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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sarah Palin still can't let Katie Couric go

From Sarah's Fecebook page

Nahhh, Katie Couric would never edit an interview to make a conservative look bad. What a piece of work "The Perky One" is!

I am quite sure it was in response to Katie's recent comments about Sarah Palin:

From Washington Examiner

Katie Couric still can't believe how badly Sarah Palin fumbled what was supposed to be a softball question in their infamous 2008 interview together.

Couric, who is now a "global news anchor" for Yahoo, said Monday in a discussion with David Axelrod that the question that tripped up the former Alaska governor was actually some warm-up fluff that she had no idea would later become a campaign gaffe.

"I remember thinking, 'I'm just going to, when I ask a question, I'm just not going to interrupt her,'" the reporter said. "'I'm not going to ... help guide her in any way. I'm just going to let her kind of say what she thinks so we could make a fair assessment.'"

"[I]ronically," she added, "that one walk-and-talk question where I was simply getting B-roll and trying to ascertain what made her feel so passionately, and sort of to be so steadfast and some of her positions, I wanted to know where that comes from, you know where, 'How are you shaped? What do you read?'"

"And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this, to stay informed and to understand the world?" the then-NBC News reporter asked.

"I've read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media," Palin answered.

"But what ones specifically? I'm curious," Couric persisted.

"Um, all of them. Any of them that have been in front of me over all these years," the former governor said.

"Can you name any of them?" Couric asked as a follow-up.

"I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news," Palin dodged. The moment went on to become a gaffe on the campaign trail, and a lingering embarrassment for Palin.

"I don't know if it was going to be William F. Buckley. I thought maybe the Bible had a big influence on the way she saw things, or you know who knows," Couric said Monday in reference to what she thought Palin would say in response to the question. "And I think she was getting pretty aggravated by me at that point, and that's when she said, 'Everything and anything.'"

The Yahoo anchor then suggested how the former vice presidential nominee should have answered the question.

"I would have answered, if I have been running, I would have said, 'I read every newspaper in Alaska because those are my constituents, and I need to really understand every issue that's going on in Alaska. Then of course I read every national newspaper, and I'm just, I'm constantly googling things because I love to learn.'"

Axelrod, who served in 2008 as Obama's chief campaign strategist and media adviser, chimed in, "I'm sure that's what she meant to say."

Couric laughed.

"I felt bad because she was so angry," she told Axelrod. "It was very interesting because right after, everyone thought the questions were fair. Democrats, Republicans, nobody said that those were 'gotcha' questions."

"There were some hard questions there, by the way, you know, they were very thoughtful, interesting questions," she added. "That one just got the lion's share of attention."

Though Palin responded initially to the flubbed interview by alleging media bias, she relented in 2015 and admitted that Couric's warm-up question was actually pretty fair.

"Was it a fair question? Yeah, sure," Palin said in a CBS News interview. "I had a crappy answer, but it was a fair question."

Just for shits and grins, let's review that wonderful masterpiece:


  1. I don't know why Katie should feel bad; she did us a tremendous favor. That's the problem with media these days; they pussyfoot around these politicians, never asking hard-hitting questions or, if they do, demanding an answer when the question is given a non-answer.

  2. It was a completely relevent question. Couric wasn't interviewing someone applying to water plants when homeowners are away. She was asking someone from a very remote location what sources she used to educate herself about the United States and the world--because this person wanted to be in the Number Two position, just one push-down-the-stairs away from the highest position in the USA. The fact that Palin was completely ignorant of any major news publications outside of Alaska was the real eye-opener.

    1. Right. Palin isn't just ignorant of major news publications, she was and still is literally unread, untutored, and ignorant.

      She is a stupid woman who knows nothing of science, history, geography, world affairs, economics, finance, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, physics, and worst of all, she DID NOT EVEN KNOW THE US CONSTITUTION!

      During her pathetic and failed "debate" with Joe O'biden, she actually said that quote

      ". I'm thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chose to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president's policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are."

      Got that? This village idiot from the arse end of Wasilla actually thinks she can have MORE AUTHORITY than what is granted to her by the Constitution if she "SO CHOSE TO EXERT IT?

      WHO IN THE FUCK IS PIG-IGNORANT ENOUGH to say something as idiotic as that on live TV in a VP debate?

      Oh, just the Quitter Queen of the destroyed Esther myth, that's who.

      Pop quiz $arah!!!! How's your Wasilla prayer group with Mary Glazier going??


    2. There were so many memorable moments in Sarah's interviews with Katie Couric. I liked Couric's followup question to the Charlie Gibson interview, about how a narrow maritime border between Russia and Alaska created foreign policy experience for Sarah. When Putin raises his head, where does he go? Alaska air space, and Sarah has to keep a watchful eye out for him.

      The other "best of Sarah Palin moments" was when Tina Fey as Sarah repeated Sarah's answer to Amy (Tina) word for word in that goofball word salad answer about shoring up the economy and it has to also be about job creation too. Thank you, SNL.

      Sarah, you have no one to blame but yourself. You cannot make up 12 years of public school education in a two week cram course. And, it is really hard to believe that you took a single journalism class in college when you speak so poorly. You have never met a simple sentence. No, you mangle phrases together hoping that the more words you tack on, it will make you sound smarter. It doesn't.

  3. Sarah Palin can only wish that she could 'earn' as much money as Katie. Sarah Palin will never forget how stupid she is and has been for many years. Has Todd retired from Pimping, and sex trafficking since his phantom accident? Has Sarah's domestic violence perpetrator agreed to a rehab Court assignment yet? Has Sarah's Bastard breeding slut found another sucker yet? Is Piper taking 'cramp pills' yet? There you have it, America, the Republican Family Values example of Christian vibrant living.

