You know… some of you here on Redstate might call me naive. Others may perceive a certain… sarcasm in this post… but such sarcasm is entirely in the eyes of the beholder. Really. I swear to Obama.
But watching the last two nights of Charlie Gibson’s interview of Gov. Palin, I simply can’t wait for his next act!
At last! At last, we the American people are getting the press we deserve. How long have normal, average Americans been waiting for the Fourth Estate to do their job for us. We have only seen these politicians through 30-second ads, through staged events, and inappropriately fawning Us-style celebrity “journalism”.
But courageous Charlie Gibson, oh ye man of truth, unafraid to speak Truth to Power, and to really question these candidates who want to be President and Vice President… you have stepped forth as the defender of the American public interest in knowing really what these people think.
Consider these questions Charlie asked Gov. Palin. (And watch the video to take good measure of his tough, skeptical, borderline hostile tone.)
GIBSON: Didn’t George Bush come to Washington eight years ago talking about reforming Washington in the same kind of language? Ran as something of a maverick actually; came to Washington. Eight years, hasn’t changed the ethos in Washington particularly. Why are you any different?
GIBSON: You mentioned in the three principles that you’ll change spending. You also talked about taxes. Why do you both keep saying that Obama is going to raise people’s taxes? It’s been pretty clear what he intends. He’s talked about middle-class tax cuts, extending Bush tax cuts on everything but people who own or earn more than $250,000 a year — cuts taxes on over 91 percent of the country. Why do you keep saying he’s going to raise people’s taxes?
GIBSON: But it’s now pretty clearly documented. You supported that bridge before you opposed it. You were wearing a T-shirt in the 2006 campaign, showed your support for the bridge to nowhere.
GIBSON: But you were for it before you were against it. You were solidly for it for quite some period of time…
THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE, CHARLIE MY BOY! THAT’S HOW YOU QUESTION A CANDIDATE!
Now, I simply cannot wait for Charlie to turn his “tough, but fair” questions to Joe Biden, as well as the two Presidential candidates: John McCain and Barack Obama.
I know Charlie must be as tough and as fair if he’s to maintain even the illusion of a shred of credibility as a “journalist”. And he’s paid to talk on TV and tell us the news, so he must be at the very top of the profession of journalism. Young men and women in journalism school are looking up to heroes like Charlie Gibson.
Just imagine the questions:
GIBSON: You said this of Barack Obama when you started running for President: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” Why was it so compelling to you that Barack Obama, who is a Columbia and Harvard Law graduate, was articulate, bright and clean?
GIBSON: Can you tell us what the cost to the American taxpayer has been of your daily trips to Washington DC from Delaware?
GIBSON: It’s pretty clearly documented that you said of your running mate during the debate that he wasn’t ready to be President, that the Presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.” What has changed since then that makes you think he’s ready?
GIBSON: Your running mate, Barack Obama, has made it clear that he disdains lobbyists, making a special point of how big pharmaceuticals and insurance company lobbyists have made it impossible for average American families to afford healthcare. Yet, your son, Hunter Biden is a major lobbyist for pharmaceutical companies. In fact, one of his clients received a $100,000 earmark from Senator Obama. Can you explain the contradictions to the American people?
And oh, the questions our brave Charlie will be asking Obama:
GIBSON: You attended a church whose pastor was preaching some very disturbing, some might say racist, messages of hate. You quoted him in your memoirs as a major spiritual influence on you. You left that church under pressure earlier this year, after saying you could no more deny him than you could deny your white grandmother who had racist thoughts. How do you explain your actions?
GIBSON: You’ve called William Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist, just someone who lives on your street. Yet, the records are pretty clear that you two served on the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge together, and your started your political career in his living room, announcing your run for the Illinois State Senate. Why did you not make clear the depth and breadth of your connection to Mr. Ayers? Do the American people know everything there is to know about your relationship with Mr. Ayers?
GIBSON: You have been criticizing Gov. Palin for her initial support of the Bridge to Nowhere. But you voted for the Bridge to Nowhere, and have never repudiated or regretted that vote. You were for it before you were for it. Are you still for it? Can you explain your vote on that earmark legislation?
GIBSON: You have been campaigning as someone who will work with Republicans and Democrats both. Yet your voting record establishes you as the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate. Can you give us three concrete instances where you reached across the aisle to work with Republicans against your party’s leadership, whether in the Illinois State Senate or in the U.S. Senate?
GIBSON: You pledged to take public financing for your campaign. Then you broke that promise when you raised hundreds of millions of dollars. Can you explain that apparent flip-flop, Senator?
GIBSON: You are on record as saying the surge will be a failure. Then recently, on O’Reilly, you admitted that the surge was a success beyond your expectations. But you say you would have opposed it anyhow. Can you explain exactly where you are on the surge, Senator? Knowing what you know now, would you have voted for the surge?
And more just like that. About his constant evocation of race, after having said he wants to transcend all that. About his opposition to the Iraq War, then his support of staying in Iraq, then his demand to withdraw right now. Knowing the vigilance of Charlie Gibson, he will delve into how it is that his wife, Michelle, got a promotion that doubled her salary when he was elected to the Senate in 2005. Charlie will surely bring up Mazen Asbahi, Obama’s Muslim-Outreach Advisor, with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Maybe nothing inappropriate was done there — but as a principled journalist, Charlie will make SURE that the truth comes out.
Right? I mean, Charlie will do that, right?
Don’t leave me hanging here folks. Who’s with me? Who else can’t wait to see all of the “tough but fair” questions that Charlie Gibson will be throwing down at the other candidates in order to ensure that the American public knows who these people are, what they believe, and to have them explain contradictions?
I mean… he must! He simply must! Or… or… these kittens are gonna get it!
PS: Any sarcasm you might detect is purely a figment of your perception.
PPS: Which is not to say your perception is wrong, merely that it’s YOURS.