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. teacher

    Did you ever hear of "Ignore them and they will go away"?

    January 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. RTB

    Should we even be paying any notice to yet another self promoting attention seeker. What has her bitterness got to do with anything other than yet more air time? Poor Alaska, what a representative they have been stuck with.

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Bibi in NJ

    Is she really trying to stay relevant. Should'nt she try to catch up with all the work "down there" in Alaska. It seems like her commenting on the Media is her way of trying to stay in the media. There are more important things to report about.. She had her 15 mins, let us move forward to change 🙂

    THX Bibi in NJ

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Karen - Missouri

    Is that all Palin knows how to do...WHINE? Doesn't she have a life? Do we have listen to her now? Didn't she lose? So why are we still following her every unintelligent utterance?

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. nick

    There is not much more to be said about this womem. She is what she is,and probably will remain as such for the rest of her life.
    John McCain owes her a very big apology for bringing her into the limelight before completly vetting her out.

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. YourKidding

    Come ON!! Everyone else is to blame... everyone is out to get poor old Sarah. Gimmie a break!!! Lest we forget the John McCain story in 2000 about his illegitimate child (thanks Karl Rove) or the swift boating of Kerry in 2004? Or the ever popular Obama is a Muslim thing. If she is going to be on the national stage, she had better get used to this.... and QUIT crying to the media about it.

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. 57tvjr

    Yep–paranoid schizoid–just like we thought!

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Matt CO

    Sweet Christmas! this lady is way more funny when I am not terrified she could be one heart beat away from the presidency. Keep talking Sarah you are way better than SNL.The cringe factor is fabulous!

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Sherri

    Sarah...go away go away go away go away go away go away.

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Ms MM

    Enough of Palin already. Enough, Enough, Enough. CNN, why do you insist on posting something about Sarah Palin constantly.

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. RealityKing

    Progressive hate is still hate.

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. JoeThePlumber

    Palin equates "The Media" with a few blogs.

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Debra Hasan

    This woman is just stupid. Just like most of the country that voted for the other stupid person for president. Just be thinkful that you all didn't make the same big mistake twice.

    January 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Martin Bormann

    Then let us see the birth certificate.

    January 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Janna, KY

    Palin is an idiot. End of story.

    January 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |

    Continues to prove what a dumb person she is.........

    Thanks Palin for proven me right.......

    January 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. AnnMM

    She's such a nut ball. I watched the entire Couric and Gibson interviews, not media sound bytes and the way she came off is the way she is. Uniformed, undereduacted and a compulsive liar.

    January 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Whaaaaaaaaaa

    The biggest loser, wouldn't you say.

    January 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Danny, OH

    Out of context? If you see Russia from Alaska... I don't think so.
    Just fine something else to do and don't think about 2012 either because you are going to lose again.

    January 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. mary, colorado springs, co

    When you enter a campaign carrying the baggage she carried - a pregnant teenager, five kids, unwed daughter's boyfriend, boyfriend's mother arrested for involvement with drugs - you can't expect kudos for trying to be the greatest sensation since sliced bread. You were dumb enough to believe all the hype the Republicans spewed out over radio and television, and then couldn't live up to it. Stay in Alaska, they are used to you.

    January 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. obama-mama

    January 9th, 2009 12:05 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I know what Sarah's problem is. She lacks maturity and self confidence. If I was in her position, I wouldn't give a rat's behind what the media or anyone else thought about me. Her problem is that she knows in her heat that she is a fraud. Most people in her position don't sit around and dwell on what folks are saying about them especially if they are on the up and up. I've said things about her on these postings but maybe she should tell everyone to go (I don't need to finish it)…..

    January 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. ralph tyler

    I think we have some serious issues in this country, say, for the next decade or two.

    We don't need to worry about this stupid person(unless, of course, you live in Alaska).

    January 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Sheron Warner

    Being in the eye of the public what do you expect. Look how all other public figures are treated what makes her feel she should have special treatment. On-top- of that what would make us think that, that baby is not Sarah P's.

    January 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Joe

    When one puts their nose in the political pen ... One must deal with tthe press. Personally, I think she is beautiful ( that IS a sexist remark, sorry! ) and intellegent and a very good leader. John McCain didn't pick someone to ruin his campaign for president. He selected a brilliant woman and leader. Today ... It is what it is!

    January 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. dan

    Governor Palin, I think the best thing you can do right now is focus on running your fine state and stop distracting yourself by licking your wounds. Yes, the media was tough on you and I agree, the rumor about your son was absolutely horrendous. Other reporting, however, resulted from your doing. Nevertheless, it's time to put on your big girl panties and move on. You've got other pressing issues to deal with immediately.

    January 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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