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Does Palin Really Read ‘The Economist’?

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"Does Palin Really Read ‘The Economist’?"

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Earlier this week, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) gained widespread attention for her inability to name specifically which newspapers and magazines she regularly reads. “Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years,” she told CBS’s Katie Couric.

Yesterday on MSNBC’s Hardball, Politico’s Mike Allen suggested that Palin should have lied and said that she reads “The Economist.” “Somebody told me, she should have just said ‘The Economist,’” said Allen. “Everybody lies about reading ‘The Economist.’”

Ironically, Palin was given a chance to redeem herself on that same question in an interview with Fox News today. Her response? “The Economist”:

CAMERON: Well, what do you read?

PALIN: I read the same things that other people across the country read, including the “New York Times” and the “Wall Street Journal” and “The Economist” and some of these publications that we’ve recently even been interviewed through up there in Alaska.

Watch Allen’s comments, followed by Palin’s Fox interview:

Transcript:

MATTHEWS: But I still am stunned with her inability to answer these general knowledge questions that most people who read the paper can answer. I don`t know why she is afraid to answer them. Maybe it`s her bad training. My suspicion is that she has the same lack of intellectual curiosity that the president of the United States has right now. And that is scary.

(CROSSTALK)

HEILEMANN: Mike, do you think — do you think when she wouldn`t — when she wouldn`t answer what she — what she reads, do you think that was because she doesn`t read, or do you think that is because she was afraid to say the local say the local Wasilla newspaper, or she was afraid to say “The New York Times”? Which of those do you think it was?

ALLEN: Somebody told me, she should have just said “The Economist.” Everybody lies about reading “The Economist.”

MATTHEWS: No. Come on, Mike. [...]

CAMERON: OK. So, at the risk of annoying you, when you are asked, what do you read? Which papers and magazines? You didn’t answer it. Or, you said, I have all kinds of resources.

PALIN: Right, right, right.

CAMERON: Well, what do you read?

PALIN: I read the same things that other people across the country read, including the “New York Times” and the “Wall Street Journal” and the “Economist” and some of these publications that we’ve recently even been interviewed through up there in Alaska.

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