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. kbzacharias

    It appears that Gov. Palin will do anything to keep her name in the news. Nancy Boyda once said "Politics is a contact sport" and Gov. Palin should have known that. Not only that but given that she accepted the nomination knowing that her family would be under great scrutiny and put her own ambitions before her children (somehing she appears to have done her whole political career) – it is somewhat disingenous to know claim she was unfairly treated.

    Hopefully someday soon she will just go back to being the Gov. of Alaska and leave the rest of us alone.

    January 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. WhoCares?

    She's crying about bloggers now?

    And she thinks she is ready to be VP.

    What a clown.

    January 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Innocent By-stander

    If Pat Robertson was right when he said the 9/11 attacks were god's punishment for America's sinful ways, then I must conclude that Sarah Palin, John McCain, George W. and eight years of an inept and venal administration are god's punishment for so many of our fellow citizens having voted Republican. Let's make amends for that by banishing the GOP - and especially Sarah, who has repeatedly shown herself to be a narcissistic ninny - to many long years in the desert.

    January 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. dallas female

    if she can't take the heat from her own country what is she going to do when she runs for office and the WORLD is giving her heat...

    if she should be so honored..
    she is a wash up fraud and anyone who looks to this women to lead us is just as ignorant as the people who think BUSH Jr did a good well done.

    January 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. nerakami

    Wait a minute here...

    yet when Mz. thing was screaming to the angry mob that Obama was a terrorist and the crowd's salivating ..."kill him"...

    how utterly "stoopid" can she be...
    Sarah... go and sit down... ENOUGH !!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Bernie

    If you don't want people to say things about you, don't open your mouth and say something stupid. Each time you speak, you're just giving the world more ammo.

    January 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Caroline Kennedy

    Everybody just keep harping about Sarah Palin. That, you know, will keep people from, uh, you know, seeing how, you know, stupid I am and then, uh, well, you know, maybe I can, like, slip into a senate seat, so just, you know, keep picking on her.

    I'm glad that, you know, most of you in here, like, have the same IQ that, uh, you know, I do. I'll, like, see you when, you know, I'm in, uh, the senate.

    January 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Pete Vaguely

    Just let her keep talking. She will gradually bury herself and distract her party's attention away from meaningful politics. If she keeps this up for a year or two we will finally know the whole truth about her. She's not just some Mavericky down-home politico. She's a lady with deep psychological problems and a screwed up family life. That she could have ever been considered for VP by a major political party is something that will be discussed for generations by political scientists and historians.

    If she won't accept help it's sometimes best to just ignore the crazy lady who's muttering to herself in the back of the bus.

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

    The woman cannot help but speak in run-on sentences. It is like reading the quotes of a woman speaking a foreign language. How can she have supporters?

    January 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Rachel

    Well Sarah. The chickens have come home to roost!. All the sharp
    tongued comments you made about Obama are coming back to haunt you. Blow your nose and grow up. You jumped out there with your hotsie winking and thinking you were so clever now you find that you are just what you are...nothing more than a big mouth woman. Stay off the radar screen. We don't need you. Caroline Kennedy has the education by the way. What do you know? So you think the media is too soft on her. Don't tell me your mouth is going to start on her now!

    January 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Dr Larry

    Most of the hater comments here clearly indicate the effect of a biased media. So many sheep, so little time.
    Oh, and "pal-ing around with terrorists" is a very close description of Obama's early relationship with Ayers and Dohrn. They were "friends" for political expediency if nothing else. This was a political "attack".
    Attacks on Palin and her family were 99% personal and many were based on what was said on SNL, not the truth. Some of you here still question the birth mother of Trig Palin and that is not only out of line, it is stupid. Grow up and do your research.

    January 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Jamino

    I boycott products advertised on articles about Sarah Palin.

    January 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. MJL

    Shouldn't she be pretty busy helping her daughter adjust to life as a mother???

    January 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Sophia in Canada

    why did she not tell Katie Couric she did not want to answer that question if she felt it was demeaning. She clearly told the moderator at the VP debate that she was not gonna answer all the questions as expected. maybe because she was pre-programmed to say that but nobody gave her the answers to Katies questions.

