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Drew Griffin/CNN smears Sarah Palin with completely out-of-context National Review quote

Drew Griffin of CNN recently conducted an interview with Sarah Palin and asked her this:

Governor, you've been mocked in the press, the press has been pretty hard on you, the Democrats have been pretty hard on you, but also some conservatives have been pretty hard on you as well. The National Review had a story saying that, you know, I can't tell if Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt or all of the above.

As detailed here, Griffin took that NR quote completely out of context; the laundry list referred to the impression that the media has been trying to give of her. How recursive!

Here's the article in question:

Watching press coverage of the Republican candidate for vice president, it's sometimes hard to decide whether Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward, or — or, well, all of the above. Palin, the governor of Alaska, has faced more criticism than any vice-presidential candidate since 1988, when Democrats and the press tore into Dan Quayle. In fact, Palin may have it even worse than Quayle, since she's taking flak not only from Democrats and the press but from some conservative opinion leaders as well.

UPDATE: Drew Griffin spent a minute apologizing on the air for this (link), but CNN has apparently not posted a correction on their site. Others say Griffin has been at least somewhat of a fair reporter, so perhaps he made an honest mistake or a producer/writer snuck it in.

UPDATE 2: This quotes Media Research Center President Brent Bozell as saying:

"We also take Drew Griffin and CNN at their word — that this mistake was not intended to mislead viewers to think a conservative magazine had trashed Gov. Palin... Conservatives have endured hundreds — even thousands — of examples of the media deliberately distorting our words and positions. In this case, there was not a deliberate attempt...As far as the Media Research Center is concerned... this case is closed."

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Politics · Tue, 10/21/2008 - 18:57 · Importance: 1

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 09:32
eh

Yeah, why be mean-spirited and devious about it? Without too much trouble you could 'smear' her/demean her as a VP candidate by using her own words and (partly) her own life against her. The latest. [1]

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[1] us.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/21/palin.travel.ap/index.html

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 10:10
Leave it to Beaner

I would much rather take my chances with Palin. To bad juan mccain is in the way.

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 14:28
Mary

I love Palin..it's about time a real American middle class ordinary person claimed higher office...instead of these lying,corruptocrats that are more interested in their own careers!

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 16:49
Dale Hunt

Drew Griffin deliberately altered and left out the key statement at the beginning of the sentence from the National Review comment by Byron York to disparage Sarah Palin. This guy and the rest of the leftist media in this country have no moral compass or shame when it comes to overtly lying about news articles and, in most cases, just make up stuff to make Palin and McCain sounds like buffoons. They are not objective journalists. They are subjective propagandists. Pathetic bunch, all of them.

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 21:46
Mary

The Free Press is dead! Instead we have a very large Obama campaign headquarters!

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 23:22
palmer

it's very sad that the media can degrade a hardworking american mother of 5 just to get someone else in the whitehouse!it's absolutly bazarre to me that anyone would question sarah's experiance and at the same time never mention obama's lackof.

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 23:39
MIRACLE WORKER

CNN's Drew Griffin reminds me of how Castro's mouthpieces in the Cuban "press" behave or Stalin's in the former Soviet Union. His shameless, hipocritical (and coward) attempt to embarrass and trap Sarah Palin is characteristic of the totalitarian moral destruction of the character of free-thinkers in enslaved countries. Perhaps Drew Griffin is ALREADY trying to work his way up in the Propaganda Ministry of a Next Administration.

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 01:11
David

Drew, your left wing is showing underneath your suit. Just goes to show you that anyone can be a reporter. Hack.... I hope your parents didnt waste their money on your education.

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 01:34
MIRACLE WORKER

Drew Griffin is trying to WORM UP his way in the Propaganda Ministry of a future Obama Administration (under a brand new Constitution, of course, more sympathetic to Officialdom and to government-party-"information organs.)

