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. mary, colorado springs, co

    Sarah: Give us all a break and not try to run in 2012. You've got the only political job you are capable of doing (I guess) and you need to quit while you are ahead. The White House is WAY out of your reach. You don't have the experience or education to rule a nation. Stay up north with the people who are willing to put up with you and pay you.

    January 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. MsCint

    Sarah, why are you surprised? You used these same tactics yourself when you were campaigning. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Don't throw stones if you don't want to be stoned yourself.

    January 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. sg

    Lets not forget Richardson. He'll be next.

    January 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. The Edge, Macon, GA

    "Why's everybody always picking on me?" Can't take it can she? Dished out mud and slime, encouraged the rabble to speak of violence and fanned the flames of religious and racist hate of our PE at her rallies and now expects to be treated as if it never happened. What a little princess she thinks she is.
    Please, please, please select Palin for the Repugnantcant Party Presidential nominee for the next 5-6 elections. She is the poster child of the brain dead, lying and wimpering losing party . She does fit well into her purloined suits, doesn't she?? If there ever was a symbol for entitlement, she is it.

    January 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Christopher in Minnesota

    You people do understand that the woman can not speak correctly, right? She is grammatically challenged, speaking in broad, general language. What is a publication? She reads publications, or so she says. It doesn't answer the question she was asked, she simply name dropped news services like the Times and USA.

    As far as the biased media. Will you people ever learn that we humans don't know a thing? When you realize that you may find yourselves a bit happier.

    Filter through the bias, and personal opinion, and you just might find the real news. It is there, you just have to understand how to look and interpret it. Judging by the illiterate comments of many of you, you A: should not be commenting, don't pay attention, and haven't taken it upon yourself to seek knowledge, and B: should consider turning off the television for a bit and perhaps reading a novel. This will help you articulate your answers.

    She will never win an election for the presidency, and thank that fallacious god so many believe in, the media will drag her face through the darkest mud they can find.


    January 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Perusing-Through


    Why can't Sarah Palin see that she creates her own demise?

    CASE #1: Sarah's husband Todd was a member of the violent Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) which advocates the cessation of Alaska from the U.S. by any means possible. Sarah has attended AIP meetings, events, and "paled around" with AIP members as late as 2008. But yet Sarah Palin had the audacity falsely accuse PE-Obama of "paling around with terrorist". People at her campaign crowds were threatening physical harm to PE-Obama because of her false statements. Now explain to me how the news media, bloggers, and just plain decent folks can ignore this level of hypocrisy from Sarah Palin.

    January 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. CC

    Caroline Kennedy may not be any brighter than Sarah Palin, but her handlers sure are. It is hard not to criticize her when she puts her foot in it everytime she opens her mouth.

    January 9, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Missy

    I would really like to know how John McCain feels about all of this now. He's created a monster! Well, a fuzzy little bunny monster anyway.

    January 9, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Mr Magoo

    Sarah in the words of my idol, Judge Judy, "Beauty is temporary, Stupid is forever"

    January 9, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Clarence (Florida)

    I love to hear her talk!! The more she speaks the worse she sounds. This is the woman reps voted for? She did this to her family – she knew she was an idiot when she ran. I do not feel sorry for her – I do feel sorry for her children. It has to be hard when all of American know you mother is not very bright.

    January 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Marilyn

    Palin is correct. The media was after both her and Clinton from the beginning. They decided that Obama would be the annointed one and did whatever they could to discredit both of them. For the first time in my life I am NOT proud to be an American.

    January 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Richard

    If anyone knows how “to create adversarial situations,” and pursue “erroneous and often outrageous leads on a variety of non-issues.” it is Sarah Palin.

    It's great justice that Palin feels this way since that is how she ran her entire lie-filled campaign.

    January 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Conrad

    My Governor is a vacuous skirt and a political dilettante. I hesitate to use the terms we call her here in Alaska.

    January 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. frank

    To qoute Dan from SNL "Marc you ignorant sl..". Please control your capital letters as they tend to give away your unbridled rage. If you are comparing the "beauty queen" who attended multiple colleges to a published author/ivy league graduate humanitarian I feel that there is no comparison. Perhaps you have been drinking the RNC coolade.

    January 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Jimmy the C

    Is this person still the future of the Republican Party?

    January 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Nija

    Very unfortunate how the media can tear you life apart.

    January 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Funmi

    She needs to leave the media alone ......not sure how good the media bashing will be for her next Presidential run.....but there i go using logic again ......off course she has not thought about that .

    January 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. SD

    Will she just go away already? She had her moment to shine and she blew it. Just go back to being governor, worry about the good people of Alaska, and be thankful someone took her seriously enough to nominate her fo VP.

    January 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Rahn Hasbargen New Brighton, MN

    It seems that whenever a "story" that is posted related to Sarah Palin appears, it generates hundreds of blog postings. Like her or not, she draws more reaction than any single topic out there right now. Contast that to a John McCain or Joe Biden "story", and you can draw your own conclusions......

    January 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. prosarah

    If all you Palin haters hate her so much, why do you continue to read stories about her and then take the time to comment? Hmmmm-interesting.

    January 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. shawn

    I'm tired of hearing Palin whining!! She needs to go away, far away!

    January 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Tim

    Why are we still talking about Sarah Palin?

    January 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. jclem

    I'm laughing at all of you here who are ripping on Sarah Palin right now. You're living proof that what she has said is true. I would bet my right eye that NOT ONE OF YOU knows one single thing about Alaska politics and what she and her administration have accomplished in the state. Which, you know, is her job and it's kinda important. You have fall allen prey to the media like a little dogs on a leashes. You call this woman stupid, uneducated, etc., but obviously it's you all who fall into that category. You don't have a mind of your own and can't form your own opinion. Get a life. Go read a book. Find something to do because you're embaressing your country.

    January 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Robbin

    Sooo uhhh is Trig hers or not? lol

    January 9, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Marc P. Blumberg

    Hi,I'm Sarah,and it's all about ME!!!!
    Is it just me or is this mindless,ignorant ,uninformed fool just needing to be the center of attention. Can you say narcissistic and shameless self-promoter. She is exhausting. Go home and shut the hell up. Better yet teach Bristol about birth control. Have a nice day.

    January 9, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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