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. BIll

    Sarah Sarah Sarah please do Us who do not live in Alaska and Just GO AWAY..... Everytime you speak you make confuse yourself... Do us a favor and worry about Alaska and nothing else....

    January 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Matt

    Ha! How ironic of her to make that comment, being a conservative Republican in all. The media is just following suite with the Bush policy of misrepresenting the facts to manipulate people to think or act in a certain way. Why would she be so upset, haven't we all come to the understanding that this is how it works? Guess she didn't get the memo! Its not so fun when you're on the receiving end of it, huh Palin?

    January 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Norm Green

    It's not often that I hear the media stating that Sarah Palin is a woman who stands behind her principles. She bore her Down Syndrome son instead of having a an abortion. This speaks well of her character which I think many Americans are looking for in this day and age. Is this standing up to principles a reason for the fierce criticism she received from liberals?

    January 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. PJ

    Poor Sarah (Mamma Grizzly). Some of the blame is to select media outlets for continually publishing this kind on TMZ news. But Sarah, pleeeeease move on. The best thing for you to do is to focus on being the Governor of Alaska, showing that you can actually make a difference as a public servant with solid results and performance that will silence your critics. Also become truly politically and intellectually saavy if you're going to play with the big boys and girls. You've also learned that it isn't pretty to look like a deer in the headlights on interviews with the likes of Couric and Gibson. There's so much to do....get busy!

    January 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. anuskita

    Well, I may not be a member of the media but two and two make four to me. When Trig was born, Bristol hade been 5 months out of school, allegedly with mono. Nobody knew that Palin was pregnant. According to her, her water broke while in Texas, and she didn't check into a local hospital but flew 6 hours home without telling anybody that she was in labor. What woman would do that? When she arrived at the hospital in Alaska, the baby had already been born. Do I have a suspicious nature? Probably. But I am entitled to my own opinion and, in my opinion, that baby is not Palin's.

    January 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Erika

    I think it is discusting how the medea just can't get enough. you people make me sick. As for the women in our society you are just as bad. Is everyone so jelous of her that they must pick pick on her.


    January 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. dblzap

    This BIMBO needs to shut up and go away, she will loose her next election if this keeps up!

    Perhaps that would be a good thing

    January 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Andy

    Sorry Sarah, the media did not distort but only reported on your absolutely nonsensical statements and mangling of the English language. You lost the election; you are starting to sound like a sore loser.

    January 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. sg

    Compared to Spitzer and Blago she's been a much better govenor. Maybe Spitzer and Blago can start their own escort service.

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. RO

    Ugh, Sarah,,, you have said some mistruths about Obama..what is the difference? The election is over, okay..sorry, you can't be in the limelight any longer! We have serious problems in this country and in this very planet,, yet, you want to complain? Spend your energy on trying to solve problems ..like the increased teen pregnancy in your state and balancing the budget, ok?

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Mari

    Dear GOD, spare us from this drama. Though I hope that the Republicans will have Palin as their 2012 candidate! The election will be a .... hoot! Yeah... ya betcha!

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Tylenol666

    have we become so plastic to keep her in the news?! what a waste of ticker space

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. DCM IL

    I think a lot of you that write negative about her are afraid of her. She is to good for the way politics is played today.

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. P. D.

    Am I wrong, or didn't she agree to go on SNL? As for Couric, Palin should have known it would be a extensive interview. Why couldn't Palin name one newspaper or magazine that she read? And she seemed to have one heck of a good time on SNL didn't she? Even during the rapping segment where the cast shot the fake moose, Sarah looked delighted. The famous line comes to mind "Thou protests too much."

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    You are all losers!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. J.P.

    The majority of major media companies are in serious financial trouble. And while SOME of that could be related to the current economic downturn and increased competition from the web, the majority of the media's woes are completely of their own doing. Americans have simply tuned out the media due to the insane level of bias.

    It used to be, at least reporters and the media PRETENDED to be unbiased. Now, they don't even bother to pretend.

    Case in point: the fawning coverage and near idolization of Barack Obama. What's the difference between the media and the Barack Obama fan club? There is none.

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. KenS

    to Marc,

    If you are so offended by the comments of 'All you stupid liberals", then why not take your own advice? DON'T READ IT, DON'T CLICK ON IT, SCROLL PAST IT YOU NIMROD!!!

    Since you don't follow your own advice, I can only conclude that you just like to bash liberals, whereas those of us bashing Caribou Barbie do so because she is utterly unqualified, yet tried to reach a position of power over us.

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Steph

    I'm STILL waiting for the clothing auction for charity.....

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. A Friendly Voice ....

    Step away from the microphone Sarah ...

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    Also She is right, time and time again the media has told outright lies and when they get caught they say 'Oops' and move on, but they never recant nor do they admit they screwed up. I know the job of the media is to make money (One would think it was to report the news but it's not); but how about you try being honest. I'd guess 90% of american people take what the media says with a gain of salt (Expect the dems, if the media is telling lies about repubs) but I'm guessing it's that other 10% they really care about.

    January 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. BRIAN

    All you libs need to get over the fact that Sarah Palin is a self accomplished American. The media has been unusually aggressive with her when all she is trying to do is do what she believes is right. How would you losers react if a reporter stated that Barack was not Michele's babies daddy. I think the words "unfair", "racist" , and "offensive" come to mind. But thats right, she is a Republican so she must be wrong about everything. Keep claiming to be the open-minded ones you hard core looney libs. The great American divide continues to deepen because of the constant accepted humiliation of prominent figures in today's society. Agree with her or not she is considered to be an inspiration to many Americans.

    January 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Erika Smith

    I think it is discusting how the medea just can't get enough of Sarah. you people make me sick. As for the women in our society you are just as bad. Is everyone so jelous of her that they must pick pick on her.


    January 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. roger lehnert

    my advice to sarah is to first call joe the plumber and then chill out. if this doesn't sound like whining i do not know what does. roger

    January 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Wolf

    Uhh, maybe she should weigh her complaints before she makes them. I hadn't heard anything about Trig not being hers. Like so many other issues, she opened the can of worms–not journalists.

    As for responsible journalism:
    Every American recognizes that there are good apples and bad apples in the media. The best way to get a real picture of what's out there is to get a variety of sources and verify as much as possible.

    January 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Peggy the Unemployed

    No matter what, politicians's families should be off-limits, especially their children. If they do something illegal (such as when the Bush daughters got caught drinking while underage), then they are fair game. But kids under the age of 18 should be left alone, no matter who their parents are.

    January 9, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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