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. sigh

    The Queen of spreading (and trying to capitalize) on false rumors and disgusting accusations said what?

    I can understand if she is suppressing any memories of her own behavior during her short stint for the highest office in the country.. the world.. (i would too if I was in her shoes!) .. but I hope the rest of this country doesn't.

    Enough of this woman (who brought her whole entire family and its stories on the stage all by her self (and i keeping it there)!

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

    Since she never released her medical records like the other candidates, the rumor (or truth) will keep hanging on.

    January 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. rod gonzalez

    Ms. Palin is wasting precious time. If she wants to come back and run in four years she needs to go to school and get an education – fast! She has a lot of ground to cover!
    But, if she wants to continue her bizarre spectacle (which happens every time she opens her mouth) it's OK with me. It will only make the other candidates more appealing, and perhaps sink her chances for good. I honestly think the lady has an emotional problem of some kind that will not allow her to shut up and let time erase the memories we all have of her cluelessness.
    A Reagan Republican

    January 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    My my Miss Sarah thou does protest too much. If the MSM is as evil as you say why continue speaking to anyone with a microphone? Wouldn't your time be better spent insuring that Willow and Piper value their education and have enough self esteem not to have unprotected sex with the first hockey player who winks at them? As someone with a 6 years to achieve Journalism Degree the inner working of the media should not be this much of a shock! Also, it's not too smart to bad mouth the very institution you will need in 4 yrs should you decide to try again. Once Alan Colmes leaves
    Mr. Hannity's low ratings may have him off the air and bartending again before 2012.

    January 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. master k

    who freaking cares what you have to say about the media? you weren't painted in any color but your own. you didn't have the answers to simple questions, you weren't ready, you weren't qualified. how much more do you need to know. trying to salvage your image this early in a defeat is just sad. you could have stayed away from the cameras and played everything down until 2012 and maybe ran for President but now your just adding fuel to your own fire and bringing up stuff most of the general public has moved on from. take some advice and quit talking while you have the chance.

    January 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Rick

    Oh! – Your still here?

    January 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Carramea

    Shaggy what a bigot. Obama may have gotten into Harvard due to affirmative action but you dont make president of the Harvard Law Revue because your are dumb. You dont become a professor at U of Chicago because your dumb. Face it Palin was elected govenor of a state that is full of a strange group of people . They liked her in a skirt

    January 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Kenn

    The media is trying to let her go away but she is still trying to keep herself in the public view. Please Sarah just go away! You are completely out of your league and the Republican party should be ashamed of trying to get McCain and you elected. You continually display your lack of intelligence and political awareness on just about every important avenue.

    January 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. James

    get over yourself palin... no one cares anymore. If you have any dignity whatsoever please just go away. if you didn't give the media a reason to talk about you they wouldn't.

    January 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Elaine

    I'd love for anyone of you to have totally made up crap about you and your children spread across the international news. I don't care if it's a republican or democrat, she has every reason to be angry/hurt.

    January 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Kathy

    I find it interesting that Palin, of all people, is complaining about the accuracy of facts regarding the media. Is she aware that the American people elected a 'terrorist' into our highest office?

    Please spare me...

    January 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Osiris

    Who cares?

    January 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Terry in NYC

    The funny thing is how angry and depressed so many of you libs still sound even after your boy Barack has won the election–thanks to the obfuscation of his record by Catie Couric (don't you just love her), CNN, the NYTs, etc. But we all know Barack is farther to the left than any President since Jimi Carter and he's likely to be a one-termer like Carter. I can just imagine how angry and depressed you all will be when President Palin takes over in 2012!!. Perhaps I should start investing in pharma stocks now because you nasty cranks are going to have to triple your doses of mood altering drugs.

    January 9, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Mary

    It's Barack Obama's fault. It's the McCain camps fault. It's the elite media's fault. It's Katie Couric's fault. It's Charlie Gibson's fault. It's the GOP's fault. It's Tina Fey's fault. It's the Democrat's fault. It's the blogger's fault. Her son is shipped off to Iraq, to quell his drug issues, her oldest daughter is an out of wedlock baby mama that still doesn't have her high school diploma, or prospects for the future to date. Her other children are trying to play catch up with school, because their mother's needs come above all else. Take a look at your life and that of your children Sarah Palin, because it's all YOUR FAULT!

    January 9, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Denise Bolin

    You can smear Obama, never retract the lies and hold back information (troopergate testimony-why?) and (health records-why?)You gave hysterically softball interviews to Faux News, but refused any REAL interviews with REAL questions that a VP should know!

    Even McCain now admits you're unqualified – there are so much better choices – Bobby Jindahl for instance. Candidates that wouldn't be afraid the speak without a script full of hate.

    Again, I'm with the group that says "bring it on in 2012" – that will insure the democrats can finish the clean-up of Bush's mess.

    January 9, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Elizabeth

    The thought that this woman could have been a heartbeat away from the presidency (the beat of a 70+ year old heart in a 3 times cancer survivor, no less) continues to be one of the most shocking, terrifying things imaginable. I had always liked, and admired, John McCain and am pleased to see him returning "to himself" apparently (as he did with his concession speech) ............. but I don't know that I can ever forgive him for the danger he tried to put this country in when he selected her to be his VP candidate. (Perhaps he's having trouble forgiving himself - he had met her only one time, after all.) - If she were at all aware of her serious limitations (intelligence, basic logic, experience, communication skills, integrity), she would have politely declined. That she didn't – and doesn't – have the faintest notion makes the dange we would all have faced that much greater. What a small-minded, small soul individual.

    January 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Gene

    She's STILL talking? 🙂

    This is all I can say anymore on any post concerning Sarah Palin. She just can't let go of the spotlight.

    January 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. JS

    Now, Now, Now, just how many of you had the guts to run for vice president. And just how smart are you, that write these comments. Yes, it is your right freedom of speech. You are no better than the media. At least she gave it a try, what are you doing to help the country. Obama is in, give him the your support. No, I didn't vote for him, but he is now going to be the "President of the United States", he will need all of our support. Wouldn't live anywhere else.

    January 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Demand a DNA test for Trig

    Sarah, If Trig is yours, why could you not produce a DNA test or hospital records? I think Palling around with a dropout and his meth dealing mom is fair criticism.

    January 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Leah

    Your 15 minutes of fame are UP!! For all the money you claim to have saved your region – you are wasting it all by not doing what you are paid to do – which is go to work for the people who hired you. Put your long johns back on and take your behind back to work in Alaska.

    January 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Carramea

    Kevin in Ohio , I am not the LEFT I have voted Republican in the past. I cant abide this woman she is everything I am against period and shes not bright . Shes narcissitic

    January 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. thinbkaboutit

    If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen Gov. Palin!

    January 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. NARD


    January 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Paul

    I am sick of this woman

    She should have been perpard for those interviews, she also should have tried to devide the country with hate.

    January 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    Typical Republican response, blame the "liberal media." The media hasn't been liberal for years, where's she been. Sarah Palin has no business as a public servant as the entire of her being is all about self-service, and frankly we've had enough of that.

    January 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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