During his interview with Gov. Sarah Palin, Matt Lauer asks about his former Today show colleague, Katie Couric.
LAUER: Let me ask you about the Katie Couric interview. When you started to see the clips being played everywhere, did your confidence take a knock after that? Did it hurt your self-confidence at all?
PALIN: No. No. Because, you know, I’m sure that some of my impatience showed through in that interview. I think it also showed, though, certainly as a Washington outsider, and as somebody– not one to just, I guess, kind of play in the campaigning media game that is– just repeating, perhaps, memorized lines in an interview. That’s not me.
LAUER: But you didn’t think the interview was unfair. I mean, the questions were fairly straightforward, weren’t they?
PALIN: Sure. Yeah. But, you know, questions about, well, you know, “What do you read up there in Alaska?” To me that was a little bit annoying. Because I’m like, what do you mean, what do I read in Alaska? I read the same things that you guys read in New York. And there in LA and in Washington state. What do you mean what I read up there? But anyway, just– just some annoyance, that certainly I’m sure showed through. And, you know, perhaps that annoyance that showed through would have led some to be annoyed with me watching the interview.
This segment airs tomorrow on Today.
By the way, Greta Van Susteren’s interview with Gov. Palin brought On the Record its highest rated (full-hour) program of the year in Total Viewers last night. 3,785,000 viewers watched — second only to The O’Reilly Factor in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo.