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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  1. MJ from MD

    I don't have an opinion about her one way or the other, but I absolutely agree with her accusations about the media....there is no such thing as objective reporting anymore. If the media likes you, you'll come out smelling like a rose; if they don't like you, you'll be crucified.

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

    sarah compalin that's all she does like she is a victim....she hides behind saying nothing and pitting americans against each other that's what the GOP is until they realize we are all americans

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

    I can’t believe her! What was the press supposed to ask her? Name rank serial number she was running for the 2nd highest job in this country we had a right to know something about her other than lip stick on pit bulls. Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric did this nation a favor by exposing her before this country made another mistake with our leadership.

    January 9, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Barb, Des Plaines

    No, Sarah, it's the incompetent politicians that we don't believe.

    January 9, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Cherylynn

    Wasn't it Sarah Palin who was on TV saying that Hilary Clinton did a disservice to women when she complained about perceived unfair treatment of the media during the primaries? Sarah said something along the lines that women had to be strong....if they were going to be involved in politics, they needed to be able to handle the criticism? Seems she doesn't practice what she preaches.

    January 9, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. ray


    January 9, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Skip - michigan

    To all of you "former republicans" posting here. You were NEVER republicans. You are tried and true democrats trying to convince people that you've switched partys. Gimme a freakin break. Most of you have the integrity of your democratic(soon to be thrown out of office) governor BLOWgovich.
    I hope you all are relishing your 7 years of sfaety under President Bushs' watch. You surely aren't going to get it with Mr. Obama.He is more concerened with what the rest of the world "thinks" of America. How scary is that. Now go enjoy his billion$ inauguration festivities, you blind fools.

    January 9, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Ry

    CNN why do you insist on keeping this woman on the political 'ticker"?

    This has nothing to do with politics. Palin is now no better than Paris Hilton or any other idiot, no talent in the entertainment field.

    Best to keep her there.

    Or even better.... stop reporting about her all together.

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

    Someone should have mentioned to her that Public Officials have to be, well, Acceptable to the public. What you say and how you say it is a big part of it.

    January 9, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Beth from Virginia

    She can dish it out, but she can't take it! All she did during the campaign was badmouth and malign the opposition. And since the campaign all she's done is whine!

    January 9, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. deb in Colo

    @ Shaggy

    Obama has a law degree from Harvard. I don't know too many stupid people with a degree from Harvard.

    You must be reading Sarah's papers...

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

    Sarah Palin, you were not elected to be the Vice President.

    Oh, by the way, you were running for the 2nd most powerful position in the United States - the media has an obligation to investigate YOU.

    Yet, you compare yourself to Caroline Kennedy ??

    There is no comparison.
    Caroline Kennedy is intelligent and you are not.

    Why don't you go back to Alaska and do your job ??

    You don't want to do your job ??

    You should be impeached quickly then.

    You, Joe the Plumber and Rod Blagojevich should all share the same cell together.

    January 9, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. John

    Shaggy January 9th, 2009 12:26 pm ET

    Palin is stupid? What about Obama? If it weren't for affirmative action, he'd be a middle manager in a paper company. He wouldn't know a detail if it hit him in the head-
    Palin is stupid and you are even dumber. Congrats to you, that is not an easy task!

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

    I agree with Palin. Honestly, this is news? The media is out of control.

    January 9, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Stan

    It's a good thing that the election is over... the MSM's vultures would have gotten pretty cold going through Palin's garbage this week. However, I am SO GLAD that we found out that her daughter's boyfriend's mom was arrested on drug charges. That's WAY WAY more interesting than any sort of investigation on Blagojevich/Emanuel/Obama and the "Hey, you wanna buy a seat?" vast right wing conspiracy.

    Oh, I'm sorry. I was using dated catchphrases uttered during the Clinton administration. Please excuse my error, with all the Clinton retreads stocking the cabinet, you can understand my confusion. I was under the impression that change actually meant change. Good thing that fresh voices at the highest levels of power aren't necessary.

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

    Poor NC Independent. Please understand that McCain plucked her from out of the wilderness and handed her a line of bull.... She obviously has plenty of free time to keep up this banter. It only confirms my belief that there isn't much to do in Alaska but have children.

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

    This woman continually fails to realize the bounds of her hypocrisy.

    If complaining is a sign of leadership then she will certainly be in the vanguard of RNC candidates in 2012.

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

    wow. those of you whining about Palin...talk about calling the kettle black. get past the tip of your own nose, pull it out of your rhetoric behinds, and start paying attention to your own words. how can anyone take any one of you seriously when you don't take the time to correctly spell and put your thoughts on paper. remember what your mom told you when you were a kid? 'if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all?' it would do the bloggers on this list well to adhere to that note. it does you no good to post hate – how can we respect your comments when they come from such disrespectful people? oh yes – another adage comes to mind – 'don't like it, don't read it'

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

    HA HA HA ..Someone here said Caroline Schlossberg is going for the senate seat to get experience. The job os Senator is a powerful and important job! So noone needs experience now?

    Do we blame Palin for answering or CNN for calling? Maybe if the media stopped calling she wouldn't have a stump!

    January 9, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. C.T.

    Two weeks ago this woman told CNN that she regrets not doing more interviews. Now she complains she had, had to do too many. This week the media is unfair... If she would just shutup and do her job as governor, the media won't have to listen. Yes I said have too. Her office is putting oil on the fire by putting these tidbits into to the media. For the few, and I repeat few nut cases defending her. Your not sounding very thoughful. But, I guess "birds of a feather flock together".

    January 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Leah from FL

    Her comment: “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.”
    is astonishing. Gee – I remember her doing the EXACT SAME THING up there on the MCShame/Palin campaign stump – trying HERSELF – in vain to connect Obama to Aires, Joe The "Plumber", etc, etc. Oh and such a big grown up word – salacious . yeah, we're so impressed.
    Here's one to describe how I feel about you: fallacious

    January 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Jonathan

    Nothing this woman says is of any importance or significance.
    She's nothing more than yesterdays news in the trash, a bad P.R. trick
    played by McCain that blew up in his face.

    Can we move on please, finally.

    January 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Yoshi99

    I love the fact Sarah keeps trying to point at Caroline Kennedy. Sarah is basically saying she can't hold her own with the media, can't offer any original ideas, and can't come up with a compelling argument as to why she looked so bad in the media (all Katie Couric did was ask questions, you know). By pointing at Kennedy, Palin is dodging all that and saying, "Look over there! Look over there!"

    January 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Anita Baker Bruce

    I am thrilled that Sarah Palin continues to speak out about all things unfair-- "salacious" comments from the "liberal media", etc. Keep it up, Sarah. At this rate you will have NO audience when 2012 rolls around!

    January 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Clair

    I Love her. Don't ask her to go away. Let's give her some incentive and plenty of audience. We need to keep her in focus and tied her even more to what GOP stands for. Nobody can be allowed to forget this woman. If she fades away, maybe a more eloquent, intelligent and sympathetic conservative figure will start building trust for GOP again, so please people – Sarah is good for business. She is the golden goose for the democrats and liberals. Keep giving Palin! We look to talk about you! We are all ears!

    January 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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