You heard me: the L.A. Times actually got one right:
In the sit-down with Gibson, she faced questions about statements on the Iraq war that she made at an Assembly of God church that she sometimes attends in her hometown, Wasilla, of which she is a former mayor.
A video shows Palin asking a group to pray that the nation’s leaders were sending troops to Iraq “on a task that is from God.”
Gibson, however, mischaracterized her as simply asserting that the nation’s leaders were sending troops to Iraq on a task from God.
“Are we fighting a holy war?” he asked.
After Palin disputed his characterization, she paraphrased Abraham Lincoln, saying she meant, “Let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God’s side.”
Gibson went on to take a second part of her comments out of context. Palin had asked the group to pray “that there is a plan, and that plan is God’s plan.”
But Gibson dropped her reference to praying — and instead quoted Palin as saying the war was God’s plan. He asked if she believed the country was sending her son on a task from God.
Wow. Dead on target.
OK, so it comes late in the article. And, much further towards the top, there is some typical L.A. Times claptrap:
And Palin, whose critics see her as unqualified for the vice presidency, said she was “thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War.” The Soviet Union collapsed three years after Ronald Reagan left the White House.
Gotcha! Except, not so much. It’s an article of faith among conservatives, whether right or wrong, that Ronald Reagan won the Cold War. Palin’s quote merely reflects that view. The L.A. Times‘s criticism here is like quoting a Democrat praising JFK for leading the country in the drive to put a man on the Moon, and then snarkily observing: “Man first set foot on the Moon in 1969, six years after JFK’s death.”
OK, so that’s par for the course. Still, my expectations for this paper are so low, my dominant reaction is to be tickled pink that they actually got part of the story right, and firmly so. Well done, sort of, L.A. Times!