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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reads a newspaper (Photo: AP) Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reads a newspaper (Photo: AP)  

Palin: ‘I’m ecstatic we beat the ‘perky one”

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

Sarah Palin beat Katie Couric in the ratings game Tuesday when the two women hosted competing morning shows. Palin, never one to hold punches, gloried in her dominance over “the ‘perky one.’”

“[F]rankly, I’m ecstatic we beat the ‘perky one,’” Palin emailed Zap2it, along with some glowing compliments for the “Today” show staff and cast.

Her problem was not with ABC, Palin made clear, just Couric, who was filling in as the host of “Good Morning America.”

“I wouldn’t have gone up against ABC’s vacationing Robin Roberts, because she’s such a good egg,” said Palin. “By the way, both Robin and Matt Lauer have traveled the long journey to Alaska and dealt with unglamorous, rugged conditions to see more of our world; they’ve shown respect for a more unconventional Americana lifestyle, and we appreciate that.”

Palin had an embarrassing interview with Couric in 2008 when the then-Alaska governor was the GOP candidate for vice president. During that interview, Palin was unable to name a single magazine or newspaper that she read, and cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as foreign policy experience. (FLASHBACK: Sarah Palin’s parting diss for outgoing ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor Katie Couric)

After it was announced that Couric would guest host ABC’s “Good Morning America” this week, NBC booked Palin to co-host “Today.”

The Palin-hosted “Today” show attracted 5.5 million total viewers; Couric-hosted “Good Morning America” garnered approximately 5.1 million viewers Wednesday.

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