Charles Gibson Gets It Wrong In His Attempt At A ‘Gotcha’ Question

Who are the Dems and the left kidding? They are not advocating “change” of any kind. They are simply trying to bring back the same old tired out failings that the left has been peddling for years. And it is not just the Obama camp but it is also the media that supports Obama who are guilty of this.

Take for example Charles Gibson. He clearly meant for his interview with Governor Sarah Palin to be a hit-piece and I am sure that the – ahem – “forum” to be hosted by George Stephanopoulos will uncover every single little detail to “prove” Govenor Palin is unfit, even if it means making a mountain out of a molehill.

Gibson already laid the groundwork for this by making a major mistake in his pre-interview research and then allowing the mistake, Govenor Palin’s attempt at a correction and his assertion that he was correct, to be broadcast.

John Podhoretz of Commentary Magazine caught it:

ABC has released excerpts from Charlie Gibson’s interview with Sarah Palin, and in one of them, he attempts to catch her out by asking her to explain something she said:

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.

In fact, it was not the exact quote; and the way Gibson quoted her is a complete misrepresentation of what she said. It may, indeed, be close to the opposite of what she said. This is the actual quote, and it’s from an article in a Palin-unfriendly source, The Huffington Post:

“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. “That’s 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 was asking the congregation to “pray…that our leaders…are sending [soldiers] out on a task that is from God.”

She was precisely not declaring that the task was from God. She specifically said the church’s congregants should pray “that that plan is God’s plan.” There would be no need for such a prayer if it were a fact to her and to them.

Gibson gave a misleading quote, Governor Palin let him know that it was misleading, and Gibson stood by his mistake. And now he has been caught.

Governor Palin went on to explain:

“[T]he reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln’s words when he said…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.”

Lincoln’s quote: “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Charles Gibson Gets It Wrong
John Podhoretz
Commentary Magazine
September 11, 2008

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One Response

  1. I have always respected Charlie Gibson but I am beginning to have different thoughts. He botched the debate that he moderated and now he misquotes Sarah Palin in an attempt to discredit her. I guess ABC is in the get Sarah game too. What a waste. Sarah may have her flaws but she is real. If the media would quit playing games maybe the public would be less cynical about the political process. The media was unfair to Hillary as well and once again ABC was in the thick of it. Anyone who thinks the democrats have an original idea at all concerning change just needs to listen a little closer. I am a registered Democrat but they will not get my vote this time.

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