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Exposing Charles Gibson’s bias

Posted by Richard on September 13, 2008

There's a great post at Hillary Clinton Forum by Nancy Kallitechnis comparing Charles Gibson's interview of Gov. Sarah Palin with his earlier interview of Sen. Barack Obama. Kallitechnis concluded that "Gibson's extreme prejudice against Palin is very obvious" and her summary of the questions asked each candidate sure seems to back that up:

Obama interview:

How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?
How does it feel to "win"?
How does your family feel about your "winning" breaking a glass ceiling?
Who will be your VP?
Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?
Will you accept public finance?
What issues is your campaign about?
Will you visit Iraq?
Will you debate McCain at a town hall?
What did you think of your competitor's [Clinton] speech?

Palin interview:…with-abc-news/

Do you have enough qualifications for the job you're seeking? Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?
Aren't you conceited to be seeking this high level job?
Questions about foreign policy
-territorial integrity of Georgia
-allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
-NATO treaty
-Iranian nuclear threat
-what to do if Israel attacks Iran
-Al Qaeda motivations
-the Bush Doctrine
-attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan
Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]

There's no doubt the Charles Gibson interviews showed extreme prejudice against Palin and extreme favoritism towards Obama. His manner towards Palin was much more negative. He asked her much more difficult questions and the questions were more adversarial. He constantly questioned her ability to lead but never questioned Obama's ability to lead, all the more amazing considering that Palin was the only one with executive experience and the presidency is the highest level executive job in politics. The camera angles always focused on Obama's face when he was talking making him the center of attention yet during Palin's interview the angle often focused on her back apparently for the purpose of lessening the impact of her presence.

I'm reminded of that SNL opening skit parodying the CNN debate, which had one CNN journalist ask Obama "Is there anything we can get you?" and another follow up with "Are you sure?"

HT: The Anchoress, who has much, much more about media treatment of Palin and general craziness (including some unbelievably whacko stuff from The View). Via Gateway Pundit, who has video from the Palin interview and some good comments and links.

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