Gibson-Palin, Gibson-Obama: Side-by-side


Just a few notes, further to Angus Dei’s post on the Gibson-Palin interview.

The Anchoress finds this excellent comparison of Charlie Gibson’s Palin interview vs. his Obama interview…  on a Hillary Clinton forum, of all places.  Remember, one of these interviewees is running for President, the other for Vice President…

Obama interview:

  • How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?
  • How does it feel to “win”?
  • How does your family feel about your “winning” breaking a glass ceiling?
  • Who will be your VP?
  • Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?
  • Will you accept public finance?
  • What issues is your campaign about?
  • Will you visit Iraq?
  • Will you debate McCain at a town hall?
  • What did you think of your competitor’s [Clinton] speech?

Palin interview:

  • Do you have enough qualifications for the job you’re seeking? Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?
  • Aren’t you conceited to be seeking this high level job?
  • Questions about foreign policy:
  • -territorial integrity of Georgia
  • -allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
  • -NATO treaty
  • -Iranian nuclear threat
  • -what to do if Israel attacks Iran
  • -Al Qaeda motivations
  • -the Bush Doctrine
  • -attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan
  • Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]

…and The Anchoress is only warming up!  Go grab yourself a cuppa tea (or a Guinness, depending on your time zone) and read her whole exhaustive round-up here.

P.S.  She has a tip jar.  For if you feel like shouting her a Guinness after all that.   Just sayin’, is all. ;-)

4 Responses to “Gibson-Palin, Gibson-Obama: Side-by-side”

  1. swampie Says:

    It sure appears, from Charlie Gibson’s questions, that he believes that Sarah Palin can answer the difficult questions that would leave Barack Obama flailing in the wind.

  2. spot_the_dog Says:

    Swampie, either “he believes that Sarah Palin can answer the difficult questions that would leave Barack Obama flailing in the wind,” or he was trying very, very hard to trip Palin up, and thought that at least one of those harder questions would leave her tongue-tangled.

    From watching the interview (which we now know was subjected to a heavily partisan hack-job), I could almost see him thinking/wishing/hoping that she’d have a Stoopid Moment, like “ummmm…. who’s Putin?” They tried to turn the “Bush Doctrine” thing into her big Stoopid Moment, but that pretty much backfired on them.

    But if you were to ask someone who hadn’t been following any of this which set of questions had been asked of a Presidential Candidate, and which of a Vice Presidential Candidate, I don’t think they’d guess right!

  3. missredi Says:

    and we are surprised by this how?

  4. Peggy McGilligan Says:

    The “Bush Doctrine” question, among others was unprofessional. Mr. Gibson didn’t know enough about the “Bush Doctrine” to field a question. Mr. Gibson had to answer Governor Palin’s question about specifics, with yet another question. Either Charlie Gibson was unprepared to articulate the “Bush Doctrine,” or so intent on leading the interview or both was he, that when Ms. Palin asked for clarification Charlie blew it. By tossing the erroneous question back into her lap, Mr. Gibson appeared at least a lazy journalist. So, I’m not surprised Charlie Gibson misquoted the prayer either. Sarah Palin did an excellent job of articulating her take on the “Bush Doctrine.” Don’t do your homework, it’ll show. And, I noticed the demeaning TV camera techniques. One might have expected a hint of impartiality; instead of having to do a double take, to see whether they hadn’t sawed the legs off Ms. Palin’s chair: http://theseedsof9-11.com


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