The Washington Post's media columnist Howard Kurtz begins his comments on last night's Gibson-Palin interview:
Anyone who said that Charlie Gibson might go easy on Sarah Palin might want to quickly delete those comments.Kurtz's Gibson-gushing drew a response from U of Tennessee Law Prof and blogger Glenn Reynolds:
What the ABC newsman conducted yesterday was a serious, professional interview that went right at the heart of what we want and need to know about the governor: Could she be president? Does she understand the nuances of international affairs? Does she have a world view? He was all business, respectful but persistent. . . .
Did she believe the Iraq war is a task from God? When Palin demurred, Gibson said those were her "exact words." No fancy footwork, no long-winded setups, no gotchas.(emphasis added)
Just a solid, straight-ahead interview. ...
One that -- as everybody who pays attention by now knows -- got those "exact words" wrong. A "gotcha" based on a false report from the AP.Reynolds also asks: "SO is Howard Kurtz related to Charlie Gibson?"
Is this what passes for solid professionalism in big media today? Actually, it seems like it is. …
Kurtz's column's here; Reynolds' post's here.