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 01:41
Frank25

Drew Griffin definitely works for media where he belongs. CNN dropped in my estimation when Peter Arnett stayed in Baghdad when we bombed the city and forced SADDAM to bring his troops back out of Kuwait. At that time he acted as an intelligence agent for SADDAM, selling his soul to remain in country. We should have finished the job then, and possibly we would not have lost WTC with 3000 citizens, plus 4 airplanes with all passengers and crews. Just like Al-Jazeera, I do watch CNN to get insight to the other side. FOX News balances by scheduling speakers to give both sides, and we can always depend on Allan Colmes to give Obama's side. I was born in Ohio, and have relatives in PA, VA,WV and I know those people. Murtha is so out of touch. And Drew Griffin is incompetent and biased. Sarah Palin and "Joe the Plumber" are my kind of people, and we need more like them. I am unaffilated voter, but very biased this election.

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 02:01
Lindy

If this is an example of Drew Griffin's "investigative journalism," then his is a buffoon on top of being a sexist who engages in unethical acts to demean others publicly. His interview of Sarah Palin and his citation of a quote from the National Review was intended to demean, annoy and harass a woman. There could be no other explanation as he admitted she had more executive experience than any other candidate. Drew Griffin took a sound byte and made it sound ugly....he did not note to the public that it was not a sexist slur or offensive remark toward the candidate as noted within the National Review, but an example of how the liberal Democrat media is attempting to affect the Presidential race by demeaning women. The article written in the National Review focused on the ugly remarks and the bias of the media against Sarah Palin and for Barack Obama. It didn't characterize Sarah Palin as incompetent, stupid, unqualified or corrupt. Drew Griffin even showed himself as being less than honest when he publicly stated during the interview who had made that comment or written the article he was quoting as his source at the National Review. Since when did CNN begin dealing in gutter issues or acting in such an unethical sexist manner? Who can take their "investigative journalism" or their news reports seriously when these type of actions occur? Did they think they were not offending all women, when they did this to Sarah Palin? Did Drew Griffin think he would get away with this public sexist behavior? CNN needs to take the high road and apologize to all women and to Governor Sarah Palin for the demeaning way he conducted the interview and for his attempts to demean her and her character. Finally, he needs to be fired and CNN needs to get some ethical people on their shows. I urge all women to boycott CNN until they become more ethical.

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 02:15
Debbie

Unbelievable.....I really had respect for Drew. I am so sick of our media. The media is suppose to be the informers to the american public and just like Palosi, Reid and Franks they too have abused their power.

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 02:24
Miriam

What a shame that Mr. Griffin had to scoop so low as to misquote what National Review had said in an effort to discredit Sarah Palin. CNN and Mr. Drew Griffin should apologize to the world for lying and using false statements to achieve their purposes.What is this great country coming to? I am really scared as to the socialist turn that we are taking.

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 02:45
Ann

What Drew Griffin and CNN did to Sarah Palin was shameful. To broadside her that way with an out of context quote to make her look and feel bad is disgraceful. Kudos to Gov. Palin for handling herself with grace and dignity under what must have been a devastating experience. 3 to 1 Republicans are receiving bad press by the mainstream media. What is wrong with you press people? Where's your honor? My heart broke for that poor woman.

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 05:07
MIRACLE WORKER

I read the comments above (others than my own.) Almost all of them are excellent (readers may decide which one(s) they would take exception to.) But what the American people don't seem to have grasped, yet, is that so called "liberal" media personalities are in fact looking forwar to a potential future time when they will be not merely "the 'main-stream' media" but THE ONLY MEDIA, a part of a future privileged governmental establishment with NO OPPOSITION, including no real effective criticism; and only a victory of the Republican party with Sarah Palin and McCain STANDS IN THEIR WAY in order to obstruct the building of totalitarianism in America. That's why the drive-by media is taking no prisoners in their efforts to win the presidency for Obama. I believe that if the Democrat party wins the elections in November, that will be the last free election in America in decades to come. If not centuries.

