What Does Sarah Read? Hometown ‘Frontiersman,’ ‘WSJ’ and ‘Everything Online’

By: Mark Fitzgerald

More than a year after CBS News anchor Katie Couric posed the question, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has an answer about what newspapers and magazines she reads.

“I read Newsmax and the Frontiersman and The Wall Street Journal and everything online,” Palin said Wednesday night in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “I absorb the news through many, many sources.”

The Frontiersman is the weekly serving Palin’s hometown of Wasila, Alaska.

Palin had a snappier answer for Hannity than she had on Sept. 24, 2008 in a pre-election interview with Couric. Here is how that exchange went, according to a transcript by CBS News:

Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?

Palin: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

Couric: What, specifically?

Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.

Couric: Can you name a few?

Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?” Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.

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