Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Palin Interview: Uncut & Unedited
To all those who critize Palin's television interview with ABC's Charles Gibson, much of her responses to the questions didn't even make it to television, ending up instead on the cutting room floor.

Is your politics fully informed?


At 12:28 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Honestly, does it really even matter at this point? Will the added dialog really change any minds on either side?

Actually, if the Palin camp wants to complain, tell them to get in line behind all they other Democrats and Republicans interviewed by the media before her.

"Is your politics fully informed?"

Haha, sure thing I believe whatever wants me to ;)

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Granite -

Read this, and tell my you want this woman to hold the second position of highest office in our country:

Letter to Colonel Grimes - Troopergate

Now - everything about her politics and beliefs aside, my lefty liberal bias and east coast elitist streak thinks that this makes her sound like a 10th grade cheerleader in a cat fight.

Let me extract some of her communication skills:

"Let me share again with you just a few of the many episodes in Wooten's recent past that have been discussed with Wooten's supervisors after the episodes were publicly discussed by Wooten with many in our community who are left scratching their heads regarding Wooten's poor reflection of the Trooper mission to prevent loss of life and property as a result of illegal or unsafe acts."

Or ... the several typos in from her personal recommendation of said trooper (Wooten) ... "asssited" "aggitated" "beleive"

Or ... for a little family drama, in her Troopergate interview with a trooper regarding a Wooten incident:

So I could see right into the living room. If you drive by her house it's set up perfectly. I could see in the living room. PAYTON the 12 year old was standing there with one of the babies on his hip. MIKE, MOLLY was standing in the living room. They had come down from the bedroom where they ummm, where MIKE was screaming at her. Umm, I could see this all so clearly on a dark night (GUESS SHE MISSED THE STORMY PART - MY EDIT). MIKE was obviously in a rage. Waving his arms around, pacing. I could tell he was screaming. Ummm, I could see this clearly through the window and I thought, "He is gonna blow it." He, he there's no other step for him to take next except from physical violence. Ummm, I went over to the neighbors driveway then after observing through MIK the window, MIKE's body language, his physical rage. Ummmm, the neighbor met me out there in the driveway. The neighbor and I watched through the window. And then the neighbor and I had to head on into CHUGIAK. I HAD A MEEING THAT I COULDN'T MISS. I told the neighbor, I said 'Could you stnad by and just make sure that, ummm, MOLLY and the kids are okay in there. Cause it's looking dangerous.' And I said "MOLLY knows, she, you know she can calle me on her cell phone. She knows to call 9-1-1- and PAYTON does. Ummm and he's old enough to know how to do that.

And ummm ... after standing there watching MIKE freaking out for however long, probably 15 minutes ... ummm .. .I HAD TO LEAVE. I TOOK OFF."

Well ... obviously it's a bit dramatized, but I love the fact that she's willing to state that this guy is apparently so mad he's going to beat up her sister (and kids?) - she apparently can't call 911 herself, and then decides to TAKE OFF for a meeting... Gotta love it...

This woman is a frickin' nutcase. EOS.


At 9:01 PM, Blogger Granite said...

There are definite strong opinions being formed on either side that's for sure. The point is to highlight the power of editing and positioning when influencing opinion. Editing of interviews, camera positioning vis a vis filmed subjects. The Atlantic photos controversy regarding McCain is another example. The photographer purposefully lit McCain in unflattering light to create a grotesquery. I remember reading a verbatim transcript of an interview with Obama, including all the ums, ahs, uhs that he is want to do during the course of his answering. Hearing it mostly passes over, but reading it was brutal. These things have an effect and can influence subliminally if not actively recognized and there appears to be a lot of it going around. That's why C-Span is the best source for TV news because by and large they give you an unvarnished camera roll of political speakers. A good medium if television has one. hahahah talkingpointsmemo. You can definitely get into the weeds on this.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Brian said...

...and another reason I don't feel sorry for Palin, the whole "exclusive" interview of a politician who won't talk to the press.

Every other politician on the planet you have to drag kicking and screaming off the Sunday talk show circuit. This is what you get when your first and only post convention interview is a "Mariah Carey/Barbra Walters" style interview.

Why are they protecting her? Is there something they don't want us to know about her?

"But the press will be mean to her"... boo hoo. Tell that to Mitt, Hillary, Rudy, Edwards, and every candidate before her... the press is not your friend, get used to it.

You don't talk, the press starts to dig. You say the same things over and over when proven wrong by the press, you get Charlie Gibson trying to get you to crack on TV.

These are my theories on Palin:
* She's dug herself too far in a hole that she knows she'll get crucified if she tries to correct herself.
* She's just blindly reading a script handed to her by the McCain staff (which I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt she's not).
* She and the McCain camp just don't care if what she says is true or not. Just keep carpet bombing the public till the lies "seem" true.

I mean its a pretty strong statement when you get the "Dark Lord" himself Rove to basically say of McCain's ads: "Whoa... I think they better watch themselves" ;)

At 11:57 PM, Blogger gagknee said...

i think that anonymous geo is using the same argument against palin that 18th century white landowners used against women's suffrage.

"Thine women are but freakin' nuts, man."

At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No gagknee ... I know plenty of sane women. SP just does not appear to be one of them. She seems petty, vindictive, insecure, a questionable parent, and narrow-minded ... oh, and a liar (of course, she's a politician, so I guess she could be excused on that count).


At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the latest kick in the teeth (from the McCain campaign trying to sweep away troopergate by saying that Monegan was dismissed because of budget disagreements):

“The last straw, the McCain campaign said, was in July, when Monegan planned to travel to Washington to seek federal money for a plan to assign troopers, judges and prosecutors who could exclusively handle sexual assault cases — one of the state’s most intractable crime problems.

In a July 7 e-mail, John Katz, the governor’s special counsel, noted two problems with the trip: The governor hadn’t agreed the money should be sought, and the request was “out of sequence with our other appropriations requests and could put a strain on the evolving relationship between the Governor and Sen. (Ted) Stevens.”

Ummm … So, if I understand this - barring the most probably explanation that SP is lying through her teeth again - The McCain campaign faults SP's Chief of Department of Public Safety for taking initiative (being a MAVERICK) to bring money to the state to solve the problem of sexual assault (instead of ... oh ... studying the mating habits of crabs, or building 600 million dollar bridges to Wasilla, pop 7000), or doing anything else reasonable with the money).

And SP is a mayor in the town where rape victims ARE charged for test kits, and personally believes that rape victims should not be allowed to have an abortion, and appears to believe that the sexual assault problem in Alaska (2.5 the national average - and higher for assaults on minors) is not a problem worth budgetary consideration?

Does this woman - and the McCain campgain for that matter - have no shame? “The governor hadn’t agreed the money should be sought”. Don't they see the irony in pressing this issue as a reason for Monegan's firing...


At 10:35 AM, Anonymous You Who's wife said...

I didn't watch the original interview and I didn't read the entire transcript. I did read all the parts that were cut out in an effort to understand your point. I have to say that nothing I read changed my opinion of the governor and it didn't give me any sense that she was misrepresented by the editing.

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Hey, can you translate this from McCain's energy expert Palin?

Are we going to ban crude oil exports to Canada or something?

At 10:44 PM, Blogger Granite said...

heh. Yeah, I didn't hear her utter the words "Big Oil". That's a more cogent means to discuss the energy issue. Oh well, she'll learn.

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Tim said...

Please post the CBS interview. This woman is not made for prime time. She speaks the right rhetoric which makes conservatives gush. She really gives a bad name for informed conservative citizens. To support this woman is to a bumper sticker and not a leader.


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