    January 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. pete at the beach

    Poor Poor Sarah–you know IT IS all about HER, wink wink. Shes a professional victim Couric had no business expecting lucid answers. Tina Fey was just plan evil to quote her on SNL, than mean McCain campaign making her get interviewed, that mean thing of expecting her "future" son in law to have the minimum requirements (although she didnt need them). What a mean mean world just think she could be calling Hamas mean or Putin mean or pushing the button against all those mean sexist men who are looking at her– where's my stylist???my clothes?? you mean mean people!!

    January 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. mike in portland

    Please stop all coverage of Sarah Palin. There is nothing in her life, work, or family worthy of reporting. Please focus instead on the important stories of the day, such as deaths in the Middle East, corruption in our own government, etc. Enough already.

    January 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Denise Bolin

    You say the media elected Obama? Then why did they play all the hate rhetoric by the right wing OVER AND OVER?

    And if Sarah admits she wasn't up to Katie Couric's interviews, she's admitting how unqualified she was. Those were softball questions, ones most Americans would know the answer to, let alone candidates. I know more about foreign policy than she does.

    If the media leaned towards Obama, I applaud them for having sense.

    Obama did not get into college with affirmative action, he got in with his brilliance (hence the President of the Law Review and Magna Cum Laude).

    I have a question – why do people (some people) WANT to believe and make up hateful things about our new President? Why can't they move on and be patriotic and respectful of the people's choice?

    It's much too important a time to be petty and hateful.

    January 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Jamie

    If Palin stories were anything new then that would be one thing, but it seems all we can hear from is reliving the past and this election that we are trying to move forward in its aftermath.

    Plus, it is no great medical mystery older mothers are at highest risk of birth defects in this stage of a women's fertility span. Furthermore, maybe the decision to let Levi dropout of high school should have been taken more seriously and all consequences taken into account. Her family is the Roseanne of Alaska and the RNC, that seems to be there base element appeal.

    As for Caroline Kennedy, Palin is out off line and I don't care what her opinion is on the matter, THANK GOD it is not her decision.

    January 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. charlene, 67 retired, Republican for Obama

    An old saying:
    "if you can't take the heat; get out of the kitchen"

    It continues to amaze me that she was ever elected to an office greater than PTA.

    January 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. chris

    Last honest man: You make me laugh!

    January 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Sunny

    Sarah Parah needs to just shut up and go back to alaska where she belongs..

    January 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. grahame

    Sarah Palin is a liar pure and simple. She will do and say anything to deflect blame from herself. She blew it. Nobody else did. She gave the same stupid lame brained answers to just ordinary questions that would have been asked of any potential VP candidate. Sarah Palin is also a thief, or did you all forget about those wonderful clothes that were supposed to go back to the Republican Party or to charity.
    Sarah Palin also believes in nepotism. If you don't believe this then read the letter she sent with her future son in law to get him a job after which she denied that she had anything to do with. And finally to all those who believe that the great USA would be better with her as President. please read all the comments from the local newspapers in Alaska.that should at least give you a clue just how disliked this woman is in her own state. Sarah Palin is just another Rod Blagodevich. She should also be impeached and quickly before she does any more damage to the Republican Party.
    It's because of her and people like her that my party lost so badly.Good riddance to bad rubbish. I've seen Idaho potatoes with more intelligence......

    January 9, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Zepp

    Well, if this isn't a case of the proverbial Pot Calling the Kettle Black: The same person who accused Obama of "pallin' around with terrorists" and helped Joe The Wannabe-Plumber get his 15 minutes of infamy, now complains about "...taking her remarks out of context “to create adversarial situations,” and of pursuing “erroneous and often outrageous leads on a variety of non-issues...” Is there any limit to Palin's hypocricy?

    January 9, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Dave G

    The president of the U.S. can destroy all life on earth with the push of a button. So it's no surprise that voters want to know more about the personal lives of their presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

    If Palin didn't want the press probing her personal life, she never should have run in the first place.

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

    Shaggy: Evidently you have not read anything about Obama's background. He is well-educated and was the president of the Harvard Law Review.
    Palin? She got a degree in 5 years in sports journalism and still cannot form a sentence.

    January 9, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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