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Barbara Walters Slams 'Uninformed' Sarah Palin: Many Find the Idea of You as President 'Scary'
December 9, 2010 - 12:30pm
Barbara Walters dismissed Sarah Palin as "uninformed" on Thursday, telling the former Republican governor, "...Many people find the thought of you as president a little scary."
The View co-host appeared on Good Morning America to promote her
upcoming 10 Most Fascinating People special. She derided Palin, "You
hear, 'Oh, she's very charming, but she's uninformed.'" [MP3 audio here.]
the program with GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts, Walters explained how she
retrieved a famous question from Katie Couric: "And you know, the Katie
Couric question that caused her so much trouble? What do you read?...I
gave her another chance."
In the clip of the special, Walters condescendingly reworded the
critique: "Would you like to tell us what newspapers, magazines or books
you are reading right now?"
In 1981, Walters famously asked Katharine Hepburn this question: "What kind of a tree are you?"
WALTERS: And Sarah Palin, for the third year, we have had Sarah Palin.
Because every year, she does something fascinating. And you know, the
Katie Couric question that caused her so much trouble? What do you read?
ROBIN ROBERTS: Sure.
WALTERS: Okay. I gave her another chance. And here's the answer. [Cut
to interviw] Well, you know, governor, many people find the thought of
you as president a little scary. You hear, 'Oh, she's very charming, but
she's uninformed.' Would you like to tell us what newspapers, magazines
or books you are reading right now?
SARAH PALIN: I read a lot of C.S. Lewis when I want some divine
inspiration. I read Newsmax and Wall Street Journal. I read all of our
local papers, of course, in Alaska because that's where my heart is. I
read anything and everything that I can get my hands on, as I have since
I was a little girl. And that's one of those things, Barbara, where
that issue that I don't read or I'm not informed, it's one of those
questions where I like to turn that around and ask the reporters, why
would it be that there is that perception that I don't read?
WALTERS: So, there.
ROBERTS: And everyone, of course-
WALTERS: So, she does.
ROBERTS: And always, people want to know if you think she's going to run for president.
WALTERS: Her husband joined us, by the way. He wants her to run for
president. The day she says I'm not running, you know, the curiosity
ROBERTS: That's true.
WALTERS: So, she's very close to throwing her hat in the ring. She doesn't say no. She doesn't say yes. She says almost.
ROBERTS: Keeps her in power like that.
WALTERS: Keeps her in power.
- Scott Whitlock is a news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.