TRENDING: Palin won't 'waste time' on Couric
November 22nd, 2010
03:33 PM ET
10 years ago

TRENDING: Palin won't 'waste time' on Couric

(CNN) – If Sarah Palin does run for president next year, at least one high profile journalist will be forbidden access to the former Alaska governor.

Speaking to Fox New's Sean Hannity in an interview to air Monday, Palin said she wants nothing to do with Katie Couric, the CBS Evening News anchor who's line of questioning facilitated one of the most memorable political foibles of the 2008 presidential campaign.

"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," Palin told Hannity of Couric, according to excerpts obtained by Time's Mark Halperin.

"I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism, who, what, where, when, and why of reporting," Palin continued. "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."

In a series of interviews with Couric authorized by the McCain campaign, Palin stumbled over a number of questions, most memorably when asked, "When it comes to establishing your world view…what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read?"

Palin appeared unable to name a single publication – a performance for which she was much maligned - and later said she found the question insulting, as well as emblematic of a liberal slant in the mainstream media.

"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 controversy, I swear to you, I will not my waste my time with her. Or him," she told Hannity in the interview Monday.

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  1. Russ

    Again, no news here. Why are all these worthless Palin stories considered news worthy. She,as most Republicans, consider almost all reporters liberals so they have an excuse not to talk to them. If you were half way intelligent it wouldn't matter who interviewed you. When you're not you let Fix News throw you a few softballs and then thank them for asking the tough questions, like "What did you have for dinner last night?" Or "What do you think of Obama?" If you can't name a publication you've recently read, you can't be President!!!!!

    November 22, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Lorna

    Once again Ms. Palin opens her yap and shows just how incompetent she is.....she can't handle Katie Couric and the media here except for Faux News and the simpering googly-eyed hang-on-her-every-word Hannity? Imagine her trying to deal with the North Koreans....Iran....Vladimir Putin? My OH MY!!!!! Perish the thought!!

    November 22, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Teena

    So, I guess if she runs for the republican nomination, she dosen't think any self-respecting journalist will ask any tough questions during the debates, ect? Oh, right, she will only invite the entertainers from Fox or else she will cry and whine about the gotcha media! I think she must forget that being president requires one to think about ALL of the citizens not just those who vote for you! A fact that many people in this land have forgoten.

    November 22, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. cathstar

    Since she has a communications degree, why is she illiterate? She's quite a credit to her alma mater. Since she attended four or five colleges, I don't know which one gets to take credit for her excellent command of the English language.

    November 22, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Brian

    "I have a communications degree"

    That's cool Sarah, I have a belly button. Neither of us are qualified to be president though.

    November 22, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Andy

    Just incredible, the stupidity of this woman.

    November 22, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Squiggs

    PAlin was someone that nobody knew. The questions she was asked by Katie Couric were so that people could get to know her. It worked. We found out she is as dumb as a doorknob. The woman sense of curosity is nonexistent. The fact that she is constantly at odds with everyone she comes in contact shows that she is unable to rationally debate anything or have a thoughtful discussion. Her lack of anwsers to simple questions shows just how clueless she is when it comes to anything that should be inportant to anyone's life.The fact that she is prominent shows the sad state of American society.

    November 22, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. WBinNT

    There are some journalists who ask "gotcha" questions...but K. Couric is not one of them, and "what do you read?" should be a fairly softball question to answer...

    November 22, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Benjamin

    She must've been a pretty lousy journalism student if she can't even name a single publication, or even LIE about reading a single named publication. It's only gotcha journalism if you're too stupid to be in the public spotlight.

    November 22, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. tim miller

    Wow the anger and vitriol that Sarah Palin stirs amongst the uber-liberal elite. You got to love it. She's a beautiful, intelligent woman that loves her family and country. No wonder she makes you liberals so mad... she's so NORMAL!! You guys thrashing her have fallen victim to the same socialist template they've been using on conservatives for years. Stop drinking the HATER-aid, get outside and exercise your mind and body. You read too many HATE blogs. Oh well its time to go jogging!!!

    November 22, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Mackenzie- Michigan

    But she will still conduct interviews and speak with Fox News and Bill O'Reilly? Correct me if I am wrong, but Fox News is biased as well. Who will she communicate through? Nat Geo?

