Sarah Palin on Thursday cut off an unauthorized interview with CNN.
As his crew was taking footage of the former Alaska governor signing books at an Iowa Walmart, Jim Acosta tried to take advantage of the situation by asking her a few questions (video follows with transcript and commentary):
JIM ACOSTA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Let me set the stage for you. As you mentioned, she doesn't do a lot of interviews these days. And she wasn't doing interviews yesterday at this Walmart where she was signing her book.
But Sarah Palin's people did allow us to observe her book signing, which was good for us, there was only one problem. They had the music playing really loudly in there, presumably, to drown out any questions we ask. And then, at one point it stopped, so we asked her about her presidential ambitions. Take a look.
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ACOSTA: Any chance you're closer to an announcement on running for president?
SARAH PALIN (R), FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: Am I doing interviews?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, you're not.
PALIN: I thought I would get to talk to some nice people.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
PALIN: What do you think? Where is the good enthusiasm?
ACOSTA: Well, we're nice too.
PALIN: Not always, but maybe you are.
ACOSTA: Are you getting any closer?
PALIN: No, not any closer yet. No.
ACOSTA: Any comment on what Governor Romney said last night on the "Tonight Show"?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, no, no --
PALIN: What did Governor Romney say on the "Tonight Show"?
ACOSTA: He said he would quit as governor of Massachusetts. I'm just curious what you thought.
PALIN: He probably had some different conditions.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Get him out. Get him out. Get him out.
ACOSTA: OK. All right.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You're done.
PALIN: Sir, were you the one that turned off the music?
ACOSTA: I did not turn off the music. No, ma'am.
PALIN: OK, cause that wouldn't be cool if you did that.
ACOSTA: No, no, Governor, I would not do that. I promise.
PALIN: These Iowa people, they got back.
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ACOSTA: Now, for the record, we did not turn off her music, we can assure you of that.
Anyone believe him?
Regardless of the answer, it makes you wonder how many people really like the way Palin treats most press members. Given the public's disdain for the media, the more they show her snubbing them, the better liked she might become.