New York Times Magazine Gives its Sarah Palin ‘Scoop’ to Politico

Ex-VP admits she's pondering 2012 run in upcoming 7,800-word profile

I suppose that Sarah Palin saying she is indeed pondering a 2012 run at the White House isn’t terribly big news. But that’s what she told a writer for the New York Times Magazine in an interview — conducted two days after the midterm elections for a 7,800-word profile, due out Sunday.

So what did the New York Times magazine do with that “scoop”?

If your answer was, “Sit on it for two weeks and then give it to Politico before putting the story online,” well, you’re right!

Mike Allen reports:

Palin spoke for close to an hour by phone with the article’s author, Robert Draper, two days after the midterm elections. Draper, who strongly suggests she appears to be running for president in 2012, asked her if she was already weighing the race.

“I am,” Palin replied. “I’m engaged in the internal deliberations candidly, and having that discussion with my family, because my family is the most important consideration here.”

According to Politico, the Times is planning to post the article, “The Palin Network: How the G.O.P.’s leading shadow candidate runs her guerilla organization,” on Wednesday.

As of 8:45 a.m. (ET), they had not. (UPDATE: It's online now.)

By the way, if you're wondering if Palin mentioned "lamestream media" in her hour-long chat with the Times — she did!

“That’s the most frustrating thing for me — the warped and perverted description of my record and what I’ve accomplished over the last two decades,” Palin told Draper.

“It’s been much more perplexing to me than where the lamestream media has wanted to go about my personal life. And other candidates haven’t faced these criticisms the way I have. … I’m on television nearly every single day with reporters … Now granted, that’s mainly through my job at Fox News, and I’m very proud to be associated with them, but I’m not avoiding anything or anybody. I’m on Facebook and Twitter. I’m out there."