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ABC News Edited Out Key Parts of Sarah Palin Interview
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. The first edit shows Palin responding about meeting with foreign leaders but this was actually in response to a question Gibson asked several questions earlier:
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?
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
-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]
Originally posted by Dronetek
You must have made a really good point Loam, because they moved you to the basement that is "education and media". We got ourselves a microcosm of the main stream media in the ATS forums! Fascinating.
[edit on 15-9-2008 by Dronetek]
Or maybe they moved this because it has more to do with the media than anything else.
Though since there isn't any transcript other than on Mark Levin's website I doubt the media is even involved.
Originally posted by Dronetek
A Public Challenge to Charles Gibson at ABC News
Two manipulative editing techniques stand out in particular:
1. In all of the shows on which excerpts from the interview were broadcast, the videotape editors rarely let Palin finish a thought with a full reply. Instead, they selected only a fragmentary response, sometimes even cutting her off in mid-sentence. Any viewer can see this for himself, by the abruptness of the cutaways from her words followed by awkward jump-cuts to something else. This often left false impressions about her responsiveness to questions, the extent of her knowledge, and the nuances of her positions.
2. Watching the various ABC shows scattered over two days, I also discovered that their editors broadcast different fragmentary replies by Palin to the same questions. One could know that only by watching all of those shows and comparing which of several Palin responses was paired with the same question. On one show, a selected fragment might be so terse, incomplete, and off-point as to make Palin appear to be foolish or evasive; but if one watched a different ABC show, he'd find that its editors had selected a different Palin response to that same question -- a response that was thoughtful and on-point.
On its website, ABC has now published links to what it calls "full excerpts" from all three of your interviews with Palin. This is, of course, deceptive. A "full" interview transcript is unedited and complete; something taken from an interview is an "excerpt." "Full excerpts" is therefore a contradiction in terms: The two words are mutually exclusive.
ABC appears to be trying to convince its viewers that these "full excerpts" include everything that Palin said. You and I both know that this is untrue: They include only those portions of her comments that ABC chose to broadcast. The very fact that they are "excerpts" means that ABC is holding back material that, for whatever reasons, it does not choose to reveal.