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. Ahmet

    As an inconsequential, ignorant, incompetent piece of white trash this woman no longer deserves any coverage in any media. It's about time she and her low life family just went away. CNN are you listening?

    January 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. The Palinator

    Doesn't our country have bigger issues to report on than this woman? I mean, K-Fed is dating someone new!!! Hello?!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Luke

    Remember, there are only 1395 more shopping days until the next presidential election!

    January 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. P Brown

    Sarah Palin is such a whiner. Does she not get it! She is not wanted to needed. Mama Grizzly needs to go and hibernate.

    January 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. SN

    I can't believe what a buch of children most CNN posters are! Shallow, ill-mannered children at that.

    January 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Ellie

    And the Academy Awards for being "STUCK ON STUPID" goes to Sarah Palin.

    Ms. Palin needs to STOP running off with her comments because if anyone is making herself look even MORE ignorant in front of millions of people, it's SARAH PALIN herself!!

    When you come out and start attacking the media you might as well put a gun to your head. The media is a MONSTER and they will chew her up and spit her out before you can say..,. "ya betcha".

    Her press interviews during the campaign were her own doing and she should have been BETTER PREPARED and more focused on portraying herself as someone with some level of "common sense and intelligence". But Instead she made her self look very "trailer trash and hill-billy" by all her "winking and ya'betcha" comments. AND when she gave a "shout out" during a Vice Presidential DEBATE...that was truly the LAST straw. She played herself as nothing more than an incompetent and pretentious VP Candidate who clearly did NOT know what the hell she was doing or say 99% of the campaign time.

    NO ONE bought her garbage. Sarah Palin did nothing but play the American People as "stupid" with her comical antics and it DID NOT WORK. The American people did NOT find it funny at all coming from a VP candidate. Are you kidding me?

    January 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. John in Ohio

    Palin 2012!

    (Brought to you by the committee to re-elect Barack Obama)

    January 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Laverne

    Why is everybody always picking on me, all I was doing was being mavericky!

    January 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Baltar

    Quote of the day:
    "When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn't do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don't think it's, it bodes well for her – – a statement like that." – Sarah Palin

    January 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Rickymo

    Enough with Palin. As the Bush/Cheneys go away so should she. I could care less about whose kid is who. I would be more concerned if we ever called her VP Palin or forbid President Palin.

    January 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Joan

    As expected, the Palin hate machine is in full force right here on this site. I agree with her and the only people who think she was fairly treated by the media are the far Left whackos(like most posting here) who hate Conservatives. Liberals are the tolerant ones indeed. Right.

    You tolerate each other and no one else.

    January 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Carl from MI

    Oh BOO HOO!! All politicians and celebrities are subject to public scrutiny and public ridicule. From Blogo to Larry Craig... from Dubya to Cunningham. From Michael Jackson to Brittney Spears... they all have to take their lumps.

    If there's nothing for the media to talk about, then they don't say anything about you. Notice the female governor from my state of Michigan doesn't have anything even remotely scandalous like Sarah Palin does. Palin wants the media coverage... just not the negative media coverage.

    Well BOO HOO!! Sometime you just have to take your lumps. And if you get more than you fair share of the lumps, you better take a good look in the mirror and make some changes to your life.

    January 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. old citizen

    Go get em girl ! The media in this country is out of control ! I never voted for one media person to run things in this country !

    January 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Alex_TX

    Wah! Wah! Wah! Woman you lost, get over yourself and move on.
    The only reason she is doing this is to make sure we don't forget about her, so the moron can run in 2012. If republicans are crazy enough to nominate her, then at least this would guarantee a re-election win for Obama.

    January 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    Here's a solution that should satisfy Palin AND help out the economy. I know lots of industries need bailouts. Larry Flynt needs a bail out, Palin needs publicity, its match made in heaven and all those who touted her main qualification as "being hot" may have their dreams come true. Add some guns to the photo shoot,Sarah and satisfy your base..

    January 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Peggy in Ohio

    You mean, like the way you did the same against Barack Obama??

    January 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. CBH, California

    Go away please!!!!! Oh yeah, and take Joe the Plumber with you!

    January 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Bill

    For someone who is "irrelevant" she sure draws a lot of fire from the haters. They must really fear her.

    January 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Sorensen

    Why don't you all leave this poor, little, pathetic person alone.

    January 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. KHS

    Sarah, go home, just go home.

    January 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Ryan

    I can count on one hand the number of John McCain stories that I've seen since the election. Why can't I say the same about his VP candidate who's far more worthless than McCain. Do we really need her to do a new interview or make a new press release every single day?

    January 9, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Mary L

    Let's all ignore her and maybe she will go away!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. obama-mama

    Sarah, pull yourself together.

    January 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    I'm getting absolutely SICK of this woman. The only reason she's "lashing out" is to feed her need for attention. Get over it, Sarah. You have zero leadership capability. You poloarize people and you can't put together a substantive thought. You have no one to blame but yourself for whatever animosity you feel.

    January 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Joel Miller

    Enough of Palin. She's old news. Who cares? Thankfully she was defeated and is about as far away from the White House as ever.

    January 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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