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. bobby

    I had already forgotten about this crazy lady...

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

    Shaggy: You are obviously severely lacking in intelligence. Why you would want to broadcast your ignorance for everyone on this thread to read is beyond my understanding.

    January 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. skeptic1

    Ha! "...and often the refusal of the media to correct obvious mistakes..."

    This from the same person who kept up that Obama was a socialist, communist, Ayers was a close friend and adviser, and so on?

    God made Sarah Palin...... a complete JOKE! Keep her in the news as a constant reminder of what idiots make up and support the conservative right.

    January 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Pat Allen

    Does anyone know if there is a "Biggest Hypocrite" award anywhere? This cheap whining from the woman who almost laughed while she made the statement "pals around with terrorists" along with condoning racist and threatening comments with her silence has the stupidity to complain? Even her whining about her interviews is childish. If she was dumb enough to put herself out there with limited knowledge and skills then it is her own fault as much as anyone else's. She had no problem slinging around false accusations when she was trying to get elected and now she is going to stand in judgement of the Amercian people? Stay in Alaska Palin and such it up.

    January 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Norris

    The people told Dr. Frankenstein, "You made the monster, now you kill it". Sometimes we make our own monster. Palin is a monster (metaphoricallly) created by John McCain and/or the Republican Party. I say let them kill her. Let them be the ones to sit her down and tell her to shut up. It's not the media's fault that she keeps jumping into a camera and spewing out all her ignorance. She should have the good sense to know that the election is over and done. You notice John McCain haven't been up the media's face since he lost. She can simply do the same.

    January 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Bernie Madoff

    Sarha I love you! Please call me at 1-800-WAWA!

    January 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Texan for Progression

    To Dissapointed: Don't be the pot calling the kettle. Do you know the difference between "your" and "you're"?

    "Sarah's Falin' "revealed her true colors during the general election. The only idiots who couldn't read the writing on the wall were those who plastered "W04" stickers on their cars in '03/'04. Not even the adverse results of that ill decision opened their eyes to Falin'. They simply can't be helped. However, the majority of us know what Sarah is about so we shouldn't expect her to behave any differently. Her latest, illogical rants are completely in character. Are you surprised when you hear a Pit Bull bark? NO, so neither should you be surprised when you hear a pig squeal.

    January 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. shaddupsarah

    Hmm...salacious...how ever would she know about that sort of stuff? Oh, I know...IT'S BECAUSE THAT'S HER M.O.!
    She needs to start paying less attention to the media and more attention to the son she purportedly has.

    January 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. D.Tin

    Sarah Palin, if you would just SHUT UP, then no "media" would "take you out of context". As if you have much to take into context in the first place. Just stop trying to hog the limelight by giving 'interviews' and releasing statements.

    January 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Stuart C. Hellinger

    Good grief! Palin and her staff have proved that they live in an alternate reality. Here's a suggestion – grow up! These childlike tantrums indicate the unreadyness for higher office.

    January 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. AlexNYC

    I think we should all move on. Palin lacks the basic intellect needed to be in public office and the media knows that. Oh well, they had no choice but to expose her for the fraud she represents.

    January 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Dan Chapman

    Right you are, Sarah Palin– it's not that you are ignorant and unprepared for national leadership and take cheap shots, all of your problems are the fault of the Evil Liberal Media. If you did more to control and restrict and micromanage them and everyone around you, would it give you the wisdom and understanding to lead this country?

    January 9, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. WGT

    Is this the same Sarah Palin that accused Hillary Clinton of whining during the campaign? Sounds like she is whining now. What a difference a day makes! Concerning Affirmative Action, Shaggy, John McCain is the biggest recipient of Affirmative Action that ran for office. How did he qualify for the Naval Academy? How did he remain in the Naval Academy with such a dismal record? How did he get to run for Congress? Check you facts.

    January 9, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    'I can see Russia from my house, 'it certainly adds to my foreign policy experience', these are you own words. No matter whether you take it out of a context or put it in a context, the meaning is still the same.

    If you know Trig is your son, you are more than welcome to prove it by providing a birth certificate of his. People will not bother abt it once you do that.

    Kennedy is not scrutinized, because she hasn't said anything dumb so far, like you did.

    For once, stop being a politician and be a human being.......

    January 9, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. ldk

    @marc – read the US Constitution and learn what the qualifications for Senator are. You dont have to be college educated or have experienece. If I were Kennedy and I was denied the seat based on qualifications I would sue for violation of Constitutional rights.

    January 9, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. RoyalsGal

    Actually Bubba – the Downs rate is the same for very young mothers (teenagers) as it is for older mothers......

    January 9, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. JT

    The whole point about being a public official is to know how to take public criticism. How can we trust her in the white house to be mentally strong when she crying about the media attacking her. Grow up Palin for once in your life.

    January 9, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Karen

    Palin is absolutely correct about the media. It disgusts me to see so much coverage given to the non-issues and not enough coverage of how much she has accomplished in her state. Sarah is a wonderful example for all of our young women. Props to Mr Palin for being so supportive and enabling her to succeed!

    January 9, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Mike in Philly

    Well, I'll grant her that the story about Trig not being hers was out of line. But as for the rest, she played and pandered on emotions and misconceptions, and being salacious, just as much as the media she accuses.

    Pot. Kettle.

    January 9, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Vicki5

    How does it feel Palin. You kept repeating mean lies and inciting hate and anger in people, so you don't get to complain now.

    January 9, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Anon!

    The 'pals around with terrorists' slime coming home to roost, wouldn't you say ? This is exactly how she insidiously tried to smear Barack Obama during the campaign. What goes a round, comes around.

    January 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Gil



    January 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Linda in MS

    More polar bear poop. Even a "brainwashed liberal idiot " recognizes poop when they see it. Too bad the Palinistas cannot. Trig is however, an adorable little boy.

    January 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    A sign of a great leader is someone who can admit defeat by thier own doing and work to fix what went wrong....
    EPIC Phalin

    January 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Louis in Los Angeles

    If she was an elitist she could enjoy some cheese with that whine.

    Nobody loves a sore loser or sour grapes.

    January 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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