This was riveting.
Courtesy of Salon:
Palin stumbled badly in the interviews broadcast over the week of Sept. 24-30, 2008, and Couric appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss how Sen. John McCain’s running mate may have sunk their campaign with her inability to answer basic questions.
“I suspected that she would have some trouble, probably just from what I had seen and what I had read and her performance in previous interviews,” Couric said. “I didn’t feel that anyone really kind of dug into some of these issues, so I did think that she might struggle.”
But Couric defended her work, saying she did not intend to trick or set out to embarrass Palin.
“That wasn’t the intent of the interview,” she said. “It was to ask her important, fair questions that would reveal her ability to be a critical thinker and to govern.”
Couric actually felt embarrassed for Palin, but she thinks the interviews were important to the democratic process.
I remember this interview as being pivotal, mostly because it dramatically reinforced what those of us in Alaska had been saying all along, that the woman who simply too ignorant for the job.
After this Kouric interview that fact was suddenly widely known and in subsequent interviews and TV appearances, it became cemented in the minds of the voters.
Perhaps my favorite part of all of this was that SNL was able to parody the interview by using some of it verbatim.
God, I still love that bit.