Monday, September 08, 2008

Palin allows power puff interview on ABC

Seeking to deflect the public perception that Palin is afraid of the media, the campaign has announced she will sit for multiple interviews with John Gibson of ABC, sometime later this week. What a bad joke this is going to be.

McCain campaign manager, Rick Davis defended Palin's seclusion earlier, stating:
So until at which point in time we feel like the news media is going to treat her with some level of respect and deference, I think it would be foolhardy to put her out into that kind of environment.”
The campaign is trying to spin this as a hard hitting, no holds barred affair.
McCain spokesman Salter said the offer was made the day after the Republican convention and that there were no ground rules on what could be asked.
Well, that's because they found their patsy, who would show "proper deference" in Gibson. As Steve Benen points out:
It just so happens that only one network journalist got an exclusive sit-down interview with John McCain during the Republican convention, and that too was ABC's John Gibson. McCain appeared to enjoy the discussion -- he claimed that Palin opposed earmarks, Palin's physical proximity to Russia amounts to foreign-policy experience, Obama believes Iran is a "tiny problem," and one of Palin's "primary responsibilities" as governor is "national security." All of these claims are demonstrably false, but Gibson didn't challenge McCain on any of them.
This isn't going to a softball interview. It's going to be a wiffleball interview designed solely to further Palin's celebrity status. When the campaign admitted they were going to make this an American Idol style race, totally devoid of issues, I believe this sort of media avail is exactly what they had in mind.

Gibson may surprise us and challenge the spin Palin is now being coached in on the last day, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Deference? DEFERENCE???

Harry H. tapdancing Krishna - if there isn't an insurrection before nightfall there is no hope for America.

Can you believe it's the REPUBLICANS asking for deference for their candidate?

11:39:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Mindboggling isn't it? The GOP are turning this into an American Idol contest. Who cares what happens to the country? Palin will make a much better puppet than Bush did. She's a much better liar.

12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I don't think too many Americans have enough of a mind to boggle. Listen to them cheer as the country goes to hell.

I'm not going with them. I'll send y'all a postcard from Tortola.

12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Fogg, I beg of you to take me with you....

12:38:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

I just heard the latest diatribe from Palin-drone about Obama's earmark requests for Illinois, which they calculated on a per capita basis. Blah-blah-blah.

Well, here is something worth blogging about: How about the $1,200 oil revenue rebate that every Alaskan received last year ... while those of us in the lower 48 paid premium prices for gas at the pump. Why not share those oil revenues with ALL consumers, not just those in Alaska? Where are Palin's priorities? Is she for American consumers, or only for Alaskans? It should be pointed out that those oil revenues muscled out of producers and rebated to Alaskans [by Palin] were paid by the rest of us.

Go ahead. Blog about it.

12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Well to be fair SC, she's not responsible for the rest of the states as governor of AK, but it does indicate that she has no clue how to deal with federal deficits. I've already blogged that over in DetNews. I do most of my GOP bashing over there.

I also heard some crap from the campaign about a billion worth of earmarks. Oddly, I had a link from the AP that says he didn't ask for any this year and only asked for 311 mil last. The breakdown was 300 bucks per citizen in AK and 27 bucks in IL. So I don't where they're getting those figures, but I feel sure it's another one of the half-truths they're so good at.

3:39:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

Well to be fair SC, she's not responsible for the rest of the states as governor of AK

For a family of four, a rebate of $1,200 per person means a total rebate of $4,800 per household. Simple arithmetic. My point is that Palin gouged this out of the oil companies on behalf of her own citizens while the citizens of the lower 48 states paid for this rebate in terms of higher prices at the pump.

Doubling dealing, I would call it. The oil industry brings jobs and rebates to Alaska citizens while the rest of the country gets stuck with the bill ... complements of Palin. That is my point.

4:00:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I get the point and it's irritating, I agree.

4:48:00 PM  

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