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. CRAZY

    This lady is mentally handicapped, and thank every sane american for NOT voting for that ticket. I seem to recall, that before she was nominated, she said Hillary Clinton was doing a disservice to women for complaining about Biased media coverage...

    I watched the entire coverage endlessly, the only place those rumors were discussed, was in non-major media, blogs mostly...and the only time it was mentioned about trig in major media was to talk about how ridiculous rumors are.

    I would appreciate the governor providing actual instances of what she's contending, of course she couldnt even back up her credentials in a national campaign for VP "i can see russia from an island in alaska, doncha know!"

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. stuntborg

    Until recently, I thought Trig was just a prop! Then I finally saw him awake and realized he was a real kid!

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. New York

    Give me a break Sarah, do you really consider a Senator to be equal to the Vice President of the United States? When you are one step from the Presidency of this country of course you are going to come under heavy vetting from the Media. When you accepted the nomination you should have realized the media has no boundaries. Do you live in a bubble? Dont be a poor loser. Get out of politics. You arent going anywhere after that poorly executed mess of a campaign you were part of and contributed to.

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Susan M. Green

    Why do you keep putting this diva in the news? PLEASE let her fade away back into the wilderness she came from? Her 15 minutes is so over!

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. sally

    someone must have written that statement for her – it's very well composed.

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Cherri Brown

    I try to avoid media interpretation or commentary until after I have listened to a full speech either in person or through broadcasts of full speeches. Media caters to advertisers and words are taken out of context. That said, I believe Gov. Palin said enough all by herself that media only had to rebroadcast her words verbatim and in context. No add-ons were necessary. She dug herself a mighty interesting ditch from which to play the blame game, and she does it quite well. I did watch from beginning to end, several of her speeches given on her own or with Senator McCain.

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. show it up

    Palin please be patient...this media crap is just Democrats being Democrats...If the Democrats told the truth they could be Republicans, however they are liars just like the media...so everyone please remember this saying in politics..DON'T TRUST ANYONE"

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. j byrne

    Go away Sarah. Go Away!
    (To the beat of "Here we go Steelers, Here we go"

    January 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Brent

    Any time that Sarah Palin starts feeling like she's being ignored she'll just start complaining about something so the press will cover her. I wish the media would just ignore this D-list politician and spend its time on something someone cares about.

    January 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Joyce Becker

    Dear Sarah, you did try to hide the birth of Trig that led to the rumors, you only have yourself to blame for the press you got and will get in the future. If you would ever play straight and not whine so much things would be much better for you and your family.
    Some one who did not support your or McCain.

    January 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. John

    Way to go Sarah! Once again, she's telling it like it is. I hope she doesn't listen to the far left liberal hypocrites posting comments on here. "Please don't go after Obama for anything, he's perfect!" "It's not fair to bring the Rev. Wright into a conversation!"
    Of course news outlets ran stories of her not knowing Africa was a continent because when it comes to Republicans, the mainstream media believes the worst first. They were suckered and printed a buried retraction many days later. The entire Trig story was insane! Just think how you hypocrite liberals would feel if news organizations ran stories on baseless whacked out conservative bloggers about Obama being a Muslim or some other rumor, then did nothing to correct it. Journalism died in 2008.

    January 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. biggie

    she's a clown...it's the media's fault that she cant conduct an intelligent conversation with the media? she is clueless....i dont like her...but i do like her because watching her bury herself all the time is priceless!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Susan

    Just for the record, I saw the interview that was on last night, and Sarah Palin was using the conditional future tense in her comments. I'd like to know how long ago her comments were made.

    January 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Shasta

    When will she stop? Does she not recognize the fact that Governors can be appointed and that being being a Governor is not the next in line to the Presidency? Although, in her little mind she thought that was really gonna happen', ya betcha! Of course she was under the microscope, America didn't know her and for her to keep whinning that she was looked at intensely by the media is just moronic. Thank god she was. Go away Sarah, you had your 15 minutes, we know you are addicted to the hype, but you got it as good as it's gonna get already. Oh, and that little thing about Trig, just show the hospital birth certificate and records and that whole thing is over--it's pretty simple.

