Saturday, October 4, 2008

Palin cries foul on Katie Couric

Sarah Palin went on uber-conservative Fox "News" yesterday and said Katie Couric didn't play with her fair during her widely panned interview last week. She basically accused Couric, not exactly known for being a rough-and-tumble reporter, of roughing her up. Palin obviously agreed to the interview expecting it would be reminiscent of Couric's style when she was still hosting the Today Show. She probably expected to talk about her favorite moose hunting spots and recipes for salmon stew. Instead, she's angry she had to actually answer relevant questions about important issues.

Palin told Fox "News" Correspondent Carl Cameron that she was "annoyed" with the way Couric handled their interview and complained that she couldn't talk about what she wanted to talk about (Sorry Sarah, that's not what a news interview is all about). She said Couric's questions put her in a lose-lose position.

"The Sarah Palin in those interviews was a little bit annoyed," she said. "It's like, man, no matter what you say, you are going to get clobbered. If you choose to answer a question, you are going to get clobbered on the answer. If you choose to try to pivot and go to another subject that you believe that Americans want to hear about, you get clobbered for that too."

The "clobbering" questions Couric asked where things like what type of newspapers does she read, why Alaska's proximit to Russia gives her foreign policy experience and what you thought of the financial market bailout. Whew, those are tough. A VP, and potential President of the U.S., shouldn't have to answer such tricky questions. Get real Sarah.

Here's what Palin thought would have been better questions for Couric to ask:

"In those Katie Couric interviews, I did feel that there were lot of things that she was missing in terms of an opportunity to ask what a VP candidate stands for, what the values are represented in our ticket. I wanted to talk about Barack Obama increasing taxes, which would lead to killing jobs. I wanted to talk about his proposal to increase government spending by another trillion dollars. Some of his comments that he's made about the war, that I think may, in my world, disqualify someone from consideration as the next commander in chief. Some of the comments that he has made about Afghanistan -- what we are doing there, supposedly just air raiding villages and killing civilians. That's reckless. I want to talk about things like that. So I guess I have to apologize for being a bit annoyed, but that's also an indication of being outside the Washington elite, outside of the media elite also. I just wanted to talk to Americans without the filter and let them know what we stand for."

Basically Palin wanted an opportunity to rip into Obama and not have to answer any questions about her merits as a leader. That's why she showed up on Fox, to get her side of the story out without answering one substantial question. Look for Palin to start making the rounds of the conservative talk and news shows only since she can't afford another disastrous performance like her one with Couric. Not only is Palin unqualified and incapable of stringing together a cohesive thought, she's also a coward.


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