“Sarah, you have to throw it back in their face without looking like you’re whining.”


An Ohio cornfield sports a maze in the shape of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

(Duke Wheeler, AP)

Neither Palin nor any human in her shoes could satisfy the mainstream media’s lust for “gotcha” questions



As for Vogel’s second example of a specific question on which Gov. Palin was “evasive,” Vogel tells us that she “deflected a follow-up question about whether she felt the continued U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan has inflamed Islamic extremists.” Now, to begin with, phrased that way, that’s not a question so much as an argument, an Obama-campaign talking point. The real issue is whether the benefits to our side in the Global War on Terror from our presence in those countries is worth whatever inflamation their presence causes — and that’s the issue Gov. Palin chose to address in her answer, rather than assuming the questioner’s premise that the “inflamation” is the only important part of the equation:

I think our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan will lead to further security of our nation, again, because the mission is to take the fight over there. Do not let them come over here and attempt again what they accomplished here, and that was some destruction, terrible destruction on that day. But since Sept. 11, Americans are uniting and rebuilding and committing to never letting that happen again.

That’s not being “evasive,” friends and neighbors, that’s being assertive. (And it’s also, I submit, the correct view of the larger issue.)

For Vogel to characterize these answers as “evasive” is simply disingenuous — the application of an unrealistic standard that no honest journalist would ever apply to any other politician who gave the same answers to the same sets of loaded questions in any other context.

Here’s the sub-text, folks: The old-media hacks who are in the tank for Obama are screaming “Say something stupid, Gov. Palin, to give us ammo to feed our bogus narrative that you’re in over your head!” And when she refuses, what’s their headline? “Palin non-responsive to reporters’ requests.”

The good news is that fair-minded members of the American public — including fair-minded people on the political Left — can see through this shrill charade. I don’t expect the charade to abate between now and November 4th because that would require the hacks to climb out of the tank, and that just ain’t gonna happen. But I think Gov. Palin will continue to impress her supporters, and more importantly that she’ll continue to win more, as her unfiltered, unapologetic common sense continues to shine through to the American voting public.

Come November 5th, Democrats and their not-so-secret supporters in the old media will regret having insisted that the spotlight stay so focused on Sarah Palin.


UPDATE (Thu Sep 25 @ 9:30 p.m. CST): Patterico proves that CBS News badly butchered their transcription of Couric’s interview with Gov. Palin — in ways that tend to make Gov. Palin’s answers seem disjointed and clueless — but the mistranscriptions are already propagating all around the blogosphere. I hadn’t seen the transcriptions, but watched the first couple of episodes live, and I personally thought Gov. Palin did quite well in them overall.

“CBS Has Horrible Transcript of Palin Interview”


As for Palin’s performance, I agree with Beldar that Couric was throwing gotcha questions at her — and that she didn’t bother to throw similar questions at Joe Biden. But when Couric pressed her, Palin needed to be far stronger than her weak response of “I’ll try to find you some and I’ll bring them to ya.” I’m no politician, but I’d suggest something like this:

Couric: But he’s been in Congress for 26 years. He’s been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more. . . . I’m just going to ask you one more time – not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.

Palin: Well, Katie, I don’t mean to belabor the point myself, but I just gave you a strong example of John McCain taking decisive action in the right area at the right time. We didn’t need 26 years of more regulation, we just needed it in one sector at a particular point in time. Now, if you had bothered to ask Joe Biden what Barack Obama has done, you wouldn’t get one example. Now, as it happens, John McCain and I don’t believe more government regulation is always the right answer to every problem. But in 2005, when the mortgage industry needed regulating, John McCain was pushing for reform while Barack Obama was building his record as the second biggest recipient of donations from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the Senate.

That’s what we need. Not “I’ll try to find you some and I’ll bring them to ya.”

Yes, Couric was being unfair. The media is almost always unfair to Republicans. So, Sarah, you have to throw it back in their face without looking like you’re whining.

And learn how fast, because they’re virtually always going to be that way.

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