January 14th, 2009
04:41 PM ET

Huckabee pans Palin's interview with Couric

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/13/art.huckpt0113.gi.jpg caption="Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was both sympathetic and critical of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin."]

Sarah Palin has complained repeatedly that she was given unfair treatment by the media during her rapid political ascent last year.

But Mike Huckabee – a potential rival for Palin in 2012 should they both decide to seek the White House – apparently doesn’t agree.

In an interview in the current issue of Esquire, Huckabee speaks sympathetically of Palin, saying she had been subjected to “sexist things that would never have been asked of a male candidate.”

But he pushed back against Palin’s assertion that high-profile journalists – particularly Katie Couric of CBS – were biased in their interviews with her.


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  1. April

    Why is it NOT FAIR when republicans get agressive questioning...but completely verifiable when Dems get the same. I'm tired of republican whining.

    January 15, 2009 at 1:11 am |
  2. Sharon

    You know what??? I don't care! I'm so sick of hearing about Sarah Paline, Give it a REST!

    There are WAY more important issues now here in the present to discuss, why keep beating this dead horse to death with Sarah Palin?

    It is OVER she lost! End of Story! Now can we please move ON!

    January 14, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  3. tt in dsm

    All I will say is Gov. Palin didn't look too uncomfortable while she was on SNL "raising the roof" and laughing at herself. It seems a little fake considering no one held a shot gun to her head and made her go on the show. It's her own fault that she looked stupid because she needed to be honest and just say that she didn't know what Charlie Gibson was referring to when he asked her about "The Bush Doctrine" and as far as her own state journalists "dissing" her, she could have just gave some props to her own local papers and she would have been ok. Its just sour grapes and she is just trying to keep herself relevant.

    January 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    I'm not charitable like Huckabee and so I will state that Palin is an embarrassment to the GOP. She needs to realize finally that she and McCain lost and wander on off the stage instead of trying to prolong her exposure – complete narcissism. Perhaps though that by making a further fool of herself now it will spare us an elongated campaign of her sarcastic divisive tongue in 2012. One can only hope.

    January 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  5. Sherry

    I would not say unfair treatment or sexist. In my opinion, folk like Huckabee speak sympathetically of Palin because of the Republican Party. The bottom line is that Sarah was not ready for the questions asked by Katie Couric. We all know that if the situation had been reversed the Democrats would not be in the lime light today.

    So lets move on and give Palin space, for I am sure you will see her in 2012 well versed on how to play the political game.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  6. Tammy, Berwick. LA

    When are we going to give up the ghost on this one? I'm a Republican, and I'm sick of hearing about Sarah Palin. She has valid points about the media's coverage of her children. As for her, she was as much fair game as the rest of them. It was the job of those interviewers to show her flaws and not make her look pretty. They did their jobs. End of discussion. We as a party screwed up within the last eight years. We have to figure out how to win again. Honestly, after her rant-rage of the last weeks, it scares me if she's the best answer we have. She needs to be quiet, be governor, and cut her losses. Someone should tell her whining just isn't proper for a grown adult professional woman.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  7. rachel

    Im sorry Sarah Palin, but Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson and most other media sources were completely fair. I think that if you want the media to stop "treating you unfairly" you should stay out of the media, or at least make intelligent comments. The next time someone asks you to name a magazine you read, maybe you should just do it. Your inability to answer questions is not Katie Courics fault. Unlike Huckabee, I have no sympathy. Sarah, when your fellow republicans start speaking negatively of you, take it as a hint to bow out as gracefully as you possibly can, which at this point may be a challenge.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  8. Larry

    What is the point of this blog; can't they just get together and whine without trying to make it seem relevant to anything newsworthy?
    Save it for the tabloids.

    January 14, 2009 at 5:22 pm |