Former Alaska Governor / 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin made her official debut in her new capacity as a Fox News analyst Tuesday night on The O’Reilly Factor, trading conservative ideals with show host Bill O’Reilly.
O’Reilly asked Palin why so many people attack her, to which she said, it’s not about her personally, it’s about her message of “common sense conservatism,” which is unpopular with her Left-wing critics.
Sinking approval numbers for President Barack Obama, she said, reflect “an uncomfortableness” some Americans feel toward his administration.
“It was just a matter of time,” she said. “There is an obvious disconnect between President Obama and the White House, what they are doing to our economy and what they are doing in terms of not allowing Americans to feel as safe as we had felt.”
She briefly touched on Nevada Senator Harry Reid’s recent controversial race comments, saying the Left-wing would let him slide, but “crucify Trent Lott” for similar statements.
Palin told O’Reilly she hadn’t seen a recent 60 Minutes/Anderson Cooper report about her, explaining she was warned it contained “a bunch of b.s.”
On the claim made on 60 Minutes — that she didn’t understand the nature of her son’s mission when he was shipped to Iraq — she said: “These reporters were not there. I think that these are the political establishment reporters who love… controversy and spin up gossip. The rest of America doesn’t care about that kind of crap.”
O’Reilly told her she now has a forum with Fox News that allows her to “immediately neutralize 60 Minutes” – he snapped his fingers – “like that,” before inviting her back on his show any time she wants to set the record straight.
Palin’s multi-year deal with Fox was announced Monday. While she might not have a favorite newspaper, she is no stranger to the media, having majored in journalism with an emphasis on broadcasting at the University of Idaho. She also worked part-time as a weekend sportscaster in 1988 for an Anchorage TV station.