A Tale of Two Interviews

Charlie Gibson of ABC has interviewed Barack Obama and Sarah Palin in the past few months. Both, you may have heard are trying to get themselves to Washington.

I watched Mr. Gibson’s interview with Senator Obama and I watched his interview with Governor Palin. And I was stunned by the differences between the interviews. I compiled the questions he asked each candidate for you. So take a look at what Obama was asked about compared to what Sarah Palin had to answer.

Here’s what Barack Obama had to answer in his interview with Charlie Gibson.

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 Vice President?
Should you choose Hillary Clinton as Vice President?
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 [at the time, Hillary Clinton] speech?

Now compare that to the questions Sarah Palin faced the other day.

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?
Specific questions about foreign policy
1. Territorial integrity of Georgia
2. Allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
3. NATO treaty
4. Iranian nuclear threat
5. What to do if Israel attacks Iran
6. Al Qaeda motivations
7. Attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan

Is America fighting a holy war?

The difference between the question sets is blatant and unacceptable for a respected media source. Add in that ABC edited out parts of Palin’s interview and you’ve got a completely worthless piece of journalism.

Part of the reason that I am so hard on Barack Obama is because he gets pretty much a free pass from every media outlet. How does knowing how he feels after winning help voters decide if he’s fit to run a country? (He’s not, by the way)? Instead of asking him if he’d visit Iraq, they should have asked him if he’d visit our wounded troops. He probably wouldn’t have said, “No, I won’t due to my complete disdain for anything dealing with the military” but he would have stumbled over himself trying to come up with something other reason.

I understand that the media is biased and 95% of it is actively looking to promote Barack Obama and trash John McCain, and more recently, Sarah Palin. If you bother to click on the link above and read the unedited transcript, which highlights what crucial parts of Palin’s interview that was cut, you’ll see that ABC edits its material almost as manipulatively as that horse’s rear, Michael Moore.

I’m certain that in my life, I have said the following words:


However, I have never said them in the following order


But had Charlie Gibson interviewed me for ABC, it probably would have seemed that I had.


Posted on September 16, 2008, in Politics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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