Last week, Fox News host Megyn Kelly complained that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AZ) hadn’t done enough interviews on Fox. “She has yet to do any Fox daytime. She has not gone on this broadcast. She hasn’t gone on Fox and Friends. She hasn’t done Brit Hume’s show,” Kelly said. Days later, Kelly announced that Palin had finally granted her an interview to be aired today at 9am.
This morning, however, Kelly announced that Palin had backed out at the last minute, less than 24 hours before their scheduled 10-minute sit-down on Sunday:
Now on Friday, we promised you an interview with Gov. Sarah Palin. We did that because the McCain camp promised us, after weeks of negotiating, that the governor would sit down with me in Ohio on Sunday. On Saturday, less than 24 hours before the interview, the McCain camp canceled, saying that the the governor would not meet with us after all. They claimed that the governor suddenly did not have any time over the coming 72 hours to make good on her agreement of a 10-minute sit-down. We apologize for the McCain camp breaking its word. Our viewers certainly deserve better.
Palin has had more than enough time to sit for softball interviews. Just last week, she added to her “near-daily encounters with Fox’s Sean Hannity” and granted a fourth interview to him — who asked what it felt like to have “thousands and thousands of people await you out there” — and another with Greta van Susteren — who asked Todd Palin if his wife was “tough.”
Palin even had time this weekend for a seven-minute phone conversation with comedians posing as French president Nicholas Sarkozy. But when it comes to finding ten minutes to meet with someone who might be a tough interviewer — even on Fox News — like Kelly, Palin suddenly has no time left in her schedule.