Palin Won’t “Waste” Time Letting Couric Interview Her Again

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Sarah Palin says she isn’t going to “waste time” on Katie Couric anymore, because Katie Couric represents the “sorry” state of modern journalism. That’s what she reportedly told FOX’s Sean Hannity in an interview to be aired on Monday.

How’s that for a misinterpretation of what happened in that fateful interview in 2008?

Essentially, Palin is saying because she studied journalism in school that she knows more about journalism than, well…journalists.

Now there is nothing at all new or original about Republican politicians refusing to be interviewed, or, on those rare occasions that they allow it, refusing to answer questions (or like Joe Miller, refusing to allow said questions to be asked), but the Couric interview is an interview apart, isn’t it? It is probably the most important interview of the past decade, in that it exposed a candidate, Sarah Palin in this case, as completely unprepared to hold high office and derailed the candidacy of John McCain. Couric received two awards because of the interview: Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the Walter Cronkite Award for Journalism Excellence.

Palin’s take? “As for doing an interview, though, with a reporter who already has such a bias against whatever it is that I would come out and say? Why waste my time? No.”

Apparently, asking questions and expecting answers shows some sort of bias. But if bias there is, it is only a bias in favor of reality. As in, what do you really know? And Palin’s answer was the wrong answer: “Not much.”

But it’s the “lamestream” media that’s to blame? The “liberal media elite”?

No, it’s clear that Palin has a grudge against Katie Couric, not the other way around. Couric’s sin was to not ask Palin questions she knew the answer to, though to be fair, it is difficult to imagine how Couric could have “dumbed-down” her interview sufficiently to allow coherent answers from the former governor of Alaska.

Instead it all becomes Couric’s failing; it can’t be Palin’s, after all. So this is what Palin proposes to do to fix things:

“I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism.”

First of all, one would expect better sentence composition here. This one is a mess, which again, given the speaker, is unsurprising. We should be happy she is not actually inventing any words to get her point across.

“And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism, who, what, where, when, and why of reporting.” Are you amazed? I’m amazed. What school did she attend? Makes certain to never send your kids there.

“I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has for truth to be reported. And then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us.”

The only problem here being that Palin didn’t know any facts. How can she not understand this? Surely she has to be jesting with us.

I mean, what is it that Couric asked that was so unforgivable, such a violation of journalistic ethics?

“When it comes to establishing your world view…what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read?”

How hard is that. Do you know anyone who can’t answer that?

But Palin had no answer. None. She was completely befuddled by the question. Here’s how it went:

PALIN: I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media —
COURIC: But what ones specifically? I’m curious.
PALIN: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.
COURIC: Can you name any of them?
PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news.

That Couric is a pretty horrible person, asking a major political figure what she reads! How dare she! “Journalistic ethics be damned,” Katie Couric must have told herself. “I’m going to ask her what she reads!”

There is a special circle of hell reserved for such people as Katie Couric.

But Palin’s take?

“So a journalist, a reporter who is so biased and will, no doubt, spin and gin up whatever it is that I have to say to create a controversy, I swear to you, I will not my waste my time with her. Or him.”

We have to wonder what Palin intends to do to fix journalism? If she becomes president, a royal edict? Banish Catie Couric to Iceland, perhaps? Is she going to – gasp! – endorse new federal regulations governing journalism? Perhaps make it illegal to ask questions? I might actually welcome that sort of ban; at least I would not have to listen to a completely ignorant and befuddled Sarah Palin try to answer them.

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19 Replies to “Palin Won’t “Waste” Time Letting Couric Interview Her Again”

  1. I guess she thinks appearing before any media but FOX or other Palin-friendly media is a waste of time. It’s ironic that this is from a woman who has wasted valuable time campaigning since her 2008 defeat as part of a presidential team. Instead of analyzing and addressing how she contributed heavily to that defeat, she chooses to blame others including McCain’s campaign advisors, the “lamestream media,” etc.
    It’s painfully obvious that she has not matured politically since that time. Even worse, there are Americans who are perfectly okay with having an immature ignoramus run for and even become president.

  2. It’s interesting that she can behave in such a blatantly immature manner without condemnation. Look for comparison at the NFL’s Tennessee Titans and their QB Vince Young. When he pulls his childish stunts he is in appropriately hot water for it. When all is said and done, he may not even have a job anymore, that is how it should be for Sarah Palin as well. But the Party of No (Consequences) wouldn’t dream of it.

  3. this really displays an ignorance just waiting to be hid. To go after Katie Couric is just a knee-jerk response to the fact that she has no content inside her head. There were no biased questions, just questions that Sarah could not answer. And there’s no way she can fight back except for doing something similar to what she did against Barack Obama on Thanksgiving day to Katie Couric.

    I have finally caught on to the North Korea slip. It wasn’t so much the slip as the fact that she is giving expert advice to the president( in public) about something that she has absolutely no knowledge about. All she can do is beat the war drum without knowing anything about why.


  4. It’s difficult to imagine any “normal” person taking offense at any of Couric’s questions. Who couldn’t answer them? Only Palin, apparently, and to go after Couric because she is smarter than Palin is truly pathetic. Yet the dumbed-down minions cheer.

