posted on Sep, 12 2008 @ 11:02 AM
This last week we saw ABC's Gibson try again and again to "get" Palin in his interview. It was obvious to most of us that this interview would
present a very stark contrast to his little chat with Obama and we weren't let down.
Lets start with Gibson's first question to Palin:
CHARLES GIBSON: Governor, let me start by asking you a question that I asked John McCain about you, and it is really the central question.
Can you look the country in the eye and say "I have the experience and I have the ability to be not just Vice President, but perhaps President of the
United States of America?"
The question is what you typically see form the media when interviewing a Republican. First he casts doubt on her by saying the phrase "look them in
the eye", implying shes lying and asks her to tell us all that she has experience.
Compare that to his first question to Obama:
CHARLES GIBSON: Next, the presidential race and our attempt to explore the private side of the candidates, to learn about the events and the
influences that have shaped them and brought them to this point in their political careers. So today in our “Who Is?” series, a Democrat
relatively new to national politics, Senator Barack Obama.
Notice is introduces him to the audience. The question of if hes experience enough is spun in to a quest to learn "who is he?". Instead of casting
the question negatively they spin it positively.
The Obama interview continues like this, moving through his child hood and upbringing. Ignoring any of his so called experience, in place of a
biography. Where is all the concern of experience? You can read
the rest of the transcript here.
In conclusion, some comparisons of questions asked of the two candidates.
GIBSON: And you didn't say to yourself, "Am I experienced enough? Am I ready?”
There is actually no question to compare it to. Every question he asked Obama was about his book and growing up.
Dont get me wrong, I beleive Palin should be asked these questions. I'd just like the same standard applied to Obama.
[edit on 12-9-2008 by Dronetek]