She’s mean to Katie Couric in her autobiography, Going Rogue.
While the book follows Palin's life from her birth in Sandpoint, Idaho, to wondering about the next stop in her future, Palin, who received an advance of at least $1.25 million, saves her strongest words for run-ins with McCain staffers and her widely panned interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric.
She describes Couric as condescending, biased and "badgering." She contends the anchor chose "gotcha" moments while leaving the candidate's more substantive remarks on the cutting room floor…
Palin takes another dig at Couric while asserting her expertise on energy matters. She writes that she was shocked Couric had asked her which newspapers and magazines she read; given what she called Couric's lack of knowledge about energy issues, Palin wondered whether she should have asked the news anchor what she read.
Couric can take care of herself and her interview with Palin is all the defense she needs to make, if she cares to make one.
But I’m not sure the people of Iowa will shrug it off as easily.
A Time Magazine poll asking who’s the most trusted newscaster in America found that in Iowa 65 per cent of the people put their trust in Katie Couric.
Let’s see Palin get through the Iowa caucuses now.
By the way, Couric’s rivals for most trusted newscaster include Charlie Gibson and Brian Williams, and Williams comes out ahead of Couric and Gibson in more states. But Williams doesn’t top the poll.
You know who’s America’s most trusted newscaster?
Actually, in the opinion of Douglas Burns writing in Des Moines Cityview, Palin could do very well in Iowa because the Republican Party there seems to be doing what it seems to be doing nationally, deliberately shrinking itself down to a fraternal organization of raging, reactionary loons, although he doesn’t say it in those exact words:
Many in the national media have this mistaken sense that Iowa Republicans are seeking a new identity, that they'll reach out to moderates and carve out more widely palatable positions. Having been to two major GOP events in just the last weeks in Iowa, I get the distinct sense that the party is growing smaller, more insular, more angry — and that it is likely to double-down on a candidate like Palin — damn the torpedoes and the media and conventional wisdom…
In other Sarah-related news, AP fact checks Going Rogue. What’s that? You’re surprised that there’s anything in the book bearing a close enough resemblance to a fact to be worth checking?
Greg Sargent reports on Palin’s claim that she agreed to be interviewed by Couric because she felt sorry for Katie.
Meanwhile, at Lawyers, Guns and Money Dave Noon disabuses another Palin Cheerleader, this one writing in the Wall Street Journal, of the notion that Palin is at work improving her political skills and brushing up on policy and economics. Scott Lemieux sums up.
And Roy Edroso got his hands on an advanced copy of Going Rogue and has posted these excerpts while Carl Hiaasen has obtained a copy of a letter from Palin’s editor suggesting a few minor revisions. Mark Twain would be so proud.