Yawn: The AP smears Palin over prayer for troops in Iraq

posted at 10:11 pm on September 4, 2008 by Allahpundit

I mentioned this in Tuesday’s convention thread but now that the smear’s broken big it deserves fuller attention. It’s come to this, kids: The Huffington Post, Arianna’s playpen, is actually fairer to Palin than the Associated Press. Watch the clip at the link; the money part runs from about 5:30 to 6:15. HuffPo quotes her, accurately:

Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she exhorted the congregants. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

Here’s what the AP turns it into:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a “task that is from God.”…

“Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” she said. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God’s plan.”

What’s missing from the AP’s version? Right — the beginning of what she said, the part that makes clear she’s not asserting that we’re doing God’s will but simply praying that we are. It’s the difference between me saying “McCain will win” and “I pray McCain will win.” The first is an assertion of fact/secret knowledge, the second is an expression of desire/hope. The AP actually stoops to picking up the quote mid-sentence to make it better fit the stereotype of the holy-roller yokel claiming divine inspiration for Bush’s Crusade. And the punchline? Just two days before HuffPo’s post, the meme du jour circulating among the nutroots was that Palin is some sort of Iraq war skeptic who thinks we’re fighting to some extent over oil we don’t need given that we’re stocked to the gills with domestic energy in Alaska. “Nonsensical” she called it — and then 48 hours we’re to believe she thinks it’s providentially ordained. Square that circle if you can.

Update: Would you believe the YouTube version of the clip is bowdlerized in precisely the same place? It’s so unlike the left to resort to those tactics.

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Let’s face it, religion and the Democratic Party go together like baking soda and vinegar.

MaiDee on September 5, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Liberals hate God. So any one who believes in him is “Loco” to them.

pukara61 on September 5, 2008 at 11:43 AM

I believe it is important to give credit where credit is due. It was GENE JOHNSON who smeared Palin, not “the AP”. The “journalist” should be held personally responsible for his writing. This Mr. Johnson is apparently a rookie as a search of Google News shows only a few articles carried by AP with his byline, most are local interest stories, and nothing is older than 2008.

Seems he might be attempting to boost a budding career (or breathe life into a flagging career) by digging up dirt on Palin during an election campaign.

crosspatch on September 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM

And the reason I mention this is that journalists often engage in very personal attacks on people but for some reason seem to be able to hide behind the organization they work for even though their name is on the article byline. We should hold them personally responsible for their content. I wonder what HE has told people at various times of his life. Of course, his reply would be “but I am not running for VP” and my response would be “true, but you are attacking someone running for VP so mind your own skeletons”.

Apparently he isn’t such a rookie. I went through a list of his published articles and stopped digging in the middle of 2006. He apparently is based in the Pacific Northwest as most of his articles seem to be concerned with issues in Washington state.

crosspatch on September 5, 2008 at 12:40 PM

And another thing … how does a journalist apparently in the Seattle area come to acquire so many direct quotes made by her years ago to various church groups in Alaska? Or was all that material given to him on a silver platter?

crosspatch on September 5, 2008 at 12:44 PM

She should’ve used the subjunctive.

Tzetzes on September 5, 2008 at 6:53 PM


Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she exhorted the congregants. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

Abraham Lincoln:
No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people; I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to our beneficent Father, who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to him that, for such singular deliverances and blessings; they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. 10-03-1863

I think not since Roosevelt, who offered prayer to God on the radio for the survival of this nation, have we had Presidents comfortable in their relationship to a mighty God. Bush made steps in that direction, but allowed a chaplain to forfeit his service in the military because he insisted on praying in the name of Jesus.

Palin’s prayer is in the tradition of Lincoln and Washington amd was typical of the prayers of the first Congress

I left in Lincoln’s use of the Great Seal, which was far different than Obama’s abuse of same

entagor on September 5, 2008 at 9:36 PM

She’s avoiding too many questions

Zaggs on September 11, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Of course they’re playing games with this quote. It’s crystal clear what she meant, and it’s not that our troops are on a mission from God. Her point is that she hoped we’re doing the right thing regarding whatever God’s plan is, which to her nobody can truly know. uh-duh.

however, even had she said what they are accusing her of, I don’t care one bit. She’s entitled to her opinion either way.

Metro on September 13, 2008 at 10:30 AM

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