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. James

    Go. Away.

    January 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Dora

    Sarah Palin came onto the scene denouncing and attempting to belittle the democratic opponent. She planted the seed to reap exactly the same thing – as a 'christian', she should be aware of this. She started the attacks on day one and the same followed her throughout the campaign. How can she expect sympathy now, or expect to be taken seriously when she complains about the negativity against her? I agree that her children should not have to bear the brunt of the meanness, but shouldn't she have considered that before accepting the position? HOPEFULLY, she is not so innocent as not to expect criticism, considering her family situation. Also note, in spite of her constant negative comments against Obama, he never retaliated. What a gentleman!

    January 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. skeeve

    This women has no clue... again and again and again...
    There is subtle difference between a VP candidate that can potentially become a president and a US senator. The levels of responsibility and potential damage a person in respective positions can inflict is simply incomparable. It stands to reason that a VP candidate WILL be scrutinized much more than a mere senator. It stands... but not for Palin

    January 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Kim

    Also, it's interesting that every time she speaks to the media, she then has to follow it up with a statement about how she's been 'misunderstood' or 'taken out of context.'

    Every. Time.

    Maybe you should stop speaking to the media, Sarah, if they've got as big of a comprehension problem as you seem to believe.

    January 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. RT

    You are not making any new fans Sarah. Don't you realize the Joke is on YOU! We only follow your stories in the media to see what bumbling folly you'll fumble through next. Nobody but yourself takes you seriously. You are pure entertainment and are not taken seriously as a political figure. Get OVER yourself!

    January 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Fredi

    When was the last time Sarah Palin actually took responsibility for something? To my knowledge blaming everything on others is a sign of mental illness.

    January 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Nick

    "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.”"

    Just like she did? How parents could only relate to her and not any other candidate? Or the acquaintances of certain candidates?

    What makes her above the media?

    January 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. ooooowweee...'salacious'...big word!

    Uh oh, someone showed Mrs. Palin what a thesaurus is.

    Big words for such a small town gal!

    January 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Jon

    A politicians private life being scrutinized or gossiped about? NO WAY. UNHEARD OF. Jesus christ. If you can't handle it, get out of politics and stay out. Good riddance.

    January 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Bill in Illinois

    Poor baby – she says that she expects criticism and being held accountable and then turns around and whines when it happens. I will agree with her that there were several potshots fired across her bow that were out of line but she needs to remember that she is not the only one that has happened to.

    It seems to me that she is the one who wants to set the standards to which she is held acvcountable and then put anyone who violates them in front of a firing squad. Someone needs to remind her that politics is a little different than a beauty pagent.

    I am not a fan of hers but she has the right, just as anyone else does to make her views known. Her problem is that she doesn't seem to want to be held accountable for her gaffes, of which there are plenty.

    January 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Mike Fdez

    So on Thursday Sarah talks about Couric and Key and how unfair the entire media is. On Friday her office releases a statement talking about how unfair the media is. Are we beginning to see a pattern here?

    Why can't Ms. Palin just govern Alaska to the best of her ability and stay out of this unfair media?

    January 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Kenneth

    OK enough is enough. At first I didn't mind the coverage of Gov. Palin because it brought her short comings to the forefront and supported my opinion that the Republican party and John McCain couldn't possibly be serious about leading the country. But now its just getting ridiculous. Ms Palin ... you were running for the second highest and probably the highest position in the country how could you not expect your life and those around you to be placed under a microscope? Step away from the cameras and you could probably begin recovering from the "salacious" reporting. Good luck with that!

    January 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. BBB

    Oh please... just let her fade into the sunset... enough is enough is enough

    January 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. legal in nc

    Just waiting on those liberals that can't stand Palin to chime in on this one.......

    By your soon to be negative comments your just proving that things that you don't understand (honesty, integrity, character, etc) scare you and therefore you have to attack!

