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ABC News Edited Key Parts Of Palin Speech

By Wyatt Earp | September 13, 2008

Wow, I am shocked and appalled. /Snark.

A transcript of the unedited interview of Sarah Palin by Charles Gibson clearly shows that ABC News edited out crucial portions of the interview that showed Palin as knowledgeable or presented her answers out of context. This unedited transcript of the first of the Gibson interviews with Palin is available on radio host Mark Levin’s website. The sections edited out by ABC News are in bold.

We see that Palin was not nearly as hostile towards Russia as was presented in the edited interview:

GIBSON: Let’s start, because we are near Russia, let’s start with Russia and Georgia.

The administration has said we’ve got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

PALIN: First off, we’re going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain’s running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable and we have to keep…

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor. (H/TNewsbusters)

There are plenty more examples listed in the piece, including key edits and omissions about Russia, Iran, NATO, and the War on Terror. These edits were clearly designed to make Palin look poorly. Instead, it is another clear example of media bias that has become all too common during this election.

A lot of conservatives and McCain backers are angry that Gibson kept giving Palin tough questions. Me? Not so much. I think the candidates should be getting the tough questions, because they tell us a lot about the person’s character. My issue is with the apparent double-standard between the Palin interview – who is only running for VP – and Gibson’s Obama interview, where the candidate faced such tough questions as, “And finally your daughters. What did they say to you? Did they take it as a matter of course that Daddy could be nominated to be president?”


Topics: Politics, Snarkasm | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “ABC News Edited Key Parts Of Palin Speech”

  1. Randal Graves Says:
    September 13th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I wish they would have shown that entire unedited interview, because now people will feel bad for her. Have pity for the pitbull.

    I like how they make is seem that Alaska is a stone’s throw from Moscow; it borders a bunch of barren Russian land in the middle of nowhere.

    She ducked way too many questions. Even when he re-asked her many thing point blank, so evaded. For example, it was quite obvious that she had absolutely no idea what the Bush Doctrine was….she would have looked better if she just admitted that she had no idea what is was.

  2. Media bias fools no one « RT’s Ponderings Says:
    September 13th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    [...] Additionally, 51 percent believe that the media is trying its best to “harm” McCain’s veep choice, Governor Sarah Palin.  You just need to look at the feeding frenzy directed at her pregnant daughter for proof.  (See a related post by Wyatt HERE.) [...]

  3. RT Says:
    September 13th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Mr. Gibson is no better. Reading THIS might clear things up a little. (It was covered out the wazoo on television, too.)

    I was kind of hoping he’d ask what McCain plans to do, but you know…

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    September 13th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Randal – Yawn. She said Alaska was a stone’s throw away from Moscow? Quote me where she said that. She said that Alaska and Russia were neighbors. She said nothing about Moscow.

    As far as ducking, nice try. Gibson was trying to make Palin say that we would nuke Iran is Israel and Iran went to war. She told him that it’s not our place to question Israel’s efforts to keep themselves alive. She’s right. That wasn’t the answer he was looking for, so he asked it again . . . twice! She reiterated her answer. If she didn’t the Kool-Aiders like yourself would have said she flip-flopped.

    Finally, check out RT’s link on the Bush Doctrine. Gibson got it wrong, too. Like you knew what it was. I an a Bush fan, and I couldn’t tell you what it was, either.

    But, by all means, have your Messiah attack McCain’s VP, Bush, Cheney, and Karl Rove. All that’s doing is making him plummet in the polls. Maybe he’ll realize before Election Day that he’s not running against any of them.

    RT – Oh, come on now, what would Charles Krauthammer know about the Bush Doctrine? Heh.

  5. Uber Says:
    September 13th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    I thought it was just pretty much blow some *&%* up, and kill some terrorists before they killed us.

    And I liked it.

    God, I miss the simple good old days.

  6. RT Says:
    September 13th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    My response would have been, “President Bush isn’t running for office.”

    I heart Krauthammer! (He’s also quite an inspiration.) Where can I meet a guy smart and of dry-wit like him?

  7. jwcoop Says:
    September 13th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    And you’re an idiot, Graves! Linking yourself to such an obnoxious site is bad enuf’, but you match it with liberal-think talking points in your effort to pull Palin down. Have some intellectual honesty, guy. Oh. I’m sorry. Lefties like you most likely have neither.

    “…it borders a bunch of barren Russian land in the middle of nowhere.” You’re right. So did South Korea when the North Koreans attacked. Ask a Korean War vet how THAT worked out for them!

    And ask the Afghans how much protection THEIR barren land gave them from Russian invasion.


  8. RT Says:
    September 14th, 2008 at 3:13 am

    HERE is Krauthammer’s column on the “Bush Doctrine” issue. (Thought it would be good to add the primary source.

  9. grimjack Says:
    September 14th, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I’ll honestly say that I didn’t know which Bush Doctrine he was asking about either. Had he wanted to seem like an impartial journalist, he would have rephrased his question. Or perhaps asked his real question.

    I would like someone to ask her or McCain why they are running an ad saying she stopped the ”bridge to nowhere’ when that is a blatent lie. Can’t they actually find something she really did? McCain had more to do with stopping the bridge then she did. I’d like to see the media focus on how McCain calls Obama and Biden elitists when he owns 9 houses. If the democrats spend the next 6 weeks focusing on Palin, we will be cursed with at least 4 more years of horrific Republican rule.