Sarah Palin Slams Katie Couric as "Badgering," Biased in New Memoir

Celebrity News Nov. 13, 2009 AT 9:19AM
Sarah Palin Slams Katie Couric as "Badgering," Biased in New Memoir Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In her new 413-page memoir Going Rogue (out Tuesday), former GOP vice-presidential contender Sarah Palin lashes out at CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric over their infamously awkward 2008 interview.

According to the Associated Press, Palin, 45, says McCain campaign aide Nicolle Wallace urged her to sit down with Couric, 52, who is also a working mother. Palin says she was told that Couric liked and admired her. The interview would be a favor to Couric, whom Palin notes had the lowest ratings of the network anchors and whom Wallace said suffered from low self-esteem. Palin writes that she almost began to "feel sorry" for Couric.

But during the interview, Palin said she was surprised to find Couric acting condescending, biased and "badgering."

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During the interview, Couric asked Palin to explain why Alaska's proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience. When Couric asked Palin what newspapers and magazines she reads regularly, an uncomfortable Palin replied: "Um, all of them, any of them."

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In her book, Palin says Couric chose "gotcha" moments while leaving the candidate's more substantive remarks on the cutting room floor.

She also claims that Couric was far easier on her rival, Democrat Joe Biden.

In a Nov. 16 interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Palin says that the McCain camp told her "'it was a good interview.'

"And, of course, I'm thinking, 'If you thought that was a good interview, I don't know what a bad interview is,' because I knew it was a bad interview," says Palin.

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Asked about Palin earlier this year, Couric told Usmagazine.com: "If I get the opportunity, I'd be thrilled to talk to her again."

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