    November 22, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Me

    "I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism". Mrs Palin – what the heck does that mean???

    November 22, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. GL

    "I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree. This sentence should tell every body that this woman is not smart enough to even write a sentence that make any sense.

    Hey you Tea Baggers that comment on this site and defend this woman need you head checked.

    November 22, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. gus

    This woman is too stupid to know that she is stupid. Pathetic!!!!!

    November 22, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Dave

    What in God's name is wrong with this person? Has Palin completely lost her mind? The Couric interview was softball at best and she blew it. She needs to look in the mirror and blame herself. Sounds like her and Joe Miller are a lot alike. They are never at fault and everyone is out to get them.

    News flash, Palin and Miller. If you don't speak for a year no one will care or remember you any longer. They will say Palin Who or Miller Who? Both of you will go back to being the head goofball in your immediate circle of friends.

    BTW, I saw that Palin's new book was already discounted 25% at my local grocery store. And it just came out. Must be having trouble getting rid of it. I guess the pages are too small to use under the normal dog, cat or bird.

    November 22, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. NoBiasHere

    I love how everyone is so quick to malign Sarah Palin for not wanting to talk to Katie Couric, yet they all give a pass to Barak Obama who has never had the courage to fullly face Fox News!

    I think President Obama has spent no more than grand total of 1 hour on Fox News since he came into the spot light over 4 years ago.

    Palin's interview with Katie Couric was 2 days long and then they picked and choose the worst parts. Put President Obama in front of Bret Beier for more than 15 minutes! That will give us a basis for comparison. Oh...uh and he can't have his telepromter with him either.

    November 22, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Terri

    If she can't handle Couric, how is she going to handle a real enemy?

    November 22, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Expat American

    Palin should stick to things she knows…like shooting animals, riding on snow mobiles and burning crosses. Stay away from the evil MSM…. They hate ‘Patriots’!!!!!

    November 22, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. mrgmrgan56

    Palin is an idiot. Couric is a world renowned and respected TV journalist. Let's see, I would think Couric would want nothing to do with Bimbo Palin, although that gives bimbos a bad name.

    November 22, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. chris

    Katie Couric is solely responsible for the downfall of journalism in America. Remeber her making fun of Sarah Palin's child with down syndrome? Stay classy Katie..

    November 22, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Ohio Citizen

    How did she get through Journalism school without learning how to form a proper sentence?

    November 22, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. betty

    This whole mess since the 2008 is a perfect example of the old adage, "All press is good press." There would be no Sarah Palin if not for the "lamestream media". They saw a story and went after it and e responded. The nature of the response is immaterial. Our protests are seen as positive becuase it shows we continue to pay attention. They will never stop talking about her as long as we, the customers, keep paying attention. She has said absolutely nothing of consequence since Novemenr 20008 but she is continually on the front page. The only way to stop her is to ignore her. She will not go away till all of us stop talking about her. To the media, she is a product. They will keep pushing their product. Watch, There will be another story tomorrow putting her idiocy on display. I challenge everyone here to NOT respond. When CNN sees no response to a story, maybe they will move on. They know she is an idiot they don't need us to tell them. What they see id eveyone's response to her. If there is no response, there is nothing to write about. Let me be the first to say "Dream on".

    November 22, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Having Bush for a president was embarrassing enough, but can you imagine having the world know that our fundy president believes that the world is only 4000 years olds. Yep, that brand of religion will have every nuke button pushed in the Islamic world on inauguration day! Just remember all you backwords a$$ trailor park trash, mobile homes vaporize faster in a thermonuclear explosion

    November 22, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    You rfreaking idiot. All she asked was what newspapers do you read!!! You are such a mental midget that you still don't get it. You are a useless piece of human trash and your continued bitching and complaining about everyone is getting really tiresome. I wish that nobody would pay attention to your childish rantings on facebook and twitter. You still think you are some 20 something year old ex-beauty queen. You are an aging, botoxed ugly woman inside and out
    You wouldn't know journalism if it hit you right smack in your cross-eyes or your veneers. I bet you bought that journalism degree "that you had".

    November 22, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Tonylh

    What newspaper you read?

    That was it, she didn't ask if you could recite Constitution word for word.

    November 22, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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