sarahpalin 290 'Good Morning America': Sarah Palin criticized

The hullabaloo surrounding “Going Rogue: An American Life,” former vice presidential candidate Sarah
Palin’s
upcoming memoir seems like every publisher’s dream and has sent tongues a-wagging.

Criticism was in full force Monday on “Good Morning America,” when Palin, who was not present for an interview, was targeted, first by “New York Times” critic David Brooks, who called her a joke.

“You just can’t take her seriously,” he said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “The idea that this…is considered seriously for the Republican nomination? Believe me, it will never happen.”

ABC political observer Cokie Roberts also weighed in, commenting that “Newsweek’s” current cover with Palin in shorts and sneakers says: “don’t take this person seriously…she’s just a chick in shorts.”

This week, Palin begins her book tour which will lead to even more talk about the former Alaskan governor. In a snippet from her “20/20” interview with Barbara Walters (set to air Nov. 20), Palin goes on to say unnamed McCain aides called her a diva, a whackjob, and a narcissist during the presidential campaign. She believes these former staffers were trying to protect themselves from failure — failure that Palin takes the blame for.

“At the end of the day, I know what the truth is,” she said.

But said former aides are speaking out saying some of the stories in the book don’t match the facts. Particular points of contention: Palin’s prank radio interview with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Palin’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” In the former incident,Palin said a top aide yelled at her so much, the force blew her hair back. But aides claim, there was just an email asking who set up the interview. And regarding the ‘SNL” spot, Palin said she wanted to do the show to “neutralize” some of the backlash at the moment and “have some fun.” But an email shows Palin stated: “These folks are whack…what’s the upside in giving them or any celebrity venue a ratings boost?”

Now there’s news that John McCain had a conference call with said former aides Nov. 13, saying he’d prefer they stay out of the Palin book coverage and to not engage her. According to ABC News, he told them this will pass, and will pass faster if they stay quiet.

McCain reportedly hasn’t spoken to Palin in months.

The media blitz surrounding the book began last week with statements about CBS News anchor Katie Couric, previews of Palin’s appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Nov. 16, and her grandbaby’s daddy Levi Johnston’s colorful comments. It continues with the Barbara Walters interview Friday on “20/20.” Palin’s memoir hits bookstores Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Stay tuned for the Palin sit down with Oprah later today.

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