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    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gla...alin-interview
    A transcript of the unedited interview of Sarah Palin by Charles Gibson clearly shows that ABC News edited out crucial portions of the interview that showed Palin as knowledgeable or presented her answers out of context. This unedited transcript of the first of the Gibson interviews with Palin is available on radio host Mark Levin's website. The sections edited out by ABC News are in bold. The first edit shows Palin responding about meeting with foreign leaders but this was actually in response to a question Gibson asked several questions earlier:

    GIBSON: Have you ever met a foreign head of state?

    PALIN: There in the state of Alaska, our international trade activities bring in many leaders of other countries.

    GIBSON: And all governors deal with trade delegations.

    PALIN: Right.

    GIBSON: Who act at the behest of their governments.

    PALIN: Right, right.

    GIBSON: I’m talking about somebody who’s a head of state, who can negotiate for that country. Ever met one?


    PALIN: I have not and I think if you go back in history and if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that I just gave you. But, Charlie, again, we’ve got to remember what the desire is in this nation at this time. It is for no more politics as usual and somebody’s big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yes, they’ve had opportunities to meet heads of state … these last couple of weeks … it has been overwhelming to me that confirmation of the message that Americans are getting sick and tired of that self-dealing and kind of that closed door, good old boy network that has been the Washington elite.

    Next we see that Palin was not nearly as hostile towards Russia as was presented in the edited interview:

    GIBSON: Let me ask you about some specific national security situations.

    PALIN: Sure.

    GIBSON: Let’s start, because we are near Russia, let’s start with Russia and Georgia.

    The administration has said we’ve got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

    PALIN: First off, we’re going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain’s running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable and we have to keep…

    GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.

    PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

    And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.


    GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

    PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

    GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

    PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.


    We also see from Palin's following remark, which was also edited out, that she is far from some sort of latter day Cold Warrior which the edited interview made her seem to be:

    We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

    We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.


    Palin's extended remarks about defending our NATO allies were edited out to make it seem that she was ready to go to war with Russia.

    GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

    PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.

    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.


    That answer presented Palin as a bit too knowledgeable for the purposes of ABC News and was, of course, edited out. Palin's answers about a nuclear Iran were carefully edited to the point where she was even edited out in mid-sentence to make it seem that Palin favored unilateral action against that country:

    GIBSON: Let me turn to Iran. Do you consider a nuclear Iran to be an existential threat to Israel?

    PALIN: I believe that under the leadership of Ahmadinejad, nuclear weapons in the hands of his government are extremely dangerous to everyone on this globe, yes.

    GIBSON: So what should we do about a nuclear Iran? John McCain said the only thing worse than a war with Iran would be a nuclear Iran. John Abizaid said we may have to live with a nuclear Iran. Who’s right?

    PALIN: No, no. I agree with John McCain that nuclear weapons in the hands of those who would seek to destroy our allies, in this case, we’re talking about Israel, we’re talking about Ahmadinejad’s comment about Israel being the “stinking corpse, should be wiped off the face of the earth,” that’s atrocious. That’s unacceptable.

    GIBSON: So what do you do about a nuclear Iran?


    PALIN: We have got to make sure that these weapons of mass destruction, that nuclear weapons are not given to those hands of Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them. So we have got to put the pressure on Iran and we have got to count on our allies to help us, diplomatic pressure.

    GIBSON: But, Governor, we’ve threatened greater sanctions against Iran for a long time. It hasn’t done any good. It hasn’t stemmed their nuclear program.

    PALIN: We need to pursue those and we need to implement those. We cannot back off. We cannot just concede that, oh, gee, maybe they’re going to have nuclear weapons, what can we do about it. No way, not Americans. We do not have to stand for that.


    Laughably, a remark by Gibson that indicated he agreed with Palin was edited out:

    PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln’s words when he said — first, he suggested never presume to know what God’s will is, and I would never presume to know God’s will or to speak God’s words.

    But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that’s a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God’s side.

    That’s what that comment was all about, Charlie. And I do believe, though, that this war against extreme Islamic terrorists is the right thing. It’s an unfortunate thing, because war is hell and I hate war, and, Charlie, today is the day that I send my first born, my son, my teenage son overseas with his Stryker brigade, 4,000 other wonderful American men and women, to fight for our country, for democracy, for our freedoms.

    Charlie, those are freedoms that too many of us just take for granted. I hate war and I want to see war ended. We end war when we see victory, and we do see victory in sight in Iraq.

    GIBSON: I take your point about Lincoln’s words,
    but you went on and said, “There is a plan and it is God’s plan.”

    Gibson took her point about Lincoln's words but we wouldn't know that by watching the interview since it was left on the cutting room floor. I urge everybody to see just how the unedited version of the first interview compared to what we saw on television by checking out the full transcript. It is a fascinating look into media manipulation via skillful editing.
    Here's a link to the full, unedited interview.
    http://marklevinshow.com/gibson-interview/

    I thought it was pretty obvious that the editing job on the interview looked a little more obvious than usual for a major network. Now we have an idea why.

  • #2
    If it was edited it going to help her in the long run...Once the live debates start Obama and Biden will be looking like this...It'll make Sarah look like she's a fast learner, and has been doing her homework, when in reality she may just know her stuff...
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    • #3
      One other thing that stood out to me in the interview. I realize that Palin is shorter than Gibson, but I saw them using camera angles and foreshortening to make it appear that Gibson was above Palin, in a superior position. They also placed the chairs closer together than usual (such as when he interviewed Obama) to emphasize the effect. From my experience with photography and what I learned about film in my old college classes, all of this did not look accidental.

