Video: CNN egregiously distorts National Review quote to humiliate Palin

posted at 6:55 pm on October 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

Lowry wrote about this an hour ago, but I missed the segment and wanted to wait for a transcript before blogging it to make sure TPM didn’t edit out any vital context. Verdict: Nope. It’s a fair cut. The full quote from Byron York:

Watching press coverage of the Republican candidate for vice president, it’s sometimes hard to decide whether Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward, or — or, well, all of the above. Palin, the governor of Alaska, has faced more criticism than any vice-presidential candidate since 1988, when Democrats and the press tore into Dan Quayle. In fact, Palin may have it even worse than Quayle, since she’s taking flak not only from Democrats and the press but from some conservative opinion leaders as well….

Yes, there are legitimate concerns about Palin’s lack of experience. Who wouldn’t, at the very least, wish that she had more time in the governor’s office on her résumé? But a look at Palin’s 20 months in power, along with interviews with people who worked with her, shows her to be a serious executive, a governor who picked important things to do and got them done — and who didn’t just stumble into an 80 percent job-approval rating.

And here’s the clip. For the record, the full question as posed (TPM picks it up halfway through) is, “The press has been pretty hard on you, the Democrats have been pretty hard on you, but also some conservatives have been pretty hard on you as well. The National Review had a story saying that, you know, I can’t tell if Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt or all of the above.”

The freakiest thing about this? Drew Griffin, the reporter, is the same guy who’s been doing good work on Ayers and ACORN. Exit question: Blame the researcher, or was he looking to make amends to the left?

Update: Griffin did say immediately after the clip cuts off, “But they were talking about the fact that your experience as governor is not getting out,” which is at least true to York’s ultimate point. Still doesn’t excuse imputing to him the views he was imputing to the media, though.


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There is a lot to see here and you can move on if you wish, I don’t think you will be missed.

Wade on October 21, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Err..My point seems to have gone right over your head I think…a Member of the drive byes’ misquoting someone to make Palin look bad is nothing new. No need to get hot blooded…(save that for the coming socialist revolution)

Dritanian on October 21, 2008 at 8:12 PM

BTW Rod, thank you for your service. Some of us have always felt this way.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on October 21, 2008 at 7:55 PM

You are the first person to ever thank me personally. Honest to God truth.

It hurt something awful. Still hurts.

Thanks -

Rod on October 21, 2008 at 8:08 PM
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Rod,

That is sad & heart breaking, I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes. Let me add a THANK-YOU for every breath you take, if not for brave men like you America would not be the wonderful country that it is today.
I always feel like it’s never enough, but let me say it again, Thank You for risking your life for me and EVERY American.
God Bless You.

christene on October 21, 2008 at 8:18 PM

When you can’t refer to the source of a quote, zip it. The one who’s coming across as stupid in the room is the one asking the questions.

Hening on October 21, 2008 at 8:19 PM

BTW Rod, thank you for your service. Some of us have always felt this way.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on October 21, 2008 at 7:55 PM

You are the first person to ever thank me personally. Honest to God truth.

It hurt something awful. Still hurts.

Thanks -

Rod on October 21, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Then let me be the second! THANK YOU ROD FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY!

My oldest brother also spent 18 months in Nam as a Green Beret in 68. He also serve his nation honorably. The “sin” was the way the stupid students (again) listened to the MSM and became lemmings like many today that still can’t find the word victory in a sentence when confronting our enemies. Walter Cronkite was the biggest sinner when the Tet offensive was defeated and he lied.

Rant over……….thanks again Rod

Rovin on October 21, 2008 at 8:22 PM

One – is this a family blog?

Yes…Addams family.

Two – is this your way to warm up the base?

Yes. Just how hot are you?

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 8:27 PM

I always feel like it’s never enough, but let me say it again, Thank You for risking your life for me and EVERY American.
God Bless You.

christene on October 21, 2008 at 8:18 PM

Hey, don’t get all weepy on me now. And don’t forget 1GooDDaDDy – He started all this! :-)

Thanks

Rod on October 21, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Thanks

Rod on October 21, 2008 at 8:28 PM

The fight is NEVER over for either one of us my brother.

“I swear to defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…so help me God”.

