Video: McCain and Palin versus Couric on “gotcha journalism”

posted at 7:33 pm on September 29, 2008 by Allahpundit

The “free Sarah” strategy is coming but it’s not here yet. Maverick’s with her today, then the debate, and then she’ll start doing talk radio and looking for opportunities to “tell her story.” Supposedly there was a feisty exchange with Couric this afternoon over her churchgoing — “Sarah Barracuda showed up today,” said one aide — but it didn’t air. Maybe tomorrow? As for the Pakistan bit, the only way that talking to a voter is “gotcha journalism” is if CNN distorted the conversation somehow through editing. Did they? If so, what context was omitted that would change the meaning when she said of cross-border raids, “If that’s what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should”?

For what it’s worth, Politico claims that the gaffe CBS is withholding for later in the week is her blanking when asked to name any Supreme Court cases besides Roe v. Wade. They’d better prove it; if they don’t, it’s an egregious smear. Meanwhile, a progress report from debate camp:

One McCain source said Palin’s husband, Todd Palin, was frustrated with how the campaign was preparing his wife for the debate, but did not elaborate. Another McCain aide, however, dismissed those reports.

But a McCain adviser said the conservatives worried that the campaign was squeezing the charm out of Palin were missing the point.

The adviser said preparing her for the debate was “really hard” because the Alaska governor was learning about issues she had never dealt with before — including those regarding North Korea and other hot spots around the globe.


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name any Supreme Court cases besides Roe v. Wade.

i bet most hotair commenters couldn’t name 5 cases during the bush era (and bush v. gore doesn’t count :)

without googling, i got:

Kelo v. new london (eminent domain)
Rumsfeld v. Hamdan (one of the early terrorist ones)
Heller v. dc something or other (handguns)

….

anyone else?

if it were me i’d say “BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION”, but of course then the left would say she’s “looking in the past”

i read on a left blog that mccain was horrible because… “Mccain knew all these meetings with leaders from the 70s and 80s but he couldn’t pronounced the current leader of iran! loL!”

wow… are we living in 2 different worlds???

battleoflepanto1571 on September 29, 2008 at 8:32 PM

That question is totally relevant to becoming the next POTUS. Game over man.

BadgerHawk on September 29, 2008 at 7:56 PM

That’s why presidents have advisers. No president knows all and leads from a vacuum.

Big John on September 29, 2008 at 8:33 PM

The adviser said preparing her for the debate was “really hard” because the Alaska governor was learning about issues she had never dealt with before — including those regarding North Korea and other hot spots around the globe.

This is bullshit and of course no name is given. Jeesh.

Blake on September 29, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Look, the McCain needs to follow these steps with Sarah:

1. Let Sarah talk about what she knows only
2. Let Sarah explain why she may not know something when she doesn’t

There is nothing wrong with Sarah doing that. She cannot be expected to know everything given that she has only been on the national ticket for five or six weeks.

There is nothing wrong with her saying, I’m the governor of a state not a longstanding member of Congress (i.e., Couric’s question about McCain’s reform history in Congress) or an attorney (i.e., Couric’s question about Supreme Court cases) but that information will be known by me before taking office in January.

Where Sarah gets into trouble is trying to over reach her knowledge base, trying to be accommodating to the media jackals thinking she has to know the answers.

Never over kick your coverage, as in football.

Captain America on September 29, 2008 at 8:36 PM

True… The real point of the question was to stump her and not some genuine or sincere desire to get her thoughts on it… sad…

CCRWM on September 29, 2008 at 8:30 PM

I’m afraid the sadder part is that she is so easy to stump. Give her credit for cojones and spunk, but my dog has cojones and spunk, I wouldn’t want him to run for veep.

While some of the questions are gotcha moments, the majority are attempts to figure out where she is coming from, and what she brings to the party. The problem so far is she that she only brings cojones and spunk (see above) and is a ‘real’ person, oh and knowssomethingaboutenergy.

