Sarah Palin Ready to “Clean up” Journalism

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Whether or not you follow politics, you probably remember the controversy generated by Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin in 2008.

Palin’s poor performance during the interview was widely criticized. Palin was the laughing stock of the political scene, and Palin was blamed by many for John McCain’s loss for the presidency. Her poor performance was even made fun of on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

In her book “Going Rogue,” Palin claims that she was ambushed by Katie Couric by trick questions. The interview has inspired Palin to “clean up” journalism.

 According to MSNBC, in an interview with Fox News, Palin said that her degree in journalism will help her clean up “journalism bias.” Palin also said that she would not “waste her time” having another interview with Katie Couric.

Palin said that she is ready to help journalism get its good name back:

“I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism, who, what, where, when, and why of reporting. I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has for truth to be reported. And then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us.”

  Despite Palin’s efforts to clean up journalism, her critics do not take her seriously. Palin has been called everything from a diva to naïve. Even further, she recently mixed up the names of North and South Korea on the Glen Beck Radio Show.

Palin’s frequent media mishaps cause many to question her qualifications to not only become president, but also to rid the media of ‘bad reporting.’

What do you think? Was Sarah Palin tricked by Katie Couric? How common is biased journalism in politics? Is Sarah Palin qualified to help ‘clean up journalism’?

–Ashley Neerhof

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