I watched this video of Charlie Gibson's interview of Sarah Palin after class last night. I thought Palin held her own quite well, although it wasn't as much of a home run as her convention speech. I was less than impressed with Gibson however. I cannot imagine him asking the same questions, using the same tone, or interrupting Obama, Biden, or even McCain for that matter. Overall, I thought he came across as quite disrespectful. Even The New York Times thought so:
Mr. Gibson, who sat back in his chair, impatiently wriggling his foot, had the skeptical, annoyed tone of a university president who agrees to interview the daughter of a trustee but doesn’t believe she merits admission.Watch and see if you agree:
Glen Reynolds has a round-up of reactions to the interview. The consensus seems to be a win for Palin and a loss for Gibson and ABC. Lou Dobbs says Biden better do his homework before the debate.
I wish this was a video of the whole interview. Apparently, Gibson also completely misquoted Palin about a comment about the war in Iraq being "God's plan." Here's how she responded:
The reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln's words when he said -- first, he suggested never presume to know what God's will is, and I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words.
But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side.
That's what that comment was all about, Charlie.I think Biden isn't the only one who needs to do his homework.
Much is being made of Palin "not understanding the Bush Doctrine." Here is Talk Left's reaction:
This is seriously nuts. Palin asked Gibson to define what HE meant by it. (NOTE: Stellaa points out that Gibson tried the same game with Obama and Media Matters ripped Gibson for it then. Guess Sargent is ok with it when it is done to a Republican.) Indeed, her eventual answer to the question is extremely sensible (unlike Bush and McCain's actual policies) and smart politics. She did not accept the premise of Gibson's question and then gave a sensible answer to the question.More thoughts from The New York Times, including a bit of fairness about Gibson's questioning about the Ukraine and Goergia joining NATO:
One last thing. When talking about Ukraine and Georgia joining NATO, she might have mentioned that not only Mr. McCain supported such a move, but Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden did too.It will be interesting to see the rest of the interview over the next couple of days. I'm also interested to see how the prediction markets respond.