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. Allen

    Wow, lies and made-up unfacts during a presidential campaign. Say it isn't true. If I had a Swiftboat for every time that happened...

    January 9, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. beckie

    To Bubba:
    No, that is a falacy that down's babies are born more often to older moms. Actually MOST down's babies are born to younger moms. Do your homework. The reason this is the case is because most babies are born to younger moms.
    From a health care professional

    January 9, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Peter TX

    what part of go away don't Palin and Joe the joker understand?

    January 9, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Coultergeist

    WAH WAH WAH!! Does this woman ever take any responsibility for her actions? Seems like everything bad that is said about her is someone else's fault in her little brain.

    January 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. mike m

    Wow, what a hate site this is. It's sad to see that the attacks against her continue. People just can't handle a smart and beautiful woman. I aplaud Gov. Palin. Yes, Govenor Palin. She has more experience that Obama will ever have. I won't attack Obama like some of these folks here do. That is the problem with most liberals, there are mean. I hope to see lots of Palin in the future. Remember folks, Mr. Clinton is a real OKIE. We must not forget his folksie language during his first campaign, but liberals do...some how, oral sex is not sex, I did not have sex with that woman! Yeah right, he should have been impeached and gone to prison. enough said.

    January 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Carol Weyle in Lakewood Co

    Her reactions are just another expample of her small – town mentality that is best left where she is at. I betcha Mcain realized his mistake early on. Don't we have enough real issues to discuss, economy, war, etc ? caused by the failed party Palin represented.
    Colorado Mom

    January 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Heidiinalaska

    As someone who lives in the State of Alaska I actually can say she's right this time. I am not one to defend her, but when Obama said "lay off my kids" the media did, at least to a certain extent. When the candidates said "lay off our families" the media did...except for with her. They did not scrutinize Michelle nearly as hard as they did Sarah. It is unfortunate that this appears to be true as for the most part..she wasn't misunderstood..most of her comments were as snarky and immature as they sounded and she was grossly underqualified for the job. The media lost a lot of credibility when they pushed the "Trig isn't hers" story..and they lost even more when they chose to focus on her wardrobe. She's right..Caroline will not be put under the microscope like she was..and her motives won't be questioned. I don't believe that Sarah had ulterior motives or that she was even dishonest..infact she probably called it like she "saw it" as it were and decided to just be herself...whether we liked "herself" came out in the election results I think 🙂

    January 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Marc

    Attention, I am not the 'Marc' of the 12:30 post.

    Shaggy – January 9th, 2009 12:26 pm ET
    Your comment is so ridiculous and racist that I almost have pity of you. Almost. Barak Obama was a professor in Harvard, can anyone achieve it with just 'affirmative action'? Nope, just with MERIT.

    Last Honest Man – January 9th, 2009 12:25 pm ET
    Get over it, it wasn't brainwashing. Its name is election. McCain lost, Obama won. All the stories about Sarah Palin are caused by her and her press calls, interview and positions. And since she lacks coherence and respect to easily verified facts, like her real positions in that 'Bridge to Nowhere' story, she gets what she deserves from serious journalists.

    January 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    She has a point.

    January 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. BA

    Just remember Marc,
    George Washington was a Liberal..........

    January 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. bw

    Oh yeah, the best thing for the Dems is for Sarah to be there in 2012.........2016, 2020 and keep on. It is also good for stick.

    January 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Gabe

    Ok if you want the "media" debunking rumors like the one that claims that Trig was your grand daughter not daughter you need to
    release your medical records (as you said you will) and present a birth certificate for Trig, or at the very least allow the hospital to publish the birth announcement as they do for most parents! (unless specifically asked not to). Until you do that there will always be the suspicion that you lied big time on this for political reasons.-
    But I know what you are trying to do- Attack is the best defense- you dread the possibility that a real reporter actually will get to the bottom of this scandal- Simply put there is allot of smoke and only openness on your part can clear the air- Release the birth certificate and hospital records! I dare you! and until than just be hush.

    January 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Bob

    You left wingers are sure skeeeeered of Palin. The democratic party is so scared of her and I always thought the democratic party was the inclusive party. She is gonna smoke the dems in 4 years and you are all scared.

    January 9, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. testy in texas

    please, no more reporting on Palin..The national news doesn't need to report her whining..she just needs to govern Alaska. At least they might be able to understand what she is saying

    January 9, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Laura

    Sarah –
    I AGREE with YOU.

    It is not only happening to politicians that are not part of the arrogant and misguided elite that owns the press and other forms of communication, it is also happening at our academic institutions where often tey teach not only wrong information, but MALICIOUSLY wrong information.

    Why should Ms. Palin be penalized for saying that Obama pals with terrorists when IT IS THE TRUTH.

    January 9, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Rob

    She is great to look at ....wish she'd keep her mouth shut......

    January 9, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    Election to the VP position is being compared to nomination to a Senate seat! There is no comparison between Kennedy and PALIN.

    January 9, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. tfc

    Me thinks that thou doest protest too loudly.

    January 9, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. CNNGuy

    Could someone please euthanize this moose?

    January 9, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. leftie06

    Your 15 minutes are up....please leave the rest of us alone. No one cares what you think, or what you do. You are not relevant at all. You are just a hate-mongering, racist, homophobic anti-American has been. Please go away. You and your whole family.

    January 9, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Can we be finished with this woman? Please??

    January 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Fritz

    And who is making this news again? Everybody's fault but her own...

    January 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Darrel from Denver

    What a shame.

    January 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. corinna

    Listen up, all you critics. Why are you holding Sarah to standards that you do not hold everyone else up to. Clean out your own backyard before you clean out everyone elses. Lets put you under that much scrutiny and see how well you do. Yes she is the governer of Alaska, that puts her in the public eye, however keep your comments to her governing, not her personal life. Yes blogs are great and it's a free country, however when you make statements that are insults you come across as being in junior high school and are jealous of the popular girl so you are making fun of her. Doing so makes you look childish. Why not blog with respect for yourself.

    January 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. pecori

    Funny thing this Sarah Palin attacking the media and SNL all of a sudden. She thought it was great when there was a plausible chance of her becoming the VP. Did she correct the media when they Americans that Barack Obama was a Muslim???? Not in all cases, and in fact there was probably a good chance that she and her advisers wanted to exploit the false media on her opponents (not a shocker folks since she is a politician). Now I hear that she is upset with SNL's Tina Fey for exploiting her popularity or making comments that were not regarded as appropriate in her mind. Well Mrs. Palin, if you felt that way you should have never been on that show in the first place right? Or were you hoping to make strides by using the media, like SNL, to boost your election chances? Is anyone else thinking hypocrite here?

    January 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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