In a follow up to Palin’s weekend trip to New York, Letterman’s “Top Ten” list on Monday featured “highlights of Sarah Palin’s trip to New York.” Number two on the list was “bought makeup at Bloomingdale’s to update her ‘slutty flight attendant’ look.”
“It’s very sad to not recognize what this trip was all about,” Palin said, pointing to the autism event she participated in during a stop in Westchester, New York.
Palin grouped Letterman in with media outlets “where everything is commentary and facts don’t matter anymore.”
Asked about the allegations that she plagiarized former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a speech last week in Alaska, Palin said “that latest incident is absolute nonsense.”
Gingrich’s camp told POLITICO Monday that the plagiarism charges were “silly,” pointing out that Palin had cited the former speaker in her remarks.
Palin referred to the reporters and bloggers who accused her of plagiarism as “buffoons.”
“If they are not held accountable, these reporters who repeat lies and repeat distortions all in the name of hard news, then our nation is headed to a very scary place,” she said.
Palin was the first guest on Ziegler’s radio show, which aired for the first time Monday. Ziegler previously interviewed Palin soon after the presidential campaign for his film “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted.”
The Alaska governor admitted to Ziegler that there have been times when she questioned if her career in politics is worth the accompanying criticism.
“To be brutally honest, yeah, there are some days where I have to ask myself if some of this is worth it,” she said, before adding that she “will not sit down and shut up.”
“I will continue to do that and they can continue taking shots,” Palin said.
Asked later if she would have picked Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, Palin said “I don’t know.”
“I think gender, race, should not be any kind of test you have to pass,” she said. “I’m sure that there are many, many qualified candidates that should have been considered.”