Katie Couric Not Center of Universe – Sarah Palin And Media Responsibility

Even after the election was over people still couldn’t get enough of Sarah Palin. The circus side show that is Sarah Palin continues to make headlines. A soon to be released documentary entitled “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected.” contains an interview with Palin. Sarah Palin makes it abundantly clear in the interview that she is still bitter she did not remain a media darling throughout the election.

Palin targeted CBS reporter Katie Couric in her interview for the documentary. For those who don’t remember, Couric had asked Palin in an interview during the election season what newspapers and magazines she read, a pretty basic question. Palin couldn’t answer except to say “anything and everything”. Katie Couric told David Letterman after the election that she was disappointed no one followed up in future interviews. “Katie, you’re not the center of everyone’s universe,” replied Palin.

Palin blamed what she called unfair coverage on the old ghost of media biased along with classism and sexism. Palin apparently took Couric’s question on what she read as an attack on those “folks up there in Alaska”, inferring that perhaps Katie meant they didn’t read at all.

“To me the question was more along the lines of: Do you read? What do you guys do up there? What is it that you read? And perhaps I was just too flippant in my answer back to her…”

Palin also questioned the media’s coverage of Caroline Kennedy in an obvious attempt at class warfare.

“I’ve been interested also to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she’ll be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope also. It’s gonna to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

The coverage of Caroline Kennedy has been fair. I have seen many questions raised to her qualifications as a senator on the blogs of The Moderate Voice and Donklephant as well as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post have all reported fairly on Kennedy and not always favorably.

Frankly, I enjoy Sarah Palin. She has led me to put “SY” on descriptors of myself, though the only thing folksy about me is perhaps my large beard. Palin has spawned some of the best SNL in over five years. Unlike Ann Coulter who makes me sick when she speaks, Sarah Palin gives me a delightful chuckle. Perhaps that is why she scares me ten times more than the obvious looming right wing specter of Coulter.


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