Palin Says Media Would Have Treated Her Differently Had She Been the Democratic Running Mate

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | January 8, 2009 | 4:48 PM EST

( – In an interview with documentary filmmaker John Ziegler, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said the media would have loved her if she were running as vice president on the Democratic ticket.
“I think they would have loved me as a candidate, and I’ve already lived through that more on a local level,” Palin said. “There have been times where here in Alaska, I’ve taken on my own Republican Party when there has been corruption.
“The mainstream media here in Alaska, they’ve loved me through those episodes. And then though the minute … that I have done something that is … back to the conservative roots … that’s when the mainstream media here in Alaska, they turn on you. So there’s so much hypocrisy in it all,” she said.
“It’s pretty baffling, but yeah, had I been chosen to run as a reformer on the Democrat ticket, we would have seen an absolutely different and I think, if you will, a much prettier profile of Sarah Palin and the Palin family and my administration,” Palin said.
When asked why she would ever want to go through that kind of media scrutiny again, Palin said, “That’s a darn good question. Sometimes when I open the paper, and I see something that I know has to be corrected and yet disappointingly realize they’re not going to correct it anyway, so what’s the use, that’s a good question. I would do it again though, knowing that there is great need in our country for reform.”
Ziegler asked what she would say to those who like her, want to support her in the future but may be influenced by the media’s portrayal of her as incompetent, unqualified, or unintelligent.
She said she wished there was an opportunity for people to look at her administration’s record and her record of shrinking government “so that our families and our private businesses can be the ones growing and prospering, not government, not people having to look to government to solve their problems.”
Ziegler’s documentary, “Media Malpractice” examines how the media’s influence on the outcome of the presidential race. Ziegler also directed the documentary “Blocking the Path to 9/11” and authored the book, “The Death Of Free Speech: How Our Broken National Dialogue Has Killed The Truth And Divided America.”
In an excerpt from his upcoming documentary posted on his Web site,, 12 Obama voters were interviewed right after they cast their vote to determine how the media coverage influenced their knowledge of what actually happened during the presidential campaign.
None of those interviewed knew which party controlled Congress at the time nor who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, or Rep. Barney Frank are.
In contrast, when asked which candidate wore clothes that their party spent $150,000 on and who had a pregnant teenage daughter, all guessed Palin.
When asked who said they could see Russia from their house, all incorrectly guessed Palin. It was actually Tina Fey, who played Palin on “Saturday Night Live” who said that.
Palin, in an interview with ABC News, said Russia is next door to Alaska and “you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”
When asked who said they had campaigned in 57 states, most guessed Palin. Two guessed Republican presidential candidate John McCain, and one woman said she didn’t know, when it was really Obama who said it.