Make her Governor of Spunk, or Minister of Energy Coming from Way Up North. I don’t want her as veep.

trailboss on September 29, 2008 at 8:37 PM

crr6 on September 29, 2008 at 8:28 PM

She had an idea of what he was asking she just wasn’t sure of the answer because there are about six definitions. She was trying to get an idea from him on what he thought it was but he wouldn’t give it to her so she went with what she felt it was… Her version was one of the six…

CCRWM on September 29, 2008 at 8:39 PM

The adviser said preparing her for the debate was “really hard” because the Alaska governor was learning about issues she had never dealt with before —

Way to Barbie her up, McCainite idiot.

Valiant on September 29, 2008 at 8:39 PM

I cannot believe no one mentioned Bush v. Gore

Alia on September 29, 2008 at 8:40 PM

For what it’s worth, Politico claims that the gaffe CBS is withholding for later in the week is her blanking when asked to name any Supreme Court cases besides Roe v. Wade. They’d better prove it; if they don’t, it’s an egregious smear.

We are getting so obsessed, like Democrats, with stupid things like style and image. Who cares if she can’t name another Supreme Court case? What matters is that she has conservative advisers and that she would nominate conservative Supreme Court justices if she somehow became president instead of vice-president. And she would. That is what matters.

What kind of Supreme Court justices would the Obamunist nominate?

Gabe on September 29, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Nahhh. She had no idea what any definitions of the Bush Doctrine are. You may be able to spin it so that when she said “In what respect Charlie?” she was asking which definition of the Bush Doctrine, but then how do you explain her still characterizing it as “his worldview’? And how do you explain her still having no idea what it is even after Gibson said he was referring to the Bush Doctrine annunciated in Sept. 2002, before the Iraq War?
It’s important to challenge these assumptions, because otherwise the incident gets lumped in as an example of “media bias” and “left-wing spin” when it is anything but. Palin had no clue what the Bush Doctrine was. She had no clue what any definition of the Bush Doctrine was.

crr6 on September 29, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Because even if you asked me if I agreed with the Bush Doctrine, I would ask for clarification.

Bush is still president. His “doctrine” is not one concrete policy position or idea. It’s changed throughout his tenure, and it will continue to be in flux until he is out of office and academics can create a “Bush Doctrine” that is more widely accepted. But it has never been a singular “doctrine” or policy stance. It is a term that has been attributed to — yes — his “worldview,” specifically with regard to foreign policy. It’s the political equivalent of asking Palin’s stance on the serial comma.

But keep on burnin’ that midnight oil while making $7/hr courtesy of “Obama for America.” We PUMAs have your number, and we know exactly what people like you are trying to do.

lansing quaker on September 29, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Captain America,

That is my point, too. Explain what she knows and what she doesn’t know explain that wasn’t why McCain picked her. She is bound to know cases that involved energy, her strong suit. Kick them around, even if you don’t know the exact name. Tell how rulings in the 9th district that never make it to the SC screw her state. Talk about your knowledge and don’t go any further. If she did that, she’d be where every governor who ever ran for national office was.

Sue on September 29, 2008 at 8:42 PM

What I don’t get, and I guess it’s a moot point this far on, is when and how Katie Couric ever became regarded as some kind of “journalist.”

Hannibal Smith on September 29, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Those were outstanding answers from Sen McCain and Gov Palin. I’m fired up about both of them.

Katie’s question is bullshit. Gov Palin didn’t say we would INVADE Pakistan, just that if it required doing so to protect our country and our allies, we would do so. Since when did the MSM decide invasion of Pakistan with large armed forces was required to secure Victory, and when were they going to give us those orders, Gen Couric? Who died and made them (Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, and every other journalist in this country), CENTCOM?

We used to have cow dogs we’d use to help herd cattle when I was young. My grandfather only had to say “Git ‘em” and those dogs would go after any bull and any cow until they were back in the herd. So:

Git ‘em John. Sic ‘em Sarah.

Kick Katie’s stupid ass all over the floor. She deserves it.

