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. Nick

    You liberals are fools. Obama won because he had a ton more money to spend than McCain. The media kissed up to him because they wanted the advertising dollars. Everything in America is about MONEY. WAke up SHEEP.

    January 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Alan


    January 9, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Lauren the Designer

    Linda Lee January 9th, 2009 12:20 pm ET
    Hooray Sarah!!!!!!!! Go get 'em girl!! You have much to offer the US, much to offer women in particular. I am in full agreement with you and support you 100%….as do thousands of Americans.

    "Thousands" of votes don't win presidential elections. Thank god. This loser couldn't even win the Miss Alaska pageant.

    January 9, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. li

    Well, I don't care whose kid it is or what's going on in Alaska. Just save the wildlife. However, if you watch behavior as I do...everyone in that family seems disconnected when they hold Trig. The only one that holds him lovingly is Bristol (maybe because she was preggers). But who cares anyway. All things done in the dark will show in the light sooner or later

    January 9, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Michelle B.

    So why didn't she say this when she was running for VP? It's late to be complaining now. AND the reason that she was "pick on" by the media is because she appeared to many Americans as a new face. Most people already know who Caroline Kennedy is, and what she has done. Sorry, Gov. Palin, bit I don't think its fair to blame others for your mistakes....

    January 9, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Independent In NY

    Sorry Sarah, but when you speak with pointed words, they tend to come back to you in the same way. And besides, You were a candidate for Vice President, which warrants a higher level of scrutiny.

    I would like to see you in Penthouse though...................

    January 9, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. 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 told 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 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Maggie in NY

    Gina, Baltimore, MD – I agree with you. While I would never vote for Palin, there is no reason for people to keep making the same posts over and over every time an article about her comes out. It's stooping to the level of the other party. One more point – Down Syndrome is extraordinarily rare in babies born to women under 40 and especially in teenagers and young women – Trig is hers. And even if he isn't, so what? Let's move on, dems!

    January 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Margarita

    Hellooooooo earth to Sarah the campaign is over.

    We have elected a President and a Vice President months ago. As a matter of fact we've even about to have them inaugurated.

    You need to wake up now. It's over. Stop living in the past 2008 is over it's now 2009 you need to get with the time.

    January 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    This is a woman who couldn't name a daily newspaper she read with any regularity.

    This is a woman who couldn't answer the question, when posed, that how come she didn't show her pregnancy nor reveal it to most people at the time, then took maternity leave and returned to work three days after the birth? You create your own intrigue, especially when you refuse to produce a medical record or report that would confirm the pregnancy/birth.

    This is a woman who used the cutesy-two shoes approach and got called on it.

    This is a woman who has a bachelor's degree in journalism (from an unaccredited school), but yet she has no clue as to how journalism works?!

    This is a woman who preached family values, yet her 18-year-old daughter is pregnant out-of-wedlock?!

    This is a woman whose potential son-in-law had to quit his job because he didn't have the basic qualification to be an apprentice – a high school diploma, yet she wants us to back-off?!

    This is the same woman who claimed Obama had no management experience nor experience running a business? McCain has what in this regard, and don't count the 5-1/2 years as concierge at the Hanoi Hilton, either, except the VP position Cindy's family handed him?!.

    And, finally, this is the same woman that McCain recently admitted he couldn't endorse for president? I have a flash for this woman, the mean, old, white men of the GOP will deal with her on their timetable, if it becomes necessary, so who will she blame then? I hope she makes it, because watching her having to face down Obama in a debate will be hilarious!!! She'll make Bush look like a mensa!

    January 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. kim barres

    Ugh.. If you cant stand the heat – stay out of hte kitchen...

    January 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Is She The Best That The Rushpublicans Got?

    Palin/Joe the Whatever: 2012.


    January 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Dwayne

    Gosh-Darn-it Sara just go away, You-becha.

    January 9, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to marc:

    Bush went to two Ivy League schools, too; see how good that was?!

    January 9, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. SM

    I was not brainwashed into voting for Obama. In fact, Palin with her anti-America rants and her "Obama is a terrorist/Muslim/non-American" speech of the day did more to put him in office than any MSM outlet did.
    If you were not brainwashed by the smirks of GWB and the winks of Palin, you might see that your current President is a traitor and guilty of war crimes. You might try reading the piece in "Vanity Fair" that interviewed many members of his staff and see what went on behind our backs. Frightening stuff-they believe that they rule the world, meanwhile they brought down Fannie and Freddie, encouraged torture, tapped all our phones without warrant, and all in the name of "security." Whose? Haliburton execs? Oil magnates? Talk to the 4000 plus parents of dead GIs, and the thousands more who are returning injured, depressed, and damaged for life. See how secure they feel right now.
    Talk to my brother, who just built a beautiful home on his own, and then lost his job.
    Talk to my neighbor, who lost her home when her hours were cut and benefits dropped.
    Bush and company are continuing their little fascist agenda right to the end-allowing drilling in the Grand Canyon on one hand, and preserving a tiny piece of ocean with the other. They are liars and crooks! Not Obama.

    January 9, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Dan from Detroit

    To Noden: You are a lying, hate filled liberal. The vicious things you say about Palin speak volumes about your flawed charachter. Cheer up- moron, your candidate won the election due to white guilt and ignorant minorities who follow lock step with their crowd. It's amazing how you liberals use the minorities to win elections. You are all so pathetic. Please leave this great country and take your hatred for it with you.

    January 9, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Lois

    Sarah Palin is the focus of the media, why? because she's a great person and an honorable politician. let's not forget, the media only goes after those that draw the most attention!!

    January 9, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Doug - Dallas

    She sounds like my kids; "it's not my fault, they're picking on me".

    Today's media will investigate every nook and cranny. What she doesn't seem to realize is she created most of he "perceived" problem herself. Scary to think she could have been our VP. She seems to think she would have been treated better if she had been the Dems VP choice, it's obvious she's completely out of touch with reality.

    January 9, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Bobbie

    I am a constitutionalist. Not a democrat nor republican.
    This is about "truth". Something most of you people here do not know what it is, understand or relate to. Without truth we have nothing. Without people who seek the truth, speak the truth....we have nothing. Most of what I have read here is simply small-mindedness and lacks truth.

    January 9, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Tony

    So this is the "new era of change" we can expect. Face it, the left wing reporting and the hate from the people who support Obama is going to be Obama's greatest challenge to any efforts in united the country. I didn't support Obama for this kind of garbage.

    Leave the kids out of it, stick to the issues.

    January 9, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Optimistic Again


    January 9, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. Steve in Louisville

    How about if everybody just lashes out at Sara.

    Would she go away then?

    What an idiot.

    January 9, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. George Bush

    I was wondering how the media was going to keep busy...

    January 9, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Shaggy:

    Thanks for the input from the Stupid Society!!!

    January 9, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. adam


    January 9, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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