The fight is over when they throw that last shovel of dirt on our coffins… I think you know what I mean.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on October 21, 2008 at 8:37 PM

Thank you 1GooDDaddy, Rob and the husband. And Manly may I give you props for ignoring provocation. Love it.

Cindy Munford on October 21, 2008 at 8:39 PM

I always feel like it’s never enough, but let me say it again, Thank You for risking your life for me and EVERY American.
God Bless You.

christene on October 21, 2008 at 8:18 PM

Hey, don’t get all weepy on me now. And don’t forget 1GooDDaDDy – He started all this! :-)

Thanks

Rod on October 21, 2008 at 8:28 PM
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Sorry, can’t help it..: o ) I THANK all of you. All of you are the hero’s of America. The hero’s of my children. I just want you to know that American’s are grateful.

christene on October 21, 2008 at 8:39 PM

1GooDDaDDy on October 21, 2008 at 8:37 PM
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With all my heart,…Thank-You.
God Bless

christene on October 21, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Rod and 1GooDDaddy, thank you so much for your brave service to our country in Viet Nam. You are both heroes. God bless you.

Mulligan on October 21, 2008 at 8:43 PM

For Rod and 1GooDDaDDy and all other that deserved to be honored when walking thru airports—–this one’s for you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUrf6Qg4T4E

And tears of joy are allowed……

Rov

Rovin on October 21, 2008 at 8:51 PM

And tears of joy are allowed……

Rov

Rovin on October 21, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Thanks. It’s taken me 5 full minutes to compose myself to write this.

Rod, feel free to e-mail me at 1GooDDaddy@excite.com

We have things to discuss.

Thanks all.

Back to our newest battle now.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on October 21, 2008 at 9:04 PM

1GooDDaDDy on October 21, 2008 at 8:37 PM

When I was a kid I lived in a two-family house and the folks upstairs had a son serving in Vietnam.

One day, during the summer, two uniformed men came to house and rang the upstairs doorbell. I didn’t hear the conversation, but I heard Betty’s wailing and sobbing. And I cringed.

I crawled into a ball in a corner of my room, my head tucked into my knees. I didn’t know what to do or think. Nothing in my young life had ever prepared me for that moment. I could not forget her sobbing.

My mom spent the night consoling her.

In 1986 I went to the Wall. I found his name. And I cried when I touched his name. Finally…Betty’s sobbing stopped.

He was at peace. So was I.

Thank you.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 9:06 PM

Nice to see a word of thanks for us.

irongrampa on October 21, 2008 at 9:09 PM

Nice to see a word of thanks for us. – irongrampa on October 21, 2008 at 9:09 PM

Sorry I was too young to join you. You guys are best.

God bless you.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Thank you.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 9:06 PM

Coming from you Mr. Rash it’s high praise.

Now. lets finish this battle to keep what Ron and irongrampa and me have swore to do, so we can get on with our lives.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on October 21, 2008 at 9:18 PM

…and yet she remains classy.

Biden would have unsuccessfully attempted to furrow his brow and then rattled off something about Lebanon and France invading his loins at Home Depot.

Obama would have said that Bush is a liar.

29Victor on October 21, 2008 at 9:18 PM

And Manly may I give you props for ignoring provocation. Love it. – Cindy Munford on October 21, 2008 at 8:39 PM

It tees them off even more when I ignore them. Apparently, even the trolls crave Manly’s attention.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 9:20 PM

1GooDDaDDy on October 21, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Amen. Let’s roll…right on past November 4 and into history.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Needs repeating–JTP was McCain’s October surprise, inadvertant though it was.

JTP is going to show Obama a graphic definition of unintended consequences.

Just watch.

irongrampa on October 21, 2008 at 9:23 PM

irongrampa on October 21, 2008 at 9:23 PM

IOW..the O is farked. Royally. heh heh heh..

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 9:28 PM

I wonder when they’ll ask Barry about being called marxist, liar, traitor, un-American, and generally a piece of dog cr@p?

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 21, 2008 at 9:29 PM

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 9:20 PM

I nagged you on both threads about this, I was so proud. I invested a lot of time in that poster because I never like to judge but you were right. Bomb thrower with nothing to add to the discussion.

