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. Jeff Davis

    These comments illustrate what I've long said – if you want to see hatred and bigotry, always look to the Left. Face it, libs – you hate her because she believes in a higher power and she's pro-life.

    January 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Diane Carrigan

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

    January 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Shirl

    Sarah – get a life. We've seen you, we've heard you, and we don't want any part of you. I'm also tired of hearing stroies about Bristol and Levi. They're another pair of losers.

    January 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. S Callahan

    I feel bad for her now.....she is breaking down....get help now Sarah...

    January 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Chris

    And why are we still talking about her?

    January 9, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. TomT

    The only mention I see of Palin in the media lately is Palin complaining about the media. She's way yesterday's news, and if she'd just go back to Alaska and be quiet, the media would be done too.

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. WV anon

    I am just sick of her and her ramblings. She makes no sense, doesn't know much of anything and is a sorry example of a political figure.
    She needs to get over her beauty queen mentality and into the real world.

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Robe


    You are stupid. FIrst of all, affirmative action does not get you into Harvard. Secondly, I guess you do not recognize intelligence and unintelligence since you are obviously in the latter group.

    Gov. Palin has shown that her intelligence level is very low. Sure she completed college after 6 years and received a degree in journalism. Evidently, she failed to put that degree in use, since she is incable of saying a grammatically correct sentence, nor writing one.

    Don't blame Obama because he is intelligent and uses his intelligence. Higher education is out there for all to obtain it.

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |

    She will never be Presidential material, as long as she is still hung up on the past election....... plain and simple...... Sarah answered questions very horribly(Katie Couric interview)....... It cost her. People began to look at her as very ill equiped for the WH....... And really could you see Palin, in the financial situation we're in now, making a difference, she told couric she would "get back to her" onsome of the specific things McCain had done to reform or basically back up the maverick rhetoric spewed heavily during their campaign, she said, I'll get back to you, or mail em to ya, whatever ....... John McCain is a war president we already had one in Bush(well Bush had to become one)..... McCain should have been the Republican choice in 2000.... he would have handled the wars differently...... We are now in an era of financial instability, 2 wars and half the eastern world wants to kill each other....... Our problems require pragmatic thinkers..... I like Sarah, but she will never be ready for a presidential run, w/ her far right rhetoric...... independents, and dems won't vote for her.......She needs to start focusing on real issues, and lay off the culture wars, and ideological polarizing views she upholds.

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Meh

    Donna> I think Sarah knows what it's like to rip a person to pieces w.out a reason. See: her entire campaign against Obama.

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. deb in Colo

    Sure – if it's the "Liberal" media. She's all smiles for the conservative media.

    Of course to her any bad press is "liberal" media.

    WHO CARES SARAH!!!!!!?????

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Lisa - VA

    Shaggy – people like you make me sick..because you have to always bring the color of someone's skin into it. Affirmative action has helped white women just as much (if not more) as it has helped black people. Obama is smart – SO DEAL WITH IT.

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Matt

    Does she even know what "salacious" means?

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Randy

    Why in the world are we still talking about this women? She is nothing to talk about GO away Palin and who gives a rats butt about your kids, so I guess she's still a little pissed about losing, just glad she's not the V.P.

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Marge

    STFU@Sarah Palin.
    I saw parts of this interview and she is just as DUMB now as she was during the campaign!
    What 'adminstration" does she keep referring to? It seems she's hell-bent on staying in the news. If the GOP is so desperate for a "future leader" that they pin their hopes on this moron,they are truly a pathetic bunch!
    The media did not control the vote (((sarah))) the voters did! Accept the message you were sent!

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. e.jachim

    GIVE IT UP, Sarah.
    Honestly, didn't you learn anything? You are probably a really nice person just totally unsuited and ill prepared for any kind of elected or public job.
    Keep your head down, your mouth shut and get on with trying to be some kind of governor. Please no more comments about seeing Russia from your windows etc.

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Leyda Figueroa

    Well Sarah, to paraphrase what you said about Barack Obama's so called connection with the Bomber nut. "If he has a connection with this domestic terrorist then that is something the public would want to know about." Well Sarah "If you lied about who's child your claiming as your own, then it is something the public would want to know about." Sarah please, please, please just STOP TALKING! It is not your strong suit because you forget the other "Stories" you've told.

    January 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Tim

    Actually, I think Palin is right. Trig should not be subject.

    Unless, of course, Todd isn't the father. I wonder, was Todd's best friend with Sarah during those long Alaska nights?

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

    Hockey Mom unfortunate i believe anything i read about you

    January 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Tim

    Okay this is stupid. It didn't work out. Accept it and move on. You just need to take responsibility for your own failures and stop blaming everyone else. Just should not have been chosen in the first place, plain and simple. I have nothing personal against Palin, she was used by McCain.

    January 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. MV

    If Palin really wants to stay in the news so bad, she should do all men a favor and make a porn! I know I would pay good money for that.

    January 9, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Karen Finkbeiner

    I believe Sarah has been an easy target for the journalistic vultures. With the present state of our nation no one really believed that the Republicans would be given a CHANCE, If given the chance I believe we would have seen a difference, a change. I do believe that rural citizens do have a different life than the "urbanites" and should not be criticized for it. Leave Ms. Palin and her family alone.

    January 9, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. against racism

    whats up with that comment from shaggy... if not for affirmative action obama would be working in a paper mill..? if you were smart you would research the presidential candidates and their backgrounds. he's not exactly dumb. just because you don't agree with his political and moral standings doesn't mean that he isn't qualified for the job.

    January 9, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. James

    If only all politicians could be treated with kid gloves like the press did with Obama.

    January 9, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Frank in Idaho

    I just had to copy and repost this comment from a Real American.

    Read it slowly and take in as much of the hate as you possibly can, then exhale and realize they will lose all their power in 13 days:

    "Seriously, Hope? Caroline Kennedy is qualified to be a Senator because she "graduated from an Ivy League college" and "has written books'? Really? And for all you stupid liberals complaining about "another Palin story" the answer is real simple: DON'T READ IT, DON'T CLICK ON IT, SCROLL PAST IT YOU NIMRODS!!!"

    January 9, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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