Saturday, September 13, 2008

Gibson and Palin

In Charlie Gibson's desperate attempt to embarrass Sarah Palin, he got it wrong! Gibson asked Governor Palin,

“Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?” She responded, quite sensibly to a question that is ambiguous, “In what respect, Charlie?”

Sensing his “gotcha” moment, Gibson refused to tell her. After making her fish for the answer, Gibson grudgingly explained to the moose-hunting rube that the Bush doctrine “is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense.”
It turns out that Gibson didn't know what he was talking about!

Also in the interview, Gibson demanded that Palin look into the camera and tell the American people whether she was qualified to be Vice President. Without batting an eye she said that she was, after which Gibson accused her of "hubris." In other words, on national TV Charles Gibson made a personal attack on a candidate for Vice President of the United States, essentially accusing her of being arrogant!

We might expect such behavior from comedians like John Stewart or "entertainers" like those on The View or even from pundits like Bill O'Reilly, but public insults and condescension from otherwise respected journalists are unprofessional at best. If I were Gibson's boss I would reprimand him for his unprofessional conduct and demand that he issue an apology.

But that's about as likely to happen as gas prices going down as a result of Hurricane Ike.


Alcamadus said...

It was disgusting. Gibson should be fired and mocked for his vicious attempt to embarrass and humiliate a Vice Presidential candidate. Who do these people think they are?

Kevin said...

The just reflects the New York/Washington elitism. Gibson assumes he's right, assumes everyone is supposed to understand things from his perspective. We need change in Washington, real change. McCain and Palin can bring that.