Subsunk

Subsunk on September 29, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Or 9th cicuit, whichever is correct. I’m not running for VP, btw. ::grin::

Sue on September 29, 2008 at 8:43 PM

trailboss on September 29, 2008 at 8:37 PM

I disagree…give her some questions that are reasonable or at least that she would expect…she is being asked questions no one would know right off the bat…

She’ll be a great VP…

CCRWM on September 29, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Nahhh. She had no idea what any definitions of the Bush Doctrine are. You may be able to spin it so that when she said “In what respect Charlie?” she was asking which definition of the Bush Doctrine, but then how do you explain her still characterizing it as “his worldview’? And how do you explain her still having no idea what it is even after Gibson said he was referring to the Bush Doctrine annunciated in Sept. 2002, before the Iraq War?
It’s important to challenge these assumptions, because otherwise the incident gets lumped in as an example of “media bias” and “left-wing spin” when it is anything but. Palin had no clue what the Bush Doctrine was. She had no clue what any definition of the Bush Doctrine was.

crr6 on September 29, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Dear Wile E Coyote, Super Genius. Why don’t you link to the actual “Bush doctrine” on any government website whatsoever, and show us all what it’s definition is. Because if it is doctrine, it is written down in the annals of government bureaucracies somewhere. The NY Times definition and the WaPo definition don’t count, because those words ain’t what Bush says. They are what reporters think he is thinking, not what he says. Point to the Bush doctrine on the White House.gov website or DoD website somewhere and I’ll believe there actually is such a thing. You might as well point to the Holy Bible and quote chapter and verse since that is what nimrods like you think drives the Man.

Idiots.

Subsunk

Subsunk on September 29, 2008 at 8:47 PM

http://i37.tinypic.com/2uqdp3o.jpg

Look at the picture..

Does the Media have a credibility problem?

Chakra Hammer on September 29, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Supposedly there was a feisty exchange with Couric this afternoon over her churchgoing — “Sarah Barracuda showed up today,” said one aide — but it didn’t air.

Of course not. It would embarrass the bimbo Katie Couric.

By the way, does anyone remember “Katherine Couric” of local NBC Channel 4 Washington? What a bimbo. I remember her when I was in grade school reporting such important topics as beach week.

The best offense is to totally embarass these liberal MSM reporters that pretend to be more intelligent than conservative governors and presidents.

The adviser said preparing her for the debate was “really hard” because the Alaska governor was learning about issues she had never dealt with before —

Please. Whenever we have these unknown “advisers,” it always equals “reporter’s opinion.”

Gabe on September 29, 2008 at 8:48 PM

lansing quaker on September 29, 2008 at 8:41 PM

That’s what I was trying to say…you just said it better!

CCRWM on September 29, 2008 at 8:48 PM

They just don’t get it. The reason Sarah Baracuda is popular is because she’s a real conservative and she’s a real person. Most people couldn’t answer that question and most people don’t want someone who could answer that question in the White House. They want someone intelligent, personable and down to earth not just another lawyer.

imshocked on September 29, 2008 at 8:49 PM

This is all just so much B.S. The Obama people kept his butt hidden from the media for MONTHS during the primary- it takes time to get comfortable, and Obama STILL looks like a smacked ass when he doesn’t have his teleprompter and six weeks of preparation. Palin will be fine- she just needs to stay away from shi* reporters, (ha) like Katie Couric.

anniekc on September 29, 2008 at 8:49 PM

Same thing, as the “interrogator” style Gibson interview..

Chakra Hammer on September 29, 2008 at 8:50 PM

Please. Whenever we have these unknown “advisers,” it always equals “reporter’s opinion.”

Let’s also not forget the fact that Sarah made her career rolling corrupt and inept Republicans.

You might be surprised who’s on board with Operation Sink Sarah.

benjamin on September 29, 2008 at 8:51 PM

http://i37.tinypic.com/2uqdp3o.jpg

Look at the picture..

Does the Media have a credibility problem?

Chakra Hammer on September 29, 2008 at 8:48 PM

OMG! “a picture is worth a thousand words”

CCRWM on September 29, 2008 at 8:51 PM

I’m afraid the sadder part is that she is so easy to stump. Give her credit for cojones and spunk, but my dog has cojones and spunk, I wouldn’t want him to run for veep.

While some of the questions are gotcha moments, the majority are attempts to figure out where she is coming from, and what she brings to the party. The problem so far is she that she only brings cojones and spunk (see above) and is a ‘real’ person, oh and knowssomethingaboutenergy.

