FOX NEWS – ABC misquotes Palin in Gibson Interview. Tape edited. Palin objection edited out of TV broadcast. Written transcript proves point.

FOXNews – September 12, 2008                                                                              ABC MISREPRESENTS PALIN QUOTE IN HOLY WAR QUESTION

Millions of TV viewers who watched ABC News’ interview with Sarah Palin Thursday night never saw her take issue with a key question in which she was asked if she believes that the U.S. military effort in Iraq is “a task that is from God.”

The exchange between Palin and ABC’s Charlie Gibson, in which she questioned the accuracy of the quote attributed to her, was edited out of the television broadcast but included in official, unedited transcripts posted on ABC’s Web site, as well as in video posted on the Internet.

But in the version shown on television, a video clip of her original statement was inserted in place of her objection, giving a different impression of how Palin views the Iraq war.

In the interview, Gibson asked Palin: “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’s response, which appears in the transcript but was edited out of the televised version, was:

“You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.”

“It’s exact words,” Gibson said.

But Gibson’s quote left out what Palin said before that:

“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 them 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.”

The edited televised version included a partial clip of that quote, but not the whole thing.

Gibson’s characterization of Palin’s words prompted a sharp rebuke from the McCain campaign on Thursday.

“Governor Palin’s full statement was VERY different” from the way Gibson characterized it,” read a statement circulated by McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.

Gibson cut the quote — where she was clearly asking for the church TO PRAY THAT IT IS a task from God, not asserting that it is a task from God.

Palin’s statement is an incredibly humble statement, a statement that this campaign stands by 100 percent, and a sentiment that any religious American will share,” Bounds wrote.

In the rest of the segment that aired, Palin told Gibson that she was referencing Abraham’s Lincoln’s words on how one should never presume to know God’s will. She said she does not presume to know God’s will and that she was only asking the audience to “pray that we are on God’s side.”

A promo posted on Yahoo! News Friday continued to misrepresent the exchange. It displays Palin’s image next to the words, “Iraq war a ‘holy war?’” implying that Palin — not Gibson — had called the War on Terror a holy war.

ABC News did not respond to requests for comment from


9 Responses

  1. Don’t we all want a leader that wants to lead our country accroding to the will of God? Everything else pales in comparison. Palin is refreshing!

  2. That’s tough for ABC to defend, and stupid for them to do. I’m right much of a cynic, and the democrats have shocked even me with how vicious, desperate, and personal they have gotten with Palin. i’m waiting for them to accuse her of having BO or bad breath, just very vile conduct from people who pretend to be honest professionals.

    I’d forgotten how vicious they were. Not just them, too many people are obsessed with political party loyalties and not ideas.

  3. hey… just thanking you for posting this…

    it’s a bias that needs to be exposed 🙂

  4. This should come as NO SURPRISE to anyone who is NOT a die-hard, dyed-in-the-wool, Irascible, intransigent left-wing Democrat.

    To these people, it is always there way or the “highway”. The democrats failed many years ago when nominating Geraldine Ferraro for VP. Since they failed, no other woman whould even be considered for the VP position UNLESS she comes from the ranks of the Democratic Party.

    I have long ago given up on expecting any manner of fair play with the Democ-RATS.

  5. ABC, MSNBC, CBS, CNN,NYT and etc will wake up one day and even the left wingers yearning for FACTS will not visit their sites. At this moment their ratings are fed by the left wing who want GOOD NEWS or GOOD stuff for demos. But if the free press survives the democrat party, even democrats will go to other sites to find the facts for a important decision.

  6. Sarah Palin is an intelligent, strong woman. The integrity of who she is will shine through when we, again, have a Republican presidency. Everyone blames Bush for our economy but it was the Democrats who stalled the issues to prevent what is happening in our economy and Alan Greenspan who set this country up for all the predatory lending that has put our economy in its current state. Now you want to elect some bible belt orator with a racist wife president. Sara Palin is the breath of fresh air we have been waiting for. Go Sara…the first female president of the US!!! Don’t listen to these idiots. You have the election in your pocket girl!

  7. Or should I say pocketbook…lol

  8. WHo did ABC think they were kidding? It was a butcher job in the editing room… you couldn’t even hear Palin take a breath between sentences…

    Gibson and ABC are propagandist hacks.

    It’ll backfire on them in the end. Liars.

    This is an Orwellian nightmare and ABC and Gibson are the pigs on two legs…

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