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. Bob

    For the first time in my life I am NOT proud of my country.

    January 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Tina, NC

    Shame on the media for implying that she had foreign policy experience just because she could see Russia from her house. Shame on the media for not stating what newspapers she reads, and shame on the media for such sexist questions as to what the VP does.
    Yeah, keep blaming the media for your OWN WORDS or lack of Palin. It worked so well the first time.

    January 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. David

    How is the media's fault that Palin is a habitual liar and dimwit?

    January 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. jad

    I wish she would go away, her 15 minutes are up.
    Oh, and her comparison to Caroline Kennedy is not accurate. Kennedy should be subject to scrutiny, but she is vying for a Senate seat, not the vice-presidency. The level of scrutiny will be different because those are different positions. Of course, Palin demonstrated that she did not understand the role of the vice-president, so she probably does not understand the distinction.

    January 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. stella blue

    The only difference between the experience and intelligence of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin is marketing. It is scary to see how many people do not understand how impartial and how manipulative the media has become. If you look just at their accomplishments, it is evident that Palin has more leadership ability than Obama. It's going take a long time for the truth about Obama to get through to most of you.

    January 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Marty

    Sarah's only problem is that she is Republican. A Republican woman that is successful. That is a slap in the face of all the rhetoric the left has put out. And she will continue to be successful. Those of you who are posting negative comments, please relish your anonymity. You are free to call her any names you wish, but, remember that namecalling reflects more on the one calling names than on the one called names. Most of you will never achieve any position as high as Sarah already has achieved, so who has sour grapes? Who are the losers? Seems clear to me.

    January 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Valjean

    Regardless of her IQ, political prowess, popularity or any perceived lack of the same, this woman is correct in defending her family's privacy and her children. The media today is a sorry excuse for journalism – e-news, papers, radio and tv all show a strong tendency towards publishing personal bias and innuendo rather than facts.

    January 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    I forgot to add, you also are a very vicious mean spirited woman, all the nasty things you said about Barack, you need to go to confession.

    January 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Lisa Hartwell

    She still has MORE to say? If she crept away quietly the media might ignore her. Now she is still crying over long ago spilt milk.

    When will she get it that she makes herself a very easy target the second she opens her scatter-brained mouth. I'm almost sorry the campaign is over I so did love to read what dim-wit statement she made that day. It was comical to say the least.

    January 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. noopc

    Palin is right on the money. The mainstream media is a calamity and disgrace. John Edwards was the real salacious deal, not Palin. Even the tabloids knew better.

    January 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. John F

    The only source of her problems is in the mirror. She is only trying to keep herself in the spotlight by throwing a pity party for herself.

    Sarah – Don't worry, history will not forget you. We still remember your type. We still remember Linda Tripp.

    January 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Bella

    I really can not believe that you folks fall into this Democratic philosphy of life. I mean really. What ever happened to religious beliefs in our country. What I see is everyone putting the bible aside and living as they please. Without regard for one another. I can't see where Sarah is any different that any of us, she is human. Can any of you say that you have secured a governorship? Most likely not...so don't knock someone who has out lived and performed you in life. As for Obama he would never see my vote, ever. Talk about electing someone with no experience.....the American people did just that.

    January 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Cathy from Colorado

    If you dislike the media so much, why do you keep talking to them, exposing so much more of your idiocy?

    You create your own problems every time you open your mouth. Please, keep your mouth shut.

    Cathy, an educated woman.

    January 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. chica

    Go home and raise your offspring. Your whining is so very old, as
    is the uneducated garbage you spew.

    January 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Tom

    How is she whining? The media is lying about her and she is defending herself and that is whining?

    January 9, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Proud American

    2.6. Million jobs lost in 2008 and people are still discussing this Idiot. Wow only in America.

    January 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. megan

    She can dish it, but she can't take it!

    January 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. wim

    Mrs Palin, if you try to look like a poor loser you just succeeded.

    January 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Dave C - NJ

    The joke on SNL about "unwilling teenagers" was a joke aimed at HER, it was NOT aimed at her kid. Rather, it was implying that Sarah forced her teen daugther to marry for political image. Sarah doesn't get it (we didn't need Katie to see she was stupid.) There was no "attack on the kids."

    January 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. John Thompson

    I can't figure out whether Sarah Palin is fundamentally stupid or if she was simply dropped as a baby. NOBODY could be that clueless... oh wait, I forgot about George Bush...

    January 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. CO Resident

    Sarah should remember how grossly out of context she took relationships, quotes and actions of Obama and Biden throughout the entire campaign. It appears to be tough for her when the shoe is on the other foot. The media and the blogs will not let her go as long as she continues to stay in front of cameras making comments about everything. The media is doing as they always do – and right now they have a duracell bunny who won't stop talking and banging a drum.

    January 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Justin Cider

    It wasn't the media fueling these Trig rumors, it was blog posters, people just like all of us posting here questioning something that seemed a bit odd. If you can't the slightest amount of scrutiny (tough questions such as name a newspaper you read) than politics isn't for you!

    January 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Virginia

    Sarah Palin is NOT dumb and she has a right to her opinion. Isn't that what being an American is about–stating your opinion and doing it freely. Good grief, I would be upset if the media was saying things like the story that her baby is not hers. Did no one see her pregnant? At that time probably not because no one cared about her since she was in one of our "57" states that happened to be in the outer limits of our contiguous 48 (Barack, do you know that big word?). Leave her and her family alone in their personal lives. Say what you will about Sarah, but she does have guts and it is o.k. if she is a working mom. It can be done you know!

    January 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. SMR

    The way she lashes out at people, I'd hate to have her finger on the RED BUTTON!!! SCARY

    January 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. snugglebunny

    Someone call a Waaaaaambulance !

    January 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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