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Published on Nov 18, 2009
On Tuesday's edition of "The View," co-host Barbara Walters dismissed a series of interviews Sarah Palin gave to a conservative filmmaker as "disturbing." The veteran journalist stiffly claimed that "one is not sure why she keeps doing these interviews." The comment occurred while the women of the ABC program were debating an assertion by Palin that the media may treat possible New York Senator Caroline Kennedy in a more favorable light.
Responding to a clip of the former Republican vice presidential candidate arguing that there might be a class issue in how reporters will treat Kennedy, Walters complained, "...Why she still makes it a class issue is something that, especially right now, and when we all want to work together, I found disturbing."
The longtime ABC correspondent also contended that Palin made an aggressive appeal to anti-elitism during the '08 campaign. She later added, "Mostly, she [Palin] was criticized for being uninformed. That's what it was." And while Walters appeared unhappy with Palin's continued willingness to speak out, this is the same person who in November touted an exclusive interview with Barack and Michelle Obama by cooing to "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts: "I don't want to gush. They're very cute, and very -- and very funny in this interview together."