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Exact Words

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 7:07 am

From The Corner comes this imagined exchange:

Charlie Gibson: “Senator Obama, you have referred in the past to ‘my Muslim faith.’ How strong is your Muslim faith?”

Barack Obama: “You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.”

Charlie Gibson: “Exact words.”

Heh. Indeed. Every bit as exact as Gibson’s quotation of Palin — which is to say, not exact at all.

29 Responses to “Exact Words”

  1. That should be brought up by Palin in the next interview. I have also read that the longer version of the interview shown on Nightline shows that the editing of the first showing was not fair to her answers.

    There is also some chatter about her comment that the Russian invasion of Georgia was unprovoked. I have e-mailed Mike Allen of Politico that he should read Michael Totten.

    Mike K (2cf494)


    Also Powerline sums things up with this:

    To borrow a Lincolnian formulation in honor of the Lincolnian formulation of Palin’s prayer: the difference between what Palin actually said and what Gibson quoted her as saying is akin to the difference between a horse chestnut and a chestnut horse. The distinction may nevertheless be too subtle for Gibson. Gibson got it wrong. He should be embarrassed.

    Joe (8102a5)

  3. “…the editing of the first showing was not fair to her answers.”,
    Comment by Mike K — 9/12/2008.

    The editing of the Palin/Gibson interview was obvious and amateurish. Should ABC plead the pressures of time constraints, if Palin’s answer is modified in meaning by hack editing, it is not (ahem) “journalism”.

    C. Norris (485ecd)

  4. “Should ABC plead the pressures of time constraints,” Palin should point out that she had seconds, they had hours and a huge staff.

    Dan S (ca8a95)

  5. Terrible performance by Gibson and his minions – this was their long – awaited big news “get,” and in their excitement to trip up Palin wound up tripping over their own tongues. Bravo.

    Dmac (e639cc)

  6. Did Gibson or ABC make any attempt to correct their lie yet? Or, is it down the memory hole with that one?

    JD (6a8c0a)

  7. I’m shocked, shocked, to find the print and broadcast media twisting Palin’s words to help smear the GOP nominees. One can only but wonder why anyone would give these dishonest cadgers the time of day.

    Clearly, we have reached the point where media bias has become so pervasive that even casual viewers can’t fail to notice the stink. Any semblance of a distinction between the MSM and the Democrat Party consists almost exclusively of MSM pretending to be something other than a DNC house organ.

    After the voters demonstrate their contemp for these Philistines, the resulting “pecking party” ought to be a sight to see. Never has a group of two-faced pretenders so had it coming. I can imagine a time and place not so far removed from today, where Palin’s husband would give Gibson a fat lip on national TV, and the country would erupt in joy and celebration.

    Ropelight (921f6e)

  8. “….they had hours and a huge staff.

    True. But the mission of these interviews is not to serve the public interest, but the Obama campaign. The McCain people know it, or should know it, and will adjust azimuth and elevation accordingly (I hope).

    C. Norris (485ecd)

  9. I can’t wait to hear the screechers come out and explain why it was so urgent for Palin to come out immediately for interviews with anyone and everyone, given this pathetic excuse of an “interview.” Yeah, those terrible McCain people – why didn’t they allow her to be questioned earlier?

    Dmac (e639cc)

  10. C’mon, give Charlie a break. They were her exact words.

    Just not all of them

    Dr. K (5139b5)

  11. Seems like the Obamatons are awaiting their instructions for the day.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  12. “…why didn’t they allow her to be questioned earlier?”
    Comment by Dmac — 9/12/2008

    I would respond that she is both a sitting governor and a new mother, as such, she has duties that take priority over the immediate desires of the press. In short, she “prioritizes” (Democrats like that word).

    C. Norris (485ecd)

  13. JD, ABC and Gibson admit nothing.

    I think they believe no one saw them put chicken beaks in the sausage.

    SarahW (a6e80b)

  14. I was looking for them chicken beaks this morning!

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  15. I don’t think they realized their error. They automatically tuned out the prayer part, thinking it was window dressing.

    I mean, does she actually, you know, pray? Wow. And she wants to be Vice President?

    Amphipolis (fdbc48)

  16. Clearly, we have reached the point where media bias has become so pervasive that even casual viewers can’t fail to notice the stink.
    Many Democrats cling to the belief that the media is in the tank, for Republicans. So, your “clearly” isn’t quite what you think. FWIW, I happen to be in alignment with your point of view, that the media is a sloppy and stupid propaganda machine operating in favor of the Democrats.

    cboldt (3d73dd)

  17. Let’s go whole hog here and ask Obama about believing that we are “one nation, under God” and that there is “liberty and justice for all” in America. Exact words, Mr. Obama!

    Kevin Murphy (0b2493)

  18. I also thought it was masterful that this “hockey mom” has studied Lincoln and could use his prayer in such an apt and timely manner.

    Maybe she has taken Camille Paglia’s advice that would be women leaders should be studying military history, not women’s studies. Paglia speaks

    Patricia (ee5c9d)

  19. “I don’t think they realized their error. They automatically tuned out the prayer part, thinking it was window dressing.”

    Perhaps you are right, Amphipolis.

    Perhaps for ABC/Gibson, the salient point is that Palin believes there is a God, and that he has a side.

    Perhpas that stuggle to be on the side of God is less of an issue than a belief, in our enlightened age, in Providence existing at all.

    SarahW (a6e80b)

  20. I…often…molest…little…boys.
    Charlie Gibson’s exact words!

    Perfect Sense (9d1b08)

  21. I’m hoping Gibson comes out with a clarification. He has been the exception in my opinion but my resolve to defend him is weakening.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  22. #17, cboldt, yes, I know many Dems claim MSM favors the GOP. Usually, the rational consists of pointing to corporate ownership of media organizations and insisting that corporations are both evil and controlled by super rich Republicans, which, of course, proves MSM is in the tank for the forces of repression.

    To the uninformed, the Dem position is unassailable, so long as you don’t think, read the papers, or watch TV. But, the Left’s true-believers aren’t going to let something as insignificient as actual evidence get in the way of their historically inevitable grand march into the currently approved illusion of a utopian worker’s paradise.

    Ropelight (921f6e)

  23. It’s a good thing for ABC that Sarbanes-Oxley isn’t being applied to journalism…..yet. If it were, Mr. Gibson would definitely be facing some jail time for his performance in this interview.

    Russ from Winterset (3c01f1)

  24. Russ –

    It’s a good thing for ABC that Sarbanes-Oxley isn’t being applied to left wing web sites.

    They’d be off the intartubes if that was the case.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  25. Forget the ABC part, you know what I meant.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  26. I haven’t had time to do this but I am coming to the reluctant conclusion that Gibson is no better then the others. I suspect that Stephanopolis, being more savvy politically, would have done a better job. GIbson, apparently, is even worse in the unedited tape.

    Mike K (f89cb3)

  27. Absolutely, Stephanopoulos would have done a better job. Unfortunately, Gibson is on top of the totem pole, so . . .

    Icy Truth (3b614c)

  28. Stephanopoulos

    I dunno, guys.

    For some reason, when you look up “smarmy” in my dictionary…that’s the picture you see there.

    EW1(SG) (84e813)

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