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BDMcGee
09-13-2008, 12:30 AM
Struck me as a hit piece, not an interview.

LibraryLady
09-13-2008, 12:33 AM
After the Nightly news segment last night, I decided I had seen enough of condescending Charlie Gibson.

BDMcGee
09-13-2008, 12:38 AM
After the Nightly news segment last night, I decided I had seen enough of condescending Charlie Gibson.

It's more than just Gibson, though he was much more argumentative tonight. THey started the show with a biographical segment that was, IMO, just a total hit piece.

LibraryLady
09-13-2008, 12:40 AM
i had enough by reading Lorie's review on wizbang (http://wizbangblog.com/)

The 20/20 Interview
Posted by Lorie Byrd
Published: September 12, 2008 - 11:10 PM


I just watched the 20/20 interview Charlie Gibson did with Sarah Palin. In my opinion, the biggest news to come out of it is that Charlie Gibson did not apologize to Sarah Palin for misquoting her "exact words" in the first part of the interview, and even worse did not apologize to his viewers for giving them incorrect information and misleading them to believe that Palin was a nutty Christian bent on Holy War. He did not issue a correction when he had the perfect opportunity. The huge mistake he made was in the first day of interviewing. He has since had a chance to realize his mistake, since many have pointed it out. He had an interview with Palin the following day, and an hour of network television, with more to come on Nightline tonight so he had the perfect opening to set the record straight. For all the fact checking Gibson and ABC did of Palin (probably more than they have done of Obama the past two years), he didn't think to check his own facts and then when he realized they were wrong, did nothing to correct the information for his viewers. No wonder people trust used car salesmen more than journalists these days. At least the people I know do. If you are not yet aware of the "exact words" Gibson misquoted, there is a great post containing transcript and video at Dartblog.

As for the setup piece Kate Snow did -- it was almost entirely devoted to countering things Palin has said, rather than serving as a brief biographical overview. She started by showing clips of Palin repeating the same lines over and over again on the stump. The exact same segment could have been done with any presidential candidate. Stump speeches are pretty uniform. That's why they are known as stump speeches, not policy speeches or major addresses. Believe it or not candidates do not craft completely different speeches for every single town they visit on the campaign trail -- they even tell the same jokes more than once. I have not looked back on all the pieces they have done on Obama to make sure they didn't also do the same for him, but I doubt it very seriously.

Snow showed the line about selling the jet and then attempted a "gotcha" by saying that Palin did get rid of the jet, but then spent 40, 000 to fly she and her family all over the place. Snow forgot to mention that selling the jet brought the state 2.1 million dollars. Instead of saying Palin saved the state of Alaska $2,960,000 by selling the jet, she presented only that she got rid of the jet, but still charged the people of Alaska over $40,000.

Another thing in the Snow piece that was glaringly incomplete and misleading -- she said Palin is being investigated for firing someone who would not fire a state trooper that was going through a messy divorce with her sister. Not that she had voiced concern over a trooper with a badge and a gun that drank in his patrol car, tasered his eleven-year-old stepson and threatened to kill Palin's family members. But why bother the viewers with insignificant details like that? I know this will be hard to believe, but I really did expect more from ABC. I guess I just thought that with all the atttention on this interview they would try to play it straight down the middle. I guess they just don't care about what people think of their journalistic integrity -- at this point it's all about making sure their guy wins.

Not all was bad. The interview did elicit some information from Palin that I found of value and she looked and sounded confident and at ease unlike in the first day's interview. The roundtable at the end was fair and interesting. And best of all, the scenery from Alaska was absolutely breathtaking.

jendf
09-13-2008, 12:44 AM
After the Nightly news segment last night, I decided I had seen enough of condescending Charlie Gibson.

Ditto! I only watched 10 minutes of his interview on World News Tonight before I wanted to pop him in the nose. I got the gist of what he was trying to do. Kudos to Gov. Palin for not kicking him in the balls. I would have lost control about a minute into the interview.

BDMcGee
09-13-2008, 01:11 AM
i had enough by reading Lorie's review on wizbang (http://wizbangblog.com/)

The 20/20 Interview
Posted by Lorie Byrd
Published: September 12, 2008 - 11:10 PM

Excellent review. The Snow setup piece was the really appalling part. I also agree that the discussion at the end was surprisingly fair, especially Dee-Dee Meyers. Then again, she's a Clintonista, and I'm sure none of them are looking to do Barry-O any favors.

cat714
09-13-2008, 02:08 AM
I watched World News last night and I'm not watching it anymore. What a POS Charlie Gibson is. We all saw this coming. If the other networks are not going to be fair, why should she interview with such scum? We know the liberals watch Fox News, so she should appear there and interview with others who will be objective.

LibraryLady
09-13-2008, 02:15 AM
Sean Hannity Sarah Palin Interview: Fox Lands VP Candidate (http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272622673.shtml)
By Lynda Johnson
Sep 12, 2008


Sarah Palin will sit down with Sean Hannity for her second national interview and the first on cable news. The Republican vice presidential candidate will get a friendly interview with the Fox News broadcaster as Sean Hannity is a big fan of Sarah Palin. Still, the interview is very smart and a good move by the McCain team.


The move is genius though as Barack Obama can't really complain as he just finished an interview with Keith Olbermann. He has been so pro-Obama during the election season that MSNBC finally decided to pull him and Chris Matthews off as political anchors.


Sarah Palin sat down with ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson and though he desperately looked for the big "gotcha" question to knock Palin off stride, if he got it ABC has yet to show it. The network has sliced and diced the interview all up and it has aired everywhere ABC can squeeze it in, and there is one last segment to air tonight for a one hour special.

Back to Fox News and Hannity, the interview will air in two parts on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and Wednesday, Sept. 17, on Fox News' 9 p.m. show Hannity & Colmes.