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. Cincinnatian

    This story...I don't know if I want to laugh or puke...

    January 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Jennifer in Dallas

    When you see an obviously mentally deranged or mentally defective person wandering from pillar to post, drooling on themselves, emitting occasional howls of indignation and lashing out in all directions, the kind, indeed humane, thing to do is turn off the lights and cameras and quietly call in mental health professionals to deal with the poor wretch.

    I think that time has come with this woman of questionable intellectual acuity. Turn out the lights CNN and other news organizations ... it is obscene to continue to let her make a spectacle of herself.


    January 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Cynthia

    Sarah Palin please stop whining. You spewed so much hate and lies during the campaign. You are so bitter about losing you are blaming everyone but the right one (yourself). You need to move on!!! If you thought the American people would buy the hate and lies you and McCain threw out there you were dead wrong. People recognize phonies when they see them!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. F. Taylor

    Sara should be going to the Middle East with Joe the plumber to report on how great their God is and how he will help them prevail.

    Neo-cons, Jesus Freaks Ugh!

    January 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Jay

    This woman is astonishingly self-deluded, incredibly dishonest, unbelievably ignorant and completely narcissistic. Have you seen and heard enough yet Alaska.

    January 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Sue

    Cry, Baby, cry ! Stop the whining, you silly cow ! How many times can you milk the same cow ? Whining and complaining about the same things to keep yourself in the headlines – now that is smart strategy !

    January 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Jerry

    What a twit. Bloggers are not members of the mainstream media, and yet she continues to lump them together. Despite her howls of protestation against journalists and "the mainstream media", I don't ever remember a single mainstream media site running a story about Trig not being hers, or piling on regarding her daughter's illegitimate child.

    Yes, they reported her daughter was pregnant and that the father was Levi Johnston. Just as they reported that Michelle Obama was quoted as saying that for the first time in her life she was proud of her country. In that regard, there was no double standard from the mainstream press on the handling of families.

    This egomaniac needs to quit whining and get back to the job of governing her state. Why do we keep hearing more from her than from her running mate who actually ran for president???

    January 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Alan

    CNN – Your one-stop Palin new source!

    January 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. sandee in Portland

    Oh my God! When will she realize it's not the media that did her in, it was herself. She's the one that couldn't give a decent, intelligent interview. I would have more respect for her if she would just quit complaining and own up to the fact that she wasn't, nor ever will be, ready to be more than a governor of a very small state (population wise).

    January 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Ashley S.

    She needs to get over herself! She has nerves complaining about the way people portray her when she herself goes on SNL!

    January 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    First of all, someone else wrote that statemenr for her, because I doubt she even knows what "salacious" means.

    Secondly, is she just now figuring out those Trig rumors were out there?? She must not read much if that's the case– that was October news.

    Third, why does she persist in bringing up personal things and then whine that her personal life is being unfairly examined in the media? She's the one who keeps bringing it up.

    Lastly, I wonder if she ever returned all those pricey $150,000+ clothes? You would think there would have been something in the press about who or what charity got them... and what was going to be done with them. My guess is they're still hanging in the Palin's closets. Care to honestly respond to that one Sarah?

    January 9, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Thebe

    Palin, your timing sucks and you are shameful to make such an insignificant, soap opera-ish statement on a day with record job losses.

    We know you miss the limelight and you just cannot accept that you lost and Obama won.

    If you hate the media so much, why do you keep engaging it?

    Anyway, yes, good to see that you've been referring to the dictionary.

    January 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Phil from Ashburn

    I am baacccckkkk..... pls.. stay up there and don't come down to lower 48.

    January 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Jan

    Sara dear,
    If you don't want critisism, don't open your mouth.... It doesn't appear that anything intelligent comes out of it... anyway

    Also maybe politics is the wrong profession for you . You don't seem to handle the heat/scrutiny well.

    January 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. change in America

    Palin is awful who cares what she think she is jealous of Obama and Frey, Couric, Caroline Kennedy.....Palin would never win the White House seat stay in Alaska.

