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O'Reilly to Palin: “The Perception of You Is That You're Not that Smart”

Reported by Julie - January 14, 2010 -

As I previously posted, Monday night (1/12/09) was Sarah Palin's debut of her Fox News gig, and she kicked it off with the BMOC, Bill O'Reilly. While Part I was a series of campaign speech sound bites, Part II was more a narcissist's revisionist history – more of the same “everybody lies but me,” more of the same whining about the media, more of the same denial, denial, denial. She didn't say Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11, she just “asked questions” about it. Steve Schmidt, McCain's campaign manager, was absolutely overjoyed with her performance at every turn (although he says otherwise). Shades of Troopergate and “I was fully exonerated” when she was found guilty. Ah, what a joyous thing life must be when truth is meaningless. With video.

O'Reilly was totally wow'ed that “60 minutes spent 8 minutes about you.”

“Anything about Obama?” Palin quickly asked.

O'Reilly ran a clip from the 60 Minutes interview, of John Heilemann, co-author of “Game Change.”

“She still didn't really understand why there was a North Korea and a South Korea, she was still regularly saying that Saddam Hussein had been behind 9/11, and literally the next day her son was about to ship off to Iraq and when they asked her who her son was going to fight, she couldn't explain that.”
O'Reilly pointed out, “It's pretty nasty . . . .”

“It's pretty made up, too,” Palin sniped. “. . . Reporters who were not in any part of what I was doing there as a V.P. candidate . . . I was there, they were not there.” Well, they were actually there – and that whole reporting thing means documenting stuff. I'm imagining that's where that clip came from, eh?

“Is this guy lying, says you don't know the difference between North and South Korea?” O'Reilly asked innocently.

Palin sneered, “Bunch of b.s., from Schmidt and those guys . . . that is a lie.”

Palin admitted, “I did talk a lot to Steve Schmidt about the history of the war and about where perhaps the 9/11 terrorists came from and could there have been any connection to Saddam . . . I admit that I asked questions about it.” Yes, Stevie and she just loved to dish about international issues as they took their morning coffee together in the midst of a failing campaign. We all know she's a hotbed of intellectual curiousity.

O'Reilly asked if the comment made about her son shipping out was a lie.

Palin didn't really say it was a lie. Instead, she dissembled, saying, “See, these reporters were not there and I think that these are the political establishment [otherwise known as the “media elite”] reporters who love to gin up controversy and spin up gossip, the rest of America doesn't care about that kind of crap . . . .” Well, actually we eat that kind of crap up like ice cream – and even more so when the individual at issue is skulking around planning a 2012 presidential run.

“They want to know what's true and what isn't . . . .” O'Reilly protested.

“They need to read my book, Going Rogue, then,” Palin shot back. Ah, yes, the truth contained in”Going Rogue.” I mean, according to the Huffington Post, the book contained in excess of 18 teeny, weeny little white lies that weren't really lies because they were the truth as she chose it to be and we all know that Sarah Palin's truth is whatever she chooses it to be at the moment . . . oh, and by the way, that truth can change at a moment's notice.

Palin began a defensive ramble, talking over O'Reilly and saying, “Maybe these are the same guys though who are saying that, you know, some of the other tinfoil hat controversy . . . who knows who these guys are, I don't know who they are . . .they didn't interview me for the book.”

O'Reilly then ran a clip of Steve Schmidt being interviewed in the 60-minute piece.

According to Schmidt (what, he wasn't there either?), the person in charge of debate prep called Schmidt: “He told us that the debate was going to be a debacle of historic and epic proportions . . . she was not focused, she was not engaged, she was really not participating in the prep.”

O'Reilly somberly asked, “He's obviously saying that you were in chaos preparing for this debate. Is this true?”

“That is not true,” Palin said. According to her, Schmidt was overjoyed after the debate, was overjoyed after the RNC speech, and was just happy as a clam throughout the entire campaign. Now, the fact that he now says otherwise is just a pesky little detail in an otherwise perfect scenario.

“So is Schmidt lying or is somebody lying to him?” O'Reilly asked.

“I think he's basing this on an anonymous source . . . ,” Palin responded. “All that kind of gossipy anonymous accusations, I really don't pay it any mind, because again, Bill, I know what's important . . . .” And we know it ain't the truth, lady.

O'Reilly minced no words: “Governor, the perception of you is that you're not that smart . . . that's what Saturday Night Live traffic'ed in, that's what the liberal media traffics in . . . You did very well against Biden in that debate, although you did call him O'Biden at one point.”

Palin seemed to think it of no consequence that she couldn't remember her opponent's name, and rolled out the best defense/good offense routine, saying, “I did, but I think the analysis after the debate was a surprise that Biden had more gaffes, had more mistakes made . . . .”

Again, according to Palin, everybody felt good about everything, and, well, she didn't really want to talk about this silly stuff anymore, so she said, “These new revelations of the chaos . . . are . . . quite irrelevant though to what is important in this world today.”

O'Reilly told Palin, “You now have a forum here at Fox News that you can immediately neutralize 60 Minutes, like that.”

“The American people,” Palin said, “Are immediately neutralizing outlets like 60 minutes . . . More and more Americans are looking at some of these networks, that biased journalism, and they're saying, nah, that gig is up, and that's why they're tuning in to Fox News.” Damn, I hate it when I spit coffee on my computer screen. Tuning in to Fox to avoid “biased journalism” makes about as much sense as listening to Sarah Palin to learn about international issues. And actually, during the holidays, 60 Minutes topped weekly viewing.

O'Reilly didn't bite, saying, “I like 60 Minutes, I think they're honorable people.”

O'Reilly touted Palin's Tea Party event in February, and she gushed that she was just “thankful for the Tea Party movement” and she “can't wait to get to hear from those who are so concerned about our economy and our national security issues . . . .” She went on to say she couldn't wait to share her solutions about these devilish problems, because, you know, she knows so much about both.

Without being asked, Palin chose to do a preemptive strike, noting that, “There's always that . . . controversy . . . There's controversy involved in this one because the Tea Party offered me a speaking fee. I will not financially be gaining anything from this . . . more important than money in my pocket . . . is being able to turn it right back around and contribute to campaigns, candidates, and issues . . . .” Selfless. Yes, that would describe Sarah Palin.

“So how was the first interview on FN as a contributor?” O'Reilly asked, on a lighter note.

Palin kissed the golden ring: “I was with the Big Man on Campus.”

O'Reilly didn't blush, and instead said, “. . . Any time you want to set the record straight we're here . . . .”

“We'll be doing a lot of that,” Palin promised. I'm sure they will.

Just for kicks, I picked up a few screen grabs from the interview, and feel no debut would be complete without the many faces of the lying sack that is Sarah Palin.