Cindy Munford on October 21, 2008 at 9:33 PM

I echo the thanks for all our military folks who have defended this country and our freedom. So many times I have thought maybe America isn’t worth defending any more. But then I see the young men and women who are laying it all on the line for us and I realize the America I love isn’t dead yet.

The people who spit on you guys aren’t worthy to shine your shoes. You are the essence of everything that makes America great. Doing a thankless job defending those who will never even understand what they owe you – it’s one of the closest pictures I have in this world of the real Christ.

Even if the rest of America became hopelessly putrid (as the polls try to show us) it would still be worth the fight for America just because of you folks.

Stand tall. You are heroes to a lot of us quiet folks just waiting for a chance to honor you.

justincase on October 21, 2008 at 9:39 PM

Those *(#$ers! – Oink on October 21, 2008 at 7:07 PM

F*CKERS. The word you are looking for is f*ckers. Just say it.
ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 7:10 PM

can’t. stop. laughing.

wise_man on October 21, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Sorry Allah. Seems we’ve unintentional hijacked this thread.

Rovin, thanks for the video. I’ve seen it before and I cried like a baby: With joy for today’s soldiers. And with bitterness, sadness, and anger for when I was a solider.

Walking through an airport, any airport in the states, was the hardest part of any of my many journeys. You did not walk tall and proud. The best you could expect was glares. The worst, being spit on or called a baby killer. (I never was called that. Called a lot of other things though)

Certainly no one ever said thanks, or shook your hand, or bought you lunch. And certainly no one ever applauded. In fact, usually, no one was waiting for me.

If you could get through the terminal without a snide comment behind your back, or someone nudging their friend and pointing at you with contempt on their face, you felt lucky.

Pretty strange time: you get drafted under penalty of being thrown in federal prison if you don’t show up. Then the country hates you because you did show up rather than run to Canada.

Anyway, we should get back on thread here. Back to Palin and CNN.

Thanks to all for their kind comments and support – it is nice to read – and thanks to IronGrampa whom I suspect carries the same scars I do. It is nice, isn’t it gramps?

Rod on October 21, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Holy moley! I get on this thread and read the comments and watch the AB commercial and I’ve gotta say, this group of people are absolutely fantastic. I am proud to be a part of this group.

Fellow Viet vets, we need a HA gathering with our contemporaries.

Vince on October 21, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Anyway, we should get back on thread here. Back to Palin and CNN.
Rod on October 21, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Man…for an old, dried out, over the hill, broke d*ck, war mongering, stoop shouldered, knuckle dragging half wit…you sure are blog savvy.

And who said “dog faces” didn’t know their stuff. *wink*

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on October 21, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Cindy Munford on October 21, 2008 at 9:33 PM

You’re a class act, Miss Cindy. Always were…always will be. And I am honored that you are my friend.

*bows in a courtly, Southern fashion*

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Vince on October 21, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, Vince.

God bless you.

Welcome to Hot Air…where the conversation is lively and Allah is seriously thinking of putting Manly Rash on a leash.

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 10:05 PM

ManlyRash on October 21, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Thank you I try. Maybe we can rent an amusement park and all meet there. The logistics of that sort of things is to funny to consider. But indeed welcome Vince you can’t have enough Vets, no better company.

Cindy Munford on October 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Rovin, thanks for the video. I’ve seen it before and I cried like a baby: With joy for today’s soldiers. And with bitterness, sadness, and anger for when I was a solider.

Rod on October 21, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Just for the record, you didn’t come thru my airport. If you did, you would have known a young man raised in a military family that would have stood at attention and gave you a thumbs up for your sacrifice and service. (And the one’s that may have wanted to spit on you were the snot-nosed hippies we used to use as punching bags on saturday nites)

To all our vets—–God Bless You—-we’re gonna need you now more than ever.

Rovin on October 21, 2008 at 10:28 PM

justincase on October 21, 2008 at 9:39 PM
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Ditto,…and A-Men!

christene on October 21, 2008 at 10:34 PM

First, no question the CNN guy yanked Byron York’s remarks out of context. What byron wrote was more ambiguous, intentionally so I think….

