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September 11, 2008

Gibson Blows the Exclusive

You would think that a nationally-recognized news anchor who landed the most coveted interview of the 2008 elections would have done his research to be fully prepared, so that when the interview aired, he wouldn't look like a fumbling, pretentious ass.

And then there's Charlie Gibson of ABC News, a journalist I respected until just hours ago.

Given the opportunity to interview Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin—and some would argue, given the responsibility to be both thorough and fair—Gibson attempted to trap Palin with a question designed to portray her as a religious fundementalist:

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God." Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don't know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.

PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln's words when he said -- first, he suggested never presume to know what God's will is, and I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words.

But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side.

That's what that comment was all about, Charlie.

But Gibson's "quote" of Palin's "exact words" was anything but an exact quote; the statement Gibson attributed to Palin was for all intents and purposes fiction, real sentences ripped apart and rearranged to mean exactly what journalists wanted them to mean.

Here is what Palin really said:

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "Thatís what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

The words in bold are those journalists simply removed from their report, in order to try to cast Palin as a religious extremist.

They tried turning a servant's simple prayer asking God for guidance, into the raving of a false prophet telling the congregation that she knows the mind of God.

Journalists doctored the quote so that this manufactured Palin would scare American voters.

Nice work trying to set a trap, Charlie.

And great work doctoring the original quote, Gene Johnson of the Associated Press.

I'm sure you've both made your bosses proud.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 11, 2008 09:25 PM
Comments

Shocking, and by that I mean par for the course

Posted by: toby928 at September 11, 2008 09:43 PM

Why anyone would expect a member of the MSM to give a fair interview is beyond me. They've proven time and time again they are incapable of performing an interview with a conservative without their liberal bias spilling over.

Charlie Gibson may have put a nail in the coffin of the MSM after this particular hatchetjob. But, that coffin was already 99% complete anyway.

I don't get upset at this stuff anymore, small people like Gibson aren't worth my anger.

I save that for people that fly airplanes into buildings.

Posted by: Conservative CBU at September 11, 2008 09:45 PM

Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," "Thatís what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

She's a right-wing religious nut that belongs to a church that preaches the Book of Revelation.

God help us all.

Posted by: David at September 11, 2008 09:53 PM

She's also leaving open a war with Russia.

Why don't you include in your post that:

Wasilla Assembly of God
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Denomination Assemblies of God (Pentecostal)
Founded 1951
Founder(s) Paul Riley
Senior Pastor(s) Ed Kalnins
Pastor(s) Scott Phillips (Assistant)
Todd Stafford (Assistant)
Nathan Lopez (Youth)
Contact particulars
Address 125 West Riley Ave
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Country United States
Website http://www.wasillaag.org/

According to the Wall Street Journal, congregants "speak in tongues and are part of a faith that believes humanity is in its 'end times' -- the days preceding a world-ending cataclysm bringing Christian redemption and the second coming of Jesus."[2]
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She's a nutter, BIG TIME

Posted by: David at September 11, 2008 10:02 PM

Dave, you do realize of course that those exact same words she spoke on the prayer that our national leaders were on the side of God, were also spoken by Lincoln, JFK, and Reagan right?


All right wing nutters as well huh.

The level of insanity brought about by McCain picking Sarah Palin as his VP, is telling.

Posted by: Conservative CBU at September 11, 2008 10:07 PM

The far left is cracking and it's getting quite ugly. Dave and his ilk have a serious case of PDS - and it's not Michelle Malkin saying it. Nope - not at all, it's Big Tent Democrat at Talk Left. Oh and for added measure it's also Taylor Marsh; she's giving Gov. Palin credit for the interview.

Here are links:

http://www.taylormarsh.com/archives_view.php?id=28388


http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/9/11/20922/5391


Posted by: chez diva at September 11, 2008 10:24 PM

"..a world-ending cataclysm bringing Christian redemption and the second coming of Jesus."

What part of that are you people having trouble understanding?

