03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Palin: I Did Katie Couric Interview Out Of Pity

One of the whackiest claims Sarah Palin makes in her new book is that she agreed to her disastrous interview with Katie Couric -- a central event during Campaign 2008 -- because a top McCain aide told her Couric had low self esteem, leading Palin to take pity on the CBS anchor.

A McCain adviser I just spoke to adamantly denied the claim, and provided a counter story: Palin was repeatedly urged by McCain aides to prepare for the interview, but refused.

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