Friday, September 12, 2008

Governor Sarah Palin faces the Gibson inquisition

I wasn’t going to opine on the Charlie Gibson inquisition of VP candidate Sarah Palin.

Watching the first disrespectful installment you could clearly see Gibson’s inability to control his own opinion as evident in tone and body language. Phrasing every question as if he were conducting an interrogation and every query was posed with a “gotcha” pretense turning the interview into an ambush.

The entire episode made me angry and embarrassed. Embarrassed for Charlie, not Governor Palin. She handled everything he threw at her with assurance, grace and conviction. And, I have reason to believe poor old Charlie has the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, Gibson asked the same question three times, and Governor Palin said "I don't think that we should second-guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security", three times.

A couple things did stand out as odd even for the MSM. First was the editing; as fellow blogger Dinah Lord said, “her answers must have been edited by Lizzie Borden. Chop-chop.” Giving the impression she’s incompetent and the appearance that Governor Palin failed to clearly answer his questions.

When Gibson broached the “God” issue his contempt was palpable, as is the norm for the MSM. Referencing a speech she gave (Palin asked fellow parishioners to pray for our service men), Gibson suggested the governor believed our military was fighting a religious war, “a task from God.”

I admit I did not see Gibson interview BHO. But I would bet his shady religious past including his 20 year relationship with Reverand Wright, was never put on the table. And I’m sure Gibson wouldn’t have characterized Obama’s readiness to lead as “hubris”.


Malott said...


Great post!

While I believe the interview will provide fodder for video from the Obama campaign questioning her readiness, there has been enough comment from fair journalists concerning the "inquisition" to counterbalance such adds.

Chris Wallace will interview her on Fox tomorrow, and I hope her performance with a more fairminded liberal will show us more of the Governor who holds an 80% favorability rating among those who know her best.

janice said...

I agree Chris

Dinah Lord said...

Great post!

I particularly liked when Charlie went all "Father Knows Best" on her and put on the paternalistic act. Please spare us, Charlie and push your dang glasses up!

Just for grins - let's compare the questions Charlie asked Sen BHO and then the questions Charlie asked Gov Palin:

BHO interview:

How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?
How does it feel to “win”?
How does your family feel about your “winning” breaking a glass ceiling?
Who will be your VP?
Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?
Will you accept public finance?
What issues is your campaign about?
Will you visit Iraq?
Will you debate McCain at a town hall?
What did you think of your competitor’s [Clinton] speech?

Palin interview:

Do you have enough qualifications for the job you’re seeking? Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?
Aren’t you conceited to be seeking this high level job?
Questions about foreign policy
-territorial integrity of Georgia
-allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
-NATO treaty
-Iranian nuclear threat
-what to do if Israel attacks Iran
-Al Qaeda motivations
-the Bush Doctrine
-attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan
Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]

You make the call - which side is Charlie carrying the water for???

janice said...

Absolutely right! I didn't see the BHO/Gibson interview, but you cleared up any bias I thought Charlie had.