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Palin to O’Reilly: Coulda Answered “Bush Doctrine” Question With “More Context,” Katie Couric’s “What Do You Read” Question was “Gotcha” and “Annoying”

Reported by Julie - November 20, 2009 -

On last night’s (11/19/09) O’Reilly Factor, it was the moment we’ve all been waiting for, folks – Sarah Palin was on The Factor to tell us all about how the “gotcha,” “lamestream” media engaged in tactics and asked trip-'em-up questions (you know, like, “What do you read?”) that were “annoying” or asked her questions that “she probably could have answered” with the proper Cliff notes, uh, “a bit more context.” To hear her tell it, she would have done brilliantly if it weren't for the "badgering" questions. There was one person, however, that she absolutely, totally, (almost) completely absolved of responsibility for her dismal failure in the election and her downright moronic responses in the interviews: Sarah Palin. Stay tuned, folks . . . there's a Part II to come! With video.

O’Reilly had to toot his own horn a bit, of course, saying that he just couldn’t figure out why Palin didn’t come on his show during the campaign, “Because obviously the Factor’s the biggest cable program with the most people watching. We certainly were fair to you . . . .” Oh, yes, Fox News was more than fair . . . and is still applying for the job as Palin’s PR front. In fact, just recently Fox tried to pass off old footage of one of Palin’s campaign rallies as her recent Grand Rapids, Michigan, book signing appearance.

Palin said of the media strategy of the McCain camp, “It was a bit perplexing for at least those on the vice-presidential side of the ticket and not really understanding where we were going there with the relationships with the media. It was just an indication maybe of some things in our campaign being out of touch with the normal, everyday, average American who wanted to truly connect with the candidates.”

Although O’Reilly seemed determined – as he stated on Wednesday night’s Factor (see my post here) – not to conduct a “cupcake” interview, he never promised to be fair and balanced, and it’s a good thing.

“It’s fair to say that you were over-controlled by the McCain people,” O’Reilly stated. Hey, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t he supposed to be asking questions, not stating answers? Just askin’.

“They were the ‘experts,’” Palin said, punting responsibility, “They had run national campaigns before . . . so . . . obviously having to put a lot of faith in their strategy . . . those times that I was more assertive were the times that I was called ‘going rogue,’ and that being leaked to the press . . . there were mistakes being made in the campaign, I made mistakes in the campaign . . . .” Nope, she still can’t string five words together into a coherent, grammatically correct sentence. It’s comforting that some things never change.

When asked by O’Reilly if Palin had ever gone to McCain with her beefs about her “operatives,” Palin said (crucifix shining brightly around her neck – wait, aren’t Christians supposed to tell the truth?), “I never bad-mouthed any of the [McCain] operatives, I had faith that Senator McCain was working with those operatives . . . .” Guess Palin-style Christians go the “situational ethics” route: As reported by Politico in October 2008, “Palin blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image . . . .” . Sounds like bad-mouthing to me.

“Woah woah woah woah woah, wait wait wait,” O’Reilly cried, “You’re frustrated and you’re not seeing their vision, don’t you think you should have gone to the presidential candidate and said, hey, they’re mismanaging me, you’ve gotta let me loose?”

Palin responded with typical Palin-speak, i.e., not translatable as any sort of proper English by any educated person, “Not necessarily . . . Not wanting to burden him with the internal operatives.”

O’Reilly blew the “no cupcake” pledge once again, stating, “You guys could have won the election, I think . . . the press was against you, we all know that. Bush had a lot of trouble and that hurt the Republican ticket. But it was close . . . .” Close? Obama won 53% of the vote, McCain 46%, with Obama sweeping 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173. Right, if it weren’t for that “gotcha” liberal elite media, McCain-Palin would have closed that gap right up.

O’Reilly went from “cupcake interview” to, like, “sugar-free pudding” interview – he, in his mind at least, pinned her to the wall with his rough questions.

O’Reilly opined, “The two signature moments that got you in trouble, with all due respect, Governor, were the Gibson interview when he looked down at you with his nose, with the glasses on the nose, and he said, [clip of Gibson], ‘Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?’ When I heard that, I said, what Bush Doctrine?’”

Roll the Gibson clip where she fumbles the “Bush Doctrine” question. I watched it a couple of times for comic relief.

“Do you think that Gibson did that to demean you, to make you look stupid?” O’Reilly asked, moving back into the “cupcake” zone.

Here we go – Palin had to slam the MSM – the same people who, in fact, asked simple questions that did, in fact, make her look stupid: “Those are the ‘gotcha’ techniques that some in the – what some people call mainstream, others call now the lamestream media, want to participate in . . . had he explained a little bit more, the context of the question he was asking, probably could have answered it.”

O’Reilly cruised back and forth from “cupcake” to “sugar-free pudding” zones, saying, first, “It hurt Gibson because a lot of women said, that’s not fair [it’s a cupcake!]. . . Katie Couric asked you an easy question, and you booted it, Governor. [yummy sugar-free pudding].”

Palin acknowledged, “I sure did.”

Roll the clip of Couric’s “gotcha” question about what Palin reads. Played that one a couple of times, too, for a chuckle.

“Why did you boot it?” O’Reilly asked.

Palin sneered, “It’s ridiculous to suggest that . . . I couldn’t tell people what I read . . . it was quite obvious that it was going to be a bit of an annoying interview . . . it seemed to me that she didn’t know anything about Alaska, about my job as Governor, about my accomplishments as a mayor or Governor, my record, and a question like that, though . . . I should have been more patient and more gracious in my answer . . . It seemed to me that the question was more along the lines of, do you read . . . .” So, her mistake was not in being unable to name what she read – her mistake was not being more of a saint and showing patience and grace at the “gotcha” journalist who had the nerve to ask her what she read.

O’Reilly answered, once again, for Palin, stating, “So that was your inexperience . . . you were fed up, you were frustrated.”

Clearly not wanting to cite inexperience, Palin responded, “It was my inexperience in having to deal with a badgering, condescending line of questioning. It had no reflection at all on my inexperience in terms of administrative record or accomplishments . . . and you know what, so what, so I wasn’t doing the right thing to ingratiate myself with liberal media personalities to make ‘em like me. So what . . . I think if most normal Americans were put in the same position that I was there they’d probably look at her and have that proverbial eye roll and say, are you kidding me? . . . .”

O’Reilly commented, “That led in my opinion to the McCain people . . . saying, you know, we can’t trust her out there, because she booted that . . . although Katie Couric . . . says she wasn’t out to get you.”

Pointing a finger at Palin [Tonya Reiman, body language expert, what say you?], O’Reilly said, “But you think she was out to get you.” (Emphasis mine)

Palin continued to spin the interview as a “gotcha,” saying, “. . . I think that she was out to get, if you will, anyone who didn’t believe in her perspective. It’s not like she was gonna get in there and be, I think, unbiased, objective and fair . . . But it is ‘my bad’ . . . in my response, a very annoyed response, to a very annoying question.” Damn, if she thinks “What do you read?” is an annoying question, it’s a good thing nobody asked her what her favorite color is, or favorite food. Talk about “gotcha!”

O’Reilly teased her about her ‘my bad’ comment, which netted him a little cutesie pout, a little shoulder shrug, and a sultry look to the side.

Whirlwind book tour, sympathetic Fox News hosts, and some PR props for her presidential bid in 2012? She’s ba-ack!