With the sequestration of Gov. Sarah Palin set to end with her ABC interview later this week, the next issue on the table is: What are the most important questions that Palin should be asked?I support her trying to have Palin asked tough questions, but I'm curious as to why when she's had access to the Obama campaign she hasn't asked them anything discomforting, at least as far as I know. For instance, this post about Obama preparing for a speech could have simply been compiled from a campaign press release, including this ground-breaking paragraph:
...We're casting a wide net -- and hoping readers of all stripes will contribute in the comment thread below. We will assess questions posted here on the Trail over the course of the day -- post your comments by 6 p.m. EST -- to come up with a "best of" list.
Bill Burton, the Obama spokesman, declined to play along, not wanting to give any assistance with the Palin interview prep...
He said: "This speech is different."Pravda couldn't have done it better!
As he wrapped up his speech, Obama's advisers embraced two apparent gaffes by their rivals -- economic adviser Doug Holt-Eakin's claim that McCain had created the BlackBerry, and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina's admission that neither Palin nor McCain would be qualified to run a major corporation.The use of "admission" is highly questionable in this case, as it means (per dictionary.com) "confession of a charge, an error, or a crime; acknowledgment... an acknowledgment of the truth of something... a point or statement admitted; concession". In this context, its use implies that there's some standard way of judging that neither McCain nor Palin are qualified to run a large corporation and that Fiorina was admitting that the standard showed them not to be so qualified. In fact, her "admission" is simply her opinion. A word like "statement" or "claim" would be more appropriate in this case. That's a minor point, but it does shed some light into Kornblut's thinking. And, have no fear: there will no doubt be more questionable articles from her in the future.
A Sept. 12 Page One article quoted Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as telling a brigade of Iraq-bound soldiers that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans." The report linked Palin's comments with the idea that Saddam Hussein was connected to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the McCain-Palin campaign, said Palin was referring to al-Qaeda in Iraq, a terror group that formed after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and claims to be allied with the global al-Qaeda organization.They "forgot" to note that they changed the article shortly after it was published.
Politics · Tue, 09/09/2008 - 11:19 · Importance: 14