God Help Us. No, Seriously, God? Please Help Us.

Charles Gibson tries not to look condescending as Sarah Palin looks on.

Charles Gibson tries not to appear condescending as Sarah Palin looks on.

Sarah Palin didn’t do as poorly in her Charlie Gibson interview as I hoped she would. In advance of the airing, when I saw her “Bush Doctrine moment” excerpted on YouTube, I took comfort from her obvious vamping, stalling, squirming and general b-s-ing. She didn’t look strong at all then, and I had the giddy feeling that America just might be on the cusp of switching into just-not-into-her mode. But, in the context of the whole interview, that moment was atypical. Mostly Charlie Gibson came off as a pretentious jerk, someone who obviously believed he knew a lot more about everything than the woman he was interviewing. The fact that he does know a lot more about everything than the woman he was interviewing is irrelevant. Nobody likes a smart ass. The more Gibson did the “oh please, spare me” look, the more America sat up and said, “You know, we like that she doesn’t know very much!”

Ironically (and I’m not saying I knew this in advance), Gibson would have damaged Palin more if he had appeared to be on her side — if he’d found a way to ask the same questions while treating her as a “friendly witness” rather than a hostile one. In casting himself as an adversary, he helped her. Because in the public’s mind, nine times out of ten, a likability contest between a regular person and the media is no contest.

So now I’m putting my faith in Divine Providence.

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One Comment on “God Help Us. No, Seriously, God? Please Help Us.”

  1. rovronr says:

    It’s O.K., Ted.
    Just look at the SNL cold open from last night. You’ll feel better.
    And focus on the real race – voter registration, and keeping the local rats from stealing the election by disenfranchising african american and foreclosed voters.
    The kids and new voters might save us yet.


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