Journalists are sneaky and nefarious types. Filled with hate and brimming with mischief. What’s more, their favourite pass-time is playing “Gotcha Journalism.”
How, precisely “Gotcha Journalism” compares and contrasts to “Gotcha Politics” is not entirely clear, but I presume they originate from the same evil wellspring of contempt for politicians not grown in vats at Harvard or in a Georgetown country club. Whatever is the case, both are equally unacceptable and it’s a wonder journalism hasn’t been made illegal yet. Let’s all hope the McCain-Palin ticket goes straight to the White House, so we can make that happen.
Case in point, in Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric, Mrs. Couric threw out the most devious of questions, sure to trip up any salt-of-the-earth politician: she asked “What newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?” And when Sarah Palin refuse to answer in specific (since, after all, education is a private affair), Couric drilled deeper, “Can you name a few?”
Can she name a few? What is this? Joseph McCarthy’s Communist trials? I mean, those were good, but this is outrageous.
But, with the cat-like intellectual reflexes we’ve come to expect from Mrs. Palin, she responded, “All of them.”
Well, if that doesn’t shut up critics, I don’t know what will.
Update: No Palin disaster story is truly complete without the video: