Gotcha Journalism

Ha ha ha ha! With this clip, we're of course setting ourselves up to be pyred by cranky do-gooders demanding we be "balanced" if we're going to be political. Sorry, do-gooders, but we just can't find any footage of Barack Obama or Joe Biden so obviously ducking questions about what they read.

To quote Kathleen Parker: "If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself."

Oct 1, 2008 · posted by Cord Jefferson, MollyGood · Link · 58 Responses
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Comments (58)

No. 1 Chelsea says:

I seriously wanted to have sex with this clip, I love it that much. When does this part air on CBS?

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 9:07 am
No. 2 Chris says:

They aired this on GMA this morning, and juxtaposed it with Tina Fey/Amy Poehler from Saturday Night Live last weekend, and Tina Fey is so SPOT ON it's not even funny.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 9:15 am
No. 3 Gabi says:

Here's the full piece:

And you know what reeeeally bothers me? How Palin and McCain insist that they 'really truly' don't pass judgment on those who "choose" to engage in such immoral activities as homosexuality and abortion (Palin even has a gay best friend! Wow, what a highly original assertion of tolerance!), but are still trying to pass legislation that will bar them from making those choices. I HATE it when evangelicals like Palin try to pass off intolerance as compassion.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 9:28 am
No. 4 Chris says:

To Gabi: I agree. And the fact that they blatantly label the actions "immoral" even though that "don't pass judgment" shows how truly hypocritical they are about the issue.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 9:35 am
No. 5 kwitcherbitchen says:

why would anyone want her one heartbeat away from becoming our president?

I believe she has gotten by on looks alone for a long time…..

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 9:43 am
No. 6 J says:

I thought this was a totally ridiculous question. It was met by a ridiculous answer. Katie Couric is not a journalist. I wish actual issues were discussed…. I think newspapers and abortion are the least of our problems. Then again, most americans are totally incompetent and wouldn't understand the implications of hearing about the real issues anyway. depressed=me.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 9:48 am
No. 7 Knibb High Football Rules says:

I like how she said her gay BFF made the "choice" to be gay…not a choice a PALIN would ever make, of course…but she "loves her dearly" anyway. I think that explains a lot.

Also, she has a "great appreciation for the press" - unless said press is one of those gotcha journalists, of course.

Can she just please go away?

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 9:48 am
No. 8 say what? says:

why is it a ridiculous question?

I'd like to know how a candidate for pres/vp stays informed.

don't you think it's interesting that she couldn't name even ONE newspaper she reads? she couldn't even just say "the Anchorage Daily News"?

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 9:59 am
No. 9 Chelsea says:

J- I'm assuming you're a man since you say abortion [is] the least of our problems. I can tell you that this woman poses a SERIOUS risk to my rights as a woman, including my right to choose. And we have focused on the so-called important issues, and Palin fails on all of those as well.

Question: Why don't you think it's important for the potential vice president to be educated on issues and read the newspaper? She could have also laughed this off and said she follows the younger generations and gets her news online, but she didn't. She is ill-equipped to lead the state of Alaska and certainly this country. I'm questioning her capacity to have even run Wasilla.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:00 am
No. 10 Gabi says:

To J: How is asking a pointed question on how well-informed Palin is about national and international issues ridiculous? When in her previous interview with Couric she gave that whole spiel about "My parents didn't give me a passport and a backpack… I learned about the world through books, education and mediums that provided me with perspective on the world, etc."

So remind me how it's ridiculous of Couric to inquire into specific examples of these 'mediums' in which Palin claims she has educated herself on the world and current affairs. Her inability to answer the question shows how rote her original answer was and how obviously it had been crafted and hammered into her head by the campagin advisers.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:04 am
No. 11 kwitcherbitchen says:

I think
katie gave her easy questions and she still couldn't handle it

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:08 am
No. 12 sar says:

It's one thing if you can't remember the name of a paper. It's another if you don't know what the papers are saying - that should have been the question.

Did she say Alaska was a microcosm of America? Can it be that, if it actually IS America? No?

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:16 am
No. 13 Whatever says:

I agree with J on the question being just pointless. No newspaper in the US gives you the entire truth.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:19 am
No. 14 wtr says:

I don't think its that she couldn't name a paper, its that she wouldn't name a paper. It was a smart answer. If she names a certain paper then suddenly everything that was ever written in it, good or bad, will then become what she believes.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:29 am
No. 15 Chelsea says:

Not true at all, wtr. You're being paranoid–we've got enough shit from her own mouth to crucify her on, we don't need to worry if she's a secret liberal for reading The Huffington Post, or whatever it is you're blathering on about.

