Palin filmmaker calls award to Couric 'an outrage'
Many people have fond memories of the interview CBS News anchor Katie Couric did last September with then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin -- during which Palin had difficulty answering questions, such as one asking her to name recent Supreme Court decisions with which she disagreed -- as well as of the memorable spoof of that interview by Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live.
Couric is now about to receive the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Journalism for the interview -- but not everyone is pleased. In particular, conservative documentary filmmaker John Ziegler blames Couric for what he sees as her role in creating a negative image of Palin. He believes that she is being "rewarded for the political outcome of the interview."
"This is an outrages," Ziegler told Steve Doocy of Fox & Friends on Monday. "There are certain things that are so far beyond the pale that we've got to call them out -- and that's what I'm doing here. And my documentary, Media Malpractice, proves what a farce this really is."
Ziegler's documentary attempts to make the case that Barack Obama won only because of "media assassination" of Sarah Palin, and he is furious that "Tina Fey and Katie Couric have been treated almost as heroes among the media elite."
"What really happened here is that Katie Couric showed Governor Palin that she had an agenda on the abortion issue," Ziegler insisted on Monday. "She kept coming back to it time and time again, obviously trying to trap Governor Palin into saying something stupid or extreme. ... Everything after that has to be seen in the context of that episode, because Governor Palin never trusted Katie Couric after that. ... It is very, very obvious that Katie Couric had an agenda and that she is being rewarded for having pursued that agenda."
As Raw Story reported in January, Ziegler may have an agenda of his own. He recently co-produced a documentary with David Bossie, whose attempts to ferret out dirt on Bill Clinton in the 1990's were funded by billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, and Ziegler and Bossie have both resisted revealing the funders of their most recent projects.
Bossie even has a case currently before the Supreme Court which aims to overturn certain provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law in order to shield his organization from having to reveal the funders of Hillary: The Movie, an attack on Clinton released during last years primaries.
This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast Apr. 13, 2009.
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