MSM Bias, Thy Name is Charlie Gibson
“Is it not enough to know that they are servants of the Enemy?… Flee them! Speak no words to them! They are deadly!”
So is Gildor’s advice to Frodo concerning the Black Riders from Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Rings.
And, such is the advice any GOP candidate, especially Palin, should heed when dealing with the MSM. The problem with agreeing to be interviewed with Gibson was that it would not further your candidacy. All you could hope to do, at best, is come out even.
I’ll leave it to someone like William Katz to point out the aspects of staging and showmanship that puts Palin at a disadvantage and the need to create some distance between the performer and the audience. Palin needs, like Reagan, to talk over the heads of the MSM directly to the American electorate. Anything filtered through the MSM will be distorted, badly, to that conservative’s disadvantage. Here’s a comparison of Palin’s questions from Gibson as compared to the softball questions he asked Obama. (see Nancy Kallitechnis on the Hillary Clinton Forum) Then, here’s Allesandra Stanley’s take from NYT courtesy Urgent Agenda:
Mr. Gibson, who sat back in his chair, impatiently wriggling his foot, had the skeptical, annoyed tone of a university president who agrees to interview the daughter of a trustee but doesn’t believe she merits admission.
Finally, here’s a transcript of what actually went on the air and what would up on the cutting room floor. Here’s one quote that never made it on TV:
But NATO, I think, should include Ukraine, definitely, at this point and I think that we need to — especially with new leadership coming in on January 20, being sworn on, on either ticket, we have got to make sure that we strengthen our allies, our ties with each one of those NATO members.
We have got to make sure that that is the group that can be counted upon to defend one another in a very dangerous world today.
GIBSON: And you think it would be worth it to the United States, Georgia is worth it to the United States to go to war if Russia were to invade.
PALIN: What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries.
And we have got to be vigilant. We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.
It doesn’t have to lead to war and it doesn’t have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries.
His mission, if it is to control energy supplies, also, coming from and through Russia, that’s a dangerous position for our world to be in, if we were to allow that to happen.
This whole affair, this interview, was, in a genteel way, set up to destroy Palin. The crude attacks on her 17 year-old daughter didn’t work. So, it was now Gibson’s task to politely strangle Palin in a beautiful living room setting. Gibson’s body language, camera angles, facial expressions, tone of voice were all calculated to place Palin in as bad a light as possible.
Oh, it couldn’t be too over the top. ABC and Gibson knew that such treatment would only serve to reinforce the impression of gender bias. And, that would defeat the whole purpose of Gibson’s interview. But, fortunately, the bias leaked through.
Frankly, this no longer the era of the big three networks and the NYT. I can never figure out why conservatives need to prove themselves or seek the approval of the MSM. There’s talk radio, the internet and Fox to provide favorable, or at least unfiltered, channels of communication. Most people have figured out that the MSM merely channels propaganda. That’s why NYT’s stock in tanking. People who need accurate information have learned to sift through a number of sources to get to the truth. It’s almost getting to be like Pravda in the old USSR–you assume the opposite of what the MSM is saying is the truth.