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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soundoff (1,451 Responses)
  1. John -Miami

    She's a megalomaniac. An egomaniacial freak. Sarah, no one really cares about you. This is the second article in two days about things that MOST Americans could care less about.

    I think I am more worried about how to pay my bills than your un interesting personal life.

    And CNN, for the love of God.... I have tremendous respect for you guys but just STOP REPORTING ON PALIN.

    There are more important things that you guys need to be concentrating on.

    January 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Tpope

    you sound like Sarah's mother Donna. Go away with Her.

    January 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. John

    Now that I know that Palin is no threat to our country, at least in the near future, I can't get enough of her.

    January 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Regan

    Notice, it's almost 100% men who defend SP. What is that all about? I'll tell you what it's all about – T&A, that's it, end of story. Men, wise up, grow-up, keep it in your pants. SP is not worthy!

    January 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Sebastian

    At least she managed to state her case in complete sentences this time. I guess she's more comfortable when it comes to whining about media coverage than she is about discussing policy, the Bush Doctrine, newspapers she reads, the role of the Vice President in relation to the Senate, Africa, NAFTA, or just about anything else that involves the application of rudimentary form of intelligence and/or learning.

    She did have one amazing accomplishment- she made Dan Quayle and George W. Bush look like Rhodes scholars. That's something.

    Next stop on the Palin post-election tour? Another $180,00 shopping and makeup spree so she can look good while preaching her populist "woman of the people" message.

    What a joke.

    January 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Dorothy

    Isn't it interesting that the liberal media and liberals in general can't take any criticism while they demand their right to criticize anyone and everyone about anything they want!!

    January 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Justine, Dayton, OH

    Salacious- of or appealing to one's sexual desires.

    Umm... I know the media has a reputation for being sensational... but I don't think any of the recent reports about Palin have been particularly appealing to my sexual desires. Apparently collegiate vocabulary was never covered at any of her forty-three community colleges.

    January 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Parker

    If you all really have problems with Sarah Palin, then why comment on the article and bother reading it? You can skip over news that you find irrelevent, correct? Please stop complaining, she did not get elected, just get over yourselves. Do you have nothing better to do with your time than get all worked up over someone you dislike and disagree with? No wonder our country is so unproductive.

    January 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Karen-Phoenix

    The women needs a lot of help! Sooo uneducated and cares more about herself than her own children!!! She would never care about the American people!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Julie

    What about all the misleading information, misinformation, personal attacks Sarah put out there regarding Obama. She's a Tripp.

    January 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. robert, Ontario Canada

    Would someone please tell Ms Palin that her fifteen minutes are up.

    January 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Truth Hurts

    What goes around comes right back around to you. She dogged Obama out in the media every chance she got. And I still believe Baby Trigg belong to Bristol. Trig and Tripp are 8 months apart and it is possible for siblings to be 8 9 10 or even 11 months apart!! It is a little suspicious that Bristol missed several months out of school right before baby Trigg was born in April of last year. You can have a baby and go back for your 6 weeks checkup and be pregnant again. Also, everytime Bristol held baby Trigg she held him maternally!! Only a mother holds her baby maternally. Sarah would always hold the baby Trigg other kind of ways accept maternally!!

    January 9, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Proud American

    Idiots like Sarah never go away, because they convince themselves that YOU want to hear everything they have to say. The entire world is waiting for her interview. John McCain she never be allowed to hold public office anywhere for giving us this Idiot.

    January 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Fair and Balanced

    To those who you know compare Sarah Palin to you know Caroline Kennedy who you know wants to be Senator from NY (you know). You are all you know absolutely right. Sarah you know can't hold a candle to you know Caroline of Camelot (you know).

    January 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Salt

    Those are some mighty big words she was throwing around in that interview also.

    January 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Maggie from Virginia

    What happened to the pitbull with lipstick?

    January 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Denise - Alexandria

    What I really want to know if who composed those sentences for her? They have nouns and verbs in proper order and they do not contain any references to someone or something rearing its head or rising up!! Please, please just go away.

    January 9, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. kim

    gee, will she ever go away? You have to read every statement 10 times to even try to begin to decipher whatever it is she thinks she is saying.
    Total, bonafide idiot. Will the republicans be so stupid, AGAIN, to consider her for anything in their party?

    January 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. avni

    Hey Sarah - You could blame media alll you want but media didn't force you to give stupid answers!! You were trying to use something you don't have.. we usually call it brain!
    As for caroline kennedy.. she maybe handled with kid glove but then she is not a heart beat away from the president!!
    Again you will never understand this b'cus you are missing an important part in ur body called "brain"

    January 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    Linda Lee – I hope you're right in your estimated number of American women dumb enough to think Palin is deserving of your support – "thousands". Works for me.

    January 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. tim

    You are like Britney Spears a year or two ago... can't do anything without the media all over it. Stay off camera and keep to yourself, Palin! Thats how Spears took care of things.

    Palin seemed to really enjoy herself on SNL, but now whines about it.

    January 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Hannah Stevens

    From the liberal point of view, Sarah Palin is a gift that just keeps on giving. Keep it up Sarah; your whining is turning off more people and the media every day. But she is not smart enough to know that.

    January 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. BW

    Liberals...and your media...I agree with you and the fact that McCain/Palin lost. So, now that the election is over and most of us rational conservatives understand that, why don't you stop raping Palin? You want her to disappear, then quit bringing her up...posting news...making comments. She ran for an office and lost, now why don't YOU get over it. You better keep your focus on defending your Messiah. I have a very good feeling he's going to need it. By the way, what ever happened to Obama's spiritual leader (Wright)?

    January 9, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Charles Douglas Lemay

    I have been watching and reading the news for fifty years.

    Sarah Palin is absolutely right!

    Somewhere, Edward R. Murrow is weeping...

    January 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Tulsa S

    Palin you constantly put out your venom of lies on Obama, you didn't have any facts on what you were saying about him.......now your complaining about people making up lies about you.........what goes around comes around, what your reap you sow..........so shut up

    January 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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