Video of the Day: Sarah Palin's Vice President Advice on 'Today'

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She repeatedly blasts the "lamestream media" and says the GOP nominee's running mate needs to be willing to "go rogue."

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Two major takeaways from Sarah Palin's appearance on the Today show Tuesday: Palin remains unapologetic about her performance as a vice presidential nominee in 2008, and mainstream television will happily subject itself to endless abuse in the pursuit of ratings.

Palin joined Matt Lauer and the rest of the Today show crew for the full hour, part of a competition against Katie Couric's stint guest-hosting Good Morning America. At the start of the show, Lauer asked her for advice on how the Republican nominee should choose a running mate. Her advice: "Go rogue," of course.

Lauer suggested that perhaps a candidate with more national exposure would fare better in the national spotlight. Palin was surprisingly cordial to Lauer's point, a fairly harsh criticism cloaked by his soothing tone. "I would put up my record as CEO of a city, state, as a gas regulator, against any of the other potential GOP vice presidential nominee the last go round. I'm proud to stand on my record," she said. (Somewhere, Tim Pawlenty was cringing.) Saying that the media would tear down the nominee no matter their record, she said, "What I would advise Mitt Romney or whomever is don't necessarily play it safe and do just what the GOP establishment expects them to do, and that is to get somebody just kind of going along to get along, not willing to go rogue and shake it up."

To the bizarre spectacle of Palin voicing these sentiments while co-hosting a show on one of the Big Three networks, Lauer voiced just one small objection, quipping that her presence "technically makes you a part of the lamestream media."

For more on the rest of the show, check out The Atlantic Wire's write-up.

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