Saturday, September 13, 2008

How ABC & Charlie Gibson Edited Palin's Interview

If you had any doubt that ABC News and Charlie Gibson set out to do a hatchet job with its interview of Gov. Sarah Plain, check out this post at Atlas Shrugs. It is absolutely shameless how ABC News edited out critical comments Palin made in response to Gibson's questions to fit its agenda of making Palin look unprepared to be vice president. This is the same old tactic CBS' 60 Minutes has done for decades to make a story fit its political or social agenda.


Downtown Indy said...

I have never understood why the oral media operates completely differently than the photographic media. If you so much as erase irrelevant leg from the background of a photo, you WILL be fired and probably never work as a photojournalist again.

Edit out huge, significant and relevant parts of an interview, and hey it's no big deal.

I think Charlie spent too many years fermenting his brain on GMA that he's lost it.

Shofar said...

History lesson time.

The year was 1980, and Reagan was running against Carter. Here is a commercial from that election.

Ask yourself, Why do so many in the Middle East what Obama elected POTUS?

Jon E. Easter said...

Doesn't look like a bad edit job. Whether you agree with the editing of the interview or not, it still shows that she doesn't understand the fundamental foreign policy of this country since 2002...the Bush Doctrine.

If she doesn't understand it, are we doomed to repeat it if she is forced to serve as President?

Gary R. Welsh said...

Uh, Easter, she clearly understands it better than Obama. He made a complete fool of himself while debating Clinton about the Bush Doctrine. Instead of admitting his mistake, he dug an even deeper hole for himself out of which he has been digging himself out of ever since. The media doesn't talk about Obama's huge gaffes like "Iran is a tiny country."

M Theory said...

I watched the edited version on TV. She sounded great, even with the edited parts out.

What did shake out, however, is that Gibson is a partisan journalist. That can't be good for his career.

Vox Populi said...


Obama said Iran is a "tiny country" compared to the threat posed by the Soviet Union in the 20th Century, which is quite factual.

McCain and Palin chose Charlie Gibson and ABC News out of everything available. It could have been Couric, Shiefer, Brokaw, Williams, ANYONE would have died for that interview. But they hand picked Gibson and I think the whole "he was biased" stuff needs to go out the window because they knew what they were getting into.

I think she came off pretty badly in the interview, especially when she started talking about how she's ready to negotiate and meet foreign heads of state because she can see Russia from an Alaskan island. I mean come on. And that was something ABC edited out to her benefit.