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Couric strikes again - asks Palin impossible question

By Jimmy Orr / October 1, 2008

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With a little more than 24 hours to go before Joe Biden locks horns with the Thrilla' from Wasilla (thanks to our reader Bob who suggested the nickname this morning) it seems everything that Sarah Palin says is under the microscope.  Everything.

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For example, a big story in the media today is Palin's curious response to – again Katie Couric – about where the Alaska Governor gets her news.

Gotcha

People can debate all they want about "gotcha' journalism" and whether Palin has been a victim of it.  But asking someone what newspapers they read cannot be stretched even by the most radical of partisans to be in that category. That would truly be a bridge to nowhere. Not even Rush Limbaugh would try to cross that one.

It was a pretty simple question.

"When it comes to establishing your worldview, 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?" Couric asked.

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

Take two

You think Couric may have had a follow-up to that response?  You'd be correct.  And it wasn't a devious follow-up.  In fact, it was two words.  "What specifically?"

Same response.  "Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years," she said.

This could lead some viewers to think aloud, "How about throwing the hometown paper a bone? The Mat Su Valley Frontiersman. Or the Anchorage Daily News. Or heck, say the Weekly World News. But just name one.

Third time's a charm

No dice. When Couric tried one last time, Palin responded:

"I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too," she said.  "Alaska isn't a foreign country, where it's kind of suggested, 'Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?' Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America."

So let's be fair about this. Is this newsworthy? Does it deserve the paper it's printed on the pixels to render this?

Biden's hostile snowstorm

After all, Joe Biden can lead audiences to believe he was under fire from a hostile enemy and forced down in a helicopter while flying over in Afghanistan. The truth was, he was caught up in a snowstorm.  But he doesn't tell that part.

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