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.