    Palin in 2012!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. William Schmidt

    I consider the statements made by Gov. Palin's office as being way to soft and polite to the media. The media goes way to far in their attempt
    to discredit this woman. I understand the contempt for the republican party. As a republican for all my life; 41 voting years, I am appalled at
    what the republican party has become. But I have not given up on the
    principles of America and what it means. I consider Sarah Palin to be
    a "Great American". She has risen to where she is on her own; not
    by the republican party, not by the wealthy with an adjenda, but on her
    own belief's and trying to make America a better place for all.

    January 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Adam from Ohio

    Well, how about Sarah the Moron's salacious shrieking that Obama palls around with terrorists?


    January 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. kay

    Seriously this lady should see a Psychiatrist... no jokes or move to Hollywood.. Because Alaskan voted her to be their Governor means not much...

    With all there talk of teenage pregnancy, troopergate, expensive hockey mom's clothing, in-law drug bust.

    Lady, if you are thinking on the US Presidency. It is not a reality show. You and those narrow minded so call conservative talk show host can keep living in fools paradise. FORGET IT.

    Americans has seen what you are capable of. New flash just in case you missed it. You don't have what it takes.. SIMPLE.

    January 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. scdemocrat

    Will someone please tell this woman to stop whining. They lost the election and she is a big reason why it happened. Alot of people wonder why Americans seem to have a hard time seeing a woman being the head of the country, and all of her whining and "look at me" press conferences do not help that. What exactly were you misquoted on? YOU are the one who made the stupid statements about seeing Russia from Alaska being foreign policy experience, you are the one who couldn't answer a basic question about which newspapers you read. As far as "your" baby goes, why was your daughter taken out of school for the months prior to Triggs birth to be homeschooled because she had mono? I know alot of people who had mono that managed to stay in school. If you wanted to prove Trigg was yours all you had to do was release your medical records which you said you would and NEVER did. GO AWAY AND STAY IN ALASKA PLEASE!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. 30m-PA-voted Clinton then McCain

    She is 100% correct. The media bias this year was the worst I've ever seen. First the media were against Hillary and then the Republicans. The year 2008 was certainly the year journalism died. Of course the hardcore Obama fans will say they didn't see any bias at all.

    January 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Boston Irish

    I agree. I think a lot of the comments made are totally unbelievable. Instead of making a point to print only the truth, they just keep on printing the rumors that have been circulating for ages. I'm waiting for the ones who keep complaining about the "Obama Birth Certificate" crap to start complaining about all the lies spread about Palin. No one defends her like they defend Obama regarding rumors. Why not? It shouldn't matter if you like her or not, supporting a lie is wrong.

    January 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Ahmed

    Although as a Sudanese national I am not a fan of Gov Palin I share her outrage with the Media from personal experience namely the false and harmful coverage of the Darfur situation with widespread harmful misinformation to the American and Western public that is threatening to destabilize my home country by falsly influencing public and decision makers alike.

    January 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. dee

    It amazes me that the same "mainstream media" that she claims show bias againast her is the same "mainstream media" she uses to try bully her way back into the spotlight! Here's some advice....Cry a river, build a bridge, and GET OVER IT!!! Her whining is simply pathetic!

    January 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Steven NY

    I agree to the point that personal attacks have no place in government. However, Ms. Palin should take her own advice. Telling crowds that Obama pals around with terrorists and have people introduce her who involk Obama's middle name as a slur, and whipping crowds into homocidal anger is something far worse than anything media has done. Again, Ms. Plain you show us how unprepared you are for National Office.

    January 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Nick

    “As a public official, I expect criticism and I expect to be held accountable for how I govern,”

    Unfortunately, because you are a public official, your personal life is an issue. And because you are a public official, your family is also in the spotlight, unfortunately.
    Maybe they do things differently in Alaska, but welcome to the lower 48, you finally see how things are really done.

    January 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. RealityKing

    American's media has become a progressive joke. A state run media..

    January 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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