Face it, this woman in unqualified and couldn't name a newspaper because McCain's people never bothered to make it a talking point.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:39 am
No. 16 Ruby Jackson says:

It's a totally legit question. If I tell you that my primary sources for on-line news are the SFGate and Salon, you know I'm liberal. If she tells you she relies on the Christian Science Monitor, that tells you a lot about how she thinks.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:42 am
No. 17 wtr says:

I'm sorry was a blathering again? I hate when I do that. Do you honestly believe she doesn't read a newspaper?

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:44 am
No. 18 em says:

Not only is it a legitimate question, it's a fucking easy question. She couldn't have just lied and thrown out some names like "The Economist" or the fucking "Wall Street Journal"? Even if all she reads is "Us Weekly" ("Palin shoots a wolf from a plane–SHE'S JUST LIKE US!!!"), she couldn't at least bullshit her way through the question???

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:45 am
No. 19 em says:

Also, why would she have any qualms about listing the papers she reads? It's not like she's being paid by a particular paper/magazine, and can't read (or, "pretend read") anything else. This isn't like Britney Spears shilling for Pepsi and refusing to name anything else that she drinks. Totally different situation.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:47 am
No. 20 Caroline says:

She's a journalism major! You would think she would read newspapers and magazines..especially when she was sitting on the can after a large feast on politically incorrectly killed moose. And if she really wanted to impress she could have mentioned blogs she that would have been savvy.

Who is coaching this woman?? Seems they need to pull out someone like Annie Sullivan to help this bitch…

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:52 am
No. 21 spottsy says:

WTR - I understand what you are saying. It seems that's what a lot of Palin supports are saying as well. I think she could've made an effort to actually answer the question though. Like Chelsea said, she could at least say what sort of resources she uses (newspapers, internet, etc.) instead of saying "all of them" or "whatever is put in front of me". She's like a robot who wasn't programmed correctly when she's asked a question that she wasn't anticipating or prepped for.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 10:55 am
No. 22 Haydn says:

All she had to do was pick one paper or magazine like Newsweek, US Weekly, The Economist, The National Enquirer. Alternatively a website or a tv news network, like Fox even. Biden's going to take her to the cleaners in the debate, it'll be one for the history book folks.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:01 am
No. 23 Gabi says:

T minus 1 day, people! I'm heading to a debate tonight at University College Dublin on the election so it'll be interesting to hear what Republicans Abroad's representative has to say on the 'Palin Problem'. How anyone can honestly defend her is beyond me.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:10 am
No. 24 em says:

I'm a little cautious to say that Biden's going to do so well at the debates on Thursday. The bar has been set so low for Caribou Barbie that if she's doesn't drool and trip over her own feet, she's going to come off looking like a fucking Rhodes scholar.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:12 am
No. 25 Chelsea says:

Seems like everything else has been covered by these fine MGers, but I will say that yes, wtr, I HONESTLY think that she doesn't read a newspaper. And plenty of people don't, print is dead as they say. But then say where you do get your news instead.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:16 am
No. 26 ilnazhad says:

Another thing to hate about all of this is that it makes Katie Couric look intelligent and qualified.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:16 am
No. 27 Whatever says:

Get the facts right em… Shooting the wolves from the plane was to PROTECT the Caribou popultaion in 9% of the state of Alaska. I love how you just say she lets people shoot from a plane. They are controlling the popultaion of wolves. Like you would want if you lived somewhere your cows were being killed by coyotes. You need to dig a little deeper thanm MollyGood to get your information. I did. Let me be clear I am not a Palin hater or lover… I am a person who hears something and actually investigates to get to the truth. Like I did with McCain smear add about teaching kids about sex in K. That is not the whole truth.. he wanted to protect them from child molesters.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:31 am
No. 28 Whatever says:

Excuse me… than. He,Obama.Before I get ripped apart.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:32 am
No. 29 Crumb says:

I would just like to take this moment to thank Cord for ridding me of my crush on him. I wasn't a "cranky" do-gooder until I read this post. I was just a regular ole do-gooder. But now I am officially cranky and will probably not read this site again.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:35 am
No. 30 em says:

Whatever, don't insult my intelligence by saying that I only get my news from one source. And I really don't give a fuck about population control, because when people I know hunt for population control purposes, they don't do it from a fucking plane.

Oh, and good for you for reading other news sites. I think most people do that anyway, but gold star for you!

