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Media Bias Is As Easy As ABC

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Watching Sarah Palin’s interview by ABC’s Charlie Gibson, it was chopped up and taken out of context. The Alaskan governor handled herself well despite being portrayed as a religious fanatic. Carol Platt Liebau and Amanda Carpenter, Townhall bloggers have the actual comments and ABC’s slice and dice spin:

I’ve suspected for some time that the next page in the playbook is to make Sarah Palin sound like some kind of religious wacko (payback, perhaps, for the genuinely offensive Jeremiah Wright?). Here’s a prime example, in fact. And a significant omission on Charlie Gibson’s part tonight only reinforces my suspicion. Here’s the exchange:

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.

Only problem is that the quote is not a complete one — and the omission changes its substance markedly.

The full Palin quote is as follows: Sarah Palin was asking listeners to pray that “our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.” That’s quite a difference — but one any real journalist is capable of understanding (Juliet Eilperin put the quote in its proper context in this WaPo piece; MSNBC got it right here.) Rather than declaring, in essence, that God is on our side, she was asking for prayers that we are on His.

The best thing about blogging is that conservatives can correct the bias immediately and stop the drive-by media’s hatchet jobs on their enemies. Check out the entire interview at Townhall. Carol links to the biased reporting from Huffington and others. I just refuse to link to the lunatic fringe. I can’t handle their hate.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

September 11, 2008 at 11:57 pm

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