Palin's trek takes her to the friendly land of Fox

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By Lisa de Moraes
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sarah Palin really blossomed during her interview at Fox News Channel on Wednesday night, telling Sean Hannity the killing of 13 people at Fort Hood on Nov. 5 was an "act of terrorism" and that Maj. Nidal M. Hasan should have been "profiled."

Meanwhile, over at ABC's "Good Morning America," Babs Walters was still obsessing over The Campaign Clothes, and whether President Obama should have women on his pick-up basketball team "when they go and play."

Walters's interview may yet cough up some really juicy, forward-looking bits from Palin. ABC has been parsing out Babs's chat with the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate in a multi-part series that ends with Friday's "20/20." We are officially alerting the network's Department of Redundancy Department.

Palin did a mess of pre-taped interviews that are rolling out this week to kick off her tour to promote her book "Going Rogue: An American Life." So far, in the interview with Babs, like Palin's first sit-down this week with Oprah Winfrey, mostly we've heard her trash-talk McCain's staff for trying to muzzle her during the campaign, assure the country she's praying for her grandbaby daddy Levi Johnston, compliment Tina Fey on the uncanniness of her Palin parody, and chastise CBS News's Katie Couric for not "doing her homework" to find out before that interview what Palin reads.

All very Trip Down Memory Lane.

But on Fox News Channel, Hannity talked about the here and now, asking Palin whether she thinks Fort Hood was an act of terrorism.

(He was referring to Hasan, an Army major, who is accused of opening fire on mostly unarmed soldiers and civilians at the Texas base and killing 13 people. He has been charged with murder and is expected to be tried in a military court, according to The Washington Post and other news reports.)

"I certainly do," Palin replied. "And I think that there were massive warning flags that were missed all over the place and I think that it was quite unfortunate that, to me, it was a fear of being politically incorrect to not -- I am going to use the word -- profile this guy -- profile in the sense of finding out what his radical beliefs were.

"Now, because I used the word 'profile' I am going to get clobbered tomorrow morning," Palin continued. "The liberals, their heads are just going to be spinning. They're going to say 'she is radical, she is extreme.' "

To Babs and Oprah, Palin said the Tina Fey parody left people thinking she had actually said all those words Fey used, and added to Babs, "I think she was funny, though. And I think she was very talented and spot on."

Wednesday, however, she told Hannity, in response to a question as to what role she would like to play in the future, "You're going to hear a lot from me. So you know, the haters are going to have a whole lot of material; Tina Fey, she may have a whole lot of material coming up. But our message is strong, our message is truth, and our message -- my message -- I think is a voice for that common sense, everyday, hardworking Americans who expect not much out of their government except for it to be on their side."

With regard to her nemesis, CBS late-night star David Letterman, however, her message did not waver. To both Babs and Hannity, Palin said she doesn't want to go on his show because it would boost his ratings.

Here's another bit of news broken by Fox News Channel: Palin says that "95 percent" of her campaigning with Sen. John McCain was "absolutely amazing, awesome, invigorating, energizing." But she told Hannity, "unfortunately, you know, not enough pages available in a book to get to describe all of that, but about the 5 percent of the conflict is in the book."

More breaking news: Asked by Oprah and Babs why she didn't just name some publications when Katie Couric asked the what-do-you-read question that haunted Palin throughout the campaign, Palin in both interviews said she was too annoyed by the question to name any. A mistake, she concluded. On Hannity's show, she also gave the "my bad" answer. However, she revealed she reads Newsmax, the Frontiersman and the Wall Street Journal.

Newsmax is an online news site that says it is "the #1 conservative news agency online." The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman is a Wasilla-based newspaper published Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays by Wick Communications and is distributed to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in Alaska. The Wall Street Journal is owned by News Corp., which also owns Fox News Channel.


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