Sarah Palin ventured outside of the safety of her Facebook fortress to brave an interview with the pugnacious Sean Hannity on Fox News. The conversation turned to her infamous interview with Katie Couric and the broader subject of journalism. On the latter she offered this critique and her hope to play a role in improving the situation:
“I want to clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism.”
I think it would help if she learned to speak English first. Palin’s glaring ignorance and inarticulate ravings are probably not the best prescription for what’s ailing the media. Nevertheless, she goes on to boast of her credentials:
“And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism. Who, what, when, where and why of reporting.”
First of all, the “who, what, when, where and why of reporting” isn’t exactly college-level journalism studies. I learned that as a freshman in high school. And she earned her communications degree after hopscotching through five different colleges. That was twenty five years ago and she has never worked a single day as a reporter. Yet she has the gall to lecture others on journalism? Indeed she does. And she continues:
“I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation our country has for truth to be reported, and then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us.”
If she actually had any concern for truth in reporting she wouldn’t work for Fox News. And she hasn’t spoken to any reporter in over two years. The person she was saying this to was Sean Hannity. That’s not exactly someone upon whose “facts” you should base your opinions. So it’s ironic that she complains about having to engage with biased reporters:
“So a journalist, a reporter who is so biased and will no doubt spin and gin up whatever it is I have to say to create controversy, I swear to you I will not waste my time with her.”
But she will waste her time with Hannity, who does all of what she just denounced. She was actually referring to the notoriously hardball CBS news anchor, Katie Couric. And the bias and spin to which Palin refers is Couric’s audacity to ask her what newspapers and magazines she reads. That Couric is a real muckraker.
I really can’t comprehend how anyone can take this woman seriously. It is disappointing to know that there are actually Americans who consider her to be credible in any respect, much less qualified to be president. But it is encouraging to know that her fan base is still relatively small and confined to a congregation of Tea Bagging dunces who think Jesus rode a dinosaur.