The Week in Interviews: Palin on Fish Slime, Joe Jackson Alleges Foul Play

The Best of the Best from TV news interviews, July 4 to July 10:

Joe Jackson told ABC News’ Chris Connelly that he believed “foul play” was involved in his son Michael Jackson‘s death. 

At a remote fishing village in Western Alaska, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell asked Sarah Palin if her decision to step down as governor of Alaska had to do with the difficulty of readjusting to the nitty-gritty work of state government after the excitement of a national campaign. “The nitty gritty, like, you mean, the fish slime and the dirt under the fingernails and stuff that’s me?” said Ms. Palin.

That same day, in an interview with CNN’s Drew Griffin, Ms. Palin explained her resignation thusly, “I am willing to step aside and allow our state to progress. I love Alaska that much. I don’t want to hamper its progress and its potential and our path on reaching our destiny.”

James B. Lee, Jr., the vice chairman of JP Morgan, told CNBC’s Erin Burnett, that he’d received some special advice on how to handle a sit-down with her. “I have to warn you,” said Mr. Lee, “Jamie Dimon has been coaching me on how to deal with you.”

Speaking from the Allen & Co. retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho, Rupert Murdoch declined to answer a question posed to him by an anchor at one of his own news networks.

And on WNET’s Worldfocus, Nina Khrushchev, the granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev, called Russian President Dmitry Medvedev “a very nice first lady.” The Week in Interviews: Palin on Fish Slime, Joe Jackson Alleges Foul Play