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Sarah Palin to Appear on Hannity Monday

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Sarah Palin will appear on Sean Hannity's program on Fox News Monday, the New York Times reported Thursday night.

This interview will be Palin's first extended interview since the shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 12, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords was holding an event outside a grocery store to meet with her constituents.

Palin has been taking heat from both sides of the political spectrum since the shooting. In the days following the shooting before details of alleged gunman Jared Loughner's plans emerged, Palin was blamed by some on the left for using incendiary speech, including violent words and imagery.

When it became clearer that the alleged gunman, Jared Loughner, did not seem to be a follower of Palin's, critics on the right cried foul at all those who blamed the former Alaska governor for the rampage.

On Wednesday, Palin released a video in which she said Saturday's shooting in Arizona had nothing to do with political rhetoric, and media figures who invoked a map featuring gun sights on congressional districts are guilty of "blood libel."

Liberal and conservatives have criticized Palin for the video, which equates criticism of Palin's rhetoric with the historical persecution of Jews by accusing them of taking the blood of Christian children.

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