Thursday, September 11, 2008

Gov. Sarah Palin 1; ABC's Charlie Gibson 0

"Ms. Palin didn’t look rattled or lose her cool in her first interview with Mr. Gibson, the network anchor, on Thursday night, but sailed through with general answers, sticking to talking points that flowed out quickly and spiritedly....

Gibson, who sat back in his chair and wriggled his foot impatiently, had the skeptical, annoyed tone of a university president who agrees to interview the daughter of a trustee, but doesn't believe she merits admission."

Where do those quotes come from..... National Review......Rush Limbaugh..... NO its from an article by New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley!

Now from National Review by Ruth Wedgwood:

ABC News anchor Charles Gibson may have thought he was giving a fair but “tough” interview to Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, in the first press contact with the new vice-presidential candidate.

But ABC did itself no favors. Viewers watching the dagger-and-sheath interview — aired on national television last night and endlessly replayed on “YouTube” — could easily draw a different conclusion. Unconsciously or not, Gibson’s manner and language fairly dripped with condescension and disbelief.....

It was the flourish of a trial attorney who chooses to substitute body language for substance, in persuading the jury that the witness is unworthy.

It was, to be plain, a distraction from what could have been an interesting conversation.

Most women, even now, are quite familiar with being talked over and not so subtly demeaned when they venture an opinion. It happens at dinner parties, in Washington and New York, where Gibson reigns as a network anchor, and even in educational classrooms.....

The television host, who came to broadcasting from Princeton and its Tower Club, via Washington’s Sidwell Friends School, would have been well served to ask some local folk (or even some big city women) what they thought of his navigation skills.

I will never view good old "Charlie" Gibson in quite the same light. He was a prig!

He reminded me of a British Officer in a movie about the American Revolution or the French and Indian Wars who looks down his nose at the lowly American "colonial" who wants freedom.

UPDATE: now Jay Nordlinger of National Review:

I have now examined long stretches of tape. (I sound like an assistant football coach, I know.) And he is amazingly condescending, prosecutorial, and snippy — even interrupts a lot. Insufferable. This is not the Gibson American television viewers have long known.

Poor Charlie,now Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post joins in:

Such is not the case with the Bush Doctrine.

Yes, Sarah Palin didn't know what it is. But neither does Charlie Gibson. And at least she didn't pretend to know -- while he looked down his nose and over his glasses with weary disdain, sighing and "sounding like an impatient teacher," as the Times noted. In doing so, he captured perfectly the establishment snobbery and intellectual condescension that has characterized the chattering classes' reaction to the mother of five who presumes to play on their stage.