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. Jim in Michigan

    The McCain campaign exploited Sarah Palin. They picked her because she is an attractive female and a governor. Does anyone believe that she'd have been picked if Obama had chosen Clinton for VP? Not a chance.

    January 9, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Dex Dean

    This idiot continues to put her heel in her mouth. People are so in tuned to her comments as they are so unbelievable. Now she is slamming the Kennedy clan. It unbelievable that this woman is actually a governor of a state. That is real scary! Please go away Sarah, like to Russia since they are so close.

    January 9, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. JAMES

    This Alaska hillbilly's 15 minutes were up weeks ago . . . GO AWAY! And how would she know about the news media's coverage anyway, as I recall she couldn't name a news magazine or paper that she read when she was interviewed. Maybe she's waiting for the picture book version of herself to be released.

    January 9, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. crackerjack

    Seems to be a whole lot of jealousy on these blogs concerning Sarah . She is a beautiful woman with a beautiful family. Not perfect but hey, I can just sense that some of you bloggers are a looooong way from perfect. How can you (and you know who you are) call other people idiots ,stupid etc when you should just listen to yourselves whinning!!! Some of you can't think for yourselves –or so it seems– so you just copy some of the same things into your blogs that your "pals " have just posted. And Potty mouths need to be cleaned up!!!!

    January 9, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Dex Dean

    Forgot to mention, hard to cry foul Sarah when you continue to call Barrack a Muslim, not that it should make any difference.

    January 9, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. David

    Palin does job that she was elected for. Can that be done? And can it just be published in the local papers an news. And CNN, I thought you had better things to report, real news from around the country and world seem to be way more important than a hockey mom wearing lipsick or was it a pitbull wearing lipstick.

    January 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Mary

    If Palin continues her ranting and raving over her own stupidity by blaiming it on everyone else, she is sure to dig her own political grave. Ok so Palin, keep it up. She thrives on any form of media attention she can get. Fox news folks lover her...........Speaks volumes!

    January 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Michael

    hmmm. I know her. She was the one that repeated the rumors about Obama and his pally terrorist friends. There is a word for this type of behavior.....hypocrite....and I'll throw in 'nut job' for free.

    January 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. sns

    If Palin is so upset about the media reporting on her kids, why did her daughter Bristol sell the pictures of her newborn baby to People Magazine for $300.000 dollars? Is that the new income limit for the "real americans" that she and joe the plumber talk about representing. The noble thing to do is be a great Gov. to the people of Alaska and be an even better parent to all her kids and stop doing these interviews. Get out of the limelight and be the person you claim to be, a soccer mom, a Governor and not a fame seeking diva. You don't see Cindy or John Mccain doing interviews or seeking unnecessary press do you? Palin, let it go please.

    January 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. DH

    This is amazing. Even Sen. McCain doesn't get this much press space since the election. I guess he isn't a media junkie like she is. She seems to crave all attention, even negative press so this hate affair could go on for years folks.

    January 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Dan

    The things we do to mug for the spotlight. Just slide into irrelevance gracefully, Sarah. You're moronic, narrow-minded and attention-starved. And now it appears you want to repress the media and their right to free speech. If only you could've been Stalin's bride, you'd have gone somewhere.

    January 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Doug

    I agree with Palin, who cares what Katie Couric thinks. I can't believe she's actually still on television. Is Palin perfect? No. But who is? It's sure not Obama, Biden, Oprah, Couric or the super-liberal media kissing their butts. Gov. Palin has my respect for calling it like she sees it and having some morals. I've yet to find any "real" morals in the Democrats or their fans. Our nation is going to hell in a hand basket and the democrats are leading the way.

    January 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Alaskim

    Ms. Palin,

    Therapy may help. Denial of and lack of accountability for your own personal actions and words can be modified. Your son was a juvenile delinguent, your daughter now a teen mom and who knows what is next for your other children. Narcissicsm is not pretty and your display of such behavior is rampant. Can you not stop and look in the mirror?

    You were not prepared, are not prepared, to lead this country in any way.

    A Constituant.

    Stay tuned folks...watch what happens here in Alaska now that the oil dollars are shrinking. We will get to see her govern without the boost of unlimited funds. This will prove to be interesting and hopefully will prove to put Ms. Palin out of office. Permanently, on either the state or national level.

