Palin goes up against Hannity

In an interview to be broadcast Wednesday night, Sarah Palin contends with the toughest interviewer she'll ever face -- just kidding, it's Fox News' Sean Hannity.

Published September 17, 2008 10:44PM (EDT)

At 9 p.m. EDT tonight, Fox News will broadcast the first portion of Sarah Palin's interview with Sean Hannity.

As I said in my post about the original announcement of the interview, neither the McCain campaign nor Fox really seems to have even made an effort to make this look like anything other than an opportunity for Hannity to play slow-pitch softball with Palin. They could have at least given the interview to one of the network's straight news anchors if they wanted to pretend this would be hard-hitting.

The network has released some excerpts of the interview that seem to indicate Hannity played to type as interviewer. Palin clearly gets away with basically spouting talking points.

Still, the interview will be of interest, if only because there will likely be millions of people watching it, and not every Fox News viewer is a Republican, even if the vast majority are. Which is why those of us who have to watch for our jobs -- like, say, me -- should be cheered that at least someone attempted to make a drinking game out of the whole thing. It's not a very good one, though, so I will be taking suggestions for further rules in the letters section that accompanies this post.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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