Still Wounded Sarah Palin Takes Parting Shot At Katie Couric

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Katie Couric has announced that she is moving on from the CBS Evening News anchor position. Of course, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin could not let the moment go without saying something. As with most things uttered by Sarah Palin, she shouldn't have bothered.

Some people do not get over things well; they carry a perceived slight or a public embarrassment or humiliation with them, just waiting for a chance to retaliate. Such seems to be the case with Sarah Palin, who went on Fox News Tuesday evening and mocked CBS News anchor Katie Couric, who had just announced she would be leaving CBS.

"Yeah, and I hear that she wants to now engage in more 'multi-dimensional story telling' versus I guess just the 'straight on, read into the, that teleprompter screen story telling,'" Palin told Fox News. "More power to her. I wish her well in her - 'multi-dimensional story telling.'"

The former governor of Alaska focused on words Couric said to People magazine when talking about her decision to leave the anchoring position at CBS News.

Palin has made several comments over the years regarding Couric's style of journalism, which Palin simply lumps into the anti-conserative mainstream "drive-by" media. It all stems from a series of interviews Palin and the 2008 McCain campaign agreed to while the then governor of Alaska was billed as the Arizona senator's vice presidential running mate. The interviews turned out to be an embarrassment to both Palin and the McCain campaign as Palin showed her lack of domestic and foreign policy knowledge, not to mention lack of knowledge about her own partner's political stances. But where Palin seemed to lose her credibility was her constant use of generalities and non-specifics when talking about any given subject. To cap it off, she made herself look like either a talking points repeater who couldn't be bothered to read magazines or newspapers or someone searching for the politically correct answer when Couric asked her the what she liked to read.

Katie Couric asked, "And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this — to stay informed and to understand the world?"

Palin answered, "I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media —"

"But what ones specifically? I’m curious."

Palin seemed to flounder. "Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years."

Couric pressed, "Can you name any of them?"

Palin continued to dodge: "I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news."

And thus began, along with another not quite as credibility-ruining but damaging nonetheless interview with ABC News' Charles Gibson, the beginning of Sarah Palin's acrimony with the mainstream media. She was soon the laughing stock of pundits, talk show hosts, and comedians everywhere, not to mention finding herself weekly lampooned on "Saturday Night Live" by comedy actress Tina Fey.

Palin's parting shot at Couric occurs over two years after those September 2008 interviews and it is apparent that she has not forgiven the CBS newswoman for what would appear to be something of Palin's own doing. Although Palin has claimed that she was set up and that Couric practiced "gotcha" journalism, it is also apparent that there was nothing of the sort going on and Couric cannot be blamed for a candidate's ignorance and inability to answer questions she should be able to respond to with minimal effort. Couric just did what any good newsperson would do -- asked questions and let out enough rope with which the respondent, in this case a newly nominated vice presidential candidate that most people knew nothing about, can verbally hang themselves.

And Palin did.

Now, Palin has made a parting shot, focusing on the phrase "multi-dimensional story telling," insinuating that Couric's style would not allow it. The former governor of Alaska selectively forgets that it was she, not Katie Couric, that was -- and continues to be -- rather one-dimensional.

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