Palin Slams Media for 'Salacious' Reports

Reporters habitually took her remarks out of context, Governor says

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 9, 2009 12:02 PM CST

(Newser) – Sarah Palin attacked the “personal, salacious nature” of media reports about her during the 2008 campaign, accusing journalists of taking her remarks out of context “to create adversarial situations,” CNN reports. A statement from Palin’s office today specifically criticized the Atlantic (probably mostly just Andrew Sullivan) and other bloggers for keeping alive the rumor that Trig was her daughter’s baby.

“As a public official, I expect criticism and I expect to be held accountable for how I govern,” Palin's statement said. “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.”

In this Nov. 4, 2008, file photo, Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin votes at Wasilla City Hall in Wasilla, Alaska.   (AP Photo)
In this Nov. 4, 2008, file photo, Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, is seen on stage during an election night rally in Phoenix.   (AP Photo)
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin answers questions from the media at the meeting of the National Governor's Association December 2, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   (Getty Images)
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In an interview for the forthcoming documentary "Media Malpractice" Governor Sarah Palin, for the first time at length, takes on the media coverage of her and the 2008 campaign.   (ashrilpotencial)

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