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:37 am
No. 31 Whatever says:

LOL that Biden does not say anything stupid.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:38 am
No. 32 Whatever says:

Yeah sure em.. I can see you all over this blog. Christ they even highlight your witty comments. Yeah you are right they should walk through the snow for miles hunting wolves. F the lives of people, children or live stock that are being attacked by the wolves. No you are right. Keep only getting on side and spreading it. If you are getting both sides than why not tell it.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:42 am
No. 33 Whatever says:


Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:43 am
No. 34 mutterhals says:


Here is a little light reading re: aerial hunting…

2. Doesn???t federal law make aerial hunting illegal? Yes. The use of aircraft to shoot or harass animals from the air is illegal under the Airborne Hunting Act, enacted in 1972. The act was passed after a nationwide outcry against the aerial hunting of wolves in Alaska
3. How can Alaska promote aerial hunting? For more than 30 years, the state of Alaska has attempted to circumvent the intent of the Airborne Hunting Act by exploiting a loophole in the law allowing states to ???administer??? wildlife using aircraft. Under the guise of wildlife management, Alaska contends its current aerial hunting program is not hunting at all but constitutes legitimate wildlife management that artificially boosts wild moose and caribou populations.
4. Is Alaska???s program ???aerial hunting??? or ???wildlife management???? The circumstances surrounding Alaska???s program make it clear that the state is allowing aerial hunting, which is banned by federal law. The state exploits a loophole in the AHA to allow private hunters and private pilots, rather than Alaska Department of Fish and Game personnel, to ???control??? wolves from the air or chase them to exhaustion and shoot them from the ground. The hunters are allowed to keep the pelts as trophies or sell them for profit instead of turning them over to wildlife officials. This spring, the state went so far as to offer a reward of $150 for each left foreleg of wolves killed within designated areas and turned into state officials. A state court identified this as a bounty, which is illegal under state law, and halted the program before any bounties were paid. In addition, the stated purpose of Alaska???s aerial hunting programs is to artificially boost game species populations for the benefit of hunters, even though the AHA clearly prohibits both aerial hunting and aerial harassment of animals. Finally, the state Board of Game has set target numbers for moose and caribou populations that are so high they will likely never be reached, allowing the aerial hunting program to continue indefinitely. These targets are often based on historical highs reached when there was extensive control of predators prior to statehood

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:49 am
No. 35 uncle walt says:

The shooting of wolves from planes is to increase the caribou populations falsely so that they could charge more people to go in and hunt the caribou.

Whole hunting argument is circular, they say they have to hunt the caribou to keep their numbers down so that they won't starve. But they kill the natural predators so that the human hunters can have their fun.

It has nothing to do with conservation and everything to do with the profitability of the Alaskan hunting industry.

And, also, some sick motherfuckers think it's fun to chase a wolf down by airplane and shoot it when it gets too exhausted to run anymore.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:51 am
No. 36 uncle walt says:

I guess we were both typing at the same time.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:52 am
No. 37 admittedlyaddicted says:

I can see where she should have at least generalized the question to say WHAT medium she reads (online, newspapers, etc.) - I also agree that not answering specifically was smart, for the same reason mentioned above. (#14)

I agree, she usually falls short in interviews, but I can't help but wonder if some of this isn't defensive from all the attacks. I know if I was getting railed and nitpicked in interviews, my interviews would get worse and worse because I would be scared to say ANYTHING. And frankly, I watch all the clips Cord posts and in some of them, I didn't take what she said the same way it was posted on here…

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:53 am
No. 38 mutterhals says:

And for the record, I don't have a problem with hunting. I do have a problem with lazy fucks who hunt animals from aircrafts.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:54 am
No. 39 Chelsea says:

AdAd–It could certainly be nerves. For the first time ever, I found myself agreeing with Pat Buchanan. He admitted she was sucking, and said the McCain people should have gotten her started on the conservative circuit to let her get her sea legs. But be honest, Katie Couric was asking a lot of softball questions and Sarah Palin failed, and hard, on many of them. We're not talking about Walter Cronkite here, it's a woman named Katie for god's sake. If she can't handle journalists, what does that say about her diplomacy skills?

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 11:59 am
No. 40 MacChick says:

No one can avoid a question like Palin! I don't buy it that Palin is acting defensive from all the interviews. Is anyone really stupid enough to think that being the VP of our country is a piece of cake and that she SHOULDN'T be able to answer tough questions? And how tough is it really to answer what friggin' books or newspapers you read. It's not a hard questions and if she can't think on her feet and come up with a viable answer then MAYBE, JUST MAYBE she shouldn't be running for the Vice Presidency. Sheesh. Let's make more excuses and adjustments for her ineptness.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:06 pm
No. 41 em says:

They highlight my witty comments? REALLY? Who's they? Maybe I haven't been paying attention, but I don't think there are posts dedicated to my awesomeness. First off I don't think I'm that witty, but hey, if you say so, I'll take that as a compliment.

