Yesterday, Fox News host Glenn Beck interviewed newly minted Fox analyst Sarah Palin from a spot in Lower Manhattan overlooking the Statue of Liberty. On his radio show this morning, Beck revealed that Palin was “preparing” for the interview by using her BlackBerry to look up trivial facts about the monument, like what various architectural features represented. Apparently wary of being embarrassed in an interview yet again for her lack of knowledge, Palin assumed Beck would quiz her. Even after Beck assured her he was not trying to stump her — like all of her recent interviewers, Beck is sympathetic to Palin — she began googling Ellis Island, which was also visible in the background of the shot:
BECK: She said, ‘I’m just preparing now.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And she held up her BlackBerry, and she said, ‘Oh I, I’m wondering why you have me here at the Statue of Liberty.’ And I said, ‘Cause it’s a symbol of trust.’ … And she said, ‘So you’re not going to ask me about the 25 windows?’ And I said, ‘The 25 windows? What are you talking about the 25 windows?’ She said, ‘The 25 windows, come on, don’t play with me. 25 windows, they stand for the different minerals.’ And I said, ‘You could be making that up right now, I have no idea.’ [...]
And she said, ‘So the seven points?’ And I said, ‘What points?’ She said, ‘The ones on her hand. You know the crown.’ … And I said, ‘No, we’re not going down that road.’ And she just looked at me like, ‘Um hm.’
And I turned around and I walked out for a minute and I come back and she’s still Googling. Now she’s googling, now she’s googling Ellis Island. Her shields were so high.
Beck praised her paranoia, saying he too doesn’t “trust anybody in the media.”