January 13th, 2009
10:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Huckabee pans Palin's interview with Couric

Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was both sympathetic and critical of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was both sympathetic and critical of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin has complained repeatedly that she was given unfair treatment by the media during her rapid political ascent last year.

But Mike Huckabee – a potential rival for Palin in 2012 should they both decide to seek the White House – apparently doesn’t agree.

In an interview in the current issue of Esquire, Huckabee speaks sympathetically of Palin, saying she had been subjected to “sexist things that would never have been asked of a male candidate.”

But he pushed back against Palin’s assertion that high-profile journalists – particularly Katie Couric of CBS – were biased in their interviews with her.

“Now I must say I did not think that either the Charlie Gibson interview or the Katie Couric interviews were unfair,” Huckabee said. “In fact, if anything, Katie Couric was extraordinarily gentle, even helpful. [Palin] just ... I don't know what happened. I can’t explain it. It was not a good interview. I’m being charitable.”

Since losing his bid for the GOP nomination last year, Mike Huckabee hasn’t been shy about criticizing some of the politicians he might face in a 2012 Republican primary battle – but Mitt Romney has remained his favorite target. In his new book, Huckabee wrote that Romney was "anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president.”

Palin, meanwhile, has appeared preoccupied with re-hashing the ups-and-downs of the last campaign.

In a recent on-camera interview with a conservative filmmaker, Palin remarked off-handedly of Couric: “Katie, you’re not the center of everybody’s universe.” The day after excerpts of that interview were released and drew enormous media attention, Palin’s office released a statement hammering the press.

“As a public official, I expect criticism and I expect to be held accountable for how I govern,” the Alaska governor 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.”


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soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. db

    I am SHOCKED to completely agree with Mike Hickabee.
    Sorry, I meant Huckabee.

    Sarah Palin is now apparently campaigning to become the most pathetic political figure this side of George W. – so gee. Good luck in 2012

    Yeah I know- I'm just a MEAN tree-hugging liberal who probably resents Sarah Palin for her family values!

    OBAMA baby!

    January 14, 2009 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  2. ml - California

    Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson did give fair interviews. Sarah Palin was not prepared. Palin went into this campaign as a possible VP and did not have the background necessary to carry her campaign with knowledge and experience. I agree with Mike Huckabee; however, why is this a subject for discussion? I believe we have very serious issues that need consideration. The Republicans should think about rebuilding their party.

    January 14, 2009 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  3. mary.florida

    Look Palin,Bush their idiots who dont get it.The only thing un-american is them.The truth hurts like their leadership.And Palin calling a US senator a terrorist.IF Palin is the best the RNC have,LOTS OF LUCK.

    January 14, 2009 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  4. DonnieJ

    Mike Hucklebee does not believe in evolution.

    January 14, 2009 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
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