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. malclave

    And the liberal hate-fest continues. God, you people are pathetic.

    January 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. NARD


    January 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Mike from ATL

    Typical. Why is she blaming everyone else for her own demise? Why would Tina Fey and Catie Couric exploit her? She voluntarily went on SNL and stood beside Tina Fey. Did someone later have to tell her that Tina Fey was insulting her?
    Why Can't Palin just admit that she and McCain lost because they had a poorly run campaign?

    January 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Student

    You're "salacious ignorance" had nothing to do with it right?

    January 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Marie from Dallas

    RE: how the media will treat Caroline Kennedy vs. Sarah Palin – the only thing is, there's a big difference between running for a junior senator seat vs. running for vice president of the United States. It comparing apples to steak. Personally, I'm hoping we don't hear too much about Caroline...and hoping we hear less about Sarah!

    January 9, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Adam Robinette

    Look. I understand that some of the thing the media bit on was pretty bad, especially her little boy. But I can't see how she, or anyone else can look back at those atrocious interviews she did, and tell me that she didn't look ridiculous. They gave her a hard time, because she was running for Vice-President! If an aspiring brain surgeon went on TV and showed, clearly, that they knew absolutely nothing about the brain, or surgery in general, what do you think the public would want to do to that person? He wouldn't be operating on anyone, that's for sure. And everyone would have a field day on the nerve of that person to insist they become a brain surgeon without learning the craft in the first place.

    January 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. lola Planner, Houston, Texas

    Whine, whine whine... and Mann Coulter calls liberals whiners!

    January 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Lissa

    The Trig issue was quickly cleared up by the press. Palin is the only one who buried herself. She was – and remains – uninformed, uninspiring, and incapable of holding an office higher than the one she holds (and even THAT one is above her pay grade, as is evidenced by her questionable practices). She needs to stop blaming everyone for her shortcomings.

    January 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |

    cnn has always been anti palin. after watching cnn during post election they seem to think that obama is their only begooton son. now that you have him lets see how you do your reporting

    January 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Dem in OC

    I wonder what the people of Alaska think of their Gov. spending tax-payers time grumbling for youtube 'documentary', instead of governing?

    Gosh, what kind of crazy media circus do we have to look forward to if she decides to run in 2012? (God help us)

    January 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Jen

    sarah needs to sit down and shut up... so sick of hearing her complain and blame someone for her own mistakes and problems. You dont just come from nowhere and run for vice president and not expect criticism, her personal life and childrens lives being brought in the spotlight... you cant complain and blame a star winning awards because she used your personality.
    Obamas life was similar... but he didnt make alot of mistakes coming into this... he didnt come into this blindly and not letting people know somewhat who he was beforehand. He had a book out about himself first that did help. He didnt push his beliefs on others like Palin did.

    Just go home, get a life, stop talking to media and maybe you will eventually get your life back?? Cuz I am so tired of hearing about it.

    January 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Paul in DC

    Seriously, who cares. We have bigger problems to worry about right now. Is this really newsworthy.

    January 9, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Bridgette-PA

    Looks like Sarah got a dictionary and a thesaurus for Christmas!

    January 9, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Bumster

    Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving.

    January 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Perusing-Through

    What do these five people have in common? Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, Amy Winehouse, and Sarah Palin?

    Nothing in common any more. The first three have finally pulled it together and have begun to fly high. While the nasty airhead divas like Sarah Palin and Amy Winehouse are still struggling to come up to level of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Lindsey Lohan.

    January 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Chris

    Poor Sarah. Poor John. Bad Media. When will a Republican step up, admit his/her party's mistakes, and start taking responsibility for the mess they are in? The media has now been blamed for all of their woes for too long.

    Look "the media" didn't nominate her to be the vice president, didn't cause her daughter to get pregnant, didn't force her to use the disgusting tactics she used during her candidacy, and didn't push forward any bad stories about Trig. Once she was nominated, "the media" simply looked into her past so the American public could know her as a candidate AND gave her airtime. It's not their fault that it took only to look beside her on stage to see a potential story and it's not their fault that should couldn't answer simple questions from Katie Couric.

    So long Palin.

    January 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. MDer For Obama

    One word fo rSara Palin – DELUSIONAL.

    January 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. PJN

    Well, somebody is obviously writing this stuff for Sarah, "salacious" ?!?!?!?! I suppose she picked that up at a soccer game.

    January 9, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. TexasBob

    Poor Alaska! I thought Illinois was the state most shamed by the actions, antics and speeches by its governor. However, maybe Alaska should also be pushing the shame button!

    January 9, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. hjs3

    I keek pushing the mute button byutton fololowd bt the power button, but she keeps coming back like one of those annoying Geico commercilas,,,,,
    She had your ten weeks and clearly wasn't ready for anything let alone prime time in public service. So do us all a favor and revert back to your "denning" responisbilites or whatever it is that will make you and that lunatic evangelical fringe happy....

    Say good night Graciew.....

    January 9, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Selina

    What a bunch of haters!!!!

    You people need to open your eyes and ears, this woman was wronged and should get appologies.

    January 9, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Marie

    Mrs. Palin needs to stick to governing Alaska. Her interviews, her comments mean nothing to Americans and to the Republican Party.
    Sarah, put a ipper on it.!

    January 9, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Larry in Houston TX

    How this woman EVER got Elected to Governor, is beyond anyone's comprehension......She must have been just "Lucky" to get the votes...
    She actually should be in a "Dukes of Hazard" show, or something....
    Or if , "Hee Haw" was still on, that would be more fitting for her.....

    It' truly amazing that this trailer park trash keeps in the news constantly…..I guess she must like it, especially when her knocked up daughter who had that baby out of wed-lock, and Palin thinks that good 'ol "levi" is going to be an apprentice electrician…..who is she kidding ??
    I don't HIRE electricians (apprentice) who cannot get their G.E.D.
    OR get a High School Diploma….. Levi cannot get his GED, because he's got his you know what up her skirt !!

    January 9, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. csro

    Pitbulls whine?

    January 9, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Northwesterner

    She needs to shut up now and concentrate on being governor of Alaska. She's only hurting herself by all this whining about mistreatment.

    January 9, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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