Monday, September 15, 2008

Punditry 101

William Kristol falls back on the reliable premise that when you don’t like the outcome of the interview, you bash the interviewer.

And so we had the spectacle last week of ABC’s Charlie Gibson, one of the most civil of the media bigwigs, unable to help himself from condescending to Palin as if he were a senior professor forced to waste time administering a Ph.D. exam to a particularly unpromising graduate student.

It might have something to do with the fact that she is “particularly unpromising,” and that Mr. Gibson was unable to suppress his disbelief at the the idea that someone with her qualifications — or lack thereof — is being seriously foisted on us as the next Vice President of the United States.

Can you imagine what kind of howls there would have been from the likes of Mr. Kristol, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and the rest of the Orcosphere if the Democrats had said that the press couldn’t talk to one of their candidates until they had spent two weeks prepping them and they showed him or her the proper “respect” and “deference”?

I actually think Mr. Gibson was too easy on her. Mike Wallace would have ripped her to shreds, and if Edward R. Murrow was still around, Ms. Palin would have been shipped back to Wasilla in a heartbeat.