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. Fred

    Again, Sarah Palin brought her family into the campaign, making them public figures. She could have left them in Alaska. She made the issue of how proud she was of her pregnant, unwed teen daughter, of her husband, her son going to Iraq, etc. Now she reaps what she sows.

    January 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Bob in Glendale, KY

    Not sure who these stories, and subsequent comments, appeal to, but except for a few, I'm guessing these appeal to fricking idiot left wing homos, and homo-ettes. Whoever came up with the stupid premise that Trig is not Palin's child, should first do a FOIA request or whatever is applicable in the med world to prove his claim, before spouting it off in print. No proof? Don't make the claim.

    January 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. grace

    Sarah who?

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Ken

    Wow, "personal, salacious" reporting in the media?

    I'm glad the Alaska Governor's office pointed this out.

    I've never seen such a thing . . .

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Correcter

    Let's get it right: Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn were indeed terrorists, and unabashedly so. The only question was whether Mr. Obama was "palling around" with them, or merely interacting with them on some lesser basis. The comments of posters here who question the first proposition reflect clearly the distorting influence the media has had.

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. kcl

    The way the media covers any story is nothing new. They will twist and turn facts or words to get a great sound bite. Stop feeding them and move on with your life. Your 15 minutes are up.

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. jack

    Makes you wonder if Trig is not really Bristol's child, why else would she use the name of Tripp for her newborn? Is she just crazy for names that begin with the letter T?

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Kraig

    Good for Govener Palin. She has the guts to tell it like it is. The media is corrupt and if a scientific poll was ever taken it would show how much the citizens of the USA loath them. They are nothing more than a bunch of high priced puppets for the far left. This country needs more Govener Palin's.

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Montanan

    Linda Lee,
    You're right, thousands of Americans do support her. Unfortunately, that doesn't bode well against the 64 million who just showed their support for Obama.

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. stevens

    will this ever end??

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Fedup

    Governor Palin, let the past be gone. History will judge as it always does. You are just justifying our worst fears about you.

    CNN and the rest of the media... why do you still bother with a BORING subject.

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Brenda C

    January 9th, 2009 12:11 pm ET

    “As a public official, I expect criticism and I expect to be held accountable for how I govern,”

    Unfortunately, because you are a public official, your personal life is an issue. And because you are a public official, your family is also in the spotlight, unfortunately.
    Maybe they do things differently in Alaska, but welcome to the lower 48, you finally see how things are really done.

    Would have been nice if the press would have realized obama is a public official and not ask him silly questions like "What kind of dog are you getting"? I think that's the hardest question he got. I guess he got away without his family or himself being examined due to the fact he lives in the upper 57 states uh?

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Pat M

    Why do the left wing liberals hate Sarah Palin so much? She has done nothing to deserve all this hate from everyday americans,especially her family. But, based on the comments, it doesn't matter, you just want to pile on because it makes you feel better to make fun of someone else. You know Obama has fooled you all. He has been taking pills to change his skin color from white to black. He is really a conservative in sheeps clothing. 4 yrs from now he will begin to look more like Michael Jackson.

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. drew

    Yes.. yes. Keep reacting to things like this in the way that you are... You are doing great!

    January 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Carmela, Longwood, Florida

    The problem with Ms. Palin is that she does not know the meaning of 'salacious'..... She is not smart enough to know it.

    January 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. drew

    That was sarcasm.

    January 9, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. clara

    I like Sarah becuase she is true !! Go PALIN.
    I see alot of hate for her what did she do? maybe becuase she is a conservative? . I think most of the bad coments come from gays or jealous woman?

    January 9, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Diane Carrigan

    If you watch the interview with Katie it should scare the hell of of you. This woman lacked knowlege and experience! Yes, her 15 minutes are over !

    January 9, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Meh

    Dear, don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

    January 9, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Peggy from IA

    She speaks. I listen and still do not understand what she's talking about..other than the poor me stuff. Is this an Alaskan way of speaking or can't she make complete sense of her thoughts? I just think she cannot make herself understood properly. How would anyone ever in a trillion years think she'd make it as a president is beyond comprehension. Just like her lingo.

    January 9, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Wil

    Notice to the Right:
    #1. This train wreck is of your making. You are so set in your ways that you rallied behind an unqualified, remotely literate person just because the campaign of your party said so. Our VP may not be the most tactful VP, but he is leaps and bounds better than who the Right was trying to put in. #2. I hope that the country will now look alot more closely to the politicians our respective parties puts forth for national office. In a desperate effort to win, the McCain campaign spun a woman who communicates with run-on sentences, who ostrisized urban america by qualifying where the "real america" resides as someone who could potentially be LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. Shame on your Win at all Cost Mentality

    January 9, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Nadine

    Sarah Palin definitely was used by John McCain. It's OK, she turned the campaign into a "hate mob" but want the media to apologize to her for sexism. Wrong!

    January 9, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. ZenInBlack

    Sarah What goes around comes around. You spent the whole campaign taking other's situation out of context. Being that you are so religious – As you sow so shall you reap

    January 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. DocF

    It's pointless to whine about certain media elements not letting the 'Trig is Gov. Palin's baby" story go away. I barely remember that story, but I do remember the "Obama is a Muslim" story that never went away, or the "Obama is not a US citizen" story that even turned into a court case handed to the US Supreme Court. The point is this happens to everybody thrust (or who thrusts themselves) into the public eye, and a good politician will be the one who can ignore this drivel and move on. Whining about it now just shows weakness and a lack of political fortitude.

    January 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. JRah

    If the media would quit reporting lies as truths, this would be a much better world.

    January 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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