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Sarah Palin Snubs CBS During Book Tour

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 24th 2009 1:45PM
Alas, there will be no WWE-style rematch between Sarah Palin and Katie Couric. ("Palin vs. Couric II: This Time, It's Personal!")

According to the National Journal's Hotline On Call blog, Couric's producer has sent two interview requests to Palin's camp for sit-downs during the former Alaska governor's current book tour (pictured), but Palin will be snubbing not just Couric but all of CBS.

Not that anyone should be surprised. Palin's chat with Couric during last year's presidential campaign, in which the vice presidential hopeful was unable to name any newspapers or magazines she read, is widely believed to have contributed to the McCain-Palin ticket's electoral defeat. And CBS is also the home of David Letterman, who incurred Palin's wrath this summer when he told an off-color joke about one of her daughters.Alas, there will be no WWE-style rematch between Sarah Palin and Katie Couric. ("Palin vs. Couric II: This Time, It's Personal!")

According to the National Journal's Hotline On Call blog, Couric's producer has sent two interview requests to Palin's camp for sit-downs during the former Alaska governor's current book tour (pictured), but Palin will be snubbing not just Couric but all of CBS.

Not that anyone should be surprised. Palin's chat with Couric during last year's presidential campaign, in which the vice presidential hopeful was unable to name any newspapers or magazines she read, is widely believed to have contributed to the McCain-Palin ticket's electoral defeat. And CBS is also the home of David Letterman, who incurred Palin's wrath this summer when he told an off-color joke about one of her daughters.

Palin's beef with CBS doesn't end there. Of all the McCain campaign advisers she lambastes in her book 'Going Rogue,' the one she criticizes the most is Nicolle Wallace, who was a paid political pundit at CBS before the campaign, Hotline On Call reports. And CBS' 'Early Show' frequently offers a forum to Levi Johnston to embarrass his baby mama's mother.

One might also expect Palin to hold grudges against NBC and ABC. Palin has been the target of frequent ridicule on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' (home to Tina Fey's frequent Palin impersonations, also widely believed to have cost Palin votes last year) and on the left-leaning nighttime pundit shows on sister cable channel MSNBC. And Palin's responses to ABC's Charlie Gibson's grilling on foreign policy last September ("You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska") made many voters question whether she had enough preparation and experience for the job she sought.

Yet Palin hasn't frozen out NBC or ABC. She talked to NBC's Andrea Mitchell during the current tour and back in July when she resigned as Alaska's governor, and she talked to ABC's Barbara Walters last week as well.

Palin writes dismissively of both Couric and Gibson in 'Going Rogue,' saying that Couric was simply looking for a "gotcha" moment, and that Gibson treated her overly "skeptically." Curiously, one of Couric's staunch recent defenders has been Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. During his own interview with Palin last week, he repeatedly asked her about her fumbling performance during the Couric interview and said, "Katie Couric, and I spoke to her a couple days ago, says she wasn't out to get you." Palin replied that she believes the interview transcript speaks for itself. For her part, Couric (pictured, left, with Palin) has remained mum since Palin's book tour began.

But if Couric does want another sit-down, it's because CBS needs Palin more than Palin needs CBS (or any of the other networks, for that matter). Palin's book is selling briskly, and it will surely continue to do so whether she visits CBS News or not. But wherever she appears on broadcast TV, the audience is likely to be huge. (Her much-touted session with Oprah Winfrey last week drew 'Oprah''s highest rating in two years.) And Palin is savvy enough not to help her antagonists by boosting their viewership. Talking to Fox News' Sean Hannity last week, she said she wasn't about to do David Letterman the favor of appearing on 'The Late Show.' "Forgiveness and vengeance isn't mine," she said. "I'm not out for vindication, but I'm thinking, practically, economically, in terms of a David Letterman visit, I don't want to boost his ratings so - no, I have no desire to."

Of course, Palin's detractors will say the real reason she won't appear on CBS is that she doesn't want to face tough questions. Like, "What newspapers and magazines did you regularly read?"

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