Sarah Palin 'a little bit annoyed' during Couric interview but promises more media access
This morning, Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron scored an interview with the woman of the day –- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, fresh off her debate with Sen. Joe Biden. If you’re keeping track at home, that makes Cameron the fourth broadcaster to snare an interview with the GOP vice presidential nominee, after ABC’s Charles Gibson, Fox News’ Sean Hannity and CBS’ Katie Couric. Since being tapped as Sen. John McCain’s running mate, she has yet to sit down to talk to a print publication other than People magazine.
But perhaps that will soon change? Palin told Cameron that she looks forward “to speaking to the media more and more every day and providing whatever access the media would want. My life is certainly an open book.”
Still, Palin said she wasn’t too happy about the series of conversations she had with Couric, in which she gave often-halting answers to questions about her foreign policy credentials and McCain’s record of Wall Street reform.
“The Sarah Palin in those interviews was a little bit annoyed," she told Cameron. "Because it's like, man, no matter what you say, you are going to get clobbered. If you choose to answer a question, you are going to get clobbered on the answer. If you choose to try to pivot and go to another subject that you believe that Americans want to hear about, you get clobbered for that too."
Palin, a journalism major in college, said that Couric failed to ask some key questions.
“I did feel that there were lot of things that she was missing in terms of an opportunity to ask what a VP candidate stands for, what the values are represented in our ticket,” she said, adding: “So I guess I have to apologize for being a bit annoyed, but that's also an indication of being outside of that Washington elite, outside of the media elite also. I just wanted to talk to Americans without the filter and let them know what we stand for."
That said, Palin promised “to not being so annoyed and impatient with mainstream media. And I will make that commitment because I do understand that that is how I speak to the American people in a position like this.”
“So, I apologize for the response that I gave through that interview on a couple of questions,” she added. “I'm going to try harder. But I would ask also then that the media tries a little bit harder also. And that this is a two-way street. That there's fairness. Just objectivity and fairness and truth. That's all Americans ask for.”
Fox News, which has been airing portions of the interview throughout the day, will show an extended package of Palin’s remarks on this afternoon’s “Special Report With Brit Hume.”
-- Matea Gold