- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 21, 2019

Veteran broadcaster Katie Couric on Thursday recalled her famed 2008 interviews with then-Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, asking whether the former Alaska governor’s “lack of intellectual curiosity” would be more socially accepted in today’s political climate.

Mrs. Palin, who ran in 2008 as the running mate of the late Republican Sen. John McCain, faced widespread mockery and criticism after she failed to give a specific example to Mrs. Couric of any newspapers or magazines that she read regularly in order to stay informed.

“All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years,” Mrs. Palin said at the time. The then-governor later claimed the question was “gotcha journalism,” which Mrs. Couric denied Thursday.

“I’m sort of interested in how people get set in their ideological ways, what really establishes their worldview and what have they consumed that made them have these positions,” Mrs. Couric told BuzzFeed News’ Twitter morning show “AM to DM.”

“Since she’s very conservative, was she going to say William F. Buckley? Was she going to say she was really influenced by the Bible? I don’t know what she was going to say,” she said. “And I think the fact that she was so annoyed with me and/or that she couldn’t name anything, I think was very telling about her lack of intellectual curiosity. I think that’s what struck a lot of people.

“So I thought it was a very revealing exchange, and perhaps that’s why it got so much traction,” she added.

Mrs. Couric, who spoke to BuzzFeed on Thursday to promote a new poll that claims skepticism toward science has increased in the U.S. by 6 percent, also suggested that Mrs. Palin’s lack of seriousness would have been more accepted in today’s environment.

“I’ve thought about that and have wondered, actually — that was in 2008 – if now in 2019 if someone didn’t know the answer to that question, or didn’t know the answer to a lot of other questions, if it would matter,” she said. “I think there’s such a reverse snobbery about intellectuals that I think it would almost be seen as a badge of honor. I think that’s really concerning.”

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