Posted by Curt on 12 September, 2008 at 2:33 pm. 17 comments already!

The media establishment is coming out in support of Charlie Gibson’s horrible interview of Sarah Palin last night. Not all of them, but some….like Howard Kurtz who writes this unfortunate piece:

After switching to Fox, I learned that part of the interview was controversial.

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.” Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.

PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln’s words when he said — first, he suggested never presume to know what God’s will is, and I would never presume to know God’s will or to speak God’s words.

On Fox, Newt Gingrich called this “a sad commentary on the growing anti-religious hostility of the news media.” I would call it asking the governor about her own words.

Really? When her own words were NOT the “exact” words she used, as Charlie so smugly stated last night, then I think you may be stepping in it Howie. Her exact words:

“pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

Come on Howie, if your gonna gin up some outrage at least get the damn controversy right.

At least some in the media are not behind Charlie here.

Which media outfits?

Are you sitting down?

The New York Times:

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.

And the LA Times:

In the sit-down with Gibson, she faced questions about statements on the Iraq war that she made at an Assembly of God church that she sometimes attends in her hometown, Wasilla, of which she is a former mayor.

A video shows Palin asking a group to pray that the nation’s leaders were sending troops to Iraq “on a task that is from God.”

Gibson, however, mischaracterized her as simply asserting that the nation’s leaders were sending troops to Iraq on a task from God.

“Are we fighting a holy war?” he asked.

After Palin disputed his characterization, she paraphrased Abraham Lincoln, saying she meant, “Let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God’s side.”

Gibson went on to take a second part of her comments out of context. Palin had asked the group to pray “that there is a plan, and that plan is God’s plan.”

But Gibson dropped her reference to praying — and instead quoted Palin as saying the war was God’s plan. He asked if she believed the country was sending her son on a task from God.