Sarah Palin Flubs On CBS’s Katie Couric
CBS’s Katie Couric’s newscast skillfully included Democrat Barack Obama’s remarks on the campaign trail and contextualized all the news being made in the Katie Couric interviews with a series of correspondents’ reports on the nation’s financial crisis.
Here’s Couric pressing McCain on Palin’s talk of America heading down the road to another Great Depression:
Couric: “But isn’t much of this, Senator McCain about consumer confidence?”
Couric: “And using rhetoric like the Great Depression, is that the kind of language Americans need to hear right now?”
McCain: “Well, listen, I’ve heard language from respected people who are staring at the abyss. I’ve, I’ve heard all kinds of, of things from people. I don’t think we need to scare people. …”
And here’s Couric pressing Palin on a claim that McCain is the right man to “reform government” and Wall Street.
Couric: “But he’s been in Congress for 26 years. He’s been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation — not more.”
Palin: “He’s also known as a maverick though. Taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. …”
Couric: “I’m just going to ask one more time, not to belabor the point — specific example in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.”
Palin: “I’ll try to find you some, and I’ll bring them to you.”
If ABC anchorman Charles Gibson showed Palin’s limitations, Couric revealed the near-total lack of evidence behind the talking-point bromides and clichés Palin rattles off in TV interviews.
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