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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Charles Gibson Blatantly Misrepresents Palin's Words

It doesn't get much more disingenuous than this.

Charles Gibson, who was granted the first full-length interview with Sarah Palin since she was chosen by John McCain to be his vice-presidential running mate, blatantly misrepresented Palin by using one of the oldest tricks in the book: the partial quote.

In the interview, Gibson said to Palin, "You said recently in, in your old church, 'Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.'" He then asked, "Are we fighting a holy war?"

Palin began her reply by saying, "You know I don't know if that was my exact quote..."

Gibson interrupted her: "That's exact words."

Were those Palin's exact words as Gibson claimed? Yep. The problem is that it's only a partial quote, clipped out of the whole quote and taken out of context to make it appear as though Palin said something entirely different in meaning from what she actually said.

Here is the entire quote.

Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right, also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God.

Palin then went on to explain that she was expressing the essence of a quote that is widely attributed to Abraham Lincoln, that we should not pray that God is on our side, but that we are on God’s side. When you look at the entire quote, that is exactly what she was saying, and that's completely different from saying, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God."

I do not believe that Charles Gibson is a stupid man. I believe that he had to know that there is a huge difference between what Sarah Palin actually said when you look at the entire quote, and what it sounds like she said when he clips only the last part of the quote. Therefore, I can come to only one conclusion: Charles Gibson intentionally misrepresented Sarah Palin's words in a purposeful attempt to present her to the nation as some sort of a religious extremist.

And the elite media wonders why the nation no longer trusts them to be unbiased in their reporting of the news.


Blogger Malott said...

Interviewed on Fox and Friends, Chris Wallace commented on Gibson's handling of the interview, "You usually start out with a couple friendly questions."

On the day she sent her son to serve in Iraq, a couple friendly questions would have been nice.

I wouldn't mind the tough questions if Obama was receiving the same treatment.

Great post.

8:11 AM  

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