Palin to sit for first TV interview after 'blood libel' controversy

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday will go on Fox News for her first television interview since she touched off a firestorm over the media's coverage of the Arizona shooting spree.

A Fox News spokeswoman confirmed a New York Times report Thursday that Palin will appear on host Sean Hannity's program for an extended interview.

Palin (R) found herself at the center of a media firestorm on Wednesday after she accused the media of committing "blood libel" by connecting the rhetoric of her and other conservatives to the shooting Saturday that left six dead and 14 wounded, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D). 

Some Democrats in Congress and Jewish organization criticized Palin's use of the term "blood libel" due to its historical definition as an anti-Semitic accusation. 

Others — such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) — questioned Palin's media strategy over her decision to issue her defense on Facebook and through a self-released video.

“I think people need to be judged by the way they conduct themselves in the public arena, in a way that is as minimally staged as possible,” Christie told the Times on Wednesday. “That’s where you really get to know people.”

Palin is a paid Fox News contributor, and Hannity has been a supporter of the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate.

-- This post was updated at 5:02 p.m. and at 10:22 p.m.

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