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. E in PA

    No one cares what she has to say. It's all a plan on her part to stay in the media and it's working. CNN and the rest of the media folks should stop paying attention to her.

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

    Honestly, I really don't want to hear from this woman ever again. Suffering with her for three months was more than I could bear. She is so self-absorbed that everything revolves around her. You would think that nothing nasty was ever said or claimed about the Obamas, especially from her good friends in loopy right-wing circles.

    January 9, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Beth

    Seriously...will this woman ever go away? She has an excuse for everything. When she stands up and takes responsibility for her own actions, maybe I'll have a shred of respect for her. However, her time is up and she needs to just disappear.

    January 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Proud Alaskan

    Sarah Palin is right. Media coverage is based on democrat ideals who broker with advertizing, and darn it, Obama had what they like most, CASH. If this country is going to start on the road to recovery, the media better start behaving like they do business in America, or do they really want us to go down the sewers?

    January 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. dan

    As I was reading through the comments left on this article I noticed that some people support sarah palin and think that the media bias is what made her look ignorant.. I think most people were able to put aside the ever so popular new stories about her personal life dramas and whatch her speeches or interviews where she made herself look ignorant all by her self. The media just made sure everyone was able to catch a glimpse. She was not qualified, end of story.

    McCain/Palin – Best joke of 2008

    January 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Poor Levi

    I hope she never goes away. She should have her own reality show. That would be cooler than the Ozbounes. I would watch it every week. Run Levi, Run!! Get away while you still can. 🙂

    January 9, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Move on Liberal Media and all. Leave Govenor Palin alone already. Its over. Leave her and her family alone. MOVE ON.........Why not talk about Obama and his questionable character and is he a US citizen

    January 9, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. tee

    Sarah Palin sounds like spoil brat. Why don't she go back to Alaska and be a mother. GOD help this lady. And clear her conscience.

    January 9, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    CNN, by having her name appear so often it makes you look a cheap tabloid. She is not worth the time.

    January 9, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Fritz

    If the baby is hers rather than Bristol's, then her actions were comparable to trying to kill her child (refusing mediacl attention when her water broke, getting on a plane for several hours, making a connection, getting on a plane for several hours, again refusing to get medical attention, driving for an hour plus to a small medical clinic foregoing the larger medical facilities in the other locations). I would respect her more if she was lying in an attempt to protect her daughter. Maybe she still is lying by keeping up her story.

    January 9, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Sophia in Canada

    This woman is a nag.
    I understand she thinks her reputation has been tainted but it would help her if she proved she had intelligence rather than try to explain away everything.

    January 9, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Elizabeth in OC

    Gosh, I didn't know pitbulls could whine like this!

    January 9, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Anne

    She'll bring up any subject to stay in the public eye, won't she?

    Go away Sarah......or did own down-to-earth soccer mom
    get a little addicted to the limelight?

    January 9, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Oh, and one last thought.........this is the same woman who accused Obama of being a terrorist simply because he was acquainted with one, yet Sarah and Todd are members of a secessionist group?!

    And they don't deny it, either!!!

    And she wants to be president of a country she wants to seceed from?!

    January 9, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Peace

    I expected Sarah to understand the heavy scrutiny than anybody else.
    Sarah you were heartbeat away to be a President. Very few people knew you before John McCain introduce you to us. We were all asking: Sarah who? Sarah who?.

    We were obliged to know you. How intelligent you are. How much/far you know the world. Whether you are competent or not etc.etc. Infact the questions you got from some of the media were not sufficient.

    If I were you, I would appreciate the scrutiny you got and not bashing the media. They were doing their job as you were seeking for one.

    January 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. DBK

    What is Palin talking about? Ms Kennedy has been under scrutiny her entire life from the time she was a small child. I wonder if Sarah Palin, who as a candidate for the vice presidency of the United States demonstrated ignorance of so many subjects, including what a vice president's duties are, has any idea who Caroline Kennedy is...or who Jack Kennedy was.

    January 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Mike

    Amen, Sarah. The bulk of the media today has no credibility.

    January 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. JB

    Seriously, does she have like a word limit she has to hit every day?? If she would shut her yapper the media would leave her alone. But since she has to release a statement every day; statements that make her look more and more ridiculous by the minute; the media eats it up! Look as a woman, I love to see women rise to power and achieve big. But if we are going to play with the big boys, we must expect to be knocked around a bit. And she is doing a disservice to ambitious women every where. I can hear men all over this country groaning about stupid whiny broads, and who will forevermore equate a woman running for office, with someone who couldn't find her @ss with a map!!

    January 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Brandon

    Shut up, just shut...up. Seriously. You hate the media so much then shut your mouth and they'll stop covering you. I didn't let it go this far during the elections though I truly disliked this woman. Now, I hate her. Although I disagree on much of the reublican philosophy, there are smart, intelligent republicans out there. She isn't one of them. She is a waste of space for any party, any team she is a part of and it's idiots like this that get beamed around the world and continue to perpetuate the the stigma of ignorance in US leadership that is held by many.

    For the good of the nation, stop giving this hackneyed, two-bit, poor excuse for a republican, American and woman face time.

    January 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Gerry

    In reference to my previous comment; I deliberately included three grammatical errors. It will be interesting to note how many of the esteemed contributors identify them.

    January 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Dorothy

    Why will this whining and silly woman not go away? No one is supposed to criticize her. No one is supposed to object if her kids break the rules (Levi's adventure with work). We are just to think she is wonderful and elect her to whatever. She needs to slink back into the obscurity from whence she came and shut up.

    January 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Proud American 2

    "Why does the media continue to give this Idiot a form. John McCain should be sued for this. Republicans should be given an I.Q. test before being allow to run for public office." – Proud American

    More like brainwashed liberal American. This very comment alone details the hypocrisy of the liberal party and oozes of ignorance in itself. All republicans are stupid? Why because we don't agree with you? Who are the real "racists" of this country. To actually sit there on your high horses and tell half the country their stupid because we care about where this country is headed. Do us all favor, drink some more kool-aid, look in the mirror and look at the real "ignoramuses". You would have been proud to live in Germany during the late 1930's. All hail Obama!

    January 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Jesse Callahan

    Your Excellency; take the advice of an 86 year old retired USAF Sergeant and do what you have always done. Govern your state in the best manner you know how, and above all; consider the source of your tormentors and ignore them. You and most of the country know that you are doing an excellent job.

    January 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Chris

    Excuse me Ms Palin, Obama was attacked that he was a terrorist,not American, that his wife was not American, he was hardly off limits from bad press. You were treated very fair by Katie Couric, so stop whininng. If you can't take it, don't dish it out. You said plenty about our New President.
    Yes, the children are off limits but you are the one who chose to parade them around on stage.
    I would say you are a cry baby and a sore loser.
    You were not qualified, it is as simple as that and very clear to most Americans, including the press.

    January 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Sophia in Canada

    She thinks Obama has been getting too much attention – wow... wait until Inauguration Day comes.
    Maybe she will be watching one of her Beauty Contest tapes during that time.
    It is obvious this woman does not deal well with rejection.

    January 9, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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