Fox News is promoting tonight's interview with Sarah Palin on Hannity. She's declared she will not "waste" her time with the CBS anchor who drew all kinds of praise and even awards for pummeling Palin in 2008 (after going all cuddly with "close-talking, free-wheeling, ice-cream eating" Joe Biden). Hannity asked: "Would you even do another interview with Katie Couric?" Palin said she would like to be more open with journalistic professionals, but left Couric out of that category:
As for doing an interview though, with a reporter who already has such a bias against whatever it is that I would come out and say, why waste my time? No. I want to clean up the state, that is so sorry today, of journalism. And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism – who, what, when, where, and why of reporting. I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has, for truth to be reported, and then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us. So, a journalist, a reporter who is so biased and will no doubt spin and gin up whatever it is that I have to say to create controversy? I swear to you, I will not waste my time with her.
There you have it: "Read my lips: No new Couric interviews." It's a little bit like George W. Bush consistently denying any interview to Dan Rather. He would talk to Scott Pelley (and Couric) at CBS, but not to Rather.
On Twitter, Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast offered protest:
Palin on Couric: Won't "waste my time" w/ "reporter who already has such a bias." Name 1 Katie question that was unfair
Start with Couric asking Palin about another Great Depression, and then she turned around and protested to McCain that using phrases like "Great Depression is reckless. Brent Baker offered an effective side-by-side comparison of the Palin and Biden treatments at the time.