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Sarah Palin Reveals Her Reading List

Sarah Palin in an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters
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In 2008, during a now-infamous interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric, Sarah Palin invoked widespread doubt about her qualifications when, upon being questioned about what newspapers and magazines she read, Sarah Palin refused to answer and did not name any publications.

Two years later, the former vice presidential nominee is now trying to clear that up: During a recent interview with ABC's Barbara Walters for her "10 Most Fascinating People of 2010" series, Palin gave Walters a run-down on her favorite recent reads - and dismissed the notion that she was uninformed as "ridiculous."

"I read anything and everything that I can get my hands on as I have since I was a little girl," Palin told Walters in the excerpt released today.

(Watch video above.)

"Because of that one episode, that one episode, that would turn an issue into what it has become over the last two years. I think that's ridiculous," she continued. "That's one of those things, where that issue...that I don't read, or that I'm not informed, it's one of those questions where I like to turn that around and ask the reporters, 'Why would it be that there is that perception that I don't read?'"

That's "something that's been pretty much ginned up by the press," Palin added.

So what's her current reading material of choice?

"I'm reading the best book right now -- Dean Karnazes's book about being an ultra-marathoner. I read a lot of C.S. Lewis when I want some divine inspiration...I read Newsmax and The Wall Street Journal. I read all of our local papers of course in Alaska because that's where my heart is," Palin told Walters.

Palin, who recently released her second book, "America by Heart," is the only person to have made Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People" list three times.

She's also the subject of a recent feature story in Time magazine.


Lucy Madison
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