Gibson’s Palin interview

Charlie Gibson of ABC news has gotten the first and, so far, only interview with Alaska Governor and GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.  This is important since it is our first chance to see her answering tough questions, as opposed to giving prepared remarks.  Gibson apparently spend a full day with her and the interview itself is being released in installments.

Slate magazine thinks Gibson did a good job, though he didn’t closely follow their suggested questions. They say Palin was “flummoxed” by his question on the Bush Doctrine, which required her to be able to identify it. Apparently, the governor’s views on foreign policy are close to those of President Bush: she would be willing to launch a preventative invasion of another country–which is different from a preemptive invasion.  In another article, Slate correspondent Fred Kaplan characterized the governor’s answers as very shallow:

But it was painfully obvious—from the rote nature of her responses, the repetitions of hammered-home phrases, and the non sequiturs that leapt up when she found herself led around an unfamiliar bend—that there is not a millimeter of depth undergirding those recitations, that she had never given a moment’s thought to these matters before two weeks ago.

And why should she have? As governor of Alaska, nothing in her line of duties has compelled her to pay attention to such matters—and that is precisely the point.

The Telegraph has collected some excerpts on foreign policy questions here.  A longer transcript of the first part of the interview is available here.  Readers may also want to view some video clips of the interview, as some have accused Gibson of being condescending or sexist in his questioning.  Readers are encouraged to inform themselves and to make up their own minds.

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2 comments so far

  1. jonolan on

    I – while sadly accepting her limitations – liked her answers and id not find them shallow. I do not find declarative answers devoid of dissembling shallow. I find them a welcome change in the modern world of nuanced political responses to questions.

    As for Gibson’s behavior, he came across as a little condescending but in now possible way sexist. Of course Gibson normally comes across as a bit condescending or superior, so this is just par for the course.

    There were also a few flaws in the editing of the interview that made it seem as if Gibson was interrupting Palin or otherwise hurrying things along.

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