    January 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Ken

    Palin is the bag of crap liar, not the media. What an ignorant fool.

    January 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. roy

    salacious? Sarah, which newespaper did you read that in? Oh...All of them? Like the child who constantly watches what all the other kids have, Palin talks about responsibility for her own actions, but when her actions cause press reports that she does not like, she cries foul.
    Perhaps if she actually HAD read some newspapers and magazines up there she could have 1) answered Katie Couric's question intelligently, and 2) seen that this is the way the world is outside the microcosm called Wasilla!

    January 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. NJCrybaby


    In the words of Jay-Z: Cry me a river, build a bridge and get over it!

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. George

    College, experience, motherhood, etc. All of this is irrelevant. I seek certain things from my leaders. I want someone who is honest with me and themselves. I want someone who is intelligent enough to understand what is going on around them, and able to use that information to make decisions. I want someone who knows when they need outside help on something and is a good enough judge of character and ability to find the right person. And, I want someone who represents me and my country in a positive manner that reflects the needs of the population. Sarah Palin does not fit those needs. Her extremely conservative views do not reflect the diverse population she wishes to speak for, and the words she spouts off only go to serve her purpose of power and self-promotion. The inability to deal with "gotcha" politics only shows her inability to react when necessary, and that is no trait of a leader.

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Martha

    For people that don't like Sarah, you certainly can't seem to get enough of her. You keep reading everything you can about her. What's your problem. Don't like her....stop reading and commenting about her. Simple.

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Kensing James, Fl

    And also..we are a team of marvericks!!, And also.. we are a team of marvericks!!. What nonsense. Now Palin knows that no one is paying her any attention (except the media) and so she wants to compare herself with real and accomplished people like Caroline Kennedy. What a loser Palin is. And you fools from the media, please do the American people a favor by not paying attention to this loser.

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Tony, Philadelphia, PA

    She's had her 15 minutes of fame. She's no longer newsworthy. She's a nobody. Move on.

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Steve from Atlanta

    Let's see...innuendo, misleading reporting, “erroneous and often outrageous leads on a variety of non-issues.”, "personal, salacious nature " of reporting, lies...do these all sound familiar?

    What goes around, comes around, little Miss Sarah

    Hopefully you'll fade away and not hijack the GOP to your anti-intellectualism.

    Hint, start reading some books & stop blaming everyone for your failures. They are all yours.

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Spencer

    If I was Sarah Palin I wouldn’t bring up Caroline Kennedy except in my dreams. Why would this so-called soccer mom who has about the most damaged family values I’ve ever heard about, an ignorant woman with grand ambition, want to remind us that Ms. Kennedy is an educated and articulate person from a very distinguished family, and that she buys her own clothes? Ms. Palin didn’t seem to have any problem fitting right in with the Republican habit of lying and then repeating it every chance she had to smear President-elect Obama.
    I hope the people of Alaska show this critter the door at the next election, but on second thought maybe letting her run again will just about wreck the wretched GOP. That would be worth waiting for. No, but seriously folks, can’t we just put her in the Hollywood museum of bimbos?

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Gina in Racine Wi

    When a Birth Certificate naming Bristol as Trig's mother is produced.....THEN and ONLY then......should the Media stop talking about this.

    If this "switch" of Trig, from being Bristol's to be Sarah's baby, actually took place....with all the lying, planning and scheming that would have had to have gone along with this......it is important that the Voters know what type of a person they are counting on to run our Country.

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Carol, California

    Here we go again, Sarah reporting from Base Camp of her Own Lttle World which exists only in her Own Little Head.

    Can't she see that she brought this on herself? If she wanted to cut the rumors about the infant, all she had to do was release her medical records. She wouldn't do it. She was the one who dragged the kids into this.

    And the Caroline Kennedy comparison was laughable. Caroline got plenty of jabs in the press. She just knew when to keep quiet. Sarah can't keep her big mouth shut and she gets herself in trouble. She refuses to learn from her own mistakes. It's everyone else's fault.

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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