Palin vs. Couric

Couric has some less-than-complimentary advice for the former V.P. candidate, while Palin continues to try to explain away one of her interview answers.

By Alex Koppelman

Published November 12, 2008 3:53PM (EST)

The election may be over, but Sarah Palin and Katie Couric still don't have particularly nice things to say about each other.

The New York Post's Page Six reports that Couric, asked for her advice to Palin, said, "I think she should keep her head down, work really hard and learn about governing."


In a segment of their interview broadcast Wednesday, Couric's former colleague, Matt Lauer, asked Palin about one question she stumbled on during her conversation with Couric. The former vice-presidential candidate responded:

I'm sure that some of my impatience showed through in that, in that interview. I think it also showed, though, that certainly as a Washington outsider and as somebody not -- not one to just, I guess, kind of play even the campaigning media game that is played in just repeating, perhaps, memorized lines in a -- in an interview, that's not me ...

You know, questions about, "What do you read up there in Alaska?" To me, that was kind of a little bit annoying because I'm like, "What do you mean what do I read in Alaska. I read the same things that you guys read in New York and there in L. A. and in Washington State. Who do you mean what do I read up there?"

But, anyway, just some annoyance that, certainly, I'm sure showed through. And, you know, perhaps, that annoyance that showed through would have led some to be annoyed with me watching the interview.

For the record, Couric did not ask Palin, "What do you read up there in Alaska?" The question had nothing to do with Alaska. It was just, "And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?"

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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