That's from the WSJ, not some librul rag.

They preach the Book of Revelation, and she's a believer.

Please ask yourself...is that someone you trust to have access to nuclear launch codes?

Seriously, she could end it all for Jesus.

Posted by: David at September 11, 2008 10:36 PM

Those crazy Christians. I think we could solve all these problems if we could just ID the religious ones better. Maybe make em have arm bands or some such.

/sarc off

Posted by: Gary at September 11, 2008 10:41 PM

Gary "armbands" what a truly dickish thing to say.
My dad fought in WWII, you jerk.

You friendly folks have no problem with a VP pick that goes to a church that preaches the Book of Revelation?

"..a world-ending cataclysm bringing Christian redemption and the second coming of Jesus."

And she's a life long member.

So your good giving her nuclear launch codes?

Do some due diligence on her church.


Posted by: David at September 11, 2008 10:50 PM


Well elect Obama and you can run out and buy a
Koran,that make you happy dave.Or is it strong
women make your man hood shrink!!! Obama 08,
Osama 09!!!

Posted by: Gator at September 11, 2008 10:52 PM

She left the Assembly of God church in 2002 and now attends a nondenominational church.

Posted by: Sara at September 11, 2008 10:54 PM

You friendly folks have no problem with a VP pick that goes to a church that preaches the Book of Revelation?

What Christian Bible does not contain the Book of Revelations? Every Christian church teaches the Bible, including all the Books of the New Testament.

Posted by: Sara at September 11, 2008 10:58 PM

"Due Dilligence?"

David, have you ever been to a church? All Christian churches preach the Bible, not just the Cliff's Notes version, and Revelations is part of the Bible. Palin is no more or less a "nutter" for that than any other Christian, or any president prior to her.

Also, FWIW, she hasn't gone she hasn't gone to this church in years.

Get your facts (and your meds) correct, and perhaps people won't read what you write and roll their eyes at the ignorance and intolerance.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at September 11, 2008 11:02 PM

Abe Lincoln was agnostic. He attended no church and like Sam Clemens kept his distance. Still, he understood the verities of the Judeao-christian tradition and no politician in our history was better illuminating such. The primal sin is the presumption of the knowledge of God, the presumption of the knowledge of good and evil. We can only hope we're on God's side.

Posted by: i b squidly at September 11, 2008 11:27 PM

Congratulations Gary, that really pissed me off.

I learned that Hitler, the guy that gassed queers, and make Jews wear armbands before execution was a right-wing fascist, how about you?

I just don't get how if someone is kind to animals, treasures the earth and want's civil rights for humans is considered a disgusting liberal.

I can't see you people evolving past your current knuckle-dragging stage.

Better get yer fascist on quick guys!

Posted by: David at September 11, 2008 11:31 PM

[I learned that Hitler, the guy that gassed queers, and make Jews wear armbands before execution was a right-wing fascist, how about you?]

David, everyone knows that Hitler and all other fascists were/are left wing: http://www.amazon.com/Liberal-Fascism-American-Mussolini-Politics/dp/0385511841

Posted by: tod at September 11, 2008 11:48 PM

I see the DUmmies have this monitored and are out in force.

Just so you know - ABC has further edited the Palin interview to remove the "Exact Words" sneer, and SP's challenging being misquoted. This leaves his original statement unchallenged.

Not to mention a few other little fine twists they did - ABC is twisting this up and selectively editing it to make it appear worse for Sarah, on an hourly basis, then posting the results on Yahoo.

ABC isn't even trying to pretend anymore. I'd like to see her withdraw permission for them to broadcast anything else.

Posted by: Jinny at September 11, 2008 11:58 PM

David - "So your good giving her nuclear launch codes?

Do some due diligence on her church."

Her church preaches a loving creator, and like every true Christian church - it teaches Revelations. I'm sure your sad to hear that 99% do NOT teach fantastic conspiracy theories about the United States government (or the government of AmeriKKKa if you prefer) inventing Aids to kill off the black population, nor do 99% of churches break commandments in church (even to G_dd__n AmeriKKKa!), and nor do 99% preach and teach hatred of any peoples based on the color of their skin. The democratic candidate for president truly is a one percenter.

