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Charlie Gibson's Upcoming Sarah Palin interview to be a Farce


The McCain campaign finally agreed to have Sarah Palin do an interview, with ABC's Charles Gibson, later this week. Palin has not spoken to the campaign once since her nomination. There are eight weeks left until the presidential election and yet the public knows little about this woman who will be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Why? She's "not ready" according to folks with knowledge of the McCain campaign. Over the weekend in an interview with Chris Matthews, former McCain spokesman Todd Harris suggested that it might be two weeks before the Alaskan governor is programmed well enough to address the press and the public:

Now, with the new interview with Gibson scheduled, it looks like it's going to be a softball interview basically run by the McCain campaign itself.

Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo notes:

"The tell comes high up in the AP story by David Bauder. The second graf reads ...'Palin will sit down for multiple interviews with Gibson in Alaska over two days, most likely Thursday and Friday, said McCain adviser Mark Salter.' Political interviews are never done like this. Because it makes the questioning entirely at the discretion of the person being interviewed and their handlers. The interviewer has to be on their best behavior, at least until the last of the 'multiple interviews' because otherwise the subsequent sittings just won't happen. For a political journalist to agree to such terms amounts to a form of self-gelding. The only interviews that are done this way are lifestyle and celebrity interviews. And it's pretty clear that that is what this will be."

One AmericaBlog reader did get a chance to ask Palin a question at a recent campaign stop. AmericaBlog notes: [Reader] Jim...has now asked Sarah Palin more questions than the entire political press corps COMBINED." The question was about corrupt Alaskan senator Ted Stevens.

Real interviews (not carefully controlled propaganda) must be demanded by the public, and offered to the voters.

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  1. Besides Gibsy-boy is a hack who thinks your middle class if you're making $250 thousand dollars a year. This interview will be a disgrace for journalism.

    Posted by: Sami | Sep 8, 2008 8:55:58 AM

  2. And the annointing continues-
    grab your bibles........

    Posted by: Nick | Sep 8, 2008 9:25:15 AM

  3. pit bull with lipstick or Dubya in a skirt? Actually, I kinda like her Butte hairdo...although Butte girls kick Alaska girls' butts

    Posted by: Bozemanken | Sep 8, 2008 9:40:13 AM

  4. I wonder if Charles Gibson will be asking her why she is not wearing a flag pin on her lapel (unless of course she wears one) since that was one of his vital questions from the last ABC debate... No-one has been asking McCain, that's for sure.

    Posted by: MARTY | Sep 8, 2008 10:12:32 AM

  5. The election (thankfully) is 8 weeks and 1 day away, not 6 weeks as you reported.

    Posted by: Danny | Sep 8, 2008 11:05:14 AM

  6. Sarah Palin embodies the notion that its somehow smart to be dumb. Anti-intellectualism rears its ugly head again.

    Posted by: JJ | Sep 8, 2008 11:21:34 AM

  7. You have to admit Obama has been given a free ride with the liberal press for the last 19 months. Even NBC is reacting to that criticism with a hand slap to two of their cable talking heads.
    As far as interviews both candidates pretty much control the questioning put to them. Now more importantly than the soft interview question, why wouldn't Obama face McCain one on one in an actual debate during the primaries?

    Posted by: TMP | Sep 8, 2008 11:49:27 AM

  8. Please pick one screen name, Morgan/TMP, and stick with it.

    We like to keep track of all the Repiglican trolls on here.

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 8, 2008 12:07:21 PM

  9. TWP (or whatever 24PLAY say's you are):

    Barack just appeared before a lecherous, racist, anti-gay, anti-women, anti-Latino, anti-Jewish, anti-dental care bastard named Bill O'Reilly. Now, if that aint an example of appearing before the press, what is?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 8, 2008 12:19:31 PM

  10. Juvenile name calling and side stepping of the question I asked...why doesn't anyone stay on topic and answer the question? Why didn't Obama want to debate one on one with McCain? Wasn't he up to speed on being quizzed on his platform specifics or was he simply not ready for prime time?
    O'Reilly is not a journalist, he's as much a talking head as any of them. Just on the opposite side of the aisle.
    Sorry 24, you're hacking the wrong address or whatever.

    Posted by: TMP | Sep 8, 2008 12:35:09 PM

  11. TMP/Morgan,

    Obama didn't debate McCain during the primaries because candidates from different parties don't engage in debates until they become those parties' nominees. End of story. (Can you imagine what the press would have called Obama if he dared?)

    As for me "hacking the wrong address," stop lying, bitch.


    Morgan (in the thread about McCain's "vetting" of Palin): jjosue@msn.com

    And that's not the first time I've seen that email address, either. Unfortunately, I can't remember where else—or under what other screen name(s).

    Multiple screen names = Troll.

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 8, 2008 12:52:22 PM

  12. The RNC maintains a group of folks whose job it is to monitor and comment on liberal/progressive websites. Their main job is to distract and aggravate commenters. They use several different names, but their language is usually the same. They're easier to spot on some blogs than others. On Huffington Post, which provides statistics for each commenter, they really stand out. Just look at the commenters stats and you'll see many who joined HuffPo about the same time, 3-6 months ago and have numerous snarky posts. Many average 30+ posts per day on HuffPo alone. Either they have a lot of time on their hands, or their paid to comment. Republican paid trolls aren't very effective if their comments are ignored. Thus the common refrain, "don't feed the trolls." Progressives attempting to infiltrate conservative blogs usually find their opposing view soon deleted. Comments on HuffPo have become very censored and really negative or snarky comments about McCain/Palin don't often make it through the moderators, who seem much more lenient towards negative attacks on Obama/Biden. Just my observation.

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 8, 2008 3:31:42 PM

  13. After having listened to a broadcast of Gov. Palin participating in a 2006 Gubernatorial debate (available on C-Span), I think discounting her intelligence, political savvy, or talent for extemporaneous speech is a serious mistake. She's clever like a fox, and one thousand times more dangerous.

    I serously disagree with her on a multitude of topics, but I'm woman enough to admit to a growing appreciation for her political prowess.

    Now if only I could develop a modicum of respect for politicians.

    Posted by: Princess Superstar | Sep 8, 2008 3:56:11 PM

  14. Very important posting, PRINCESS, but what does Palin know about foreign policy and world affairs? The Democrats cannot be afraid to go after her. And more importantly, the press needs to do its job, and vet her the way the McCain Campaign did not.

    "vet" I hate that word. I've never heard of it till this year. If anybody asked me, "have you been properly vetted." I'd tell 'em to go f,,,k themselves.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 8, 2008 4:16:04 PM

  15. Derrick,

    Don't be so modest. I'm sure you've been well and properly vetted on many occasions.

    Posted by: 24play | Sep 8, 2008 4:46:41 PM

  16. For the love of God, in the first paragraph, please change "will" to "would". WTF???

    Posted by: Jonathan Arnold | Sep 8, 2008 11:03:05 PM

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