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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Interview Questions by Gibson - A Comparison

According to the Hillary Clinton Forum here are the lists of questions from Gibson's interview with Barack Obama and Sarah Palin:

Obama 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]

These lists show a difference of night and day in the treatment by Gibson between Obama and Palin. Add to that the fact that he took TWO quotes by Palin, cut out relevant words in the quotes and used the distorted versions to ask her about them. When she challenged him about the quote not being right, he insisted "Exact words". Sure Charlie, the words in the fragmented quotes were exact, but they represent a totally different meaning.

Add to that the demeaning nature of Gibson toward Palin, as if he were talking to a school girl.

Add to that the fact that Gibson asked about the "Bush Doctrine" known to have multiple meanings. Palin may have known that the definition has changed over the years and wanted to make sure she was answering in the right context. Palin also likely sensed that Gibson was trying to link her to Bush as the Obama campaign keeps attempting to do. Her answer spared her that trap.

Add to that the fact that ABC hacked the interview to pieces. This gave the interview a very disjointed effect and when viewing the missing elements, it is very clear that some very good strong answers by Palin were cut out. You can see those missing statements at Mark Levin's website.

Finally, add evidence from this blog that ABC used different camera techniques with Palin than they did with Obama and Hillary Clinton. With Obama and Clinton, they are shown equal in size to Gibson. With Palin, however, they angle shows Gibson larger than Palin.

The media seems to have totally thrown all concern about their credibility out of the window in this election. Charlie Gibson and ABC hemorrhaged credibility in this interview. I think that at the least Gibson owes Sarah Palin an apology for his distortions of her quotes and Gibson owes an explanation of why there was such a discrepancy between the Obama and Palin interviews. I'm not holding my breath for either.

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  • At 1:54 PM, Blogger IMB said…

    Charlie Gibson is a disgrace to the profession.

  • At 11:25 AM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…


    I'm not sure Charlie and his profession are capable of recognizing that fact.

  • At 9:19 AM, Blogger Malott said…


    Great post!

    "Charlie Gibson and ABC hemorrhaged credibility in this interview."

    Well said.

  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger paw said…

    Any reasonable person realizes that interviewing an unknown governor who just exploded from nowhere onto the national stage and a man who has been campaigning, speaking, and debating for over two years are two very, very, very different tasks. There's no conspiracy evident in the different lines of questioning directed to each.

  • At 5:23 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Of course there would be some difference, but the questions speak for themselves. Obama did not get one difficult or controversial question. Palin did not get one easy or non-controversial question. All designed to attempt to make her look bad. None succeeded in my opinion.

    Also, after two years of questioning Obama, there is still much we do not know about him. Why did not Gibson ask him about his years at Columbia, Annenberg and to name specific accomplishments in his life. Something new and challenging instead of simply offering him a forum for a victory lap.

    You failed to address Gibson quoting her out of context to a point where it was not at all what she said, then stubbornly digging in to claim they were her exact words. Praying we are within God's will is different from claiming arrogantly we are in God's will. This was shameless or sloppy on Gibson's part. I have yet to hear him comment on it.

  • At 10:49 PM, Blogger Tsofah said…

    Why do we even bother to think the MSM will be fair?

    One thing I must say: Cindy McCain gave the girls at "The View" a very blatant answer about how many homes John has. It basically was: "It's none of your business, and I don't apologize for having money my family worked hard for....oh, yeah, I also give to LOTS of charities, so there!"

    SIGH. Cindy McCain holds her own well.

  • At 10:49 PM, Blogger Tsofah said…

    Sorry, AICS, I digressed. This IS a good article!

  • At 9:19 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    I did read something a few weeks ago how Cindy McCain spoke of her parents having nothing and borrowing $10,000 and working hard to start their business. That anybody in the media can cut that down is ridiculous. Somehow it is fine for a person with acting ability or singing ability to make their millions, but taking risks and starting your own business and making millions so you can pass down a great inheritance to your kids is looked down upon.

    I would go look at that interview with Cindy McCain, but I cannot stomach the View. My wife and I looked at a number of clips with them and McCain. Whoopi's stupid slavery quip was ridiculous. Joy was her usual empty-headed hot air. Watching Barbara Walters is nauseating given how far low she has come. From her high reputation from a respected career down to keeper of the zoo should embarrass her. Her nasty partisan questions are an embarrassment in themselves.

    The goal of the show other than partisan cheap shots seems to be to see what is the stupidest statement that will still induce the audience to applaud. I honestly cannot understand how even the most empty headed person can watch the show.


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