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. Lauren

    Sarh has been palling around with the drug dealer

    January 9, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Moonbeam

    If she wants to put the Trig rumors to rest, she only needs to release her medical history which was properly requested prior to the campaign and which the other candidates released. The narrative of events involving her labor and delivery Trig, if reported correctly on the internet, indicate to any literate reader either extreme risk-taking with an unborn's safety or, at worst, a deception as to maternity.

    January 9, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. chuck

    She can say that Barack Obama was pallin around with terrorist. Show she can dish it, but can't take it.

    January 9, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Denver

    Yes, the media was biased.... the whole coverage of the elections was a joke.... so much for "unbiased media"... those days are gone.

    January 9, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Rosa - Philadelphia, PA


    January 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Biased Journalism

    Way to speak up for yourself Sarah. Journalists are unashamedly biased.

    January 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Robert Wilson

    Katie Couric in asking the question ,,,,, What newapaper do you read Mrs Palin as far as i am concerned just wanted too see What Mrs Palin was like as a Normal person ,,,and had Nothing against her in any way ... And Mrs Palin has Blown this out of proportions

    January 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. David Independent

    Sarah loves to blame everybody for everything.

    She has no spine, takes no responsibility, and believes only in her own infallibility.

    And every time she opens her mouth she seems even dumber.

    January 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Chris from Falcon

    O.K. just because you fought to help save young childrens lives still does not give Blago the right to sell his political seat.

    January 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. tonya

    Hey Sarah, is it raining in Russia? Please tell me what news paper I can read to find out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Khelley

    We need to stop blaming sarah and take our fustration to the person who went all the way to Alaska to bring her to our view, and also the Media that are filming her face to expose to our view. McCain should be arrested and jailed for this calamity he has put us under. So leave Sarah alone, leave her be. Just don't read any article or view any interview she is giving. As simple as that. She has the right to speak and you have the right to not listen. Remember, she always knew that Alaska was the whole world, but she now discovers that the world extends beyond Alaska, let she knock herself out of excitement.

    January 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. louise, SAnta Barbara, CA


    January 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Moonbeam

    One more thing ... I believe Downs Syndrome is also prevalent in young teen mothers and they are the second highest risk group.

    January 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. A Woman In California For Obama

    As much as I hate her, I hate McCain even more. Everything she did she was instructed to do from him and his low-life advisors. While she is (supposed) to be an adult and did chose this route to the WH, I hold him more accountable. He's a coward that hid behind some boobs. Both their chickens are coming home to roost....

    January 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Martin January 9th, 2009 12:27 pm ET

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

    Ayers Is a terrorist and Obama got his start in politics in Ayers home. It is fact. Prove me wrong.

    You can't, your just another moron that has an Opinion with no Facts to back it up.

    January 9, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. lbee

    Palin, you have to understand that when you're a Vice Presidential candidate, you will be scrutined by the media. The Couric interviews were very generous, fair and balanced. Those interviews exposed Palin's complete lack of intellectual depth and curiousity. That has to be irritating for Palin, but very valuable for those considering her as a candidate.

    January 9, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. sothpole

    What republican does not know what the Bush doctrine is? Answer Sarah Palin. Wink wink now there you go again Joe

    January 9, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. bs

    Independent bloggers are not journalists, can't anyone differentiate? The main stream media did not repeat as truth these rumors, they never validated these rumors. The media did not treat her better or worse than any other candidate–all she is doing is trying to keep the mantra going about the "liberal" media to deflect the attention from her own inadequacies, a tatic begun by republican candidatesin the 70s and pretty much discredited. She was not ready for the national stage - neither the questions nor the issues (she apparently had never thought about many of the issues facing this country). Just like the Enron boys, the Congress, Bush its always someone else's fault.

    January 9, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. donna

    This woman will do anything to keep the media attention she criticizes so much. Why cant she just go away already? She and McCain lost, its over, deal with it!
    I have to wonder if this is all a PR tactic to keep her name out there.

    January 9, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Mable

    She's the one who put herself out there like that.

    January 9, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Dave in Florida

    Kevin in Ohio says, "the media bias and left wing hatred and vitriol is obvious to anyone with half a brain." Yeah, but what about those of us with *entire* brains? Oh, that's right, we rejected the Republican party for its nearly decade-long war on reason, compentency, and progress. Sarah Palin's very own vitriolic comments on Obama were entirely uncalled for. Palls around with terrorists? Quick, someone call the feds!

    January 9, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. robert knopp

    Sarah Palin – A hubcap spinning down the road after a bad accident.

    January 9, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Pam Williams

    I agree, although it doesn't change my vote in the election. People I voted for said stupid things and the press overlooked it! All because the press was rooting for the same person I voted for – but that doesn't excuse the press – be impartial!!

    January 9, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. For Obama

    GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Matt McCraney

    Why don't Bristol's boyfriend and the baby get a paternal test and then the truth will come out. If he's the father then Sarah has some explaining to do....Either she slept with her daughters BF or the baby belongs to Bristol

    January 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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