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. DIZIZI31

    And lastly, why did Sarah agree to be on SNL. Why was she chair dancing when the "hip hop" moose song was being sung? Raising her hands in the air.

    The only reason she's speaking out now is because she realizes how dumb it make her look. TV only mirrors reality.

    January 9, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. S@ndr@, Oregon

    I guess this proves Sarah Believes any publicity is good publicity. This nut is news everytime trash spews out of her mouth, whether it be calling President Obama a terrorist to trashing Katie Couric for asking her very basic questions; she's a nut job and if the republican party wants her to be their candidate in 2012, go for it, the next generation of voters will be just as aware of her stupidity as this last generation and her scary "base" will continue to get weaker.

    January 9, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Susanne

    you stupid liberals, you have Obama now and besides not being qualified we don't know where he was born either! He is tallking well and a lot but he has said nothing so far. Even some liberal people in Congress are starting to notice and they are not the sharpest knives in the drawer either.
    Sarah Paling was the best of the bunch and the liberals were scared to death. They had to destroy her. What has Obama done?????NOTHING! Sarah is way ahead of him.

    January 9, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. GMorgan

    I am so sick of this phony, ignorant, out of touch excuse for a woman. The statement was obviously written by one of her staff or one of the idiotic GOP handlers that want her to run in 2012. Please, please crawl back in your hole. No one ever heard of her before the 2008 election and everyone wishes they never heard of her now.

    January 9, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. mary.florida

    Its ok for her to call obama a terrorist. And people who dont agree with her un-american.Palins the poster child for the republican party.With her education level she would barely qualify for an entry-level management job yet the republicans would have her running the country.

    January 9, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Dave

    Palin says everything is God's will. She's another George W.
    She's a crazy person, and we DO NOT want 4 or 8 years of her God's will.

    January 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. DR

    I had forgotten about the theory that Trig wasn't her child until she brought it up again, and I read "liberal" newspapers, etc.

    I'm inclined to think that these attacks happen more oft in blogosphere, and that's not news in my opinion. The only time my thoughts turn to Palin is when CNN does another Ticker report on her. If anything she is good at her own PR...with a little help from CNN. 🙂

    January 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Palin said Obama cavorts with known terrorists

    What a hypocrite! She smears Obama with these mean spirited lies. She said Hillary complaining of biased treatment was not good for women. But do not dare suggest that Trig might be Bristol's baby. How heinous.

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

    I feel ya Palin! You can talk about me, you can scandalize my name, but please don't mess with my children. If you want to bring the fight out of me then mess with inocent children who do not know how to fight for themselves.

    Palin is Trig mother, she has every right to say something, forget the party, that is her son. If you do not have a child then you will not understand. Last and final comment, back off of Palin and Caroline Kennedy. They are going to try to mud sling Caroline too.

    January 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Mike D

    how dare they point out the fact that she acted like a complete moron!

    January 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. GA independant

    well well well

    January 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. SweetStuff

    Man, this story completely clouded over the 74th birthday of Elvis . We need to get our priorities in order here in the USA!!! First we should talk about Elvis, then Palin and then the economy!!! Right?? Yesterday it was Palin, Elvis and then the economy....so much dysfunction. We did indeed get our 3rd priority out there though, so I guess we can pat ourselves on the back for that!! Hey it is a start!! The day that we all wake up and don't smell the Palin rose again, might just need to go down as a national day of celebration!!!

    January 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |


    January 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Norma, ME

    Her face was so funny when she lost. She cried real tears as if Americans would ever vote for such an idiot to be one step away from the presidency. I was so happy when she kept talking because every syllable she uttered sealed her fate. Every syllable put her one step away from the oval office. Thank God for sensible Americans. We really won the day.

    She's not ready for Washington, and not ready for prime time, if you ask me. She'll never be ready as long as we value intelligent, competent leaders.

    Thanks but no thanks Sarah, now go away.

    And just for the heck of it, I'm so glad we don't have a plastic first lady like Cindy Lou. Whew....thank goodness she can go back to shopping and racking up $700,000. purchases in one month.

    January 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Mario in Texas

    Looks like Alaska has a new main export to add along with oil, natural gas and seafood. Now on the list is Caribou Barbie Whine. The older it gets, the more bitter it becomes.

    January 9, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. shern

    Wow the media must really be afraid of the righteousness this wonderful lady may bring to politics that they so go after her with lie after lie after lie.
    I also noticed very little coverage as a whole when the church she attends was burned by arsonists. Hmm, seems a little slanted. If it had been "some" other political person's church it would have been major headlines!!

    January 9, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Kathy

    2012 Sarah Palin

    January 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. sm

    Stop acting the victim – which you are not. You have been given enough publicity. Please do us a favor. Give interviews or talk to the media only if you can make significant contribution to the crisis that the country faces. We are not interested in your family, your clothes and your grudges that you bear against the entire world.

    January 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Erin

    Hey Sarah,
    Did you notice that all of the candidates, including John McCain, released their medical records long before the election? We were still asking to see yours on November 3. Instead, you released a letter from your family physician that mentioned a breast biopsy and that you don't have allergies. Why are you surprised that people think you're hiding something? You carried that baby all over the country like he was a campaign sign or something. If you had left your children at home like the rest of the candidates instead of parading them all over the country at the expense of Alaska taxpayers, you probably wouldn't be having this problem. You didn't have a problem with all of the photo ops of you being mom of the year. The media was doing its job. Now go do yours. Fire some more state troopers and prevent some more drug dealers from being arrested and prosecuted. And stay out of the spotlight. We're tired of you.


    January 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. European


    "Palin The Manure Spreader !" (January 9th,2009 12:03 pm ET)

    That is the Great One! Thank you for big laugh, really makes my day!

    January 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. IL voter for REAL, ACTUAL, not "yes we can" CHANGE.

    Linda, You are ABSOLUTELY right. Thousands of the over 300 million Americans support Sarah Palin 100%. The other 300 million of us see her for the slightly less corrupt than most of the politicians headlining the news these days, and that doesn't count for much.

    I do think that the reporting on almost all politicians these days is a bit slanderous and often a bit personal, but since most of us don't get to meet them personally on a regular basis, I don't have much issue with it. I do however try and get to hear every major candidate every time they come through town. McCain in 2000 was a real missed chance... McCain in 2008 was too tired, too little, too late, and not focused enough on defining a full platform. He could have won some serious concessions on nuclear power from Obama at the debates if he would have tried.

    January 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Kimberly

    I still like Sarah Palin. It is awesome to see a woman with such strong conservative values.

    As far as taking what you dish out. She attacked Obama, the political official. The media attacked her, not the political officials.

    January 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. KNEE

    Ithink she has been paling around with the drug dealer. she had those boots on purchased by the rnc left in the belly of the plane

    January 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Jeff Fyke

    How about "to give credence to the sensational allegation" that Obama "pals around with terrorists"?"

    January 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Stephen

    Seriously? This whole thing about Trig was brought up by the blogosphere, not the media. Does she know anything?

    January 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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