Make her Governor of Spunk, or Minister of Energy Coming from Way Up North. I don’t want her as veep.

trailboss on September 29, 2008 at 8:37 PM

I’d rather have a VP with spunk and action in her blood than the smartest man alive who can’t stand up to a dhimmicrat and tell them they are bad for the country, their Cowardice is getting American soldiers killed, and their indecision is losing people’s life savings. For a trail boss, you don’t know much about Cowboy ways, do ya?

She may not always be the smartest, but she won’t quit. That makes her the toughest hombre in the room, next to the POW survivor who proved he won’t quit and remained faithful to the country he served when the biggest chips were down.

These two have more balls than any 12 of the opposition. They both need wheelbarrows to carry them around in front of them to keep from walking on them.

I’d reevaluate my knowledge of toughness if I were you. You’ll be found to be wrong when this is over.

subsunk

Subsunk on September 29, 2008 at 8:53 PM

“…including those regarding North Korea and other hot spots around the globe.”

Gee how surprising. I would have thought on those crystal clear Alaskan mornings, if she looked really hard, she could make out a sliver of North Korea between Hokkaido and Honshu.

Palin’s problem now isn’t what she doesn’t know. It’s what she’s tried to give the impression she does know.
There’s a huge difference between honest humility and arrogance as a cover for ignorance.

sanguine4 on September 29, 2008 at 8:54 PM

I’m not voting for Palin. I’m voting for McCain and Palin is an added bonus. Hopefully, by the time I vote for Palin, she’ll know the answers to these gotcha questions.

Sue on September 29, 2008 at 8:56 PM

I suppose if she said uh uh uhhh uuhhh the press would be fawning over her.

aikidoka on September 29, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Palin needs to hammer home the point that Biden was picked because he brought foreign policy experience to the ticket which was sorely lacking at the top of the ticket. McCain didn’t need anyone shoring up his foreign policy experience therefore he was able to pick a vp that helped him with reform/energy. And that is what I would hammer home every chance I got. Biden is there to shore up the lack of foreign policy experience at the top of the other ticket. Every chance I got.

Sue on September 29, 2008 at 8:59 PM

I suppose if she said uh uh uhhh uuhhh the press would be fawning over her.

aikidoka on September 29, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Maybe if she went to Harrr-vard like Obama she would know that Ameri-KKK-A has 57 States, and that kids in the hospital get breathalyzers! LMAO.

Chakra Hammer on September 29, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Palin needs to hammer home the point that Biden was picked because he brought foreign policy experience to the ticket which was sorely lacking at the top of the ticket. McCain didn’t need anyone shoring up his foreign policy experience therefore he was able to pick a vp that helped him with reform/energy. And that is what I would hammer home every chance I got. Biden is there to shore up the lack of foreign policy experience at the top of the other ticket. Every chance I got.

Sue on September 29, 2008 at 8:59 PM

Only problem is, Biden has been consistently WRONG on foreign Policy for 30 years! History has shown this!

Chakra Hammer on September 29, 2008 at 9:02 PM

Two questions:

Besides Fox is there any other conservative friendly media I can watch…I get tired of O’Reilly sometimes..

Has any other person’s list of “Celebrities Whose Movies I Won’t Watch Anymore” making it almost impossible to see a movie anymore?

CCRWM on September 29, 2008 at 9:03 PM

Palin needs to man-up and tell Couric, Gibson, etc.. basically to shove it with these quizzes. No one else gets asked this @$#%!

Next time she gets a quiz question say “what is this? Another quiz? I’m not doing quizzes and I’m not seeing this done with other people you interview. Show some respect and get on with a respectable professional interview like you give everyone else. I’ll be glad to speak to the issues and answer serious questions, but I think the American people can see through this and you do your profession a disservice. I apply conservative principles and the constitution to solve problems the best I can, and I have never claimed to know everything there is to know. Now move on to a professional respectable question or the so-called interview is over.”

nottakingsides on September 29, 2008 at 9:04 PM

better clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWxPOtOBROw

D0WNT0WN on September 29, 2008 at 9:06 PM

In my fantasy world, McCain leans in and asks Couric whether she would like to have back the moment when she failed to challenge Joe Biden on his FDR/Great Depression/television moment.

