Saturday, September 13, 2008

Gibson and ABC: Campaigning for Obama

Ed Morrissey contrasts the questions Charles Gibson asked recently Barack Obama compared with the questions he asked Sarah Palin. Gibson seemed "out to get" Palin and out to promote Obama.

Then Morrissey provides this link to the full transcript of the Gibson-Palin interview including the parts edited out by ABC News. Here are some statements by Sarah Palin that ABC apparently did not want the American public to hear:
We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually
beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

No, no. I agree with John McCain that nuclear weapons in the hands of those who would seek to destroy our allies, in this case, we’re talking about Israel, we’re talking about Ahmadinejad’s comment about Israel being the “stinking corpse, should be wiped off the face of the earth,” that’s atrocious. That’s unacceptable.

And I do believe, though, that this war against extreme Islamic terrorists is the right thing. It’s an unfortunate thing, because war is hell and I hate war, and, Charlie...

Charlie, those are freedoms that too many of us just take for granted. I hate war and I want to see war ended. We end war when we see victory, and we do see victory in sight in Iraq.

Why do you suppose ABC would not want the American public to hear that Sarah Palin does not want a repeat of the Cold War but that she does want good relations with Russia? Why would ABC not want the public to hear of Palin's strong support for Israel and her opposition to Iran? And why would they not want the public to hear that she hates war!

Could it be that they'd rather have the public think of Palin as some kind of a cowboy warmonger? Could it be that they are afraid these statements would boost her popularity even more?

Personally, I think what Gibson and ABC are doing looks more like campaigning for Obama than journalism.


Kevin said...

ABC should post all the video of their interview with Palin and allow it to be rebroadcast and edited by any other company w/ proper citation of course.

We might, as a nation, want to reconsider copyright law in relation to interviews and recordings of public officials. This content should be available to all Americans in order to ensure voters have an opportunity to hear their potential leaders without bias.

Alcamadus said...

It's obvious that the entire media is pushing and campaigning for Obama. They will do everything they can to make sure that the Republicans are in the White House again.

Alcamadus said...

I mean't to say "Aren't"...Aren't in the White House again

Kevin said...

Alcamadus... I'd say Fox News is probably not pushing for Obama... well, Alan Combs might be... but the rest of the network seems to be pro-Palin (oh, I mean McCain).