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. Brian

    For all you liberals and hippies out there bashing Palin, I have no problem with that. You're entitled to your crooked opinion, even as displaced as it might be. You people and the media continue to show a Democrat's true character when going after Palin's kids. I feel so sorry for you low income, uneducated, greedy, small minded, weak liberals who think Palin and Republicans are to blame for the world's problems, especially your own. I won't even refer to you people as fellow Americans, because it's so obvious over the course of reading so many comments that you people truly hate our country and every leader with the exception of Obama. Stop being so jealous of people who are in a better situation in life than you. Stop looking for a handout from the government. Your life sucks, Palin has a great life, so you have to complain. Democratic way of life.

    January 9, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Palin accesed the media of creating "adversarial situations,” and of pursuing “erroneous and often outrageous leads on a variety of non-issues.”

    As in "palling around with terrorists," Palin? You're a loon, a fraud and a menace to all good things about America.

    January 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Mike NC

    Maybe, instead of bantering about the country spreading her own vitriol about Obama, liberals, gays, Couric, the media, and the John McCain campain, she ought to just stay home, do her job, and read a friggin book.

    January 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Mark

    Please check your sources, our future President did spend time with former and unrepented terrorists. You may not like the truth, but it is a fact. It did not need to be a campaign issue but please do not blind yourself to truth. If we had politicians that would admit their failures as quickly as they admit their successes, there would be less "mean, hate speech" during campaigns.

    January 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Jim

    How about an article on Palin palling around with drug dealers!

    January 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. RICK

    Once again the media has to pounce on a Republican so that people will not focus on the wrong doings of the Democrates as they try to take your livelyhood away and make it so that you must be dependent on the government. I thought Russia had been freed, but I guess the Democrates want this country to be the new one that is controlled by the government.

    January 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. SH

    The sad thing is, Gov. Palin USES the media to bemoan the unfair treatment she feels was accorded her because of her gender, social strata, Alaskan heritage, etc. What about using her position as governor and former VP candidate to discuss the dire issues that concern our nation (economy, schools, healthcare, jobs, environment, etc.)? What about bringing up issues abroad such as the Iraq war and Israel/Gaza breakout; not to mention, the trembling world economy.

    It seems to me all the governor of Alaska cares about is her image and next promotion. Let's put Gov. Palin on the back burner, and lift our focus towards getting back to business to repair the country and our world.

    January 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Angela in Atlanta

    Who cares? Palin is a no body so please go away!

    January 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Cindy

    Bitter much, Ms. Palin? Maybe you should've blinked. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

    The American people are going to remember all this complaining you are doing now... come 2012. We want a leader in the Whitehouse, not a complainer.

    January 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. bbflute

    OGMAB – the media DID handle her with kid gloves. Can you imagine what it would have been like if she'd been african-american with all of her baby-drama, MILF-iness, unwed daughter, drop-out not-son-in-law, drug addicted mother of not-son-in-law, her almost-had-the-baby-on-a-plane-because-she-didn't-seek-appropriate-medical-care, husband-on-welfare-look-alike???? Imagine what the media would have done to Michelle Obama if she'd made the same series of bone-headed mistakes that Sarah Palin did. Every time she opens her mouth she proves how white trashy she really is.

    January 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. BEE

    She's absolutely right about the unfair personal scrutiny. As she famously misquoted, "There's a place in hell for women who don't support [sic] other women."

    Unfortunately, Palin must have forgot that she previously said this about Hilary:

    "When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn't do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don't think it's, it bodes well for her – – a statement like that."

    Welcome to hell Sarah, you earned it.

    January 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. carol

    She keeps coming backkkkkkk, go away please!!

    January 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Robin

    How many of you go on the Blog dedicated to just making fun of her special needs child? Stupid liberal hate, plain and simple.

    January 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. ProfPaul

    This is the current line for conservatives & Republicans = blame the media. Oh, not the part of the media that's fawning Fox or reliable Rush and the host of other right-wing hosts, not Rupert Murdoch's New York Post or the Wall Street Journal, not those or numerous other parts of the media... but the media, which means the great conspiracy of the liberal media you betcha.
    Also the fault of the media: the economic downturn, recent losses by the Boston Celtics, and the snowstorm that's coming into my area tomorrow.
    Blaming the media is a lot easier for conservatives & Republicans than doing any serious thinking and uncomfortable analysis. Shucks, it worked for Bush... for a while.

    January 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Don in Albuquerque

    Don't you get it yet! Nothing is her fault. It is the fault of the media, the GOP, or the Dems. BUT NOT HER!!!!!!! Wake up America!! This woman could not run a small dog pound, or her family, much less a country!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Kevin PA

    What a Dummy !!!!!

    She criticizes the media and then does more Media ?!?!?!!
    She critiicizes SNL TINA FEY MOCKERY OF HER and still goes on SNL ??!?!??!!!??!!??!?

    oh god I hope the repubs get her to run in 2012 PLEASE
    so the repub party can go down in flames

    January 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. double standard

    I have a question.....what is untrue about our President Elect "palling around with terrorists" and being a "socialist". These are both true statements. Palin just pointed out the obvious. Obama admits that he wants to redistribute weath. He also admits that he sat on a board with Ayers and Ayers threw a fund raiser for him. So what exactly was so hateful about any of that?

    January 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. John McCain

    I used to be one of her biggest defenders.

    January 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Lesley

    I believe Palin will keep this up just to stay in the news for the next four years. Her complaints will change, attacking the Obama administration will begin next, but she will try to stay in the limelight to outshine her fellow governors as much as possible trying to get an edge on future elections. Unfortunately, she is more of a politician than a leader concerned about the future of this country.

    January 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Susan

    I can't STAND that woman but in this case I AGREE with her. The children and who is who's momma and/or daddy is not any ones business....

    January 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. johnson ok

    sorry palin is afew fries short of a happy meal

    January 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. G Hill

    Sarah Palin is still one of the most refreshing politicians we have had in years. Her values are down to earth and good. Her family is good!
    I resent the rude and ignorant comments by the media about her family–and the media has lost tremendous credibility with many Americans. Does it make the media feel better to be so vicious in family comments?

    January 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Jim from Pittsburgh

    This is like Terrell Owens and the Philidelphia Eagles. Its just never goes away......

    January 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. shun

    Thank God America made the right choice. No need for another 4 years of ignorance

    January 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Sue T

    Palin you accused Obama of all kinds of stuff that you couldn't prove, you push his as a person who palled around with terrorists, you are now reaping what you sowed, what goes around comes around.......so sit back and shut up..........all you want is attention, you can't stand not being in the limelight.........

    January 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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