    January 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Carramea

    The chickens have come to roost honey bunch. You created lies in the minds of people. I dont believe Trig is your party girl daughters child. erhaps if you acted more maternal to your children the rumors would die out. The few people in my office that liked you are being turned off by your incessant whining. If you had given a darn about your kids you would have not accepted the VP nod. If you hadnt paraded Levi on stage with Bristol and not CALLED People magazine to announce the birth of their out of wedlock child the rumors would die down. If you wouldnt go on the State of Alaskas web site and have your daughter say being an unwed mother is not ideal , The rumors would die down.
    Now you are insulting Tina Fey and Katie Couric. Why did you go on SNL if offended by the woman?

    You have zero integrity. How Mccain picked this nut is beyond me

    January 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Sy

    If this moron is an example of right wing conservatism then the GOP is sure to become an extinct political faction. The stupidity of Palin and her lack of intelligence on basic matters contribute to my impression that the Alaskan people have no clue how to judge competence. Sara, please go away with your disfunctional family and let the Amercan people enjoy the moment of Barach Obama's impressive victory.

    January 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Buddy in Pa

    Re: obama-mama January 9th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

    I just hope she doesn't end up in a mental institution. She is really not stable. Maybe she should see a shrink to get herself together and clear her conscience….


    I HOPE SHE DOES GET WHITE JACKETED AND PUT IN A PADDED CELL... It would be a lot SAFER for not just Alaska, the USA...THE WHOLE WORLD !!!

    January 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Casey

    I can understand why most of us are frustrated with the media, but it really hasn't changed much since the first presedential elections. Review your history. We are just overexposed these days . . .no big deal.

    January 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Susan from S Illinois

    Thats a laugh! The media reported her the same way most of the country saw her. Palin is a joke and was fairly reported. If she was a male and said the things she said, the media would have reacted with the same disbelief.

    January 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Adrian

    Aren't her 15 minutes up yet? I mean, get real...once a week or so she comes up with something to say about those few months where she was in the public eye, just to get herself back in the public eye.

    January 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. paul (staunch Moderate)

    If she wanted/expected her family to be "off limits" she should not have paraded them around the country with her.
    She's whining over things she could have easily controlled by being better prepared – or should I simply say Prepared. Did she really think she could enter the political limelight and not be scrutinized? And comments about Caroline Kennedy – well, suffice it to say Kennedy grew up in the limelight, and she's still getting pummeled!
    If Palin expects to enter the national policial area she better grow thicker skin and do some major studying.

    January 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Kristin

    I find it fascinating and ironic that the liberals accuse conservatives of hate mongering. Just read comments on blogs like this & you'll see the only ones spreading hate are liberals. Probably a bunch of college kids with no job, who have too much time on their hands...so they sit online all day spreading hate. You people are too much. Hopefully you'll all start paying more attention to what really matters – how your government is spending your money (well, those of you that pay taxes anyway). And hopefully journalists return to what they are supposed to do, which is protect the American people by honestly and objectives reporting the facts without the filter of their own bias. If this doesn't happen, we are all in big trouble.

    January 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. mama

    I didn't know that Sarah knew words like "salacious", "erroneous" and "adversarial".

    Boo hoo, Republicans.

    January 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. John Anthony


    January 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. T MF B

    Maybe its not the media that's out to get her but her own propensity for saying stupid things (or nothing at all) while aspiring to the second highest office in the land. Or maybe it was her saracastic and biting convention speech when, it turned out, she had no room to criticize given her less than polished intellect. And in all honesty, the accent, the wardrobe issues, the troopergate story and spotty college eduction did not help. She came across as a hick mom that was barely qualified to be PTA president much less vice-president of the US. And even though I think she is terrible, I am praying that she runs in 2012. That kind of entertainment is worth the prospect of continuing Bush's ruination of our country.

    January 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Jeebus

    "Hooray Sarah!!!!!!!! Go get 'em girl!! You have much to offer the US, much to offer women in particular. I am in full agreement with you and support you 100%….as do thousands of Americans."

    Best. Comment. EVAR.

    No. Wait.


    January 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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