I hear both sides–hell, you know what? Even though I've always been a democrat, I wanted McCain to get the nomination in 2000–you know, the McCain who told Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell to fuck off–before he became some senile pandering idiot who has not problem calling his wife the c-word in public. And I really don't think I have the responsibility to 'spread' both sides. I'm not the writer of this blog, and why does anyone care about my opinion anyway? According to you, I'm just some Obama-bot who only gets my news from Mollygood and can't admit that shooting wolves from a plane for fun isn't a cowardly thing to do. So…yeah, who cares what I think?

mutterhal–thanks for that post. Very enlightening.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:07 pm
No. 42 Chelsea says:

MacChick is my new hero. What can I say? I have a soft spot for Palin-haters and truth-speakers.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm
No. 43 em says:

…and I still also don't see what shooting wolves from a plane has to do with Palin not being able to name a newspaper that she reads on the can. Just sayin'.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm
No. 44 say what? says:

any attack on Palin (including those from conservative columnists/commentators) is totally justified. and asking a person who could be governing the country what newspapers she reads, or how she stays informed is NOT a difficult question.

if she can't stand the pressure, she's got no place in the VP spot.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm
No. 45 say what? says:

oh, and em? you are very witty!

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm
No. 46 em says:

Aww, thanks, say what?. Right back at ya! Love reading your comments.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm
No. 47 admittedlyaddicted says:

I believe I said she was sucking, and I agree she should be able to answer questions better - all I was saying was that my interviews would get worse and worse, too, if I felt like anything that came out of my mouth was being "misinterpreted" - and I believe there have been some construed interpretations of some of her sound bites. I didn't say she was great, I was just stating a fact IMHO.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm
No. 48 wtr says:

I'll just feel better about this and be able to form a better opinion about it when Katie asks Biden what he reads.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:19 pm
No. 49 bedbugsandballyhoo says:

I think James Carville has come up with the most apt description of Sarah Palin responding to an interviewer's questions: "Sarah Unfettered."

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm
No. 50 say what? says:

@ admittedly, I understand your point…

…however, I look at it this way. any attack on her has been legitimate. she's goofed in every one of the few interviews she's given.

if she can't take the criticism, learn from it, and improve her interviews, she shouldn't be in the VP spot. yeah, I'd be the same way you describe…getting more and more nervous, but I'm not running for VP, and if someone asked me to, I'd tell them that I wasn't qualified. which is really what she should have done.

I am curious, too…which of her sound bites do you feel has been misconstrued?

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:32 pm
No. 51 swedish fish says:

Conservative Cliff's Notes

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:50 pm
No. 52 admittedlyaddicted says:

If I remember correctly, it was something she said referring to McCain and his views - which I think a few things of what he has said have been interpretted by the Democrats differently than myself. (One being his comment about the "fundamentals of our economy") Honestly, I quit paying attention to Palin and started focusing on the Presidential candidates a while back. I pretty much think she's in over her head, so there's no point in really debating her qualifications anymore. Do I think she's well-versed enough to be the best choice as VP? No. Do I think she would screw everything all to hell? No. Is her weakness enough for me to vote Obama? Not yet, because I still don't know what I think of him entirely. I'm interested in the VP debates, because some small shred of me is hoping that we'll actually get to the real issues and hear where they stand on them, although I'm not holding my breath after the Presidential debates.

I'll go digging for the post in just a minute though. Now I'm wondering myself what exactly she said that I wrinkled my eyebrows at…it was a while ago, before she started farking up every interview she did.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 12:51 pm
No. 53 killorn says:

wtr, biden would be able to answer that question.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 1:58 pm
No. 54 wtr says:

I wish we knew that he would. But it is likely he will never be asked. I just think that any candidate, regardless of their affiliation, would name a specific publication for fear of being linked to everything that was ever published in it.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 3:08 pm
No. 55 wtr says:

sorry - "wouldn't name a specific publication".

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 3:33 pm
No. 56 Alice says:

If I were her, I would have said something like " On the campaign trail, I'm in a new town everyday. I like to pick up the local newspaper of each town I find myself in. I have been able to learn so much about this great nation by reading it's small, local press."

That would have been a great answer.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 4:05 pm
No. 57 em says:

Alice for VP!

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 4:18 pm
No. 58 Alice says:

I'm already president.

Posted: Oct 1, 2008 at 4:31 pm
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