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. Sue

    I see so many negative things written about Sara Palin, and I really don't understand all of the animosity toward her. If you didn't want to vote the McCain/Palin ticket, WHATEVER, but stop the character slandering! Its way beyond "old"...
    And, for God's sake, leave the children out of it!

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

    The more she talks, the dumber she looks.

    January 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Danny

    Wow, she is so right. I mean, take for instance the fact that Obama had a very insignificant relationship with a so called terrorist, and his house was on of hundreds that hosted an event for him. Some in the media described this as 'starting his career in the living room of a terrorist', or 'palling around with terrorits', resulting in certain moronic politicians following the media's lead and beleiving in this crap.

    January 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Joe

    she is an idot and everytiem she opens her mouth she confirms this

    January 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Kim

    If we all stopped responding to Palin's remarks, maybe she would leave the stage once and for all.

    January 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. John McCloy

    All the media did was roll tape. She did all the damage. And what's most hilarious is that the bulk of Tina Fey's act was only repeating what she said!

    January 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. jaruzian

    Palin should ignore both public and private sector people who have nothing better to do than play these silly little, "Please, somebody, ANYBODY, notice me!" games.

    Such people fundamentally NVA's (No Value Adders) to our society and have transitioned into VD (Value Detractors).

    John C. Aruzian

    January 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. deetee

    Hmmm...Ms. P, the next time you speak out in the press, here's what I want to know:

    1. What's your position/solution on the current conflict in the Middle East?
    2. What's your opinion on PE Obama's economic stimulus plan? Any ideas of your own?
    3. Do you think Sanjay Gupta would make a good Surgeon General? If so, why? If not, whom would you recommend?

    Get the picture? Talk about things of substance and maybe the press will take you seriously.

    Just a tip!

    January 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Jose

    Waa Waa WAAAAAAAA (tear dropping over her eye)

    January 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. GP

    It is intellectually dishonest to claim there isn't a difference between how the media reports on Republicans verses Democrats. It is no surprise that Liberals are again intellectually lazy when it comes to getting ALL the facts, and not just listening to 10 second sound bites to form their political "positions". I use the word positions, because most Liberals have no core foundation of beliefs, just positions on the limited facts they hear from any unreliable sources.

    January 9, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Sheryl

    Hey Sarah,

    It doesn't sit well when people talk "falsehoods" about your person and family does it !! Hopefully in your next campaign (if there is one) you'd best to remember to deal only in FACTS and not fiction.

    I don't know you personally but I can tell that if I ever met you I would tell you some FACTS regarding how to treat other fellow human beings. You had no business trashing and enticing HATE like you did during the General Elecion at your rallies just to win an election. You must be so proud to have the HATERS to be your only followers...I personally don't think your a very nice person and What Goes around Comes Around !! Repent and ask for Forgiveness, you know what you did was wrong but you repeatedly kept on doing it.

    January 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Bily the Milkman and Nightime Lover from Ohio

    Sarah then make your medical recoreds clear to the world. Please explain to all of us how you been the gov who had never seeing any images/tv/photos of you expecting a baby a yr ago or so. Any female gov having a child is a HUGE NEWS YET there was not report, print or tv coverage of your pregnancy. Your daughter got more news that you as a gov. Any other female politician that is going to have a baby, famous or not, will get reel and newspapers story from the local media YET not a single 10 lines story on 'GOV PALIN EXPECTING HER NEXT CHILD." That is why folks dont believe that this baby is yours at all. Not even an announcement from your office or hospital after you had the baby. Not even a short brief of you gong IN-N-OUT of the hospital to have a child?


    January 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Independent Mike

    Although there might be some small relevance to her claims the real issue is her need to maintain her relevance with these infomercial interviews. The GOP has much better rising star's to give some hope to the party (Jindal, Perry, Huntsman, et al).......Sarah is trying to hang on to any last scrap of credibility before she is eclipse'd by real talent.

    January 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Lib

    Dear Sarah,

    Don't you have moose to shoot or a state to govern or something?

    January 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Andy J, Upstate NY

    Gosh, you libs sure are tolerant and are clearly ushering in a new kind of politics.


    January 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Sophia in Canada

    McFly, your fly is open.

    January 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. magella

    I love her concern about “erroneous and often outrageous leads on a variety of non-issues.”

    Funny, it didn't seem to bother her when she was accusing Obama of "palling around with terrorists."

    January 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Richard

    She's so offended by these stories in the mainstream media that she's repeating them in the mainstream media so they create another story . . .

    She's not too bright . . .

    January 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. OverItAlready

    Dear Fellow Commentators,

    The only way we will be freed from having to read any more of the inane and inconsequential rantings of SP (I can't even bear to type the name) is to stop commenting at all on the articles posted here. It's all old new and it wasn't really news when it was news.

    I know I'm breaking my rule here, but I have resisted commenting on many articles in hopes she would go away. She hasn't and that's because she still gets hundreds of responses, so CNN will keep posting. If none of us respond (good or bad) then maybe the whole SP thing will go away once and for all.

    Are you with me?!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Too many 6 packs ?

    She needs to go back to the Trailer Park ..!!

    ..where she belongs...!!!

    January 9, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Gilbert

    Poor Sarah!! If you want to run with the big dogs. I think her
    personal life is important to know about if she wants to be in the national picture, heaven only knows how much the people of Illinois should have known about Rod. If you would stop parading around like you want to be noticed and just go back to gutting moose almost everyone, including your own party, would greatly appreciate it. THANK YOU OBAMA/BIDEN!!!

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

    Sarah who?

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

    WIlliam : " 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."

    If she was a man or an unatractive woman, you never would have heard of this bimbo. She is a Bimbo in every sense of the word. She was elected mayor iif a tiny backwoods town with none of the responsibilties of a real mayor , simply on her "charm" nothing else. She is not qualified to run a daycare center let alone the country.

    January 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. kathy scioscia

    She just never shuts up, does she?

    January 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Denise Bolin

    This proves how dumb you really are, Sarah. You want to blame everyone but yourself that you came across as the unqualified candidate that you were.

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