Sarah Palin blasts '60 Minutes,' Obama in Fox News debut(Read article summary)
In her Tuesday night debut as Fox News contributor on "The O'Reilly Factor," Sarah Palin rebutted a "60 Minutes" segment on her and criticized President Obama's performance.
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â€śI had been warned not to watch it,â€ť said Ms. Palin of the â€ś60 Minutesâ€ť segment in question.
That segment dealt with a new book on the campaign that alleges, among other things, that Palin did not know why North and South Korea are two different countries.
â€śThat is a lie,â€ť said Palin.
Host Bill Oâ€™Reilly of â€śThe Oâ€™Reilly Factorâ€ť said that Palin couldnâ€™t have bested Vice President Biden in a debate if she were really that dumb, and offered her his show as a base for future anti-â€ś60 Minutesâ€ť offensives.
â€śYou now have a forum here at Fox News where you can immediately neutralize â€™60 Minutesâ€™,â€ť Mr. Oâ€™Reilly said.
Outside of this metaphorical lining up of media armies, Palinâ€™s appearance was fairly unremarkable, though not what youâ€™d call hyper-articulate. (At one point she talked about â€śuncomfortablenessâ€ť with administration policies.)
Palin said that Obamaâ€™s poll numbers are falling because Americans donâ€™t feel as safe as they did, and donâ€™t like health care reform, and have finally figured out what Obama stands for.
â€śThis is not the representative government we thought weâ€™d voted in,â€ť she said.
She criticized recent comments made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about the presidentâ€™s race. â€śA lot of us donâ€™t think along those lines that somebodyâ€™s skin tone would be a criteria for president,â€ť she said.
Oâ€™Reilly, as his style, kept stomping on the end of her answers to ask further questions, such as what she would do about Iran.
â€śThe time for talking about sanctions, we have passed that,â€ť said Palin, though she added later that â€śobviously we need to adhere to those sanctions ... a military attack needs to be our very last optionâ€ť.
Palin also said she was â€śso thankful for the tea party movementâ€ť, and added that she would not gain financially from addressing an upcoming tea party event.
Oâ€™Reilly then asked how she felt her first appearance as a Fox contributor had gone.
â€śI couldnâ€™t ask for anything better. I was with the big man on campus,â€ť she said.
â€śWhoâ€™s that?â€ť said Oâ€™Reilly, milking the moment. (His program dominates the other news shows in that time slot, after all.)
â€śBill Oâ€™Reilly,â€ť said Palin.
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