He wasn’t bad, though.

capitalist piglet on September 29, 2008 at 9:08 PM

Couric is a troll who should not be reporting news. She should be reporting on cat litter.

madmonkphotog on September 29, 2008 at 9:09 PM

Palin’s problem now isn’t what she doesn’t know. It’s what she’s tried to give the impression she does know.
There’s a huge difference between honest humility and arrogance as a cover for ignorance.

sanguine4 on September 29, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Oh good grief. Every journalist in the mainstream is gunning for her, and ONLY her. She’s trying to get through it. Cut her some slack.

capitalist piglet on September 29, 2008 at 9:10 PM

The McCain / Palin campaign need to only agree to MSM interviews that are either LIVE (possibly with a Democrat who can be rebutted) but the interview cannot be edited, or that the McCain campaign has a camera crew that can broadcast the ENTIRE interview, so that her best responses aren’t thrown away.

She should also do interviews on talk-radio. They want her to win, and will feed her questions she does well with.

Steve Z on September 29, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Palin’s problem now isn’t what she doesn’t know. It’s what she’s tried to give the impression she does know.
There’s a huge difference between honest humility and arrogance as a cover for ignorance.

sanguine4 on September 29, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Okay, any other questions about whether the liberals will attack regardless of how well she does. San, it must kill you every time Joe Biden stuck his foot in his mouth over the last three weeks. You’re projecting.

Hmm, BTW, where is Joe these days?

hawkdriver on September 29, 2008 at 9:15 PM

Lord knows the fate of our nation hangs in the balance of Sarah Palin, the Vice Presidential candidate, knowing every detail of North Korea’s despotic behavior for the last 50 years.

Speedwagon82 on September 29, 2008 at 9:16 PM

This all comes back to the fact that the media has taken to giving Palin pop quizzes instead of interviews.

No candidate, including anyone in the primaries or in any prior election, has ever been asked these types of questions. More the the point they prove nothing and demonstrate nothing. I would say the same if these types of BS questions were asked to Obama or Biden. It is nothing more than “gotchas” or fishing for sound bites.

When Obama stumbles, it’s because he is asked about am opinion, position or policy and cannot formulate an answer. That is a problem. Everyone is capable of an opinion and judgment of that opinion is based on how well founded it is and how well a person can defend and support is. Palin is not asked policy, position or opinion questions. She is purposefully asked “quiz” questions about things that have nothing to do with McCain/ Palin policies or even the job of VP.

Name 5 Supreme Court cases- that is a question for the Judicial Branch and possibly a Supreme Court (or lower court) candidate, not a VP candidate. Ask her Executive Branch questions.

Same with the Bush Doctrine question. That is a journalist’s term used to identify a series of policies that have evolved and changed on many levels over 8 years. Even Krauthammer, who coined the phrase, say that it broad and essentially meaningless.

Ask her about her policies. Give her a topic and ask her opinion. Pull out some decision she has made that did not work out and get her feedback. Ask her how she differs from McCain/ Obama/ Biden on any specific issue or even in a broad, general view. Ask her how she would go about selecting a Supreme Court nominee. Ask her how she arrives at decisions or how she proposes to deal with foreign policy questions. Those are insightful, legitimate questions.

But the bullshit she is put through is ridiculous and serves no purpose other than to try and discredit her through irrelevancies that have nothing to do with her current or proposed job and have never been asked of any candidate for President or VP ever.

I challenge anyone to tell me any legitimate insight that they have gained into Palin’s mindset, policies or way of thinking from either the Couric or Gibson interviews. That question can not be answered because she was never asked a question.

Damiano on September 29, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Ok, they pretty much just trashed Couric to her face. I love that they called her out on her gotcha journalism. I thought that was great.

CP on September 29, 2008 at 9:17 PM

Palin’s problem now isn’t what she doesn’t know. It’s what she’s tried to give the impression she does know.
There’s a huge difference between honest humility and arrogance as a cover for ignorance.

sanguine4 on September 29, 2008 at 8:54 PM

This would be a legitimate statement if she were ever asked a question that would allow her to demonstrate what she does know or does not know.

That has not happened. She is quizzed about obscure minutia that has nothing to do with her present or proposed job or would in any fashion allow for judgment or interpretation of her depth and breadth of knowledge on any topic.

