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What Does Sarah Eat for Breakfast?

October 1, 2008 1 comment

I watched Katie Couric’s latest interview of Sarah Palin on the CBS Evening News yesterday before dashing off to friends for a Rosh Hoshana holiday dinner. On the ride over, I recounted for my wife the part of the interview in which Couric asked Palin what newspapers and magazines she reads:

COURIC: And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this — to stay informed and to understand the world?

PALIN: I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media —

COURIC: But what ones specifically? I’m curious.

PALIN: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.

COURIC: Can you name any of them?

PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?” Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.”

We both agreed that the only reasonable conclusion is that Palin does not in fact read any newspapers. But if that’s the case, why not just say so? And if it isn’t the case, just name one!

As an exercise, I have tried to substitute other items one might use daily in place of newspapers to see how the conversation sounds. For example, imagine this:

COURIC: And when it comes to eating breakfast, I was curious, what breakfast cereals did you regularly eat before you were tapped for this — to get nutrition and start the day well?

PALIN: I’ve eaten most of them again with a great appreciation for the manufacturers, for the food industry —

COURIC: But what ones specifically? I’m curious.

PALIN: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.

COURIC: Can you name any of them?

PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our food. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be eating when you live up there in Alaska?” Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.”

Just name one!

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