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. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin doesn't know the meaning of the word "salacious." Who do you think you're fooling?

    January 9, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Bear

    Just curious, did Gov. Palin EVER answer the question about what newspapers she reads...?

    January 9, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Big Ed

    What if Sara Palin called a news conference and nobody came? What if Sara Palin said something and the media ignored it. What a wonderful world it would be!

    January 9, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. bob collin

    Who is Sahra Palin?

    January 9, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. TruthWillSetYouFree37

    CNN = Communist News Network

    January 9, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Jim in Irvine

    What do real public servants and politicians do during a time of dire economic crisis? They get to work.

    What do self-absorbed pretenders do? They remain blissfully ignorant to the national zeitgeist, and insert themselves into the same media outlets they so dispise so as to complain about how unfairly they are being treated.

    At the end of the day, it seems that these statements are simply acts of desperation by a person who regrets totally mucking up her chance at moving into the national scene.

    I wouldn't put it past Palin to issue another woe-is-me press release on Inauguration Day.

    January 9, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. PhillyDude

    The sooner people leave her alone, the sooner she will go away.... Please, just leave her alone on her melting and crooked state.

    I'm so sick of hearing about Palin... Back to Alaska and the AIP for her and good riddance.

    January 9, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Aaron in Dallas

    When is Gov. Palin going to take responsibility for putting her family in the media by excepting the VP. nomination. She should ahve know how everything really works here in the mainland states and politics. Shame on her for not knowing this was going to happen.

    January 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Ozymandias

    It really is sad how this woman is bringing up issues that are several months old simply to remain in the media spot light. What reason could she possibly have to be making these allegations now, two months after the election other than the fact that she still wants to be in the news

    January 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Pax

    take a DNA test–remove all doubts–unless you don't think it would come out the way you claim–simple

    January 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Judy

    To quote her "As a public official, I expect criticism........but the personal .....nature of recent reporting ....discredits .....journalism today" is hypocritical because she brought her family and personal life into her campaign more than any vice-presidential (or presidential) candidate ever. Remember, "the difference between a pit bull and hockey mom....." etc. She literally ran her campaign on her "personal" values and experiences and conveniently avoided federal issues because she was ignorant on those topics. Remember, she had experience in foreign affairs because she "could see Russia" from her house. She really should have kept her family out of it all, she asked for this coverage.

    January 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Mattie, NH

    Yawn...the only thing I can say to Sarah is...got brains?

    January 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Nebraskan

    Did she read about these rumors in one of her secret magazines?

    January 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Totally Disgusted

    What a colossal litany of hatred spewed here by small-minded little people who have a visceral need to criminalize simple political differences.

    Half of you sad, anonymous little twerps can't even spell or punctuate your hate-filled sentences. And, simultaneously, you say Sarah Palin is stupid.


    January 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Brad

    Maybe the BBC can still report on actual news. CNN apparently can't.

    January 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Eric M

    She is commenting on false media reports about her daughter and infant son.

    I am quite certain that Barack Obama objected to people criticizing his family.

    Double standards are fun.

    January 9, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. SC resident

    Boy.... what a bunch of sour grapes from the respondents here.
    I feel Sarah Palin has a perfect right to say what she says now –ever hear of Free Speech? - especially when she had the good sense not to do so while campaigning, as it would've reflected poorly on her running mate.

    Aren't the respondents taking advantage of "free speech" now, to say what they write here? Same thing!

    January 9, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. NW

    On second thought, she should be in charge of the Republican party, or soon to be the third party.

    January 9, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Enough Already

    This Lady is suffering from Bipolar Disorder

    January 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Jeff Fyke

    Let's say for the sake of argument that the major media has a liberal bias. Still, I know I've seen Republicans on TV that did not look like complete morons. So what exactly is her excuse.

    January 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Joe

    Does she even govern anymore?

    January 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Mike in Portland

    Was this Trig story ever REALLY a story that anyone with half of a brain would believe? I hate how a ridiculous story like this is mentioned by one media outlet or another, and then we get "All media are biased!!" mantra. To pick one story here and another there and then generalize to an entire industry is ridiculous. This Trig story has no more credibility than the "Obama was not born in the U.S." tripe.

    In another note, what 'media' is she even talking about? Perhaps she (and other conservatives) means "All media is bad! ...well, except those that like me. Thank God for Fox News. They're fair and balanced. How do we know? They tell you so in their catchy slogan!"


    January 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Carol from Kill Devil Hills, NC

    Will she ever stop WHINING???? Keep it up – good job – way to have America think you are right for the job! And how paranoid can she be to think Katie was trying to trick her or ridicule her for living in Alaska when asking her about the reading material!!! It was a VALID question. Blame everyone but yourself for your choices. Grow up, please. Politics – can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

    January 9, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. TruthWillSetYouFree37

    82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

    January 9, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    Sarah Palin is right. The media unfairly went after her family on issues that were not germain to the election. No one in the media was hot on the trail of Michele Obama after she was pulled from her husband's campaign when she made her infamous "For the first time in my life, I'm proud to be American" remark.

    January 9, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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