Palin to Walters: The Media Made People Think I'm Scary, Polarizing and Uninformed
As NewsBusters reported Thursday, Barbara Walters during an interview to be aired hours later claimed the public find the thought of Sarah Palin as president "scary" because she's "uninformed."
When the full segment aired later that evening, Palin fired back saying, "I think it's because the media has shaped that persona and allowed that to be out there as a misconception and a misperception about my, what my values are and what the positions are that I support" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BARBARA WALTERS, HOST: Well, you know, Governor, many people find the thought of you as president a little scary. You hear, "Oh, she's very charming, but she's uninformed.” What are they afraid of?
SARAH PALIN: You know, I hear the, the, the comment out there that's made often that I'm polarizing, and, so I'm surprised that you didn't use that, that word.
WALTERS: Okay, I'll use it: you're polarizing. Okay.
PALIN: Why is that? I think it's because the media has shaped that persona and allowed that to be out there as a misconception and a misperception about my, what my values are and what the positions are that I support.
WALTERS: What about the accusation that you're uninformed?
PALIN: That, too, I think is something that's been pretty much ginned up by the press.
Indeed it has.