Damiano on September 29, 2008 at 9:19 PM

Two questions:

Besides Fox is there any other conservative friendly media I can watch…I get tired of O’Reilly sometimes..

Has any other person’s list of “Celebrities Whose Movies I Won’t Watch Anymore” making it almost impossible to see a movie anymore?

CCRWM on September 29, 2008 at 9:03 PM

Beck on CNN is a fair minded program.

http://www.rightvoices.com/boycott_list.htm

This is an old list. It’s easier to make a list of folks I would watch. Most of them are in American Carol.

http://americancarol.com/

I’m going to see it to support Zucker even if it does pooch.

hawkdriver on September 29, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Why didn’t Couric just ask Palin “What’s the atomic weight of cobalt?”.

imshocked on September 29, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Isn’t it just possible that a person can draw a blank, it happens.
I blame the McCain camp for letting this happen. He should have never let her do those interviews. Did he really think they were going to be respectful. They are quizzing her like she’s taking the SAT. I’m afraid that the Obama camp is outwitting him in politics at every turn. I think McCain is a good man, just a lousy politician. He refuses to play the game, but you have to play if you want to win. I will still vote for him, and if he wins which seems doubtful lately, we will have to endure 4 more years of hate and smears by the MSM.

spypeach on September 29, 2008 at 9:25 PM

It’s only a matter of time before a reporter asks Palin:

How would you…cut down the tallest tree in a forest with…a herring?

gwelf on September 29, 2008 at 9:25 PM

gwelf on September 29, 2008 at 9:25 PM

lol

hawkdriver on September 29, 2008 at 9:27 PM

The McCain / Palin campaign need to only agree to MSM interviews that are either LIVE (possibly with a Democrat who can be rebutted) but the interview cannot be edited, or that the McCain campaign has a camera crew that can broadcast the ENTIRE interview, so that her best responses aren’t thrown away.

Steve Z on September 29, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Reminds me of that hack job editing with gibson.
All in all a good idea.

jerrytbg on September 29, 2008 at 9:30 PM

The thing that goes through my mind in watching this video is that if you put Couric and Sarah Palin side by side, Couric comes up short (no play on words) in every way. I’d love to spend five minutes just listening to Sarah Palin. I’d slit my wrists if I had to spend five minutes with Couric.

Star20 on September 29, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Two questions:

Besides Fox is there any other conservative friendly media I can watch…I get tired of O’Reilly sometimes..

Has any other person’s list of “Celebrities Whose Movies I Won’t Watch Anymore” making it almost impossible to see a movie anymore?

CCRWM on September 29, 2008 at 9:03 PM

I feel your pain. O’Reilly has become tiresome. We only watch him now to make fun of him.

Answer to #2. Yes.

jewells45 on September 29, 2008 at 9:48 PM

What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

imshocked on September 29, 2008 at 9:51 PM

What is this Jeopardy?

I don’t know if she blanked on a Supreme Court case or not, it could happen to anyone. But I think they like to make her look bad.

I know, Dred Scott.

Terrye on September 29, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Beck on CNN is a fair minded program.

http://www.rightvoices.com/boycott_list.htm

This is an old list. It’s easier to make a list of folks I would watch. Most of them are in American Carol.

http://americancarol.com/

I’m going to see it to support Zucker even if it does pooch.

hawkdriver on September 29, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Wow that list is long! Youre right easier to list who you will patronize…Thanks

My husband and I do plan to go see American Carol this weekend…

CCRWM on September 29, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Almost every week I can understand why MOST of you on this blog and the much better Captains Quarters Blog hated McCain to get the nomination for the GOP. Between 8 years of Bush and then having to tote the water for this guy and his VP pick I have to say you all were right … before.

Monkei on September 29, 2008 at 10:07 PM

I’m still waiting for Couric to apologize to Sarah for arguing with her about Kissinger’s position. Couric even ended the interview saying they confirmed with Kissinger his position. As we know after the debate, that was bull.

Mr_Magoo on September 29, 2008 at 10:08 PM

I can think of Brown v Board of Education, Plessy v. Ferguson…but I can’t tell you any more. Sorry, Katie Coo.

SouthernGent on September 29, 2008 at 10:08 PM

I’ve had it with the blatant lies, bias, and corruption of the MSM.

