Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Palin: Voter Hollerin Out What about Pakistan = Gotcha Journalism

Update: At least Palin didn't cause a gaffe in response to Couric - again - during an on location interview and say "... more of the Mc Same..." wouldn't that have been a YouTube winner.


Palin doesn't specify where she gets her news
Oct 1, 11:20 AM (ET)

...Although Palin told Couric on Monday that she didn't have a "debate coach," the campaign said she is getting advice from McCain's top campaign strategist, Steve Schmidt, and campaign advisers Tucker Eskew, Nicolle Wallace and Mark Wallace.

"I have quite a few people who are giving us information about the record of Obama and Biden, and at the end of the day, though, it is - it's so clear, again, what those choices are. Either new ideas, new energy and reform of Washington, D.C., or more of the same," Palin said.


Who can believe Sarah Palin's latest accusation in response to Katie Couric's question about her remarks to a voter on what she'd do about Pakistan?

John McCain sitting right next to her on the set.

Gotcha journalism? A voter, a constituent, asks a pertinent question, Palin gives an answer that differs from John McCain's position, and that's "Gotcha Journalism?"


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Exclusive: McCain, Palin Answer Critics
Katie Couric Asks Palin If She Contradicted McCain On Pakistan And Her Response To GOP Criticism
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 29, 2008

...John McCain: Of course not. But, look, I understand this day and age of "gotcha" journalism. Is that a pizza place? In a conversation with someone who you didn't hear … the question very well, you don't know the context of the conversation, grab a phrase. Gov. Palin and I agree that you don't announce that you're going to attack another country …

Couric: Are you sorry you said it?

McCain: … and the fact …

Couric: Governor?

McCain: Wait a minute. Before you say, "is she sorry she said it," this was a "gotcha" sound bite that, look …

Couric: It wasn't a "gotcha." She was talking to a voter.

McCain: No, she was in a conversation with a group of people and talking back and forth. And … I'll let Gov. Palin speak for herself.

Palin: Well, it … in fact, you're absolutely right on. In the context, this was a voter, a constituent, hollering out a question from across an area asking, "What are you gonna do about Pakistan? You better have an answer to Pakistan." I said we're gonna do what we have to do to protect the United States of America.

Couric: But you were pretty specific about what you wanted to do, cross-border …

Palin: Well, as Sen. McCain is suggesting here, also, never would our administration get out there and show our cards to terrorists, in this case, to enemies and let them know what the game plan was, not when that could ultimately adversely affect a plan to keep America secure.

Couric: What did you learn from that experience?

Palin: That this is all about "gotcha" journalism. A lot of it is. But that's okay, too...


Concerns about Palin's readiness as test looms
Ahead of Thursday debate, McCain running mate's popularity begins to slip
By Adam Nagourney
updated 3:27 a.m. ET, Tues., Sept. 30, 2008


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