  5. This is an excellent post! Why more Americans cannot see that Palin is a total sham never ceases to amaze me. She’s a political accident waiting to happen, and God forbid, if she is allowed to make it from the WH due to the ignorance of American voters about who/what she really is, and what her true intentions are. She wants to be POTUS because she feels she deserves the position. Andrew Sullivan has a post at the “Atlantic” that explains why neither education, knowledge, or competency are valued in PalinWorld.

  6. For a long time, there has been a theme in this country that even someone born in poverty can grow up and become a president, or be successful in business which has often come true. But Palin’s ascendancy in the political world underscores the absurdity of being elevated without education, knowledge, expertise, class, or just plain common sense. She is the poster child for that concept running amok, and this country is paying for it even if she never runs for the presidency. Rather than being a credit to women, she has contributed to the poisoning of the political atmosphere with her hatemongering and her use of sex appeal to compensate for her lack of substance.
    Her hatred of President Obama stems from her sense of entitlement to the presidency and her belief that he is inferior to her. Therefore, in her warped view, he shouldn’t be there.

    The fact is that she wants to continue spewing her toxic nonsense without being held accountable in any way, which is why she wants to avoid people like Katie Couric or any other media except FOX. In addition to the hatemongering and the use of sex appeal, she appeals to those among the religous who have either deserted critical thinking or never had it at all. Fortunately, most devout people who take their religions seriously see through her and realize that she embodies none of what she professes. She is an outwardly disarming and photogenic vessel for the truly dangerous ideas of her powerful backers, who don’t care about the well-being of this country. That is the true danger of Sarah Palin.

  7. Y’all don’t understand. You’re looking at the meaning of the WORDS she’s saying, not the meaning of the FEELINGS she’s expressing.

    Palin feels oppressed by people who made her look stupid. That she factually is stupid is beside the point; those people made her look bad, therefore to her and her fans, they are bad. They are shouting at the umpire because Mighty Casey Has Struck Out.

  8. Thank you, majii. It’s difficult to believe SHE believes she can get this past the voters. What sells to the base won’t sell to the rest of us.

  9. Yes, Sarah Palin is dangerous. She may not know much but she is very forceful and has taken the media by storm. She may not answer questions from journalists other than FOX but she sure has most of the media heads talking about her. What surprises me most is that many actually take her very seriously, thinking that she might be able to pull it off. She plays the media like a violin with a few tweets here and there, knowing that they will discuss her at nausom.

  10. Apparently completely taking simple truths out of context and twisting actual words spoken to slant the reader is a tactic that’s still alive and well in this pile of liberal trash that you pass off as an political “news”. More proof that Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  11. I understand people not wanting to take her seriously, even though I think it’s a mistake. She is so absolutely UNREAL. She’s the kind of character you’d expect to find on South Park, not parading as governor of a U.S. state and running for Vice President. But as you say, she is truly dangerous, a living embodiment of evil in that what she represents is absolutely un-American.

  12. Great post, Hraf.

    The Couric interview was Palin’s worst humiliation during the ’08 campaign. Nobody likes to feel humiliated, but a narcissist absolutely can’t handle humiliation, or accept responsibility for a personal role in that humiliation. Therefore, Palin, the quintessential narcissist, shifts all blame onto Couric in a spectacular show of denial, projection, petty vindictiveness, and cowardice.

    America is holding its collective breath to see this disaster finally run herself off the rails. She adores that attention, and deceives herself as to the intent. Classic pathology. Pathetic, really.

  13. You know, Hraf, the “truths” Sarah Palin told him in her book! The revised history of Sarah Palin! Come on! ACORN!! :-)

  14. Yes, Hraf, her ban on journalism will be a part of her “small government reformer” image for sure, to go down in history with her attacks on all of the Americans who don’t agree with her (how can they agree when they don’t understand what in the heck she means?). Ain’t it cute, though? Shoot first, blame later.

    Thanks for tackling this one; I could NOT handle that sentence. Could not. And then the pouty reference to the 5 w’s, a thing learned in 5th grade English comp. Oh, the pain. She thinks Americans should ask the President for his birth certificate; I think they should ask her for her college degree and proof that she ever wrote an essay that made any sense at all. Essay, mind you. I’m not asking for an elitist thesis or dissertation. Just a good old fashioned American grade school essay.

  15. Doesn’t studying communication mean that you should learn how to communicate? I took a communications class in college. I took English 111 but there is no evidence she took even that much. Like y0u say, we should demand her college degree. It’s almost as if English isn’t her first language….not that I’d suggest anything here. I mean, why look for complicated explanations when it’s more likely she’s just a complete idiot.

  16. Thank you, C.L. Narcissist…do you think she can spell that? Do you think she’s aware of the classical reference? Nah….But self-love, yes, she knows a lot about that. What continues to surprise me more than her vindictiveness is that of her followers…how do you look at that interview and come away from it thinking Couric twisted anything Palin said? Palin didn’t say anything! Am I missing something here?

  17. Oooooohhhhh, shhhhhhhhh….right. Never mind :)

    (notice Bob didn’t even know what they were anyway since he never came back to tell me…spin and talking points are so much easier)

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