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. Bochicaed

    Donna we are not hateful. Palin is hateful. She doesnt go away, we dont want her , we dont need her, she is govenor of a state, why doesnt she go do her job. ?

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

    Message to Last Honest Man.

    No, the news media did not make Palin lose the election

    The majority of people saw her as someone who was just plain stupid.

    She not only didn't know about national and international issues, she did not have the intelligence to understand them.

    She is the poster girl for arrogant stupidity.

    January 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Michael

    If Palin would just answer questions clearly and divulge her medical records (as Obama did) then the issues would be mitigated.
    She and her administration are only fueling the fire.
    Advice to Palin – be forthcoming and then shut up and continue screwing up Alaska!

    January 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. HENRY

    She wants to "call out" everyone she dislikes, but whines about scrutiny by the press. You think Bush and Obama have been spared by the press? That is public life. If you can't take it, get out.

    January 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Palin loves this. Anything to keep her name in the lights and the media keeps obliging.
    It is best to let it go. It is not a fair contest to get in a pissing contest with a skunk.

    January 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. John in NY

    Sarah Palin is amazing. She has no problem trying to make Barack Obama look like the bogeyman, but cannot handle the karmic retribution. I am personally looking forward to 2012, then perhaps we can put a lid on this thing once and for all.

    January 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. dennis_k

    WAAA! I didn't win! WAAAA! It's everbody else's fault! WAAA! When I dragged my family out in public, I didn't mean you could say anything about them! WAAA! WAAA!

    January 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Bochicaed

    Sarah Palin is disgusting, she believes her own hype. I dont care if Trig is her kid, Bristols or Joe the Plumbers. Shes a lousy mother that chose her career over her kids well being. She is not very bright and I was scared to death she would be VP .

    January 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Perusing-Through


    When you make salaciously false and divisive statements as did Sarah Palin, how can you possibly expect "sweet warm fuzzy" compliments to return?

    CASE #2: During Sarah's campaign she often stated that the region (and/or state) she was campaigning in at that time was more "real America" and "more patriotic". WOW!!! That was a slap in the face of every Blue state in the Union that has fallen sons and daughters in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Every so-called Blue state in the Union has sacrificed more blood in the fight against terrorism than Gov. Palin's own "real America" state of Alaska. Sarah Palin is a big mouth, hypocritical diva with a nasty attitude.

    January 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Robbie

    Is the really mean coming out in Palin now that she knows she is NOT going to be Vice President. It seems that what was okay during the election is no longer okay. Listen, Sarah, public life is what it is – you HAVE to take the good with the bad OR stay outta public life. AND during the election, she wasn't so upset with Tina Fey as she appears to be now. Hummmmmm! I wonder why she didn't display this mean side while the election was ongoing – could there have been some deception there??? In a Republican?? Makes me glad all over once again the I voted for Obama and glad I'm not a two-faced Republican like Sarah.

    January 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Adam Artis

    Wouldn't it be interesting if 'media" just stopped reporting any and everytthing concerning the Trailer Park Queen.She'd be forced to either come up with her own money to pay for this garbage,or float a loan from Rush Limberger.If Caribou Barbie wants to be a viable candidate in 2012,she should shut up,govern Alaska,(can't be that hard if she's doing it",and engage in activities,that demonstrate that she has some brain function,no matter how feeble.Democrats already know her for who she is,an yet the silly bimbo continues to make it all too evident to Republicans and Independents just how insipid she truly is.

    January 9, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. quig

    I find it interesting how many comments run parallel to what has been, and is now, being said in some of the media. I think it gives an indication how much the public opinion is formed by what they hear in the media. I guess if people get their news only from networks that promote their views, they will have a narrow view of the world.

    I wish more people would listen to many different points of view and then make an educated decision about what's going on in the world. But that would require some effort, and it's apparent that many who comment in this blog are not willing to make that kind of effort. Sad. 🙁

    January 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Tim


    Your exactly part of what she is talking about. It's not odds are that she is the mother. She is the mother period.

