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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soundoff (1,451 Responses)
  1. Frank, Philadelphia

    There's no way that's her baby. It just isn't.

    January 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Judith Coley

    The media will cover Caroline Kennedy a little differently than Sarah Palin because Ms. Kennedy can answer complex questions intelligently, using complete sentences.

    January 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin continues to play the blame game for her own failures and she needs to move on, the election is over and she lost. It appears that Palin does read one magazine and that's the gossip magazines. There is no place in the political world for Palin who likes to bring up gossip which has nothing to do with her governing the State of Alaska, it makes her look more and more like a moran. I said it when she and McCain were riding the "Gossip Talk Express" and not "Straight Talk Express".

    January 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. PuckU

    Hey Sarah hows your surveillance of Russia going these days. Homeland security called and said your report is overdue.

    January 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. jy

    Sara dear.
    Maybe politics is the wrong profession for you. You do not seem to realize what price you have to pay for being in the public limelight.

    ps, i was hoping that by now you would have hired a PR coach to make you more likeable

    January 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Sharon

    Sarah Palin rails at the media, but she is adept at keeping her name in the media. Can she keep this media coverage up for four more years? Let's hope not.

    January 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Annette

    Huh, Gov. Palin, the campaign for VP is over.

    January 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. J

    Whether you like her or not, the media smelled blood, sensed fear and attacked her from day 1. I'll be the first and not last to admit that she was awful in answering questions, but the media did it's best to capitalize on Sarah Palin and her family.

    January 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Kristen Johnson

    “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.

    That's a load of crap. She expected to be treated with kid gloves because she was a woman. I'm SO glad she wasn't put into office. I'm a Democrat, but I have to say John McCain isn't a bad guy and probably would have done a pretty decent job heading up our country. But Sarah Palin? God, no. Send her back to Alaska and keep her there. I found her woefully ignorant in ... well, just about everything ... and that is not what America needs in a vice president.

    January 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Chris

    Stop giving Palin a sounding board. This woman will disappear if we stop paying attention to her. Yes, every interview is a potential train wreck (too good to look away), but if you really want her to disappear, stay away from her interviews. The media will pick up on it and stop reporting on her. It's just like feeding pigeons – one or two is okay, but too soon you're surrounded and then the rest of us are left having to clean up a huge mess.

    January 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. zaphod2000

    Will this woman ever stop coming up with ways of making the news? She continues to use that trailer trash family of hers to be on the front page.
    Listen up Caribou bimbo. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU, YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR STATE OR YOUR LIFE. GET LOST!

    January 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. aware

    Authenticity was not popular in 08! 😦

    January 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Amazing Stuff

    She is an elected official her dealings are public record, and she complains about the media writing about her daughters boyfriend being caught not meeting the minimum requirements for a job? There must be a really lower set of standards for Alaska politicians.

    January 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    who cares!!!! no more palin stories please.

    January 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Erik from Real Pennsylvania

    Palin says the media created "adversarial situations,” and pursued “erroneous and often outrageous leads on a variety of non-issues.”

    Right, like "palling around with terrorists."

    Palin is a loon, a fraud and a menace to all that is good in America.

    January 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. P. Mathew

    What a double standard. So personal attacks are perfectly alright as long as her and her family are not the targets of it? What a hypocrite.

    I would call Sarah Palin a two-bit politician if I didn't risk being hit by a roll of quarters.

    January 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. caron

    I love it when Sarah speaks out - I get such a laugh. Keep it coming Sarah, we need to have something to smile about!

    January 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. mw

    of course there is going to be a difference between the way your candidacy and kennedys is covered. yours was for the vice presidency!

    January 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Missouri Mom

    Why isn't McCain crying to the media 24/7 about his treatment. This lady gives all women a bad name! I am so sick of hearing about how I should care about her treatment since I am a woman. She does not represent anything I stand for and she does not represent how I would handle her given situations. When will people stop screaming sexism and recognize that she would be just as lame as a man as she is as a woman it has nothing to do with her sex. It has to do with her character and her integrity and I find her lacking in both.

    January 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Mark

    Sarah Palin is yesterday's news. Who cares? Give it up.

    January 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Hankers

    For those who lament the supposed Liberal bias in the media, remember that the alternative bias may be worse. The right-wing adgenda exploits the ignorant and brings out the worse in people.
    Liberal and proud of it!

    January 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Kelvin

    This woman is just hypocrite and shameless.

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. m.c in l.v.

    Hey Grandma Gimmick, here's an analogy that even a brain- dead "hockey mom" like you can understand: Scoreboard! Your team lost. Now be a good loser and go away! Govern your state, raise your kids, try to build your Pipeline to Nowhere and stay the heck away from national politics. You are irrelevant now more than ever. You brought this all upon yourself and your family. This is how they play the game in the big leagues and you were way, way out of your league.

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Michael

    It would be refreshing to listen to her recite, say, five mistakes she made during the campaign. 1. She accepted the offer to run for VP. 2. She accepted the offer to run for VP. 3. She accepted the offer to run for VP. 4. She accepted the offer to run for VP. 5. She accepted the offer to run for VP.

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. pathetic...

    She is a automobile accident happening over and over again. Yet, I keep driving by....

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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