Hayden Panettiere: Media Would Have Treated Palin the Same If She Were A Democrat

February 5, 2009 - 11:34 AM
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(CNSNews.com) - Television and movie actress Hayden Panettiere told CNSNews.com the media would have treated Alaska Governor Sarah Palin the same way if she had been the Democratic nominee for vice president instead of the Republican nominee.
 
“I think it has to do with the actual human being – the person. I don’t think that if she had been on Obama’s side that she would have gotten anything less,” said Panettiere, who plays “Claire Bennett” on the NBC show “Heroes.” 

“She’s a Republican through and through. I mean, she would never be on Obama’s side. They just don’t see eye to eye in things,” Panettiere added.




During a Jan. 5 interview, Palin said the media would have “loved her” if she were running for vice president on the Democratic ticket.

“It’s pretty baffling, but yeah, had I been chosen to run as a reformer on the Democrat ticket, we would have seen an absolutely different and I think, if you will, a much prettier profile of Sarah Palin and the Palin family and my administration,” Palin told CNSNews.com at the “Declare Yourself” inaugural ball.

Panettiere also said Palin did not get a “bad rap” during the campaign.

“Got a bad rap for what though? I know as well as anyone in this industry that the press definitely portrays you in bad light sometimes -- in a way that you’re not; but I also think there’s a lot more facts that come with politics and that she had…plenty of opportunity to speak on behalf of the things that they were passionate about, that they believed in,” Panettiere said.

“I mean look at how many debates there were. She spoke all the time about it -- so did Biden, so did Obama, so did McCain, and it was very obvious what they believed in and what they were. When people at the Republican convention are saying ‘Drill, baby, drill,’ it’s very different than at the Democratic convention.”

Below is the full transcript of the interview:

CNSNews.com: What would be your response to Sarah Palin’s recent comments, which got a lot of play, saying, if I was the Democratic vice presidential nominee, the media would have been nicer to me? Do you think that’s true? Was the media easier on Obama and Biden?

Panettiere: I don’t know that I agree with that. I think it has to do with the actual human being – the person. I don’t think that if she had been on Obama’s side that she would have gotten anything less. I mean, how can you even say that? She’s a Republican through and through. I mean, she would never be on Obama’s side. They just don’t see eye to eye in things. I’m not quite sure how that statement comes into play but I don’t think that I agree with that.

Reporter: Do you think she got a bad rap?

Panettiere: Got a bad rap for what though? I know as well as anyone in this industry that the press definitely portrays you in a bad light sometimes, in a way that you’re not but I also think there’s a lot more facts that come with politics and that she had and everyone up there had plenty of opportunity to speak on behalf of the things that they were passionate about; that they believed in and I think – I mean look at how many debates there were. She spoke all the time about it; so did Biden; so did Obama; so did McCain and it was very obvious what they believed in and what they were. When people at the Republican convention are saying ‘drill baby drill,’ it’s very different than at the Democratic convention.