Sarah Palin criticized President Barack Obama on the issue of transparency and sounded off on the state of the media in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network over the weekend.
Speaking to CBN's David Brody, Palin alluded to a campaign ad released by then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her 2008 run against Obama for the Democratic nomination.
"This is that 3 a.m. White House phone call and it seems for many of us trying to get that information from our leader in the White House," said Palin in the one-on-one. "It seems that call went right to the answering machine. And nobody has explained to the American public what they know."
Palin, who has long maintained an icy and complicated relationship with news outlets since breaking onto the political scene, said she would like to offer her expertise to journalists so they can do their jobs better.
"I want to help them," she explained. "I have a journalism degree, that is what I studied. I understand that this cornerstone of our democracy is a free press, is sound journalism. I want to help them build back their reputation."
Palin made similar remarks last year in sharing her take on the media industry during an interview on Fox News. At the time, she also cited her own credentials as grounds for assuming the role of critic.
"I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism," she explained. "And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism -- who, what, where, when, and why -- of reporting. I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has for truth to be reported. And then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us."
In the CBN interview, Palin said that in her mind, "much of the mainstream media is already becoming irrelevant." The Fox News contributor and potential 2012 presidential hopeful added, "Because there is not balance in many cases, there is not truth coming out of the mainstream media."
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