  4. So she's out of her silence and onstage with Trump now, is she? Expect more of the same; she hasn't learned a darned thing. Better hope the teleprompter doesn't break, $arah, and there will be no one-on-one unscripted interviews. Amirite?

  5. Here's some advice for you, Sarah. The last book that you remember reading was one of the Little House on the Prairie books. That's so fifth grade. The answer to Katie Couric's question was simple. The Bible. Two short words. Try to remember them in case Nancy French comes back to write some more blogs for Bristol. The, follow your own advice. Stop carrying a grudge against "The Perky One," as you just called her the other. Suck it up, Buttercup.

  6. Here is the explanation for why Sarah Palin was hoist with her own petard in the Katie Couric interview.

    Sarah thought running with John McCain in 2008 was just like when she was running for Governor in 2006. To get elected Governor she just needed to fool a few of the normal voters, she already had all the votes of the Mad Zoo Valley Mouth Breathers. She flashed her boobs and wiggled her tongue and prayed with the nutty pastors (Pervo and Muthee!) and she had ‘em!

    Sarah has always made the same mistake. Consistently. All through her life. Learn one play. Becasue learning a bunch of plays is way too much work! Then once that play works, keep running the same play. Because it works!

    Just like when Sarah Heath was the starting point guard (and reserve center) on the undefeated and Alaska State Champion basketball team. She scored the winning basket in a bunch of games, and used the same running halfcourt shot each and every time! Maybe the half court shot play worked because Sarah Heath was also a state champion shotputter in junior high.

    Anyway, the Katie Couric interview was just a replay of the 2006 debate stratergery Sarah used to become the half term governor. As reported by Andrew Halcro- who was one of her primary opponents in 2006, and later a major league Dairygate and Troopergate leaker.

    Andrew Halcro in the Christian Science Monitor during Sarah’s failed campaign in 2008:

    On April 18, 2006, Palin and I sat together in a hotel coffee shop comparing campaign trail notes. As we talked about the debates, Palin made a comment that highlights the phenomenon that Biden is up against.

    "Andrew, I watch you at these debates with no notes, no papers, and yet when asked questions, you spout off facts, figures, and policies, and I'm amazed. But then I look out into the audience and I ask myself, 'Does any of this really matter?' " Palin said.

    While policy wonks such as Biden might cringe, it seemed to me that Palin was simply vocalizing her strength without realizing it. During the campaign, Palin's knowledge on public policy issues never matured – because it didn't have to. Her ability to fill the debate halls with her presence and her gift of the glittering generality made it possible for her to rely on populism instead of policy.

    Sarah Palin found out that an idiot can get elected Governor of Alaska without having a clue. However, in a presidential campaign, cluelessness is not a virtue unless you are only after the votes of teabaggers and 'Murricans.

    Sarah Palin. A one trick pony. All hat and no cattle. But can ball like Glen Rice!

    1. That's a wonderful description of Sarah being elected governor in a 3 way race (where all you need is 34% compared to the other candidates getting 33% each). I saw a photo of Sarah at the debate with Halcro and the other candidate. She had index cards behind her name plate. When Sarah wore her pink jacket and sat with Katie Couric for part of the interview, she also had index cards in her lap, and she frantically flipped through them looking for her talking points. I have seen Sarah repeat that kind of thing when she gives a speech, a speech that she should have known by heart since it is always the same old status quo which gotta go.

      Sarah bragged that if she wanted to get her way at a city council meeting she wore her best push up bra. Sarah may have learned her basketball moves which served her well. I think that her beauty contest experience added to her bag of tricks. Sarah has always been long on appearance to make up for the lack of substance. It's too much trouble to study and try to remember anything when you can write down the talking points and flip through the pages of the script (or glance at the palm of her hand).

      I don't think that Palin is capable of "book" learning but she does have a real instinct, like Trump, to play the crowd and play the media by saying sensational things and wearing outlandish clothes. She dresses for them,not for us. It's amazing that she spends so much time on her makeup and her hair is usually a mess. She also has little self awareness about how she sounds and looks or she would have hired a speech coach and a stylist. (She looked much better when the McCain people dressed her. I don't think that Sarah liked looking like the standard Republican woman.)

    2. One reason people like tRUMP and Sarah Palin can fool most of the media is that most of the media is about as useless as tits on a boar.

      The story becomes the hottest governor, even if she is a clueless twit. Exposing that she is a clueless twit ruins the story.

    3. Like they ever would. The one thing she got right: "lamestream."

      Oh, and two, "I'll do anything until the courts tell me I can't."

  7. Holding my nose as I type this-yes, I have 3 hands-but I'm sure that she was talking about an actual dipstick move by Couric. She did a documentary about the slow and tortured road to smarter gun laws. She assembled a group of gun lovers and asked them "If there are no background checks when you buy a gun, how do you keep felons and terrorists from buying them?" The tape was edited to make it seem like they sat there in stunned and stupid silence. The unedited tape showed that they immediately "grappled" with the answer to the question. They didn't try to dodge the question at all. I read about this on HuffPo, in a pretty good spanking for Katie by Jason Linkins. He is by no means a conservative writer, he just says what's what. In this ONE instance, Sarah Palin has a license to snark. Now I have to go lie down. Defending Sarah Palin is a frightening thing. I'm feeling faint.


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