They’re scum. They’re nothing but a criminal gang, and they’re trying just as hard as they can to destroy the nation that guarantees their freedom.

They’re not just slime, they’re stupid slime.

Merovign on September 29, 2008 at 10:09 PM

I’d love to spend five minutes just listening to Sarah Palin. I’d slit my wrists if I had to spend five minutes with Couric.

Star20 on September 29, 2008 at 9:31 PM

I take it you are afraid of smart women?

Monkei on September 29, 2008 at 10:09 PM

I’ve had it with the blatant lies, bias, and corruption of the MSM.

They’re scum. They’re nothing but a criminal gang, and they’re trying just as hard as they can to destroy the nation that guarantees their freedom.

They’re not just slime, they’re stupid slime.

Merovign on September 29, 2008 at 10:09 PM

The amazing thing is you can read this post word for word on most left wing blogs who complain about the MSM just as much.

Monkei on September 29, 2008 at 10:10 PM

jewells45 on September 29, 2008 at 9:48 PM

I think he thinks Obama is going to win (or he cut a deal with him to get him on) he thinks he’s never wrong or possibly in trying to please everyone he is pleasing no one…

CCRWM on September 29, 2008 at 10:11 PM

Is that a laden or unladen swallow??
Checkmate!

KZnextzone on September 29, 2008 at 10:28 PM

WOOPs!!!
Wiping my specs…

KZnextzone on September 29, 2008 at 10:29 PM

ANY reporter can stump ANY candidate with trivia quiz junk. Did Sarah say anything that justifies the question — such as, “We need to overturn lots of cases.”? If not, it’s pure bias.

Couric’s bias cannot be denied.

Pythagoras on September 29, 2008 at 10:30 PM

I think it’s called the
“have you stopped beating your wife” routine

KZnextzone on September 29, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Chop,chop,..maybe someone can find a transcript.Amazing how the media is in shock & Awww over a empty suit, anti-American, racist, & Chicago thug with ZIP experience,..yet drills the Governor of Alaska!

christene on September 29, 2008 at 10:43 PM

I hate the MSM as much as the Democrats

jp on September 29, 2008 at 10:44 PM

what the MSM could do to Obama, if only they would.

its really sick what is going on

jp on September 29, 2008 at 10:44 PM

Yeah, but I knew exactly what Gibson meant by “The Bush Doctrine” and I think most of us knew it, too. Then again, we live and breath this stuff. It’s okay for me to know it because I don’t have five kids and my daily responsibilities don’t involve being the governor of Alaska. :)

Tuning Spork on September 29, 2008 at 8:10 PM

I would agree that most of us thought we knew, in a hazy kind of way, what Gibson meant. You know, if you’re not for us you’re against us… take freedom and democracy to other countries, those kind of general things that Bush speaks. But none of that is “Doctrine” of the Bush administration, the Bush Doctrine only exist on the opinion pages of news newspapers. So naturally even though you may have a general idea of what is being ask, you’ve got to be sure you understand the question and narrow the question to some degree. It was a gotcha question and just another sad reminder of how biased and unprofessional the main stream media is.

Maxx on September 30, 2008 at 12:05 AM

Hey, the Team of two Mavs looks really good. Good to know they are fighting back. When they accused gotcha journalism, they should have specifically mentioned Charlie Gibson editing out her responses on Russia. That’d have turned up the heat on the media. Keep it up team.

promachus on September 30, 2008 at 12:42 AM

What I like about Palin’s response is that she didn’t whine or play victim. She candidly acknowledged that the “gotcha” journalism exists, but, “that’s okay.”

It’s merely another hurdle.

DuffBeer on September 30, 2008 at 1:33 AM

Late to this……………… but when did the Republican Party decide that the “Perky One” was going to tell us who to vote for and who not to…………….?

How about John or Sarah asking back, after a “gotcha” question, “………. by the way, do you want us to win in Iraq, do you want us to be Energy Independent, do you want us to control our borders, how do you feel about Democrats, the MSM, ACORN and La Raza being involved in creating the current financial crisis?”

……………… or would you rather have another rectal exam on national TV?

