Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sarah Palin can't even handle Katie Couric

Are Americans really going to buy that CBS News' Katie Couric is part of some non-existent evil media conspiracy against GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin?

In an interview Monday, Palin, out of her campaign cocoon, was pressed on a very legitimate point -- whether she differed with the head of her ticket, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on how to handle Pakistan. Instead of answering the question the McCain camp attacked Couric.

Here is The Baltimore Sun:

With McCain and Palin sitting side by side, the first flareup came when Couric asked Palin about a statement the candidate made over the weekend that the U.S. should launch attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan to "stop the terrorists from coming any further in."

In that comment, Palin seemed to voicing the same position McCain had attacked his opponent, Barack Obama, for stating in their debate on Friday.

"So, Gov. Palin, are you two (she and McCain) on the same page?" Couric asked.

"...We will do what we have to do to secure the United Sates and her allies," Palin said.

"Is that something you shouldn't say out loud, Sen. McCain?" Couric asked.

"Of course not," McCain snapped. "But look, I understand this day and age gotcha journalism... Grab a phrase. Gov. Palin and I agree that you don't announce that you're going to attack another country."

"Are you sorry you said it?" Couric asked returning to Palin.

"Wait a minute," McCain said interrupting. "Before you say is she sorry she said it, this was a gotcha sound bite that...

"It wasn't a gotcha," Couric insisted. "She was talking to a voter."

"No," McCain insisted back, "she was in a conversation with a group of people talking back and forth, and I'll let Gov. Palin speak for herself."

When Couric asked Palin what she learned "from that experience," the candidate replied, "That this is all about gotcha journalism...."

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