But second, FU Byron York for writing what you wrote. I cringed when I read it–just so easy to twist and be understood as a brutal backstabbing. York is normally a careful guy; and here, it is clear to me he was playing to both sides, the pro-Sarah folks like us at the grass roots level, and the stuffed shirt head-up-butt assh*les that run Nat’l Review right now. Again, Byron, thanks for nothing.

james23 on October 21, 2008 at 10:35 PM

BTW Rod, thank you for your service. Some of us have always felt this way.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on October 21, 2008 at 7:55 PM

same here, thanks Rod!

james23 on October 21, 2008 at 10:49 PM

james23 on October 21, 2008 at 10:35 PM

I think you are being a little rough on Byron, I think his point was that it was ridiculous to expect her to be a pro on the national level right off the bat but just as ridiculous to discount all she had accomplished at the state level and deny the obvious potential. At least that was my read.

Cindy Munford on October 21, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Cindy, like I said, I read what Byron York wrote before the CNN guy made hay with it. I knew it was trouble. York was in part giving voice to to the persistent, nasty backstabbing of Palin that some of his “elite” RINO peers at NRO had already uttered–”Nutso” Buckley, Kathleen Parker, Frum and even the ed. in chief Rich Lowry, who not one month ago declared Palin “finished” in national politics, as if he has any say in the matter. York tried to play to the “cancer” crowd, without actually saying he was with ‘em. Weak, very weak. He set himself, and Sarah, up for for the CNN hit piece. York is way too experienced, and too careful normally, to claim that he was just taken out of context. That’s why he earned a big FU, in my book.

james23 on October 21, 2008 at 11:46 PM

Though Dan Rather has his ax to grind, feeling slighted by his network, he may be seeking a shred of redemption for his shred of honesty. Let him belt it out loud and clear in witty reparté with his former colleagues. Exposé for his last chance to come back evah!

maverick muse on October 22, 2008 at 12:04 AM

james23 on October 21, 2008 at 11:46 PM

Well, true enough that many at NRO have not been helpful. Most of them need to get away from Manhattan and the Beltway and live with the great unwashed (us).

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2008 at 12:42 AM

LOL.

To think I’m close to people who still consider Lou Dobbs’ mere presence on CNN as bane upon all falsehoods, even after something like this.

Ryan Gandy on October 22, 2008 at 1:10 AM

In the transcript, Griffin said, ” I could go on like this forever.”

Is he coming on to her? What a prick!

promachus on October 22, 2008 at 3:02 AM

Got the devastating Biden quote wrong – for Biden’s benefit. Got the quote about Palin wrong – for Libs benefit. Nothing new.

marklmail on October 22, 2008 at 7:35 AM

If Byron York is so stupid that he wouldn’t know writing like that was going to twisted, then he shouldn’t be writing professionally anywhere.

National Review can be so effed-up sometimes they want so badly to be liked by the MSM.

BigD on October 22, 2008 at 7:38 AM

All we can do folks is go down swinging but I can tell you the voters don;t seem to give a damn of jumping from the frying pan into the fire. A combination of tactics may very well win this for him, which, if the voters truely were deciding this, no slick tactics would be needed. We just may need to stock up on food and gas masks, masking tape and plastic. Its gonna be a rough ride for the next 4 years and with gods help either he wont win, he’ll be impeached, or we’ll make it through it.

Be also afraid of Hillary getting a Supreme Court position. That will prolong the agony certainly.

johnnyU on October 22, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Well, so now when the media says “people are saying” we can just translate that into “the media is saying.”

Keith_Indy on October 22, 2008 at 8:32 AM

The way Sarah Palin has been viciously attack is the main reason honest people do not run for office. Then we are stock with low life pieces of garbage politicians.

pukara61 on October 22, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Hey Peggy Noonan, show us your Obama tattoo and we’ll toss ya some beads! Woohoo!

Akzed on October 22, 2008 at 9:31 AM

National Review can be so effed-up sometimes they want so badly to be liked by the MSM.

BigD on October 22, 2008 at 7:38 AM

yeah the NR sucks…they used to have people like Burnham and Chambers writing for them…now they have Parker and krauthammer…its pathetic.

right4life on October 22, 2008 at 10:44 AM

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