From Alaskan Orthodox Patriot

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I know that sounds intemperate.  We’re supposed to say things like someone “misspoke”, or “misremembered”, or that they just “mischaracterised” what was said.  The pure statement of a simple, unadorned truth makes folks squirm, and that’s just so not nice, isn’t it?  The fact is…

Charlie Gibson lied.

It gives me no pleasure to say that- in fact, when I heard that he would be doing the first interview I thought, “Good choice”.  I was wrong.

From the exerpts at the ABC News site:

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.” Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.

Those were NOT her exact words, so unless he can confess to incompetence as a reporter, which I don’t believe he could, then… he lied.

What she said was:

“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 [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she exhorted the congregants. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan [Admin. note: wasn’t EVERYBODY praying that there was a plan?] and that that plan is God’s plan.” [source].

Elsewhere he was simply deceptive, disingenious, and disinterested in a fair and honest exploration of her qualifications and beliefs; I don’t mean he should’ve coddled her- tough is fine, she can deal with tough- but fair and honest.  Need examples?

Right out of the gate he asks her a no-win setup question: did you hesitate when he offered you the VP position?  I imagine him having a little diagram on his notepad- if she says “yes”, that means she is unsure of her preparedness; if “no”, that means she is egotistical.  A “win-win” gotcha. Sweet!

On whether she’s traveled outside the country and met foreign heads of state… I’d love for her to have said something to the effect of “I’m not sure I understand you Charlie- are you saying that you believe that makes someone a more qualified VP?  In what way?  Could you give me any examples?”  After all, he got snarky with his question about “What insights into Russian actions does your state’s geographical proximity give you?”

How about an equivalent question for Obama- “What insights into foreign policy have you gained from a stage-managed celebrity tour of a few European countries and photo-op handshakes with their heads of state give you?”

But then they might have whined that our girl was beating up on their guys again, has a “chip” on her shoulder, doesn’t, in other words, know her place.

Lord have mercy. Lunch break over, more later.

LATER: The most snort-worthy non-gotcha was his attempt at getting her to commit to a straight up or down, yes/no answer to the “simple” question of whether she supports the Bush Doctrine. The man who first coined the term “Bush Doctrine” explains how Gibson got it wrong, here, and concluded:

“Yes, Palin didn’t know what it is. But neither does Gibson. And at least she didn’t pretend to know — while he looked down his nose and over his glasses with weary disdain, “sounding like an impatient teacher,” as the Times noted. In doing so, he captured perfectly the establishment snobbery and intellectual condescension that has characterized the chattering classes’ reaction to the phenom who presumes to play on their stage.”

Now, you tell me… how many thousands upon thousands of women across this great land do you think there are, who are all too familiar with that infuriatingly look of male condescension, when Gibson “looked down his nose and over his glasses with weary disdain”… who recognize it, loathe it, and will respond accordingly?

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