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      • #4
        All you need to know about this interview is....no fall out. I haven't seen or heard squat from any outlets. To me that means she did at least well. Had she not the MSM would be chewing her up and spitting her out.
        A Veteran is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount up to, and including their life. That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact!

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        • #5
          I was struck by the manner in which Gibson spoke to Palin. I've seen and heard him many times but he seemed to speak in a condesending manner and very slow and low, almost as if he were talking to a child. Is it me? Did anyone else feel he was talking down to her? I realize he reads the news at night and therefore has accomplished more than a governor but he ain't all that...

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          • #6
            Gibson is just another liberal elitist media [email protected] that thinks that he is better than anoyone who disagrees with him. He BELIEVES that he is PART of the news and should play a part in forming the news and influencing how the US operates. Put him in my world and he wouldn't last a minute. He would be a little wussy girl instead of the big tough professor that he thinks he is.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by PB3021 View Post
              I was struck by the manner in which Gibson spoke to Palin. I've seen and heard him many times but he seemed to speak in a condesending manner and very slow and low, almost as if he were talking to a child. Is it me? Did anyone else feel he was talking down to her? I realize he reads the news at night and therefore has accomplished more than a governor but he ain't all that...
              That was the intention of his 'slow' condescending interview; as though he were speaking to an inexperienced child. And, unfortunately, she helped him along every time she said his name in response to his questions; 'Charlie'...'Charlie'....'Charlie'.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by scratched13 View Post
                Gibson is just another liberal elitist media [email protected] that thinks that he is better than anoyone who disagrees with him. He BELIEVES that he is PART of the news and should play a part in forming the news and influencing how the US operates. Put him in my world and he wouldn't last a minute. He would be a little wussy girl instead of the big tough professor that he thinks he is.
                Yes, he is a jack***. And, yes he is 'part of the news'. Matter of fact, his interview was the news.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by scratched13 View Post
                  Gibson is just another liberal elitist media [email protected] that thinks that he is better than anoyone who disagrees with him. He BELIEVES that he is PART of the news and should play a part in forming the news and influencing how the US operates. Put him in my world and he wouldn't last a minute. He would be a little wussy girl instead of the big tough professor that he thinks he is.
                  I'm in a discussion about the Palin interview on another forum with someone who's very intelligent, but is not in favor of McCain/Palin for a variety of reasons. Here's a comment he made about a personal experience he had with Chas Gibson
                  In the mid-1990's, I was interviewed by him in the ABC studios in Washington DC. Even though he was in the same studio (anchoring Good Morning America), I was placed in a separate dark room (sitting in Ted Koppell's chair) with a tinny earpiece in my ears and camera on my face, while he sat with a animal liberationist who then proceeded to castigate me and animal research.
                  I think that people are nuts to think that Gibson is a nice guy who would give Palin a pass. Of course, the guy would like to score some points by making her look bad.
                  Even though he doesn't like Palin, he fully recognizes that Gibson knows very well how to conduct a hostile interview. Gibson and ABC used a variety of methods to try to make Gibson look superior, and to make Palin look like an uninformed hick.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by velobard View Post
                    Even though he doesn't like Palin, he fully recognizes that Gibson knows very well how to conduct a hostile interview. Gibson and ABC used a variety of methods to try to make Gibson look superior, and to make Palin look like an uninformed hick.
                    Gibson is a professional interrogator. He eats, drinks, and sh*ts interrogation methods, all day, every day. I wouldn't expect anything less from him. The scumbag.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Velobard. I was wondering why that other thread got so silent all weekend, since I brought up the subject there that you posted here. I was expecting the usuals like DaLaw and CityCop to speak up. Now I know why they didn't.
                      Palin did fine, despite the stupid Bush doctrine/holy war questions and she will be the next VP of the US. Hopefully, she'll end up our first female President, one that we can be proud of instead of that idiot Clinton..
                      The liberal politician has the only job where they go to the office to work for everyone but those who pay their salary.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Stormy View Post
                        Gibson is a professional interrogator. He eats, drinks, and sh*ts interrogation methods, all day, every day. I wouldn't expect anything less from him. The scumbag.
                        You can be sure the McCain camp had a pretty good idea what she'd be up against. She would have been ripped in the media if she did her first interview on Fox, but hopefully she'll have additional interviews elsewhere that will give the public a more intellectually honest view of her.

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                        • #13
                          :
                          Originally Posted by Stormy View Post
                          Gibson is a professional interrogator. He eats, drinks, and sh*ts interrogation methods, all day, every day. I wouldn't expect anything less from him. The scumbag.
                          Originally posted by velobard View Post
                          You can be sure the McCain camp had a pretty good idea what she'd be up against. She would have been ripped in the media if she did her first interview on Fox, but hopefully she'll have additional interviews elsewhere that will give the public a more intellectually honest view of her.
                          You might want to read the entire unedited interview at http://marklevinshow.com/gibson-interview/
                          you'll be shocked at what was edited.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Stormy View Post
                            You might want to read the entire unedited interview at http://marklevinshow.com/gibson-interview/
                            you'll be shocked at what was edited.
                            That looks like it meshes pretty well with what I posted at the beginning of this thread, with the exception of a short exchange near the end where they're talking about the Bush Doctrine. Of course, it's also been shown since the interview that Gibson was off the mark there, too.

                            2008, the death of intellectual honesty. Nah, I can't say that, it's actually been dead for a long time, but this shows that it continues.

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                            • #15
                              Yeah, reporters too often (well all the time really) try to BECOME the story instead of just report it. They want to INFLUENCE our politics or even DICTATE it instead of be an unbiased reporter.

                              It is a sad shame.
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