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. VETS4Obama

    What a complete moron – it becomes more and more clear every time she opens her mouth!

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Susie

    Think Shaggy, if it weren't for affirmative action, Palin would be a stay-at-home mom and a part-time sports reporter in Alaska.
    And why does she keep talking about "If Obama had chosen me, they would have loved me." Huh? Those of us who respect and trust Hillary Clinton's expertise and experience would have just fallen in line behind you? Is she serious? Deluded? Insane?

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. rick

    Can't she just quietly go away like McCain????

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. McBride, SLC, UT

    This Woman is a joke. The Media scrutiny is not exclusive to her or to Republicans. Barack Obama's family, or he for that matter, was not off limits to them at all. Does she not recall what was made about some of Michelle Obama's comments, or Reverend Wright, or Obama being a Muslim, etc., etc., ? And She and the McCain campaign were the worst. She has such a double standard. She want's the media and Democrats to treat her with respect, while she trashes everyone she wants. ( What was that about Barack Obama being a "Socialist, and paling around with Terroists?) LOL

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. macaela

    I think it is completely disgusting that many of you are so hateful that you are able to attack a woman's children and her intelligence. Of course she didnt make the best showing and probably wasnt the best choice for John McCain but is it necessary to insult the choices she makes within her own family (I am sure you all have made all of the right choices in that arena)? All this woman has done is climb the ladder of politics because she didnt like the way things were, it is so wrong that she wanted to actually do something to change them? I guess she could have sat at home and blogged on her computer about it..

    Furthermore, the reason she is still in the media is because YOU ALL keep her there. People continue to talk about her, her children, her mistakes... maybe if you and the liberal media would leave her alone she would not feel the need to defend herself. Grow up and have some respect for yourselves and others... it is the only way this country will survive..

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Dale

    Go away, Sarah. We are done with incompetent people in the White House.

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Allison, Pittsburgh

    I'm no Palin fan, but leave her kid alone. No one gets hurt with these accusations except for Trig.

    January 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. change I can't agree with

    The koolaid drinkers on this forum are probably the same goobers who thought it was ok for the state of Ohio to attack Joe the plumber on a personal basis. LMAO I bet you cry real tears over those poor misunderstood terrorists at Gitmo while you rip into whoever the media tells you is bad...

    January 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. California Gold

    This woman can't help herself. She is absolutely single minded in cementing herself as American's Top Dumb AND Dumber. She will never let the world forget she is a hollow, shallow, pathetic, sorry excuse, ridiculuous, idiotic joke who entertained us as a full blown clown until she and McCain lost the election. She still doesn't get it. She still doesn't understand that millions voted against her did so because she is utterly, hopelessly, awful and we want her to go away. Clueless. Stupid, clueless, impertinent woman.

    January 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. C Hartz

    To label Palin as a fascist would be giving her credit for intelligence she does not have. Hopefully, she will slither away and soon.

    January 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. joni

    I don't blame Sarah Palin one bit, the media were terrible to her ! The media and all the reporters who write stuff about people should be ashamed of themselves! From movie stars, to politicians, to every day people! They are very hurtful and tacky !!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Jeff Mankin

    The media sucks!

    January 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Joe Green

    CNN loves Palin, it seems. No excuse is too trivial for CNN to do a story on her.

    Get a life CNN...

    January 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Jackson

    I am glad they wont let this story die. If Trig is her daughter's, and not hers, then she has perpetrated public fraud on the nation. As such, she should be held accountable. If she wants the matter to go away, a simple paternity test will solve it all.

    Conservatives keep saying "where's Obama's birth certificate?" so why not a little "where's Trig's paternity test?"

    January 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. caron


    If you can honestly say that Obama is stupid - then please tell me who is SMART? Obama is one of the most intelligient men that I have seen AND he is both well-spoken, gracious to boot. You might not like his policies - but come on, at least be able to admit that he is smart. Or you will lead me to believe that you are not!

    January 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Raleigh NC

    Palin plays a fair game!! She has been hurt deeply by all of the ugly remarks made by the media as well as blogs, could you not only give her life back and leave her alone until the next election? Her family business is hers alone, nobody has the right to tear her apart. As for her son Trig it is a disgrace for you to pick on a child with special needs or not, how would you feel about that? Kennedy will win only by her family name, why don't you think she uses her married name, she ashamed that nobody will know who she is, the media is truly treating her with kid gloves for the senate seat, this is the way of our society, win by name and not your merits. Palin is a very caring lady, who loves her family and will protect them no matter what it takes. Did you know that (kid) is a goat=for all you city people that are not educated enough to know that.

    January 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Michael

    Joking aside, she was on a path for high office before she was asked to run for VP. However, she would have needed to dedicate herself to issues pertaining to the US economy, the world economy, and foreign policy before she was a credible candidate. I fear she would have impatiently sought the presidency before she acquired all of these requisite skills to make a credible run for the office. In my view, Sarah Palin won't be ready to run for president until at least 2016. Of course, she'll run in 2012 and fall flat on her face.

    January 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Emmanuel

    Is this not the same woman that called Hillary a whiner for not standing up to the media? Is this not the same Sarah Palin that called Obama a terrorist and his campaign started with terrorists? Hypocrites, brood of vipers and evil men will get their turn. It's your turn now Sarah so deal with it you hypocrite. I can't believe the republicans almost elected you as VP, boy, we didn't just miss a bullet, we missed an Intercontinental Alaska Ballistic Nuclear equipped warhead coming right at the whole world. Phew!

    January 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Cue the hate-filled responses

    Hey Proud American-

    Go back under the rock from which you came. I'm so sick and tired of your insensitive, immature, unintelligent, and downright nasty opinions. Proud American? You are pathetic.

    January 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. steve

    she needs to keep a blackberry to keep in touch! obviously she doesn't realize this is old news from september 2008

    January 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Cystem Phailure

    This lady complains about refusal to correct obvious mistakes? The lady who repeated obvious lies at every campaign stop? What a hypocrite!

    January 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Mike

    Palin, here's a hint Idiot, Keep you mouth shut in front of the Media and they won't know what a complete Lying Idiot you Are!!!!!! Case Solved!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. uwtisch

    I am surprised by the amount of people here who say that Gov. Palin "has had her 15 minutes of fame and we should move on" or that people should just forget about her. She is still Gov. of Alaska, has great name recognition, a dedicated following in the Republican party, and might run for the Alaska Senate seat in 2010. She is going to be around for a long time, her opinion and statements matter and are news, even if you or I don't like them.

    January 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Kelvin

    And so much for her preaching of abstinence and family values.

    January 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Teresa B

    Why are we still talking about this moron? Media – you can do better! Please let her Rest In Peace.

    January 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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