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. Michael, Houston Texas

    If you want to prove everyone wrong about Trig, produce some pictures of you being pregnant during 2006-2007. Otherwise shut up. And Sarah, nobody "misquotes" you, you say things that are idiotic, we make fun of those things you say. You are a fake wanna be who winked your way into governorship. I guess most of the voters in Alaska are horned up men wishing to get a piece of you. We here in so called "lower 48" could give a rats tail about you! So go back to your igloo, go shoot some defensless animal from your helo, and go away! No better yet, hang around for a bit, I need some new material for my stand up act.

    January 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. GET Over IT!!!!

    @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.....Disappointed Y are we Stupid and Pathetic cuz we disagree with you !!!

    January 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. T

    Blame everyone else but me

    January 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    she's no longer relevant. if she hates the media so much why does she continue to try and engage it. people have moved on and it sounds like sour grapes stop covering her and let's hope she goes away for good.

    January 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. MikeWall

    Please crawl back into the hole from where you came you stupid fascist dolt! And to you in the media, since she thinks you should be PR people rather than reporting how stupid and DANGEROUS this idiot really is, STOP REPORTING ABOUT HER!

    January 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. chuck


    January 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Harold

    Before you claim someone benefited from affirmative action do some research. Of course if Obama did, thank God. Another eight years of someone like Mr. Bush or Palin whom you apparently feel is qualified would certainly make the average Joe better off. That's according to recent history, right?
    Better recognize,there is a new sheriff in town!

    January 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Bea

    Tell you daughter to go back to school, tell her future husband to go back to school. They need to get a diploma, not a degree (that comes after you attend college!!!) – Guess you need to look this up on Google! And everybody else on the media and the ones like reading it (me included) leave them alone. It is getting boring. Take care of your little one and his little sisters.

    January 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Jim

    I am not a Palin fan by any means. The Press, however, is going to make a martyr out of her and this will have poor results for developing good leadership.

    January 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. TR

    Wow, the utter hate against this woman that did nothing to any of you is simply amazing, and the facination...no, insistance by the MSM to continue to try and rip her apart is simply sickening.

    I thought the Democratic party was supposed to be about unity and bringing together of people.

    The truth is that many Democrats are resentful and spiteful. Even in the face of victory they cannot help but through mud on the loser. They so hate their enemies that they will only accept complete submission to their beliefs and causes. CNN, you are no better.

    January 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. ss

    When does she ever work for the people of Alaska? My goodness could you imagine if she was in the White House it would never end.

    January 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. JOHNNY


    January 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. chuck


    January 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. MinFL

    Couple words of advice Sarah:

    SHUT UP & GO AWAY!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. OH IO

    I have to laugh at all the Obama Kool Aid drinkers – Obama can do no wrong – he ran w/the notion he was the Anti War candidate – THEN KEEPS THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE!! His Administration looks like Clintons – looks like the politics of old doesn't it?? OPEN YOUR EYES – You will get what you voted for – all in due time.

    January 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. diamonddaisy200

    Do you want some cheese with that whine?

    January 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. John

    During the campaign she couldn't say a word because she didn't understand the issues. Now she wants to blame it on everyone else. She should concentrate on being governor of Alaska instead of worrying about the media. The people of Alaska are paying her to work on their interests not her own.

    January 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. RGF Enlightened

    How absurdly ironic that a person who helped to perpetuate all the falsehoods and half-truths regarding Obama, would now complain about much milder but similar tactics against her. This is very typical of the far right media outlets and their supporters to be so hypocritical. Poor Ms. Palin. I feel sorry for her, not!

    January 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. HoneyBunny

    Who doesn't love Sally? Who doesn't love Ellen Degeneres? Who doesn't love a woman's choice?

    January 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. 0 for 4

    Palin in 2012 means four more years of Obama. Nice.

    January 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Daryl from Seattle

    Hilarious. She's like Catwoman. Can't stand to see Kennedy getting the lime light that she enjoyed so much during the election so now she just has to compare herself to her. Palin is under qualified for anything other than mayor of Wasilla and she's a walking tabloid/scandal, impossible to take seriously. I still question whether that kid is hers. The story of her flying back to AK while in labor is so outrageous, while her daughter missed months of school leading up to the birth due to "mono". Yeah right....

    January 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Va 4 Obama

    Sarah Palin is NOT mature enough to take any credit at all for her shortcomings.....she will continue to blame EVERYONE but herself for her disastorous VP run. Go away...govern Alaska, and leave the lower 48 alone!!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Wasilla Resident

    The only reason they are questioning if it's Sarah's baby is because this isn't Bristol's first child. As Mrs. Palin about the baby her daughter had and gave up for adoption when she was 15. Or at least ask her if this is the first time her daughter has been pregnant. Will the media report that?

    January 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Sue Ellen Stamp

    You know, i figure the only reason the press is even considering Palin as an itellegent interview is a mask to cover up, what they consider to be satire! We all need a few laughs from time to time, but this is getting ridiculous! She's old news, and why not let her just hunker down in her igloo, and leave her be – this is growing old very fast. SES

    January 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. PA

    For someone who trashed and bashed Obama's reputation on mere theories and rag mag conjectures the public criticism of her is MILD.
    If you can't take it, don't dish it out, not even for the purpose of self Glory and Political Positions! Sympathy? – None Here.

    January 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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