In her 2009 memoir “Going Rogue,” former Republican vice presidential candidate and pundit Sarah Palin criticized Katie Couric, then of CBS News, for her comportment during a famous series of interviews in the 2008 election. Couric was a “badgering” presence and had a “partisan agenda,” wrote Palin. “Katie’s purpose—shared by most media types—seemed to be to frame a ‘gotcha’ moment. And it worked.”
Some of that rancor appears to be mellowing. CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith recently traveled north to chat with Palin in Wasilla, Alaska. She asked the former Fox News commentator how she viewed the question from Couric about what newspapers had informed her world view. Was it fair? “Sure, yeah. I had a crappy answer, but it was a fair question.”
Nice assessment. History will record that Palin told Couric about her newspaper menu: “I’ve read most of them, again, with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.” Specifically? “All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.”
What bothers Palin about that interview, she told Smith, was its staying power. “I didn’t like, though, the way that forever then in these seven years that interview has kind of been stamped on my forehead as, She’s an idiot.” Whatever your interpretation of the Couric interview, it endures primarily as a public service.
Palin is now promoting a new book, “Sweet Freedom: A Devotional.” She also told Smith she’d be “willing” to hit the campaign trail again.