Politics

Palin Questions The Ethics Of Couric And Gibson

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This from an interview from Hugh Hewitt’s podcast today

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?

SP: Well, I have a degree in journalism also, so it surprises me that so much has changed since I received my education in journalistic ethics all those years ago. But I’m not going to pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrelful. I’m going to take those shots and those pop quizzes and just say that’s okay, those are good testing grounds. And they can continue on in that mode. That’s good. That makes somebody work even harder. It makes somebody be even clearer and more articulate in their positions. So really I don’t fight it. I invite it.

Here’s the thing…I have a degree in journalism too, and what Palin seems to be taking exception to is the fact that Couric and Gibson didn’t just take her first answer and be satisfied with it. Actually, it would be seen as slightly unethical by many in the media for a reporter to not follow up and attempt to get the interviewee to answer the question he or she asked.

What is unethical is when you make things up, misrepresent the facts or having a glaring conflict of interest. Neither Couric nor Gibson did anything remotely representing that. They were asking Palin questions that she should have known, and in some cases (especially the Couric interview) she bombed big time. That’s her fault, not unethical journalism’s.

But it doesn’t surprise me coming from somebody who would characterize a reporter writing about a verbatim exchange between herself and a voter as “gotcha” journalism.

Perhaps Palin should have paid closer attention in those classes.