    Go back to your paparazzi style over subtance life.

    January 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. JSib

    Unfortunately that fact is that the media in this county is the worst in the free world and is the main catalyst in the demise of this country.

    January 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Evelyn

    Mrs. Palin< you voiced a lot of untrue, unkind, offensive things at then Senator Obama during the campaign. Your own words are what caused me and others to see that you are not qualifed to be Vice President, possibly President of this country. What separates you from Caroline Kennedy and President-elect Obama is your lack of knowledge. Instead of criticizing the media, do an honest evaluation of yourself and get back in school and learn more about history, geography and, above all, the constitution. The more you can learn, the better. Public speaking would help you, too. Maybe then, you will be ready in 2012 or 2016. Maybe.

    January 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Kathy

    All you anti-Palin people are clueless people. Please go to fox news to get some intelligence. Main stream media has you stupidfied. Palin has achieved way more than your Obama man. By the way Obama is now realizing what Bush/republicians have been trying to tell him,since he now it getting the daily briefing. I believe he really has CHANGED, to the right that is

    January 9, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Concerned citizen

    Haven't we had enough of this Alaskan bag.Come on now?Who in the hell cares what she thinks,says or does.She was just a senile whim of John McCains suicidal strategies that put him way out in left field.She was the straw that broke the camels back for McCain and the republican party.
    We have so many issues with our countries fate today and she is given air time?DAH!
    Some governor she is.She is more concerned about her so called political future that she puts it above her children,grandchild and the people of Alaska.She needs to clean up her own laundry let alone the countries.
    As for the morons that support her...well I guess it takes all kinds!

    January 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Finn

    If Sarah did get a dictionary, she should look up the definition of salacious because I don't recall anyone in the media making comments about her or her family that "aroused sexual desire or imagination." In fact, just the opposite; ignorance is not sexy.

    January 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Chuck

    If Sarah cannot stand the heat, she should stay out of the kitchen. It is time for her to get back under the porch and quit barking.

    January 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. B in Texas

    A question: I thought that the conservative mantra was "personal responsibility." She should quit whining . . . it makes her look weak and silly.

    This woman has CREATED her own mess with her scandalous behavior in Alaska and her disastrous interviews with Gibson and Couric. I didn't NEED the media or SNL to show me that she was woefully incompetent and uninformed. All I had to do is listen to her. Fey, for the most part, simply used Palin's OWN WORDS in her parodies . . . nothing else was required.

    As for the Trig thing . . . those rumors came from Alaska and were floating about for months before anybody in the "lower 48" knew who this person was . . . I don't recall anybody in the MSM really paying much attention to them. Palin is the one who kept trotting her pregnant daughter across the stage.

    January 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. IJA

    She can complain all she wants about Tina Fey, it's not like if she didn't contribute to those ratings b/c she appeared for SNL.... Katie Couric, had to ask questions about what most American's were wondering if she knew what the heck she was doing. I think we all got our answer even before she made that interview. She continues to YAP her mouth and still doesn't seem to go away. And continues to wonder why the media is so tough on her..... IDIOT!

    January 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. beevee

    I do not understand why the media is still focussing on covering Palin and her family news. Leave her and her family alone. She is not important any more to get our attention.

    January 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Joe Gagliano

    Palin didn’t lose an election. She was sent out in the fields pick up wholesome fruits and she did just that..! She filled her basked untainted you see.. The fact the majority picked up their feet and moved away at the sound of what she had to say shows more strength than any thousands Obama. I can understand why she could doubt herself and be tempted/fooled to taint her basket after such good work.. But I hope my words of appreciation will get her back in line. Thanks

    January 9, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. The Truth is

    What is the infatuation of you liberals with this woman? The fact is that Palin is a smart woman that has accomplished at her age more than what 99% of you idiots will ever accomplish in your entire life.

    Keep waiting for O'MAMMA to solve all your problems. You are all in for a rude awakening! It is just a matter of time.

    January 9, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Debbie

    Would you please quit giving press space to this idiiot of a woman?

    January 9, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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