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Good Morning America Gratuitously Rips Palin Four Years Later, Says Obama is ‘Nicer and Less Arrogant’

posted at 6:35 am on October 1, 2012 by

It’s been four years since Barack Obama beat John McCain to become the 44th President of the United States, but that hasn’t stopped some in the media from putting McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, in the crosshairs.  On the September 28 broadcast of Good Morning America, ABC News’ David Muir detailed the dynamics related to the home stretch of the presidential campaign.  It was here that he snuck in a gratuitous swipe at Gov. Palin:

DAVID MUIR: But so much of it rests with the candidate. The HBO film “Game Change,” strategist Nicolle Wallace is depicted trying to help Sarah Palin prepare for interviews in a debate on the national stage.

JULIANNE MOORE (as Sarah Palin): It wasn’t my fault. I wasn’t properly prepped!

SARAH PAULSON (as Nicolle Wallace): You weren’t properly prepped because you wouldn’t listen to us. You never listened to your advisers!

MUIR: Takes you back, doesn’t it? A lot at stake this time. President Obama looking to lock in his lead. And for Romney, many political strategists arguing this first debate will be make-or-break as George pointed out given the poll numbers in those key battlegrounds. George

What’s so egregious about this frivolous example is that it’s based on an adapted screenplay.  Furthermore, that clip featured in the segment is fictional.  Yes, Sarah Palin didn’t have the best interview with Katie Couric, but what Wallace and Palin said to each other in private remains that way. The only folks who know what was said were those two women and Wallace had every reason to embellish the exchange to make herself look good.

The real Nicolle Wallace was then brought in to talk about the upcoming debates, which was a nice spring board for both Stephanopoulos and Wallace to rip into Mitt Romney:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You talkabout President Obama as nicer and less arrogant. He does get irritable in the debates, and that’s what his team is prepping him for, they want him to stay kind of patient.

NICOLE WALLACE: Right. Right. And just think about that for a second. They’re asking both men to be someone they’re not, and that’s what makes the debate so dramatic. Because, really what we’re all waiting for, what we’re all watching for is the moment when the real man breaks out.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But more pressure on Mitt Romney in this debate. If you could say, what his number one goal for this debate, it is?

WALLACE: Romney needs to have a moment like we saw this week, when Bill Clinton introduced him, and he had this self-deprecating, humorous, normal moment where his humanity shown through. He needs try to do the impossible. He needs to orchestrate a moment where he can create that in a way that seems and feels spontaneous and natural. Near impossible.

STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s very hard. Nicolle Wallace, thank you very much.

So let’s review: We have a former Clinton operative drooling over the president and labeling him as “nicer and less arrogant,” while a squishy Republican — who was a major source in a campaign book and later movie that cast Palin in a harsh light — agrees and says Romney needs to be more human in these debates.

It’s just more evidence that some in the Obama-friendly broadcast media are already crafting the narrative that the debates are lost and Obama has the election in the bag.

Originally posted on Newsbusters.

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This should be unbelievable to people, that a “reputable” news org would use a clip from a mockumentary as if it were historical fact, but hey, it’s Steffynopoolous & the enemedia, and should be expected.

ornery_independent on October 1, 2012 at 8:00 AM

This is nothing new. During the 2008 campaign, NBC was regularly using SNL clips of Tina Fey in allegedly serious stories about Palin.

Doughboy on October 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM

I saw the speech she is talking about at the Clinton thingy. It was awesome. He was funny in the beginning. I didn’t get the self depracating part she alluded to. He was just funny when he noted that Bill Clinton saying nice things about you gets you a bounce.

Romney also told an emotional story about the man who killed himself and started the Arab Spring. He was 26 and his last words were someting like, “why are you doing this to me (to the corrupt Government people who were aking his fruit and scales) all I want to do is work.” Then he wove that theme of work through how he would approach the ME. It was a great, great speech and I wanted to go online and gush about it on his behalf but my service was down that day. I don’t know if HotAir noticed it or not. He got a standing ovation from the crowd.

Otherwise as far as Wallace goes…I have no use for turn coats.

magicbeans on October 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Nicolle Wallace isn’t a “squishy Republican,” she’s a sloppy and vicious liar (though they’re often the same thing). She and Steve Schmidt despised Palin from the outset, did all they could to sabotage her then plied the media with lies about her to save their careers — for one, so they could be interviewed years later as “reliable sources” by the debauched MSM and its smarmy ringmasters like Stephanopoulis. And Breitbart’s site has thoroughly dissected the mess of slanderous lies that was “Game Change.”

What a circus of liars and frauds.

rrpjr on October 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM

She and Steve Schmidt despised Palin from the outset,

Very true! They saw her bolster the campaign and could garner a win for McLame, who was happy just to be the nominee. He enjoyed his time in the limelight more than the idea he could actually win.

Kissmygrits on October 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

This should be unbelievable to people, that a “reputable” news org would use a clip from a mockumentary as if it were historical fact…

ornery_independent on October 1, 2012 at 8:00 AM

It worked for Al Gore. He used scenes from a sci-fi movie to show global warming.

Mimzey on October 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Yes, Sarah Palin didn’t have the best interview with Katie Couric, but what Wallace and Palin said to each other in private remains that way.

Get real. Have you seen the complete interview time recorded or just what survived the cutting room?
Why describe the interview as lacking, just complement the editors in the effort to portray Gov. Palin as ‘not ready for prime time’.

News2Use on October 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

At least they didn’t play a clip of Tina Fey doing Palin.

John the Libertarian on October 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

The ultimate stick-in-the-eye to the Democraps and their leg-humping lapdog media would be for Romney to appoint Palin as head of the EPA or Department of Energy or Interior.

Also: Stuart Varney as head of the Treasury and John Bolton as Secretary of State.

Leftists’ heads would be exploding all over the place.

UltimateBob on October 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

haters gonna hate…

sarah doesn’t care.

Sachiko on October 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Sarah Palin’s stll standing..:)

idesign on October 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

“May we always be happy and our enemies know it.”
– Sarah Palin

NoNails on October 2, 2012 at 7:20 AM