As for your question, I'd certainly trust someone (with the nuclear codes) who believed in a judgment to come... over some person who believed in fairy tales like millions of minerals collecting on some crystal which happened to get struck by lightening - and wallah - the universes first one celled organism. A person of the latter persuasion who can state unequivocally that God doesn't exist based on a harebrained theory like that, is a true nutter - capable of anything.

Posted by: twgyer at September 12, 2008 12:57 AM

Davey,
I'm sorry why is her religion a concern? The "O" spent two decades in front of a racist, america-hating, anti-semite of a "pastor" but that my dear lefties is off limits? Oh, the "O" wasn't really going there for his soul - he was going there for his career. Much better! Wait til you get to the part where the "O" slept with the incredibly corrupt Dim establishment in my state of Illinois to further his own ambitions while Palin FOUGHT her own corrupt party in Alaska. Think about that, if you can. Take McCain/Palin to the people and not to the dying, nearly comatose lamestream media. Get the message out!

Posted by: zeke at September 12, 2008 01:14 AM

Exact words? Well, except for the exact words Mr. Gibson (and the rest of the press) decided to leave out.

Posted by: Patrick Chester at September 12, 2008 02:41 AM

You know, a devoted Christian is probably less likely to drop the bomb in a kamikaze way. Christianity does not teach that death in a holy war brings salvation. (While there are a number of wars in the Bible which God condones, there are not references to martryrdom in battle) Instead, the dead are judged by their deeds. Murdering millions in cold blood is going to count against you for all eternity.

David - you may not believe in an afterlife. Someone like Sarah Palin believes that doing horrible crimes on this world, even if you are never caught, will lead to eternal suffering. In other words, she has a lot more to lose than her life. Puts a different spin on it, doesn't it?

Posted by: OmegaPaladin at September 12, 2008 06:15 AM

Hmmmm

@ David

"I learned that Hitler, the guy that gassed queers, and make Jews wear armbands before execution was a right-wing fascist, how about you?"

You complete ignorant imbecile.

Hitler was a LEFT-WING facist.

National Socialist Workers Party = NAZI

***Socialist*** Got that?

Idiot.

Posted by: memomachine at September 12, 2008 08:24 AM

Headline should be: "Gibson Blows, ABC Sucks".

All Barack Channel. Any ??

Posted by: twolaneflash at September 12, 2008 12:22 PM

Face it folks, David is dreaming of a love affair with the phony Messiah and nothing will change his mind. His rewrite of history and the bible has been the drive of the left, including Hitler, for a long time.

It is better to live like there is a god, die, and find out there isn't than to live like there is no god, die, and find out there is.

Let David take his chances. His life will end like he lives, unhappy and without meaning. Just hope he has been neutered.

Posted by: Scrapiron at September 12, 2008 09:26 PM

David - Jews were persecuted under the Nazis because they were viewed as being rich. The rhetoric used against them was that they had aquired more than their fair share of society's assets. Remind you of antone?
Hint - Replace the word 'Rich' with 'Jew' in any given Obama or Democrat slogan.
The 'rich' don't pay their fair share!
I'll tax the 'rich' to provide the benefits to you!

Posted by: Have Blue at September 14, 2008 11:34 AM

If he hadn't used a quote taken out of context to suggest an answer he was likely digging for, the question, while inane, could have been a fair one.

"Do you think we are waging a holy war on Iraq?"

It could have gone any number of ways, but he screwed it up. To be fair, Gibson and the like rely on the work of others, and if he was given just that part of the quote then he was just being sensationalist, not dishonest.

And, of course, Palin's gonna hafta deal with this type of questioning for at least the next four years. She'd better improve on that a bit.

Posted by: DoorHold at September 14, 2008 01:10 PM