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. Catherine

    Man, she sure is complaining alot, isn't she? She needs to realize that the only reason she was picked to run for VP was because she's young and cute and apparently easily programmed how to dress and what to say by the RNC.

    I would've had alot more respect for her had she spoken up at the time and admitted there are many other Republican women who are more qualified as VP than she is and then refused to run w/McCain. Instead, she let her ego get the best of her and now she's blaming everyone and their brother as to why her ticket didn't win.

    Don't go away mad, Sarah - just GO AWAY!!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Phredd

    Who didn't already know this? Except for the lemming dumbocrats, I mean.

    January 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    Sarah Palin is 100% correct...... the media bias and left wing hatred and vitriol is obvious to anyone with half a brain. Personal attacks on her family were never questioned by the media, and Tina Fey was celebrated. Its time the left looked in to a mirror..............

    January 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Suzanne North

    Will someone make this woman shut up...? Or is clipping her vocal cords the only solution......

    January 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Norb

    Palin is the reason they have sayings like "not the sharpest tool in the shed." "As dumb as a box of rock's"

    January 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Linda Lee

    Hooray Sarah!!!!!!!! Go get 'em girl!! You have much to offer the US, much to offer women in particular. I am in full agreement with you and support you 100%....as do thousands of Americans.

    January 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Geoff

    "It is far better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

    Gov. Palin,
    Please take this quote to heart. You might benefit from shutting up already. Don't you have a corrupt state to govern?

    January 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Liz

    People talking about Trig? This was back in September.

    For someone who wants this stuff to stop and go away, she certainly keeps bringing it back up.

    January 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Dan Davis

    Whatever happened to the respect that Cronkite , Huntley & Brinkley & the early journalists had for our elected officals? Yes, times change, but people don't. The United States has become a pit of disrespect for "each other". A nation of "self". Sarah Palin should be cheered & looked up to. If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all.

    January 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Mike in Ca

    This two bit politician continues to demonstrate that she is no where ready to hold any national office.

    January 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Just Bob

    This good woman has been picked on by the media from the beginning because of her honesty and forthrightness – and probably for her faith in God. Taking things head on and not denying her mistakes, and not afraid to speak out about issues that need to be heard. The media is definately slanted hard over to the left as she is to the right (pun intended).

    January 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Richard Weisgrau

    Who cares?

    It is about time that the media, including CNN, stop reporting such incinsequential trivia. There are at least three wars going on today, almost thee million Americans lost their jobs in 2008, the economy is tanking, and we have lot of rebuilding to do in the USA and worldwide. Somewhere there are people making intensive efforts to make the world better. How about g reporting on the contributors to society's benefit instead of the detractors.

    January 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. MG

    She's still in the news because people still comment on her. Stop the comments, the "news" about her will stop.

    January 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Kimstan

    If I were you Sarah, I would Shut up.

    January 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Cliff

    Go away.

    January 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. david Armendale, SF, CA

    welcome to the big leagues governor.
    the whining is deafening. and this coming from someone who fed off blogs while trading in twisted tales of Obama paling around with terrorists when it was politically convenient. Now she wants to bite the hand that feeds her. She's only further damaging an already tattered reputation as being someone who can't even respond to the simplest question without reading loads of her own paranoia into it.

    January 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Palin is..

    Officially a tabloid queen.

    How cheap.

    January 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. rp

    The media still covers people convinced Obama is an alien and cavorts with terrorists.
    People are still trying to link the Clintons to Vince Foster's suicide in some sinister way.
    Every politician has his or her stupid stories to deal with. The vast majority of readers couldn't care less. In fact it probably elicits sympathy towards the slandered pols.
    So if someone writes something on the web about Palin's son, the best she can do is keep her indignation to herself. Right now she appears to be whining, because, well, she is.

    January 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Chris

    I never once hear any responsible journalist from the main stream media give credence to the crackpot notion that Trig was not Palin's child. I did however hear many mainstream outlets give credence to the crackpot ideas that Obama was Muslim and/or born in another country. In some of her comments, Palin herself even gave credence to the idea that Obama is Muslim.

    Quote of the day:
    "When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn't do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don't think it's, it bodes well for her – – a statement like that." – Sarah Palin

    January 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Rick in PA

    Hasn't she gone away yet? Palin's lack of political success is the direct result of her significant inadequacies. What's so difficult to understand about that?

    January 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. carol

    Maybe Sarah could pal up with her buddy Joe the plumber who is now going to be a fantastic "war correspondent" for Israel..PLEASE!....now that would be a great team...Dumb and Dumber reporting from Israel!!!
    Sarah may even see Israel from her house as well, who knows!!!

    January 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. CT from Chi-Town

    I swear she's like Bush's alter-ego! She is INCAPABLE of seeing how she has wraught what she has sowed.

    January 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. McFly

    She's hot – VERY HOT ... keep the stories coming CNN!! And ... would you please add more photos? Thanks

    Is she the hottest Governor of all time?

    January 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Claudette Siar

    A sign of intelligence is understanding what you do not know. This woman was clearly unqualified for vice president and not smart enough to know that her lack of knowledge could endanger America. Then again, from what we have seen, maybe she just did not care as long as she got what she wanted. Palin blames everyone but her lack of real education, in the fields’ necessary, to run a 21st. century America. I am so proud that my country saw through this very plastic hate-monger. She came to our state and from the podium attempted to stir up crowds who came for a political rally into a mob. Go away Sarah Palin, we have real problems in America and are tired of your side show. Your 15 minutes of fame is over...

    January 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Bailey

    OOPS! now you know, Governor Palin. What goes around, comes around.

    January 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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