Evidently, rather than issuing a correction or retraction to an egregious error, ABC News has simply scrubbed their “Nightline” airing of the Charlie Gibson interview with Sarah Palin of Gibson’s misquote (and Governor Palin’s notice of that misquote) of a line Palin delivered to a church assembly — the result being that Palin is left not only to explain an out of context exhortation made at her old church, but to explain an out of context exhortation that hadn’t even been correctly quoted.
And this is ABC News — a major news outlet — airbrushing away its own mistake on the night the interview actually aired, and after having already released a partial transcript.
Additionally, the AP frames Palin’s answer to a question about the Bush doctrine thusly:
John McCain running mate Sarah Palin sought Thursday to defend her qualifications but struggled with foreign policy, unable to describe President Bush’s doctrine of pre-emptive strikes against threatening nations and acknowledging she’s never met a foreign head of state.
Of course, the actual Bush Doctrine is a bit more complex than the AP makes it out — and Palin’s response to Gibson’s question — “In what respect?” — is, as Pablo points out in the comments to the previous post, a perfectly clearheaded response to a foreign policy plan that is far more intricate than the AP presents it, and that has been expanded upon by a long history of those who’ve presumed to define it. Just because the press can’t be bothered to think in anything more than soundbites doesn’t mean a Governor or VP candidate should oblige.
So, to Andrew Sullivan and the rest of the perpetually outraged who keep breathlessly asking why Palin is “ducking” the press, here are a pair of obvious object lessons.
Many in the mainstream press (with, in this instance, the NYT as the surprising outlier) have decided that now is the time to practice advocacy — and if these two examples are indicative of what we’re to look forward to the next couple months, we have, for all intents and purposes, ceased being a democratic republic; because we can not, as a country, be expected to make informed decisions if our media has decided to feed us only that part of the story that pushes us to draw the “right” conclusions, conclusions that they have predecided we as an electorate need to make.
The perpetually cynically and gloomy Allahpundit is, well, cynical and gloomy. I think he’s too hard on Governor Palin, though — as she now realizes she not only has to answer the questions, but she has to do so in a way where she doesn’t provide “gotcha” soundbites.
Not that it worked — after all, by trying to press Gibson on his understanding of the Bush Doctrine, the soundbite has turned into her being “unable to describe President Bush’s doctrine of pre-emptive strikes against threatening nations.”
At least she didn’t answer that it’s above her pay grade.