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. M.H.

    If ya can't take the heat, get outta the kitchen. You betcha.

    Gosh darn, Sarah ... can't you just shut up?

    It's over, and I hope it's over for good!

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

    The media is is the reason for the major divide in this country , it is not for them to dictate puplic opinion. As much as the media bashed Sarah Palin in a clearly biased way , please remember that 48% of Americans did vote for her. I bet if the public knew that BHO was going to sell out to become a Clinton puppet the vote would be different. By the way I wish any one who is president of our great country well but where are Biden , Emanuel and the of the posse hiding? Sarah Palin 2012

    January 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Jo-Ann

    I can't believe how many haters there are in America. If any of you were attacked the same way that Ms. Palin was you would still be crying also. None of you must have children and therefore do not understand what it is like to have your children attacked. While I don't agree with everything she does and says, I certainly don't agree with any of you bloggers. Unfortunately you are the morons and idiots. Take a good look at yourselves and put yourself in someone elses shoes for a change. I'm sure that none of you will admit that the media handled the Palin's and the Obamas totally different. They handled Obama with kid gloves and I'm sure they will handle Caroline Kennedy the same way. I liked her father, but she is not qualified to be Senator. What are her qualifications? She is about as qualified to be Senator as Obama is to be President.

    January 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. J.

    I can't stand Palin but enough is enough. Leave her family alone and for goodness sake quit reporting about her.

    January 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. cat

    Sarah should just leave well enough alone, She was the only one who damaged her own image. At first i was saying HEY Sarah.
    until she started ralling the people up at rallies. with hate speech and lies ..I know she heard the people saying kill him and off with his head and calling Barack a terriost....and then in her glee i heard her say YESsss. That's when I said NOooo. Even though she was a attack dog with lipstick, there was no need to move the people in a dangerous frame of mind. I am glad she failed. I hope she keeps on reflecting on he lost until she figures out really where she went wrong. Maybe she will realize that division can be a two way street.

    January 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Mary Lou

    Please drop coverage of this non-story. She chose her path into politics and needs to deal with the negatives just as she enjoys the positives, like free travel, clothes and the lifestyle of the elite all on someone else's dime. It is called paying the piper.

    Go back to Wasilla and whine, Sarah, and try to put on your big girl panties – hopefully, ones that you pay for personally.

    January 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. GOP losers!

    The republicans lost in a BIG way, doesn't she get it? Obviously not.

    January 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. George

    Keep talking Sarah. The liberals are afraid of you. See you in four.

    January 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Margaret, Minnesota

    Why is she still in the news??

    January 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. WCCH

    If Palin doesn't want others to "exploit" her, then she should quit exploiting herself. If she doesn't like the questions she's being asked, then stop giving interviews. If she thinks the media is misinterpreting her remarks, then she should shutup.

    January 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Free Thinker

    She's absolutely right. Some things, such as family, should be sacred. But it will never change American's think everyone's business is their business

    January 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Ron Ft. Myers

    Obama Mama and Martin, you should get together, you are both functional morons. Martin, I would venture to say, if Palin is an idiot, you would be ranked as what? Obama Mama, get a life. The day any of you can become the governor of any state, then you will almost be her equal.

    January 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Pittsburgh Matt

    The media wasn't against her. We, the majority of intelligent thinkers in our country, were against her. The media just reflected popular opinion of her. I would say Fox was the one who tried to spin it by trying to make people think she was something different than we all saw and perceived with our own eyes.

    January 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. mary the clerk

    That pathetic bimbo Sarah certainly had no problems making tasteless and false statements about Barack Obama...now did she? Sarah you are full of you know what sister.


    January 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Tom KS

    Please stop reporting on her... That should make her happy.

    January 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Rich

    Marc....Marc...Marc....come on. Why are you still so sore bro. Move past it now and don't be so bitter.
    Just get better players for your team that is all you have to do. Everyone has a chance of winning – even Georgie "won" and twice at that.

    January 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Howard

    I really don't like Gov. Palin, but someone close to her ought to suggest she consider the possibility that some of those salacious things being printed about her are a transparent attempt to yank her chain, and every time she responds as she has this time, she only throws gasoline on the fire.

    Ignore them. Be quiet. Get below the radar for a while. Let the media find some other dartboard to aim at, and then you can redefine yourself on YOUR terms. But as long as you continue with this stuff, you let the media define on their terms.

    By the way, I really don't think it's personal, Sarah. It's just that these kinds of contratemps get people's attention, and that's what ratings are all about.

    January 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Palin go away

    Ahh the Britney Spears of politics. Very true, if we stop commenting and ignore her, she will vanish.

    January 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Sonny

    I can't believe it! This is the woman that attacked Obama as a TERRORIST?

    January 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Grog in Ohio

    Another whine about personal attacks from the airhead that said Obama was "palling around with terrorists"? It would be funny if she wasn't so pathetic.

    11 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    January 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. bill thurston

    I wonder if the media would report on the thnder thighs of Ma Bell Obama or the daughters. I doubt it, Palin is right on on this one.

    January 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Jams nVa

    The more we hear of her the worse she sounds – just go away! Always somebody elses fault, she takes no responsibility for anything, even for Republicants that tactic has lost it's shin. She's turned into a sad joke.

    January 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Mark


    You're an idiot. I can't believe you said the things you said. Obama is nowhere within a million miles of being in the idiot zone. Obama graduated from Harvard Law magna cum laude and was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. One can't do that except with exceptional talent, intellect, and work ethic. Harvard doesn't operate on affirmative action in its educational practices.

    January 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. It's Me

    So too and also I would like to say some words. You know, just some words about some stuff and things that people normally say when they say words about stuff, and also that this thing with the words that they said. It's just so unfair so too and also not fair to me as a person or as an individual also. Thanks for your time so too and also your listening in to what I have to say also.

    January 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Ken in NC

    Gov Palin might one day be a national leader but not soon. She used a campaign of fear in an effort to gain votes from the opposition that backfired basically because of three things.

    The Gov. was not in the position to verify to her public the charges she raised against then Senator Obama thus raising the appearance of her being disrespectful to a sitting Senator while her partner, John McCain was trying his best to maintain a level of honor and respect. This did not accomplish her goal which should have been to garner votes for the Republicans from the Democratic side.

    The second reason her campaign failed is because she has not mastered the use of the English language. Her speech is very rough, unprofessional, and it is delivered always from a negative side. An example of this took place in the Vice Presidential Debate when she made the comment, "SAY IT AIN'T SO JOE". This was a most unprofessional delivery for a person running for the second most powerful position in the country.

    The third reason her run for office failed is that she was unprepared for her interviews and to this day she has made little improvement in her mastery and delivery of the English language and she still makes her point always from the negative side rather than a more positive position.

    If she works hard to correct these problems in the next couple of years she may be a viable candidate in 2012 but if not then the media, which will be waiting for her, will treat her with less respect in 2012 than she thinks she was given this year.

    January 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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