Palin: Media Portrayal Would Be 'Prettier' If She'd Been Dem VP Candidate

Former VP candidate says media would've "loved" her had she been on Dem ticket.

ByABC News via logo
January 9, 2009, 2:45 PM

Jan. 9, 2009 — -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is still fuming over the coverage she received during the presidential campaign and claims that if she were from a different "class" or political party, the her coverage would have much "prettier."

In excerpts of a Jan. 5 interview with a conservative filmmaker, Palin unleashed a barrage of criticism at CBS News' Katie Couric, comedian Tina Fey and the media in general.

In the video clip, which is just over nine minutes long, the former vice presidential candidate told John Ziegler, creator of the upcoming documentary "Media Malpractice," that she endured lazy reporting, unequal scrutiny and bias from the "mainstream media."

If she had been a Democrat, Palin said, the media would have "loved" her.

She also appeared to still be angry over reports that she had spent $150,000 of GOP cash on a new wardrobe while she was the party's VP candidate.

"It's a sad state of affairs in the world of the media today, mainstream media especially, if they're going to rely on anonymous bloggers for their hard news information. Very scary," the Alaska governor said. "Reporters, especially, not taking one extra step to get to the facts and report the facts, but instead continuing to spread things that are not true.

"Is it political? Is it sexism? What is it that drives someone to believe the worst and perpetuate the worst?" Palin continued.

Palin said her party affiliation likely had something to do with it.

"Had I been chosen perhaps to run as a reformer on the Democratic ticket, you would've seen an absolutely different, and I think if you will, a much prettier profile of Sarah Palin and the Palin family," she said.

To illustrate her point, Palin drew a connection between her campaign and that of New York Senate hopeful and Democrat Caroline Kennedy.

"I've been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled, and if she'll be handled with kid gloves or if she'll be under such a microscope also," Palin said. "I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here."