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Sarah Palin Chats with Esquire

From the easily overlooked file: Sarah Palin did an interview with Esquire magazine.

I’ll tell you, yesterday the Anchorage Daily News, they called again to ask — double-, triple-, quadruple-check — who is Trig’s real mom. And I said, Come on, are you kidding me? We’re gonna answer this? Do you not believe me or my doctor? And they said, No, it’s been quite cryptic the way that my son’s birth has been discussed. And I thought, Okay, more indication of continued problems in the world of journalism.

Very cute picture of Trig at the link.

Some folks may wonder about the wisdom of doing an interview with Esquire. On the one hand, giving access to a publication often means improved coverage, and if you won’t talk to a publication, it’s unconvincing to complain that they’re not presenting your side of the story.

On the other hand, the editors of Esquire made their feelings about Palin pretty clear last year. In endorsing the Democratic nominee, they wrote:

Then, of course, [McCain] picked an agent of intolerance to join him on his ticket. But it is not Governor Palin’s religious beliefs that are of concern to us. More to the point, there is no serious debate to be had over Sarah Palin’s preparedness to be president of the United States. Because in fact, she is stunningly unqualified, having never taken a position of consequence on an issue of consequence before she was selected in the last days of August. But she has now been put in a serious position to assume the presidency, and her selection is the clearest indication yet of the contempt that Senator McCain — transformed into nominee McCain — now feels for the process of governance.

Esquire’s editors pretty much hate Sarah Palin’s guts. It’s not clear how much access for an interview will change that.

UPDATE: She apparently agreed to do the interview a long while back:

Another interview that appears in the March issue of Esquire was committed to before John McCain asked her to run with him on the Republican ticket. Recently, the magazine updated the article with a few follow-up questions, McAllister says.

Again, once a publication declares you “an agent of intolerance” and “stunningly unqualified”, I think you’re free to turn down the request for follow-up questions. But it’s her call.


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