**See Sarah's interview with Carl Cameron in the media window to the right.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
The Unfiltered Sarah Palin
By now Katie Couric's interview of Governor Sarah Palin is well known to everyone. For a week, I, like a lot of conservatives, was a bit unnerved by how Governor Palin appeared in the CBS interview. Governor Palin didn't seem to be knowledgeable or articulate. Could it be that CBS discovered a chink in Sarah's armor? Hardly. In light of Governor Palin's masterful performance during the Vice Presidential debate and the subsequent interview with Carl Cameron on Fox News, it seems clear now that Governor Palin was the victim of an assassination style interview. As Sarah readily admitted, during the Carl Cameron interview, she could have responded more thoughtfully, but instead provided Couric with answers befitting the patronizing character of her questions. Through a bit of editing artifice, the CBS interview cast Sarah as a shadow of herself, a manipulated caricature, suited to the taste of a biased Katie Couric and a rabidly liberal network. This tawdry episode is just another in a long, pale line of media attack jobs and character assassinations. The classic idea of the unbiased reporter, as a seeker of truth, is dead; a casualty in the war for the American mind. In place of the objective intellectual, we suffer under the oppressive scribbling of propagandists. As main stream news organs submit to leftist ideology, they transform themselves into homogeneous iterations of Pravda. The media has become monolithic and anti-intellectual. There are some places where honest debate exists, where truth is sought out in a free marketplace of ideas. Most Americans recognize the corruption of the ideologues, and have withdrawn to find alternative sources of information. The American tradition honors intellectual competition and the free exchange of ideas, secure in the knowledge that truth prevails. This is very much a Christian notion. You may be surprised to know that God invites us to "come now, and let us reason together." Isaiah 1:18 The liberal left offers no such tradition but rather seeks to oppress those who threaten its rigid dogma. "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people." Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right. The bleak hope of socialism is the bland comfort of state sponsored subsistence. So Katie Couric and all her ilk strive to oppress what is true and good and right but, in the end, the authentic displaces the deceptive, as the truth of Providence inexorably marches toward victory. Governor Sarah Palin happens to be authentic and that will continue to resonate with the majority of thinking Americans. Katie Couric's interview will only redound to her shame. So be it.
Posted by John at 10:34 PM