Sunday, September 21, 2008

Media Bias: Sarah Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson

Remember that big interview Sarah Palin did with Charlie Gibson of ABC News? Well, ABC released the full transcript of the original interview, not just what was shown on TV. Newsbusters describes how ABC did some serious editing to make her look less knowledgeable and experienced, more like a warmongerer, more like a "scary fundamentalist" and less like a reasonable Christian. Really interesting read, you should definitely check it out.

Also read Charles Krauthammer on Gibson's question about the Bush Doctrine. Liberals are crowing that Palin didn't know what the Bush Doctrine is and thus betrayed her ignorance of foreign policy. Krauthammer says Gibson got it very wrong and betrayed his "establishment snobbery and intellectual condescension" in the process.

This kind of clear media bias in misleading editing just shows why you can't believe everything you hear on TV. You need to make sure you're getting information from a variety of sources and checking it against what you know. I know, this is harder and takes time and effort and thought, but it's important.

(I know the interview was something like a week and a half ago, so I apologize for the tardiness of this post, but if you live in central Ohio you know we've been dealing with crazy power outages and so on. Anyway, I think it's still relevant.)

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