NEW YORK (CBS/AP) In an awkward and confrontational interview with Larry King, fallen beauty queen Carrie Prejean compared herself to conservative icons Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann and claims, like them, she is a victim of the liberal media.
"You have characterized yourself as being 'Palinized.' What do you mean," King asked on Wednesday night.
"You look at Sarah Palin and Congresswoman, you know, Michele Bachmann, they are relentlessly, you know, torn down by the liberal media," Prejean said. "They're great mothers. They're brilliant. And yet there's this double standard that conservative women are fair game to be attacked. And it's not right. And it needs to stop."
The former Miss California USA also said "Sarah Palin is my hero… I really look up to her and admire her for her strength and her courage."
Prejean was on Larry King's program to hawk her new book, "Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks," but she threatened to walk out on live television and called King "inappropriate" when he wanted to know why she and Miss California pageant organizers recently settled dueling lawsuits.
Rumors have swirled that Prejean, 22, was forced to come to terms with pageant organizers because they had obtained a copy of a solo sex tape she now admits making for a former lover.
"It was for private use, but does that justify what I did? No. It was the biggest mistake of my life," she said on NBC's "Today Show" on Tuesday.
She claimed she was only 17 when the tape was made.
Prejean was fired from her beauty queen duties in June. She believes she lost her crown because of her public opposition to gay marriage. Pageant organizers said she was skipping official events. That set off dueling lawsuits in which she claimed religious discrimination and organizers claimed she still owed them for a loan used to buy breast implants.
Earlier this month, Prejean and organizers reached a confidential settlement. She told NBC that she has suffered "a campaign against me to try to silence me."
Seems like Prejean's silence is over.
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