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Palin Tells Fox News She Wants to Clean Up Journalism

Sarah Palin appears to be seriously considering a presidential run in 2012, but that political aspiration hasn't muted her attacks on what she calls the "lamestream" media. She was asked by Fox News' Sean Hannity, in a segment that will air Monday evening, if she would grant CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric an interview if she decided to run in 2012.

Palin responded to her Fox News colleague: "As for doing an interview, though, with a reporter who already has such a bias against whatever it is that I would come out and say? Why waste my time? No."

She continued: "I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism, who, what, where, when, and why of reporting. I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has for truth to be reported. And then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us."

"So a journalist, a reporter who is so biased and will, no doubt, spin and gin up whatever it is that I have to say to create controversy, I swear to you, I will not my waste my time with her," added Palin. "Or him."

In September of 2008, when Palin was a vice presidential candidate, Couric interviewed the GOP candidate, who had faced criticism for her grasp of issues.

The former Alaska governor claimed in her book, "Going Rogue," that CBS News placed an "emphasis" on "my worst moments." Here are links to the Couric interview.

At this point, spending her time as a Tea Party powerbroker, book author, TV star and Fox News analyst, Palin can speak with the journalists of her choosing.

If she declares that she is running in 2012, the candidate will face pressure to speak to reporters who may not fit into her definition of what constitutes quality journalism.

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