Sarah Palin Defends ‘Dancing’ Daughter, Blasts ‘Biased’ Katie Couric

by | November 23, 2010 at 2:14 PM | Cable News, TV News

Sarah Palin defended her daughter Bristol from charges that Tea Party members have purposely voted in great numbers to keep Bristol on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ because they love her mother so much.

The star of ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ on TLC also indicated – in the same interview seen Monday on ‘Hannity’ on Fox News Channel – that she plans to steer clear of interviewers whose line of questioning in the past exposed her weaknesses. First on Palin’s list: Katie Couric.

“There’s no way to cheat the system,” declared the ex-governor of Alaska, citing assurances she has received from ‘DWTS’ producers that the voting “system” is foolproof. “The haters are going to hate,” she said resignedly. “Bristol has said it best. Bristol has said, ‘Mom, it doesn’t matter what we do, we’re going to get criticized anyway, so we might as well dance’.” For me it’s, ‘You’re right, honey, you might as well dance and fly and soar and surf and speak about issues that are important to this country’.” [Watch the interview here.]

On the subject of Couric, Palin told Sean Hannity she won’t ever agree to sit down with the CBS News anchorwoman because she’s “biased.” Palin then vowed to “clean up” journalism.

“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,” Palin said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She then said she wanted to “help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism.”

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How will she do that? She’ll apply all that she learned about the Fourth Estate while earning “a communications degree” in college. “I studied journalism – who, what, where, when, and why of reporting,” Palin said. “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.”

Palin’s interview with Couric in September 2008 turned out to be an embarrassment for Palin after the conversation revealed Palin knew very little about John McCain – her presidential running mate – and his record as a United States senator. It was one of several high-profile TV interviews during that election season – including one encounter with now-former ABC News anchor Charles Gibson – in which Palin came across to many as ill-informed about national and world events.

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“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 my waste my time with her. Or him,” Palin vowed.

What do you think of Palin’s vow to avoid interviews with journalists she doesn’t like? Shouldn’t she strive to be better informed and prepared for the interviews, rather than dodge them?