January 9th, 2009
05:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin accuses media of 'personal, salacious' reporting

 Palin lashed out at the media in a Friday statement.

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. Kerry in VA

    The media not blame. Sarah knew she was unqualified for the job of VP. She dragged her family in front of the media. Society has not changed.People are going to talk about you whether its good or bad. If she wanted to protect her children she should not have paraded them around the press. She is not the victim. Stop blaming people for your mistakes Palin. If you want to blame someone, blame McCain.

    January 9, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    That darned "media" is always out to get her.....especially that evil Katie Couric who asked her those trick questions that nobody could possibly answer right, like "what publications do you read?" .......how unfair!

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. D

    Gov Palin is absolutely correct.

    The media produces the trash and you all spread it... for free.

    Guess it's a win / win huh?

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. K.Wedlake

    Sarah Palin needs to take her and the rest of her WTT family and disappear once and for all. The joke is over.

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Randy

    This is for the comment by Disappointed person, BITE ME

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. KG

    "What about Obama? If it weren't for affirmative action, he'd be a middle manager in a paper company."

    If this is true, what a great endorsement for affirmative action.

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Michelle from Wisconsin

    Palin was obviously the wrong candidate for the job... in 2008! Let's move on please.

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Simon

    Palin is right. Even the liberals are admitting that they are engaging in a double-standard here. But liberals have always been hypocrites. And, hey, have you heard the gays moaning about everything these days?!

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. ross berg- Buffalo, NY

    The gift to the Dem's who keeps on giving! Is it possible that somehow she just might get onto the '012 ticket???

    I'm sure that the best and brightest minds in the Democratic camp are busy at work figuring out everything they can do to help that happen.

    If they can manuever things so Sarah Palin is part of the Republican's 012 ticket they can go on a lengthy vacation during the campaign as Sarah will insure thier victory!!!

    What a gift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. shucks

    People keep commenting on her because they like the bizarre. This one can't get any worse. It's like watching a fire, or a wreck, or a disaster on TV. You really don't want to watch in case anyone is hurt, but when they set the fire themselves, wreck due to their own stupidity, or cause a disaster without even knowing, then it becomes entertainment. Sort of like bad reality TV.

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. George- Chicago

    Wow, erroneous allegations !! It's almost like somebody going around and saying that a politician is a terrrorist or something !!!

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. itsonnow

    LIKE IT WILL DO ANY GOOD! SHE SAID HERSELF "ITS NOT GOOD TO PICK A FIGHT WITH PEOPLE WHO BUY INK BY THE BARREL !" WHO CARES ANYWAY THE "NOINTED one" IS IN PLACE. LIKE LITTLE PEOPLE HAVE ANY OTHER VIEW IN AMERICA EXCEPT AGREE WITH WHAT THEY ARE TOLD TO DO! LAND OF THE CHEAT AND HOME OF THE NAIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Kim

    PLEASE, PLEASE someone make this woman go away. Doesn't she realize that, if she ever thinks she can run for national office again, all this stuff will resurface to bite her in the butt???? YOU BETCHA.

    January 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Robe

    Gov. Palin,

    The truth will eventually come out. You said that you delivered Trig at the hospital on a certain day and time. Unfortunately, the hospital that you named to not have record of you having a baby there.

    Also, your daughter was out of school the whole of that year. Now she has 2 babies and is only 18. You have lied so much about everything, how do you think anyone is going to believe you now.

    January 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Another Mama

    99% of the time I disagree with Sarah Palin, but she has a point here. Leave her children alone, and maybe she will say nothing worth printing in the lower 48.

    January 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. reasoner

    I didn't vote for McCain due to his running mate; i.e., Palin; however, I agree with Palin on what she says about the media. Freedom of press is killing America. Katie Couric is a 'giggly wimp!' She is hung up on herself like Hillary Clinton is. They both make me sick!
    Giggle for me Katie!

    January 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. MEL

    It was very bad judgment for Palin to fly back to AK while being in labor. What about if there would have been an emergency. that was number # 1. Me as a mom I would had run to the nearest hospital. and regarding that questions that Couric ask???? sorry but frankly, you were suppose to answer them. were just simple questions. and we did not like that way you divided us. calling President Obama terroritst. So are you palling around with drugtraffickers now?????

    January 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    She is a disgrace to the Women's Movement, Oh I said women. Sorry, Sarah, I forgot you think like a teenie bopper, you just need to grow up. Spit out the bubble gum, stop winkin' and all that other cutsie childish behavior, then maybe people will respect you a little more. No one really takes you serious, and I watched what you said about Caroline and Katie, Oops, your female jealousy was certainly on exhibition there.

    January 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. jerry McBrayer

    Is this the same Sarah Palin that we have heard "Pals arround with drug dealesrs" ?????

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

    So is the Grandmother in prison or not?

    January 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Marge

    Disappointed January 9th, 2009 12:26 pm ET

    You people are pathetic, you all complain about how you don't want to see anymore about her but here you are complaining on the wall that your tired of it. YOU ARE ALL STUPID
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    Isn't this still AMERICA???? Aren't we still free to comment on whatever we chose to?
    YOU'RE the one that's STUPID....oh yeah ...and so is PALIN!

    January 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Sam Pita

    She speaks the truth. I know it's easier to call her stupid than it is to actually debate the intelligent points she make but give her a break. She's earned at least that much by now. I don't expect that to happen though. I expect the same old tired "Republican stupid" joke to continue followed by media fawning and awards for those who rip Palin (aka Tina Faye).

    January 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Robert

    The bottom line here is simple. Gov. Palin can say and do what she wants( within the law). The media can report stories on her is they want. You and I can keep updated on her status if we want.

    There are only three things everyone in the world needs to do each day: 1) Watch your thoughts 2) Watch your speech 3) Watch your actions.

    These are important things to do each day. They have nothing to do with anyone else except for the fact that if we watched these three things in ourselves everyday, we would find a kinder, gentler more peaceful world.

    January 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. chuck

    SARAH ,HERE WE GO AGAIN. YOU ARE SO STUPID THAT YOU CANNOT EXPLAIN WHAT YOU MEAN AND YOU CANNOT APPREND WHAT PEOPLE ARE TELLING YOU ON THE BLOG. DON'T YOU GET IT? STAY OUT OF THE MEDIA THEN THERE WILL BE NOTHING TO REPORT.AVOID MAKING STATEMENTS ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN AND LIFE WILL BE BETTER IN THE FUTURE. FOR YOUR FUTURE IN POLITICS---FORGET ABOUT THE WHOLE IDEA. STAY AT HOME AND ENJOY YOUR TLC WITH YOUR HUSBAND.

    January 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. John

    Let me get this straight, the media attacks Palin's kids & that's OK, but Chelsey Clinton was untouchable, and not one word has been said about Obama's kids. LIberal double standard if you ask me.

    January 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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