    January 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Georgia Peach

    Wasn't it Sarah Palin who tried to insinuate our President elect was a terrorist by paling around with them and incited folks to yell Kill Him, stuff that turkey.......It reminded me of scripture and God word certainly prevailed: Proverbs 10:10
    He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
    and Proverbs 6:12-14 12A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

    13He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;

    14Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

    January 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Robert

    I may not agree with her but she is right in regards to the treatment she is getting about her child. To imply that a parent (mother) is not the baby's real parent is a cruel and mean thing to do. Especially in a case like this where the child is handicapped. To defend the actions of others in this case as most of the commentors have, is only a sign of the unbelievably cruel and morally deficient society we have become.

    January 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Park Kriner

    I'd love to see the jealous libs. and haters of anyone that has morals comment about Sarah. Just because your daughter gets pregnant out of wedlock, does not mean you are an immoral idiot. I would hate to see some of the stuff these people are involved in with all their hate and bigotry???? They wish they were as sharp and pretty as she is. Can't take being homelier and dumber than she is, so rip her apart verbally. Only wish we had more public servants like her!!!!! She is great, great, great and will be around for a long time. Better get used to it complainers. Most of you will never accomplish a fraction of what Sarah will in her life and I thank God for her daily and love someone like her who actually takes a stand for her beliefs and will not waver. Hang in there Sarah !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Wilfred Bramball

    Palin is right out of "A Face in the Crowd". She and Joe the Plumber were created by the same media machine that they decry. Worse, they are pedestrian demagogues with limited intellectual gifts. If the Republicans are pinning their hopes on Palin, they are making a big error. William F. Buckley must be revolving in his grave. Dumb and dumber conservatism is a dead end.

    January 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. john

    Hey all you a holes that can't see her point. Would you like it if the media was questioning your family? Or making up things about your family. Her family business is no more the media's business than yours is. Bunch of left leaning freakin idiots. ALL OF YOU. Be prepared to reap what you have sown starting 1/20/09. Point to ponder........tax credits are great when they are Obama's idea, just not when they are Bush's idea. Hipocrits!

    January 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. bern

    Dumb...just plain old dumb. Sarah please go away.

    January 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Jeff

    She really structures her sentences like a fifth grader; run-ons, fragments, too many demonstarvive pronouns, and non-sequiturs are way too prevalent for anyone considering a leadership position in our society. This is the icing on top of the fact that what she says lacks insight and sophistication. She reminds me of a pull-string doll who just spits out catch phrases automatically. She is only fit for a provincial position and her best qualification as a politician is that she is an excellent demagogue.

    January 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Travis Y

    The baby is her daughters'. She claimed to be 9 MONTHS PREGNANT AND HIDING THE BABY FROM THE WORLD. Her daughter took 9 months off school for MONO and came back shortly after the birth and Sarah went back to work. The problem is the simple people of Alaska believe whatever Alaskans say. Go to their websites and there is no negative anything about their politicians. Why else would they re-elect an 80+ year old politician with 7 felony counts and claim that they just don't " trust no D.C. courts anyhow" ???She is the worst person I have ever seen. Look at her face during the HATE rallies. The more hate from the crowd, the more she smiles. Period. She turned on her own party during an election. Republicans can go away for a while and so can all the states that voted McCain/Palin because YOU DON'T MATTER. That simple fact is what really angers you. Please don't try to argue because we all know it is true.

    January 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Steve from Florida

    Does she want some cheese with her "whine"?

    January 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. AK Bearman

    What is both sad and amazing to me is that Gov. Palin still does not see the point of Katie Couric's question regarding what media she reads. It had nothing to do with whether "she can read" or "if Alaskans read" as Gov. Palin has said. it is about what sources of the news she turns to, what influences her thinking, etc. The facts that she both (a) blew the answer to this question, and (b) still doesn't understand the legitimate basis for the question two months later is revealing.

    I actually agree with her about children of candidates or elected offials being off limits – except when the candidate makes an issue about the same children as part of the campaign. When she trotted her daughter and boyfriend out on the stage to make a point about "sanctity of life," she opened the issue. Fair game. Poor daughter.

    January 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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