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 05:14
chris

If you want to find out about Sarah Palin, read some of the other stuff about her. This is from an article written by William Engdahl. The full article is here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10167 "Sarah Palin has spent more than two and a half decades of her life as a member of an Alaska church which is part of a fanatical Christian-named cult project that is sweeping across America. Palin comes out of the most radical stream of US Born-Again Evangelism known as ‘Joel’s Army,’ an offshoot of what is called Dominionism and sometimes also called the Latter Rain cult or Manifest Sons of God. The movement deliberately attempts to remain below the radar screen."

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 11:24
Dionysis

What is to be expected when someone repeatedly demonstrates they're ignorant and a chronic liar?

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 11:57
laughing dog

My God, You repubs. take a good look at Palin, her knowledge of Govt. and implementing policys, etc. etc. her general ignorance on just about anything. She make Me feel like Einstein. Palin?...hahah no way.

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 12:51
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Thu, 10/23/2008 - 12:55
Tony Menendez

What I hear on from Palin was a bunch of ignorant remarks andmake me believe that her IQ is very low. What is more amazing is the lies that the Republican are spreading. Palin is not qualified for the position

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 13:59
Andy

Hey, your buddies Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity pull this kind of "journalism" all the time. I think it's refreshing to see it hit the other side of the isle. Who cares anyway; we will probably be under the rule of McCain/Palin in a couple months. McCain probably won't last the 4 years, so Palin will be in charge. At which time Armageddon will be brought upon the earth, as is the plan, and Jesus will return to take those that faithfully killed Muslims to heaven leaving us here to suffer without them. Or so I'm told.

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 17:08
M. Prince

How Can Drew Griffin and other totally biased reporters sleep at night knowing that they are not upholding what they "supposedly" took on as a career- true & honest reporting from the media and allowing the individual to determine. They are "suppose" to be non-biased reporters that report the FACTS. Yeah, right! Not anymore. The united states of america and its media reporting agencies have lost their integrity. Yeah, they have a paycheck but no INTEGRITY. Hope they revel in their money because that is all they have left. Integrity went down the tubes in the last 2 years with 95% of the media from CNN & MSNBC. It is disgusting to watch these "reporters" and I use the term loosely, getting paid to talk such rubbish. Why don't you report news, and interview fairly. First, the low IQ Charlie Gibson, then the pompous Katie Couric, and now the idiot Drew Griffin? Haven't we suffered enough of these people?

Thu, 10/23/2008 - 19:49
Rob A.

Republicans, please face up to the obvious. The right's ticket this election is not a good one. McCain is an angry, hair-trigger guy, and Palin can barely speak an intelligible sentence. Are they really what you want in the White House? Not me. I think they're the wrong choice. I'm going with the Democrats this time. I want us out of the oil war in the Middle East. I want us to spend time on our infrastructure, our manufacturing base, our schools, our tax system, our environment, our least-advantaged people. Maybe you do too. Eight years the Republicans have held power, and we have nothing to show for it. Deny that if you can. If you can face up to it, stop clinging to a past that didn't work, and won't work with these two at the wheel.

Sat, 10/25/2008 - 22:33
roxanne r.

How easy and convenient that CNN can broadcast to millions with false material then claim it was unintentional. This is the far left media today! Lie and mislead the public. Anything to achieve their goals of how this country should be! Politicians have nothing on our American Media when it comes to corruption and dishonesty!

Sun, 10/26/2008 - 21:31
Lindy

If you want to be energy independent, Sarah Palin is the expert on energy. If you want lower taxes and good services, Sarah Palin is the one who can do that and has done that in her own state. With 80% approval as Governor in her state, she has done a terrific job. Or you can go with the other ticket, one candidate totally unknown and who has done NOTHING in 23 months of the U.S. Senate and 8 years in the Illinois Senate and his sidekick Joe Biden who is one of the good ole boyz and someone who really needs to retire from the Senate. Biden has stated if Obama is elected, there will be an international crisis on the level of the Cuban Missile Crisis. He has asked the public, if that happens, to be gentle and patient with Obama because he may not know what to do and may make some mistakes. God help us.