Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another Palin Interview

Did you know Sarah Palin has done her fourth interview of the campaign? This one with conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt. It's looking like a pattern is starting to emerge with Palin: 1) do a legitimate interview with Charlie Gibson and come off looking like a clueless rube, 2) rush to Fox News and do a damage control infomercial with right wing pundit Sean Hannity, 3) do a legitimate, albeit disastrous, interview with CBS's Katie Couric, 4) rush off to Hugh Hewitt's radio show for another face saving infomercial.

Hewitt's interview included such hard hitting questions as:

HH: Now Governor, the Gibson and the Couric interview struck many as sort of pop quizzes designed to embarrass you as opposed to interviews. Do you share that opinion?

HH: Governor, you mentioned the people who are struggling right now. Have you and your husband, Todd, ever faced tough economic times where you had to sit around a kitchen table and make tough choices?

HH: Do you think the mainstream media and the left understands your religious faith, Governor Palin?
The sad truth is that greater insight into our nation's challenges was expected of Miss Teen South Carolina than what conservative supporters of Ms. Palin demand from their candidate. Miss Teen South Carolina was asked to offer her views on the root causes of widespred geographical illiteracy in this country. Right-wing interviewers of Sarah Palin seem content to ask if she's ever sat around the kitchen table with her husband and hammered out a family budget. Talk about the soft bigotry of lowered expectations.

1 comment:

Nathan said...

In Sarah's defense, Miss Teen South Carolina was much brighter than Governor Palin, so one would expect MTSC to answer tougher questions. It's not like Sarah Palin has an educational background (like a degree in journalism, perhaps?) or any experience that might help her prepare for questions from journalists.