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. barbati

    Time to get out of the kitchen.

    January 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Kathryn Sajdak

    So if Tina Fey "exploited" her, how come she appeared on SNL?

    January 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Alli Tool

    Who cares about her. A bleep on the past. I wish the news would stop giving her any limelight. She does not deserve it.

    January 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Rosemary Storaska

    Palin raises a concern that has already led to a new documentary film coming out in the end of February. Numerous women's groups and other organizations fed up with the far left media are now closely following the media as watchdogs. There is a wave of revolt coming and the media in the future will be held to a standard of responsible journalism or they will no longer exist–The New York Times for one as well as magazines as newsweek and networks that produce interviews bent solely to raise ratings as that of Katie Couric. Times are changing because the American public has had enough and now know that through the blogasphere there is much power.

    January 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. jeanne

    GO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN.............

    January 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. drahcir61

    Seriously, it's time to start wondering ... WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WOMAN???

    Is she an egomaniac who got a taste for the real world & just can't let go?

    Is she dumber than we thought & she just doesn't realize that people want her to go away?

    Every time she opens her mouth like this she alienates herself ever more from the mainstream. She is like watching a slow motion train wreck ... only better!

    January 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Dan Rider

    I'm confused...Palin wasn't this unhappy when she used the media to spred lies and character smears about Obama,"palls around with terrorists". Palin should now be more sympathetic about the huge lie that was spread around and partially believed about Obama being a Muslim . Palin was clueless about a variety of issues and took the far right's view on most others, and for this portrayal by some of the press, I am grateful.

    January 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Steve

    Given her post-election interviews, I am surprised the Governor Palin would admit to have done anything at all. She has taken no responsibility for her lack of knowledge, inability to piece together coherent sentences, incendiary comments or standing idly by while fowl were being killed. Her stands are only comparable to those being taken by the Illinois Governor. They did no wrong and it's all someone else's fault. I guess the comparison is valid since she, too, was cited for abuse of power by her own legislature.

    January 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Elly

    Its pretty pathetic and reflects badly on her when she blames the media for comments that came out of her *own* mouth!!!! what a huge EGO!!!She * loves* to be in front of the camera!
    maybe she should have been a model or an actress
    Go educate yourself before you decide to become a senator or God forgive president

    January 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Susan

    Sarah, I also think you were under a microscope because we never heard of you and who is this woman who could possibly be the President if something were to happen to McCain. We had every right to find out who the heck you were. If you didn't hide behind your party in the beginning, maybe things could have turned out a bit different....but only for awhile since once you did come out of hiding well....we found out that God Forbid, something happened to McCain we would....I can't finish, It still scares the heck out of me just to think about it.

    Sarah, you were never right for the job and you should have seen the real reason behind it all and said, " How nice of you to ask, but I am clearly not ready. Maybe I will get my self ready for 2012. Come back then, thank you. "

    January 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. NCGirl20

    Conseratives amaze me. "The media put Obama in office" Get real. Please wake up and realize some of us do think for ourselves.

    Take the loss like a man. Stop blaming everybody else because your plan didn't work.

    BTW...God doesn't govern by law. He governs with love because He is Love! He wants people to obey Him because they love Him not because someone made it a law.

    A Christian that is happy Obama is taking office on Jan. 20th!!

    January 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. suzanne

    this isn't news. seems to me like she's just trying to stir things up and keep her name in the news. she's history and has no future on the national scene for the republican party.

    January 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Judy

    OMG; like she is the ONLY ONE and this is new media behavior invented JUST FOR HER! Every time she does an interview, she just buries herself deeper and deeper and proves more and more how she is certainly NOT going to be the next Republican pick. That is one of the most hilarious notions I have heard EVER!!!

    January 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. AnonymousStudentT

    Someone needs to tell this stupid woman that she's on minute 15,000 of her 15 minutes. I have no pity for her. She was, after all, a journalism major in college, and she worked in the media. One would think that she, above all the other politicians would know how to handle the media. That she couldn't just goes to show how badly she sucked.

    January 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Susan in SC

    If Sarah Palin wants for the bloggers to stop questioning Trig's birth she should release her medical records, LIKE SHE SAID SHE WOULD. Wouldn't that clear up the entire question did she give birth to Trig?

    This pathological whining is her way of staying in the news. She must believe that news is better than no news; people will know her name and perhaps forget her whining later on? Okay. But what about her lack of intelligence? Will we forget that later on? The woman cannot string together a sensible sentence. Even yesterday's "via me" had me shaking my head.

    January 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. steve

    shaggy- you're stupid.

    January 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Brian MacDougall

    The best damage control for her would be to shut her mouth and go away for awhile.

    January 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Wellkep

    Time for the credits to roll and Iris Dement's " Our town" to play...........it's the final episode of Sarah's Excellent Adventure.

    January 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Jack NYC

    What did Palin think running for President would be like? it's brutal, unfair, biased, very difficult, and very unpleasant. This is not like running for Beauty Queen. As Pres. Truman said, "If you can't stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen." Gore lost, unfairly and kept his dignity. Kerry was battered, lost and kept his diginity. McCain lost and kept his dignity. This is how people of character react to defeat. Losing, in and of itself, is not a bad thing.

    January 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. sherri

    Governor Palin is her our worst enemy

    Governor your state and if viable throw your hat in for 2012
    Worry less about the media

    January 9, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Pam

    Will somebody please shut her up? She blames everyone but herself for the stupid remarks she has made...no one made her look stupid but herself. Get over yourself, Palin. Enough already. Go kill some innocent animals. That's what you're good at.

    January 9, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Noah

    WHat is truly amazing is the power that this woman still has over the hardcore liberals who post on CNN.com hourly. This woman has the ability to drive you crazy and i think it is utterly hilarious. You defend racist, anti-semites like rev Jeremiah Wright yet you seek to destroy this woman who has done nothing wrong but seek to serve the public in higher office. That is the hypocrisy of the Left

    January 9, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Stacey

    It amazes me how stupid and ignorant Sarah Palin is. She had no problem attacking Obama ("paling around with terrorists"); she said nothing when ignorant racists shouted "kill him and lynch him") at her klan (oops I mean political) rallies; she had no problem putting millions of Americans down ("small town people are real Americans"). Now she's whining again about the media being unfair to her. She put herself out there. Every time she starts whining and complaining, she's putting herself out there. I have no pity whatsoever for this woman. No, she doesn't have to "just go away." The more she speaks, the dumber she sounds. Keep it up, Sarah. You only prove more and more why you were not qualified to run for V.P. let along be V.P. and thank goodness America did not vote for you.

    January 9, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. ER

    Here we go again when is Sarah Palin going to go away and stay quiet in Alaska in the kitchen cooking and shooting moose, next we should see her hosting her own Jerry Springer Family show. Big time tv.!!!lol.

    January 9, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. wendy

    Shut Up! It's over, you are over, and no one cares! I can't stand hearing about you anymore. You are a disgrace to motherhood. I think this was a first for a woman to internationally exploit not only her newborn but also her teenage daughter. Shut up! Go away! You are a hypocite! Please go home and care for your children.

    January 9, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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