Seven Percent Solution on September 30, 2008 at 1:52 AM

For what it’s worth, Politico claims that the gaffe CBS is withholding for later in the week is her blanking when asked to name any Supreme Court cases besides Roe v. Wade.

Exxon v. Baker?

Palin should have known that one, at least.

“I am extremely disappointed with today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Palin said. “While the decision brings some degree of closure to Alaskans suffering from 19 years of litigation and delay, the court gutted the jury’s decision on punitive damages.”

Big S on September 30, 2008 at 2:31 AM

I’m sorry, but Palin has no business barking back responses to questions that she is not directly addressing. I saw the video and the guy was clearly on the attack and trying to make her look stupid. She was surrounded by enough people to reasonably disengage. Instead, she played right into it. Furthermore, when the guy followed-up with a comment on Waziristan, I got the impression that Palin has no idea what the guy was even talking about. She blabbered something about the economy there. How is a statement about economy when referring to Pakistan/Waziristan relevant whatsoever? At this point I think that I would do a better job handling her.

Listen, I am no Kathleen Parker but this crap needs to stop. If Palin spent a few days reading Hot Air, she’d be set. Instead, they’re cramming her chock full of information and it’s clearly not all setting-in. 6 weeks ago she had no reason to know any of this crap. Now, she’s in the shark tank and all she has are water wings. It’s even more sad that most of the people mocking her “gotcha” moments likely don’t understand what they’re laughing about. Protecting her isn’t only a matter of limiting access to her. They also need to pair her with someone who is going to really connect with her intellect.

A final thought: Why do Republicans need to go on TV and admit any wrongdoing for the crisis? I know that they are just trying to be humble and admit some fault. The lack of aggression, however, is doing us no damn good. The Democrats aren’t admitting ANYTHING. I’ve watched for days on end as the Democrats have accepted not a sliver of fault for this predicament. Kerry did it tonight on O’Reilly. Colmes does it nightly. Pelosi and Reid are holding daily pressers on how Republicans suck; half the time 15 minutes after a presser calling for bi-partisanship. If the Republicans don’t grow a pair and start getting agressive, this power grab from the left is going to be a cake walk. Now they want to censure Lieberman for supporting McCain. They are tireless and our cowardice is not working.

Levinite on September 30, 2008 at 2:39 AM

LOL @ Palin/McCain calling a question from a civilian “gotcha journalism.”

LMAO

philnewkirk on September 30, 2008 at 3:00 AM

Why are we panicking so much over Palin? That chease steak visit was very personable and I thought she handled that guy really well.

Furthermore, when the guy followed-up with a comment on Waziristan, I got the impression that Palin has no idea what the guy was even talking about. She blabbered something about the economy there. How is a statement about economy when referring to Pakistan/Waziristan relevant whatsoever? At this point I think that I would do a better job handling her.

Well, that happens if we are overparsing every one of her gestures. Palin is the one under pressure and the conservative base is the one that’s cracking up.

Why is Waziristan’s economy not relevant? It’s as relevant as the opium background of Afghanistan is. That area of Pakistan is very economically challenged and in fact out of central government’s control. Any poorly-executed strikes there could suck Pakistan into a turmoil.

To be hawkish on Pakistan would be good but all Palin/Mccain have to do is point out and say,”Senator Obama merely promises to repeat in Pakistan what’s gone wrong in Iraq and it will be much greater problem if Pakistan implodes like Iraq.”

And remind me, wasn’t Obama’s original platform was to get us out of the war(even a war we are winning) and now he’s going to start another( a much more dangerous) one?

promachus on September 30, 2008 at 3:20 AM

The only SC case I knew off the top of my head (and not mentioned above) is Plessy v. Ferguson. If I had been asked that question, I would have then said that Brown v. Board of Education some 60 odd years later overturned Plessy, which gives me hope for Kelo being overturned, sooner rather than 60 years later.

RickZ on September 30, 2008 at 5:31 AM

I haven’t watched a bit of the Couric/Palin “interview”, because I quite honestly get nauseous when I hear Couric speak. Talk about your bitter clingers… But seriously, Supreme Court cases? Was CBS News conducting an interview or previewing their newest crappy reality show, “Couric’s Quiz”?

Kevin71 on September 30, 2008 at 6:36 AM

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