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. Jay

    Sarah Palin like Cynthia McKinney put her foot in her mouth every
    time she opened it, then place the blame on everyone else. Bush
    proved power in the hands of a fool was a dangerous thing, we did
    not need her to continue this madness.

    January 9, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Amber

    Seriously...? Come on CNN, you blow FOX out of the water and that is even with posting this crap. I get it, you guys want ratings so you post this kind of annoyance. But this just feeds a fire that should have died out a long time ago. It encourages Palin and her cohorts – after all, she is still getting air time. Please, unless she does something actually worthy of being reported on in the press (and "lashing out" with her temper tantrums is not worthy) then report on the 100's of more important, substantial issues out there.

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

    To the idiots that have posted on this today... WAKE UP... the Media totally played the Palin matter to make her LOOK bad... She is a fine and intelligent woman that would have served our country much better than Big ears and Biden shall.. Of course Kennedy will receive the "soft shoe" from the Media... She's both a "Kennedy" and a Democrat...

    I now know why Bloobers, I mean bloggers are such a joke most of the time...

    January 9, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Rudy

    Who believes the media anymore anyway all the honest hard working media personalities are gone and the new comers are bought mouth pieces. The new media personalities all have chosen sides no one reports truth anymore or at least the truth they can report. I don't even trust CNN anymore to find truthful articles! It's a sad day in America when the information provided to you as an American is as good as the roll of paper in your local gas stations restroom!

    January 9, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Chuck


    Do you even know what you are talking about?

    "Is this the same woman that falsely accused Barack Obama of palling around with terrorists?"

    Who is Bill Ares? He is a self proclaimed terrorist. He calls himself that. And Bill was at the Obama residency the night he threw his hat in the presidential ring!!!

    But I am sure the "messiah" can fit it.. he can just throw another 3 trillion at it until this country is so far in debt. Or perhaps you might notice how much Obama can’t speak without his teleprompter.

    January 9, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. James L

    It is simply ironic that once she gets some of the same crap done to her as she was spouting out lies about Obama, she wants to be a victim. Well Lady, YOU can't be victim and volunteer. ... SO Shut up already. ...

    January 9, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. nikko

    Mama grizzly raises up whenever says something about my kids. So is she part pitbull and part grizzly?? Either way stop whining get alife. Where is Todd, having an affair with her best friend? They are thrash

    January 9, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. KaMpBell_BrOwN_SuX

    Uh Sarah, you are an idiot. Why are you still talking, you LOST! YOU will never win , you are hated more than loved.

    January 9, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. J. Schow

    If Sarah P. is so concerned about truth and honesty, why did she continue to be the lying attack-dog that was spreading crap about Obama during the campaign. Apparently, bending the truth (or in her case, flat out lying) was ok during her venom-spewing nonsensical tirades.

    January 9, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Al Ram

    Hey Ms. Palin in order for the nasty rumors to stop, reveal the medical records. Else it will linger on and on and on and on until it becomes true.

    January 9, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Kent

    "salacious" is a pretty big word for a mental midget

    January 9, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. frayedcat

    Obviously it is the media's responsibility to re-phrase Ms. Palin's comments until they make sense and appeal to the public. For shame!

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


    January 9, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. AG

    How dare that Tina Fey quote me verbatum. I thought SNL should have been more creative and come up with lines of their own. Those lines are mine, all mine!!!!

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

    "Good 'ol Levi" simply is not SMART enough to get his G.E.D.

    and cannot get his GED because he wouldn't get a Tutor….and still could not get a GED because he could NOT understand the Tutor…

    January 9, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. PC in Oklahoma

    The word 'salacious' isn't in Sarah Palin's vocabulary, or lack thereof. This woman will try anything to keep playing in the presidential game. I can't stand it for another 4 years!!!

    January 9, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Ed

    If the media had sent as many investigative reporters to Chicago as they did to Wasilla, Alaska... they would have discovered one ot the largest corruption stories of the year in Blagojevich. Instead we did learn that Trig wasn't Bristol son. Whew Thank God for that.

    January 9, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Desmond Sequeira

    FAILIN PALIN is now getting back a bit of her own toxin and is able see that it does not taste good – after her downright nastiness and deceipt in attempting to discredit Obama.
    She continues to get more and more pathetic, and there is not even a VP benefit to get from it!

    January 9, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. AC

    Why is the media still covering every little thing Sarah Palin says and does? The election was more than 2 months ago! Quit giving her so much attention and so many opportunities to complain about everything.

    January 9, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Yousuf- NYC

    OMG she is back again?> I thought her time was up months ago.......ugh....

    GO AWAY ALREADY....Take care of your drop out daughter and son in law....

    GOODBye SARAH....please go away.

    January 9, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. gg

    Who is Sarah Palin, and why should I care about this story?

    January 9, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. sweetie

    The interviews speak for themselves.. She enjoyed SNL..... That gotcha media.

    January 9, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Independent

    First of all – all you hateful Liberals make me sick. It’s pathetic how any headline with Palin’s name in it cues hundreds of generic unintelligent “Palin is the Anti-Christ” comments. Grow up.

    Secondly – she makes a great point. The media has gotten out of control. I’ve never seen such bias in an election. Every major network anchor/reporter might have well been wearing “Vote for Obama” shirts on air. Had Palin been on the Democratic ticket she would have been portrayed as a goddess. I guarantee Caroline Kennedy will hardly be scratched by the media.

    I know it’s hard for you far lefties to see, but if you are on the right or in the middle (like me) it is very apparent. This should concern everyone, regardless of political views.

    January 9, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Crazy People...

    Good for her! I dont understand why everyone is on here case!! Maybe because were all a little threatened???? I think she would do a darn good job in office. This whole election was based on Racism and Sexism in a time where we should be better than that as a county!! Where were all the people helping others sign up to vote when bush was running? Where were all the people who were volunteering to drive people to vote when bush was running? NO WHERE, thats where! Everyone wanted so bad to "not have" and African American president, or "not have" a Women as Vice-president. Lets all get over ourselve and base our thoughts and actions on whats best for us as a country.

    LEAVE THE FAMILIES OUT OF ALL THIS!!! Obamas two girls and palins 5 kids should NOT be allowed to be part of everyones negativity. I think that is a line that should NOT be crossed!

    January 9, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Who's Complaining

    I love the coverage of Palin. She's entertaining. It's comical to see her consitantly blaming the media, the McCain camp and everyone else for the public perception of her. The comments that she's taken the most heat for were not reported out of context. They were her words and they made her seem unintelligent. I don't think she's a dumb person. In fact, I get the sense that she's probably pretty smart. I also get the sense that she's very out of touch with life in the lower 48. With time, experience, exposure and training she's going to be around for years. Get used to it and enjoy the ride.

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