped the pipeline were lies. The pipeline is 10 years from the start and she actually asked for the pipeline and got and kept 300 million for it that she kept. Each family of four in Alaska receives almost $15,000 from the oil companies and yet they still have the 2nd higest tax rate in the country. They also receive three time the dollars in federal money that the average state gets. Ahead of a state with less population than Memphis. I can see why 65% of americans thought she was not qualified. This interview is a typical of a person who will not take responsibility for her own actions. Blame the media.

    January 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Jane

    Here we are about to turn the page and start afresh with a new presidency, an historic one at that, and all this woman can do is moan and whine about the past. Whatever happened to the Republican creed about taking personal responsibility? Own up to your actions, and stop blaming the elite, the media, Kati Couric, John McCain and his campaign, Tina Fey, or whoever else you think is to blame for your own downfall. Really, she is doing herself no favors.

    January 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Larry

    Hey, Bubba...no fair. I had a Vega. Transmission went at 29 000 miles.

    January 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Proud American

    This Idiot can't stand to see Obama getting all this press and it's driving her crazy. In her mind she believes they should have won. People like Sarah don't go away, because she's convinced herself that we want to hear from her. What a Idiot.

    January 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Proud Liberal

    Palin, you're the one who incited "kill Obama" at your rallies. You're the one who gave the stupid answers. You're the one who spent the RNC's $100k+ on your wardrobe. Stop blaming others. IT WAS YOU

    January 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Annoyed

    This is becoming absurd. Sarah cries and whines her same poor me story about how much the media hates her. And her every word is ravenously devoured by that very same media.

    Is it just me, or are we in a feedback loop of doom?

    January 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Carmela, Longwood, Florida

    Ms. Palin could do herself and everyone else a favour by just keeping quiet. Her 15 minutes are way up already, and further comments on her part only serve to finish what is left of her 'image', because whilst still blaming the media and even Tina Fey for her portrayal, Ms. Palin is yet to look at the mirror and see that she was the only publisher of her own flaws.

    January 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. JoAnn

    I bet she doesn't know what "salacious' means. Probably thinks it's a delicious salad or something ...

    January 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. ro

    Palin is a comedian – now she is blaming the media – I think I remember Palin appeared on Saturday Night Live by choice. As far as Tina and Katie they figured Palin out the minute they met her.What a joke

    January 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Hans Reisel

    Right on,

    Hold your ground Sarah. I have found that the most accurate reporting comes from the PBS stations.

    ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and CNN all manipulate their reporting for sensationalism, this includes the reporters facial expression, body language and asking questions that redirect the discussion away for actual news value and towards sensationalism.

    Just watching your interview with Katie Couric, they panned the camera and face shots back and forth between you two in such away to stack the odds against you. It was reporting at its worst. After that garbage, I only watched the debates on PBS. The last thing I need is a two faced hypocryte from ABC, NBC or CBS trying to sway my opinion.

    Just hang tuff girl, you got my vote.

    Reno, Nevada

    January 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Marquis

    just go away...

    January 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Pam

    Poor Sarah, dishes it out, but can't take it.
    PLEASE enough, your 15 minutes is over, just stop talking!

    January 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. sandyj

    Please just go away. John McCain was a gracious loser...learn something from him.

    January 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. LUCY

    All levels of the media had a distinct double standard when it came to reporting about Governor Palin.

    Every bit of negative inuendo involving Sarah Palin and her family was hashed and re-hashed while the same reporters / networks / publishers competely and deliberately ignoring very serious issues involving Mr. Obama.

    As a country, we are now stuck with an upcoming administration which will make sure everything looks as negative as possible ( and the media will help) so at some point in the future the new president can come riding in on his white horse to save the day with more entitlements, wellfare and budget busting spending.

    January 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Tammy - KCMO

    I would be happy if the media never reported on Palin or her family ever again! I can't stand hearing from her or about her and change the channel whenever she's in the news.

    January 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Mark U

    I agree with her to an extent, but when you base part of your political philosophy on family values and virtue, and you put yourself in the public light with an unmarried, pregnant daughter, you have to take what is given. She knew 100% what she was getting into, and if she didn't want her family scrutinized – which how can she claim it wouldn't be – she should not have accepted the VP nomination. I do not feel sorry for this power hungry, attention-starved woman.

    January 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Go away Jaws...you lost, get over it!!

    January 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Anne


    January 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Venia

    The clueless pathological liar blames everyone else for her clueless ignorance. She ran a dirty campaign and then got her just reward – its called KARMA. You betcha!

    January 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Joe from Florida

    This woman has no self introspection whatsoever. She blames the republican "powers that be" for insisting that she go to the followup Couric interview! She doesn't blame herself for not preparing, for not performing well. She blames others for sending an idiot to the interviews.

    January 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Maggie from Virginia

    GA Independent,

    No, it was a written statement. We all tend to write better than we speak. Although I doubt she wrote this on her own. She still can't speak very well.

    January 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. DB

    that's what comes with being a public figure, whether politician or celebrity. What a winer!

    January 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Media

    The Devil controls media, period.

    January 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Lyndon from CA

    Why would one ever want to mess with someone who knows how to handle a firearm, especially when there is no one at home upstairs?

    January 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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