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. BKMC

    Palin should have said no to McCain for the selection to be VP, she has not helped the ticket at all, but McCain has also demonstrated his lack of judgement by picking Palin. Both have very low IQ. She has to continue to take care of the tundra, the snow, her children and grand children and watch Putin and Medvedev from the window of her bedroom.

    January 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. SD Demo

    She is truly the gift that keep on giving. The more she speaks, the dumber she sounds. I hope the Repubs nominate her for 2012 right away–don't let her get away–we need a permanent Repub minority.

    January 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Patriot1013

    Wow. She just doesn't get it! I don't think she ever will. She is showing what an horrible amatuer she really is. I guess she forgot that some of the nastiest and most fradulent accusations came out of HER mouth in this campaign!

    Will someone she trusts please sit her down and explain to her that the American people can think for themselves and the majority of us, I beleive, find her to be very unprepared emotional, or intellectually to hold high office. No wonder the McCain kept her on a short lease. Look at how she's acting now.

    She needs a new nickname, "Say Anything Sarah." I hope it sticks.

    Please, GOP, please put her on the ticket in 2012!

    January 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Dave



    January 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Jeff of Peoria

    She's right!! From Fox News to MSNBC and all the papers, you can't believe crap anymore. Unfortunately u can't belive politicians either

    January 9, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. FN Wright

    Once again, any seconds for nominating Palin for Hypocrite of the Year?
    It just keeps getting better and better...

    January 9, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. AF

    Frankly, if you are going to run a campaign on "Family Values" and put down opponents for lacking morals - you just put yourself up for excessive scrutiny, esp when your 15yr old daughter gets pregnant.

    Run on a campaign of improving the economy and the media wouldnt have cared two bits about your personal life.

    January 9, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Tom

    Enuf about this loser, please.

    January 9, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. CBC

    to Disappointed, marc, Linda Lee, Kevin in Ohio, NC Independent and the rest of the republican neocons that come to visit CNN, honestly, why do you people even come to CNN?
    Just to show us how hypocritical you all really are?
    Why would you subject yourselves to such 'liberal' drival?
    Oh, that's right......YOU ARE ALL HOLIER THAN THOU!

    We VOTED your idiot leaders out and have replaced them with more intelligent folks.

    BEFORE you complain about the 'liberals' REMEBER it's YOU REPUBLICAN/INDEPENDENTs that have RUINED THIS COUNTRY.

    By the way......I LIKE KOOLAID......you guys got a problem with that?

    January 9, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. dkr

    Falin is a CRY BABY!


    January 9, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Laughing again

    The difference between Kennedy and Palin is, of course, the fact that Palin is a complete dingbat. There is little to report about Kennedy other than her relative lack of experience, since she is well educated and highly intelligent. Such as.

    January 9, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Ken from missouri

    Jack . Sara Palin is like your sister-in-law you can relate to her but you wish she would keep her mouth shut because every time she talks her lack of common knowledge just comes out whether she want's it to or not.

    January 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Linda

    You would've thought she learned something along the campaign trail, but it is evident she didn't. She is her own worst enemy the more she talks the more she is going to be fodder. Maybe she did learn something afterall!

    January 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Jon

    Sarah came out swingin' during her national debut and the RNC. Now she's whining about people swinging back. Politics is a dirty business, Sarah. When you sling mud, don't cry when someone throws it back at you.

    January 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Josh

    After reading most of this long list of comments, I'm guessing that the Obama headquarters sent out a text message to all their volunteer bloggers to do their part for Change, and "destroy the Palin brand."

    January 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. tom

    Steve – you incredible moron!

    "... January 9th, 2009 12:27 pm ET

    I can't believe what I am hearing. Governor Palin criticizes the press for reporting "salacious" remarks, but she had no qualms about accusing President-Elect Obama of palling around with terrorists?"

    He did pal around with terrorists! I remember the Weather Underground from when I was in High School, Ayers, Dorn the entire sticking lot of them.
    If you boy is such a genius, why did he not know who he was talking to?
    Or is this just another case of the Media selected winner getting a free ride?
    BTW – Did he ever figure out his family tree?? See his Memorial Day 2008 speech about the invisible uncle that fought with the Red Army

    January 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Steph I.

    Why oh WHY is this backwooded woman still talking? people are going to say what they want and as of late I haven't seen any more threads about "trig" man talk about wanting to be seen and heard.
    oh well maybe she can "walk to russia" man give it up already, you are not enough of anything yet alone strong enough to lead this country

    January 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Ivy

    Hey "disappointed", you've had eight years to act righteous, it's the democrat's turn, and quit making personal attacks, that's what fools do when they run out of valid arguments to make. And Shaggy: Affirmative Action didn't help Obama get through a tough school like Harvard, nor get elected president. He is who he is because he is smarter than you!

    January 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Lady........just go.......AWAY!!!!

    January 9, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. m

    this woman would have been a perfect in the paranoid, delusional world of the bush administration.
    what do you suppose would be said about a woman politican from the Democratic party who had a unmarried teenager with a new born baby who's other grandma was just busted for drugs?
    your feeble attempt to keep your name in the news is just pathetic.

    January 9, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Derrick, Atlanta

    She needs to stop crying. She was and is a complete joke. She's a freaking idiot who didn't know anything. No one took anything out of context. She had the nerve to say if she had been on the democratic ticket, the people would have loved here. Is she on crack? Her political party affiliation has nothing to do with her ignorance.

    January 9, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Domenic

    Oh please, enough already with this Ding Dong! The GOP mascot must go away. I can't take this idiot anymore!

    January 9, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Dorothy

    Sarah, needs to get over it and go away! she did not make as a beauty queen nor as VP. John McCain sure opened Pandora's box with this one. Blagojevich and Sarah Palin, please go away!

    January 9, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Tom

    Want some cheese with that whine? Of course Caroline Kennedy has been treated softer by media. For one thing she is not an idiot. Second she does not hold huge rallies spouting off devisive, vile comments based on total fabrications. Third she does not condone people yelling about killing people at her events. Sarah is not even close to Ms. Kennedy's league. Do us a favor and don't open your mouth except to eat.

    January 9, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. thanks, but no thanks

    say what?????? Palling around with terrorists, witchcraft, underage pregnancy, shoot the polar bears from the chopper, no credentials, barely got a degree in communications, mayor of Vasilla, and governor of the duhhh state. Need l say more....

    January 9, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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