Palin: I Joined Fox for Fairness, Balance
She also rips White House on Leno appearance
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 3, 2010 2:20 AM CST
Updated Mar 3, 2010 5:36 AM CST

(Newser) – So now we know why Sarah Palin joined Fox: to boost "fairness and balance" in the media. That's what she told Jay Leno in his second night back at the helm of the Tonight Show. "The mainstream media is quite broken and I think there needs to be the fairness, the balance, in there," she explained. "That's why I joined Fox." As Leno played along, Palin slammed opinion presented in the media "under the guise of a hard news story."

She also ripped the media for not allowing her a follow-up to criticism after she complained about a Family Guy episode featuring a teenager with Down syndrome who says her mother had been governor of Alaska. Palin highlighted her Leno appearance with a "comedy monologue" in which she lauded Olympic snowboarder Shaun White and his Double McTwist 1260. She quipped that the only other place the contorted move had been accomplished was "in the White House—on health care."