As Sarah Palin once again finds herself in the national limelight, largely due to the publicity surrounding the release this week of her bestselling book Going Rogue: an American Life, many of us have been reviewing the events of last fall’s campaign as well as contrasting her record to the biased media coverage of that strong Republican woman.
Yesterday, I noted that something Sarah Palin said in her interview with Bill O’Reilly had caused me to “review the tape,” as it were, of her interviews with CBS Anchor Katie Couric. Palin claimed the newswoman “didn’t know anything about Alaska, about my job as governor, about my accomplishments as a mayor or a governor, my record.” Today, I decided to take my investigation of Palin’s claim one step further. I printed out the transcripts of the CBS Interview and highlighted everything Couric said.
This review confirmed my initial evaluation. Not once did Couric manifest any knowledge of Palin’s record in Alaska, save the media scuttlebutt about her church and her views of social issue. But, that does not go to her record as a public official. Nothing about Palin’s work on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) where she took on a fellow Republican and ally of the Governor who had appointed her. Nothing about her work with a Democrat to bring down the corrrupt Republican Attorney General of her state. Nothing about the reforms she achieved as Governor by working across party lines.
Katie Couric, like many of her colleague in the mainstream media, ignored Sarah Palin’s record, perhaps to better portray as a clueless neophyte, chosen for her gender (so the GOP ticket could exploit divisions in the Democratic Party) and her “extreme” social views (so she could rally a dispirited GOP base).
It’s funny, they were as indifferent to Palin’s record in office as they were that of Barack Obama. By disregarding her record, they could dismiss her credentials as a real reformer, at odds with her party establishment. By turning a blind eye to his, they could portray him as a new kind of politician, ignoring that he had been a team player for the Chicago Democratic machine.