Thursday, October 2, 2008

Couric Interviews Palin III: OK, Enough Already

Yeah, I'm getting kind of tired of watching these two as well but this is the last of it (you can see the first two parts here and here) and then we'll hopefully get some brand new foolishness out of tonight's debate with Joe Biden; I had a couple points to make here but the most entertaining is this literary nugget at about 3:40:

COURIC: And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this — to stay informed and to understand the world?

PALIN: I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media —

COURIC: But what ones specifically? I’m curious.

PALIN: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.

COURIC: Can you name any of them?

PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news. Alaska isn't a foreign country, where it's kind of suggested, "Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?" Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America."

Are we seriously supposed to believe that Palin can't name one newspaper or magazine that she reads to inform herself of the world's events of the day? I know she's come off as incompetent and unqualified of late but come on; have I mentioned that she was a journalism major in college? The only reason I can think of for why she wouldn't name one publication is that she most likely does read The New York Times or The Washington Post or Time magazine or any one of dozens of other supposedly liberal publications the McCain campaign has already labeled as "in the tank" for Obama as part of their tactic to attack the media at every turn; better to have her just lie and look stupid rather than give credence to the enemy (=pretty much all media outlets except FOX News). And notice how instead of addressing why a candidate for the vice-presidency can't do this, which is the reason she was asked the question, she turns it around and acts like Couric is attacking her for being Alaskan and thus uninformed. But every question she gets asked for which she doesn't have a canned, prepared answer is an attack, right? Gotcha.

Two more things (besides her backtracking on the teaching of evolution in schools and her seeming claim that her views on abortion are her own and don't apply to her candidacy): ignoring the fact that nobody in the news media can find any evidence of the gay friend she claims to have had for decades, do you really think that this woman would agree with Palin that she made a "choice" that Palin did not? And on the homosexual tip, she claims that "the media got it wrong" that her church, the Wasilla Bible Church (more info here and here), is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer; but then how does she explain this:
"You'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality," according to the insert in the bulletin of the Wasilla Bible Church, where Palin has prayed for about six years...

Focus on the Family, a national Christian fundamentalist organization, is conducting the "Love Won Out" Conference in Anchorage, about 30 miles from Wasilla.
I know, that says nothing about curing gays, just that their god will "transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality" but it's definitely promoting the event; so let's look at Focus on the Family's "Love Won Out" campaign to see exactly what her church is endorsing:
Focus on the Family's Love Won Out ministry exhorts and equips the church to respond in a Christ-like way to the issue of homosexuality. And to those who struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions, we offer the Gospel hope that these desires can be overcome.
See, they're not trying to make gays straight through prayer they're just trying to help those who struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions (I'm still not clear why someone would "choose" to have "unwanted" feelings and attractions but maybe that's just me) overcome those desires through the power of the Gospel. So based on this information you make the call: did the media get it wrong here or is her church advocating fixing gays through prayer? And why Couric didn't have this information (it took me about five minutes to find, read, cut and paste all of this) at the ready as Palin apparently lied over and over again is beyond me. See you at the debate tonight.

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