Sarah Palin and Katie Couric
In her upcoming memoir Going Rogue, 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin labels Katie Couric as "badgering" and says she had a "partisan agenda," according to The Associated Press.
Palin recalls her interview with the CBS Evening News anchorwoman, saying Couric had a condescending manner and edited their talk to keep "gotcha" moments rather than "substantive" discussion.
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In the book, scheduled to hit shelves Monday, the former Alaska governor says the idea for her interview with Couric came from an aide for GOP presidential candidate John McCain. The aide told Palin that Couric liked and admired her, the news agency reports, and said it would be a favor for Couric, who was struggling in the ratings. Palin writes that she began to "feel sorry" for Couric.
In a new clip from her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, which airs Monday, Palin says she knew the interview with Couric went poorly but those working on the McCain-Palin campaign saw the interview as a positive.
"The campaign said: Right on, good; you're showing your independence, this is what America needs to see," Palin said on The Oprah Winfrey Show. "Of course I'm thinking, 'If you thought that was a good interview, I don't know what a bad interview was,' because I knew it wasn't a good interview."
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In Going Rogue, Palin also takes aim at ABC World News anchorman Charlie Gibson, who interviewed her early in the campaign. The news agency reports that Palin claims Gibson looked uninterested in "substantive issues" she found important and "peered skeptically" at her from over his glasses throughout the interview.
On top of her tensions with members of the press, Palin talks about the tension within the McCain-Palin presidential campaign in the book. For instance, Palin alleges she only found out at the last minute she was not allowed to give her concession speech on Election Night. According to the AP, Palin also writes she feels she was "bottled up" from reporters during the campaign.
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In another example, Palin says she re-wrote the statement prepared by the McCain campaign regarding her teenage daughter's unexpected pregnancy. News outlets ended up using the McCain statement, which Palin says endorsed and glamorized her daughter's situation.
In previews for her interview with Winfrey, Palin addressed her daughter's pregnancy and specifically the recent public feud with Levi Johnston, the father of her daughter's child. "Levi is a part of the family," Palin said. "This can all work out for good ... we don't have to keep going down this road of controversy and drama."