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. carol

    Last Honest Man: How can you dispute what came out of Sarah Palin's mouth? The media did not do that, she SAID it. They just reported all of her stupid remarks and vicious campaigning.

    January 9, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Who Cares

    I applaud the media for keeping the spotlight on SP. With any luck, she will be the Repub. nominee in '12. I plan to contribute to her primary campaign.

    Repubs will see this as a wise choice.

    So will Dems, but for an entirely different reason.

    January 9, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. pat C.


    January 9, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Sarah Palin only appeals to the right-wing nuts that supported her. Middle-of-the-road sensible Americans can see right through this vacant individual.

    January 9, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Greed is not good

    she's not qualified enough to use fancy words yet alone critique the media

    January 9, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |

    How right she is about the reporting on the election and even after ward the election is over THE MEDIA CAN STOP REPORTING ABOUT THE PALIN FAMILY AND SON-IN-LAW TO BE

    January 9, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Dan

    Would someone shut this whiner up! First of all the fact she is trashing Katie Couric because she herself didn't know the easy answers to simple questions is rediculous! When will the republicans stop trying to blame the media everytime thier candidate loses? Sing a new song people that one is old and worn out. She is trying to save her image, which she ruined through her own dumb answers to politically based questions. If the republicans are touting this hate mongering moran as thier next big thing they are in deep deep trouble. This was a woman running for the republican VP spot that didn't even know what the Bush Doctrine was...i mean come on people!

    January 9, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Pharakook

    Simple Sarah's starting to sound a lot like Richard Nixon..........

    January 9, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Allison - Baltimore

    She LOVED the media her first few months in the spotlight, didn’t she?! But once they got past the ‘glam’ and started to see the ‘true’ Palin, it was harshly obvious she was unable to articulately communicate her beliefs and ideas – if she could form them, for that matter. If it was not a spoon-fed, rehearsed and easily regurgitated answer, forget it! Questions as simple as what type of newspapers do you read, stumbled her. That’s NOT the media’s (Couric’s) fault. That’s just simple lack of brainpower!

    MOVE ON! I'm sick of hearing about her and/or from her. Old news! I just hope Alaskans are smarter in the next election!!

    January 9, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Midge from Ohio

    It is like the Salem witch hunts, which were also based on heresy and false reporting, only Palin is not a witch. The media should be ashamed of itself! I have NO respect for anyone in the media except George Stefanopoulus. He is the ONLY ONE who never seems opinionated or biased.

    January 9, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. From sunny Fla

    Does anyone know who is paying for her PR campaign? Judging from the orchestrated, ridiculous media blitz she is on, it must be costing someone a pretty penny. Are we going to keep seeing this nonsense for the next 4 years?

    January 9, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. tracie mcpherson

    Please Gov. Palin,just sit and be quiet. You're the one who wanted to be Vice-president,not knowing what all was involved with the job. You decided to be in the "spotlight", you put your family in the "spotlight" also and you complain about being exploited. You need to look up the word exploited and see who exploited whom. Please for your sake,just be quiet and be the Governor of Alaska.

    January 9, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Alastair

    Imagine if CNN really was a liberal media outlet..... if they were, they would have stopped giving her a soap box long ago and just moved on to more important news. If you do not want to hear what she says, simply do not click on the story. Eventually CNN will realize that people are no longer interested in her.

    January 9, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Sheryl

    On another Post

    Someone said, Joe....... Joe are you out there Joe !! Now that was too too funny

    January 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Nan Tuure

    Enough of Sarah it is just her way of staying in the spot light don't
    give her that we need to put her behind us and move on.

    January 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. gl, Pittsburgh

    Just think our lucky stars, McCain lose.

    January 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Suzi

    Yawn. Sarah who?

    January 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Kristine

    hahahaha poor palin.

    January 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Norm

    To CNN: Why is Palin still in the news?

    January 9, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Kagzz

    At this rate...Ms. Palin will need a BAILOUT from the PRESS...LOL !! How much would it be worth...my guess....lotsa lipstick and bacon.

    January 9, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Future POTUS

    Maybe Sarah is going to run for CEO of CNN. Watch out "Best Political Team On Television." The Palinator is coming for you.

    January 9, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Concerned in San Diego

    She should have realized that she and her family were going to be in the national spotlight. And she should have realized that she was not qualified to be a couple of heartbeats away from the Presidency.
    Her hugh ego got her and her family in the mess they are in.

    January 9, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Illinidiva

    Ugh... It is one thing to attack someone on their qualifications; it is quite another to drag their children into it. Palin has every right to go after the ADN, The Atlantic, Daily Kos, etc. on this topic. In fact, if she or Todd want to give Kos or Andi Sullivan a good beatdown, I'll be there cheering them on. Any woman who isn't a mama bear when it comes to her children isn't worth her salt.

    As for Trig trutherism, the conspiracy is about as plausible as those involving WTC 7. In fact, most people who believe the Trig rumors probably are also 9/11 truthers. Women in their 40s are at risk to give birth to Down Syndrome babies; girls in their teens are not. The fact that prominent bloggers and newspapers would want to risk their credibility on this fantasy is beyond me. And Sarah shouldn't have to prove that Trig's her child, just like Obama shouldn't have to prove he's a natural born citizen.

    January 9, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Baal

    Trigs birthday as stated by Palin is a matter of public record....

    However, check out the on-line records of the hospital in Alaska where Trig was supposedly born...

    There are NO records of any baby named Trig being born on that day...

    Of course the MSM would NEVER stoop so low as to actually do INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM.

    January 9, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. JC

    I love it when people write to say that everyone else is wrong or mean or stupid for saying anything negative. Such as Donna who wrote to say everyone here is a sicko for ripping apart Palin. LOL, those people are commenting on a public person who puts herself and her family in the lime-light on purpose, Donna. You, however, called almost everyone commenting on this blog a "Sicko". Ever hear of the kettle? So, your negative opinion matters about people you don't even know, while their negative opinion about a well-known public figure is sick? Wow, just wow. Go back to listening to Hannity. I'm sure when you agree with someone you don't think their negative remarks make them a sicko, just a concerned American.

    January 9, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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