Palin’s Media Bash-a-thon Continues

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Recently, clips of an interview Sarah Palin gave to conservative filmmaker John Ziegler caused a stir because of Palin’s comment that the media was on a mission to “seek” and “destroy” her vice presidential candidacy. At the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Ziegler was on hand to show the full, unedited interview he did with Palin on January 5th in the governor’s Wasilla, Alaska, home. Lasting roughly 40 minutes, the interview is full of fusillades launched at the mainstream media, many of most of which have already become public but some of which have not. Below are some moments from Palin – she calls the scandal surrounding the birth of her son Trig “the epitome of stupidity,” defends her interview with Charlie Gibson, and says that she would do it all over again.On the speculation about the birth of her son Trig: “We were thinking this is the just the epitome of stupidity in terms of what the media will delve into and try to twist and portray very inaccurately. Little did I know that was just the beginning.”

On her infamous “Bush Doctrine” moment with Charlie Gibson: “What the heck was wrong with that answer? Ask anybody in the Bush Administration what the Bush Doctrine is and I’ll bet you you’ll hear the same thing…. There are legitimately many interpretations of what the Bush Doctrine is.”

On whether Charlie Gibson’s attitude, which Ziegler describes as “condescending,” would have been different if he had been interviewing Barack Obama: “I have to honestly say I think there would have been much more respect shown.”

On whether she would do it again, despite her treatment by the media: “I would do it again though, knowing that there is great need in our country for reform. There is great need in our country — I think we need to get back to the basic tenets that built up the Republican Party… if there is opportunity I can see to help, I would do it again.”

Sounds like Palin vs. the Media, Round 2, is set for 2012.

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