Se spune despre Fox News că este un post republican, urmărind interesele GOP. Cu alte cuvinte, zic detractorii săi, Fox News manipulează şi orice s-ar transmite pe acest post de televiziune trebuie pus sub semnul întrebării. Ce nu se spune este că dacă lucrurile ar sta aşa, Fox News nu ar fi altceva decât o picătură republicană într-un ocean democrat, fie-mi scuzată comparaţia. Toate celelate reţele de televiziune (CNN, NBC, ABC şi aşa mai departe) sunt mai mult sau mai puţin albastre. Nici restul presei nu face excepţie, presa americană în general fiind apropiată de democraţi, foarte puţini fiind cei care simpatizează cu Partidul Republican.
Şi acum un mic studiu de caz: interviul acordat de Sarah Palin lui Charlie Gibson de la ABC.
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Kirby Garp, pentru Hot Air
A se observa tratamentul diferenţiat aplicat de acelaşi Charlie Gibson lui Barack Obama şi Sarah Palin. Guvernatoare statului Alaska a avut parte de întrebări grele, denaturare a propriilor cuvinte*, lecţii (Charles Krauthammer – Charlie Gibson’s Gaffe; mulţumesc, Emil) şi trunchierea interviului (The Mark Levin Show – The Gibson Interview scoate în evidenţă fragmentele eliminate din prima parte a interviului). În schimb, candidatului Obama, i s-au servit întrebări absolut copilăroase, fiind evitate marile probleme ale senatorului de Illinois. Curat obiectiv, coane Gibson! Culmea, în timp ce „sinistrul” Fox News l-a lăsat pe Obama să scape cu o multitudine de probleme.
Interviurile lui Charlie Gibson cu Barack Obama şi Sarah Palin, comparate, via The Anchorress, de un suporter al lui Hillary Clinton. Ultima parte nu am mai inclus-o întrucât nu sunt de părere că Palin a fost atacată ca femeie. Nu, Palin a fost atacată pentru că este candidatul Partidului Republican. ABC nu are nimic cu femeile, ei doar lucrează pentru victoria lui Obama.
I compared Charles Gibson’s interview of Palin with his interview of Obama and there is much evidence that Gibson was prejudiced against Palin. He interviewed Obama right after he became the presumptive presidential nominee and he interviewed Palin shortly after she became the vice presidential nominee. So the situation of the interviews is similar. And because the situation of the interviews is similar Gibson’s extreme prejudice against Palin is very obvious.
For example, Gibson asked Obama a lot of questions focused on the positive aspects of Obama being a champion and breaking a glass ceiling for African Americans. Yet he didn’t ask Palin about her potential of breaking the infamous glass ceiling and the benefits that would create for women who are a much larger percentage of the U.S. population than African Americans.
Furthermore, Gibson often questioned Palin’s ability to lead, but he never questioned Obama’s ability to lead. This is outrageous because Palin has more political executive experience than Obama and far more political accomplishments. Another reason why it was prejudiced for Gibson to question Palin’s ability to lead and not Obama’s ability to lead is that Palin is seeking the much less powerful job of VP. And to add insult to injury Gibson even asked Palin if it was conceited of her to accept the vice presidential nomination, yet he did not insult Obama with that question even though Obama is applying for a much more powerful job.
Also Gibson maintained an almost constant sour face when interviewing Palin and his tone of voice seemed to imply that he was disappointed in her. I haven’t watched the entire Obama interview but the part I watched showed Gibson with a pleased expression on his face and the transcript shows that there was frequent laughter during his interview with Obama.
Even the camera angle was designed to be prejudiced against Palin. She is filmed from the side and slightly with her back to the camera. …In contrast, the film crew placed the long shot camera facing Obama so at all times when he is speaking the camera looks him in the face rather than looking at his back.
…Obama was asked much easier questions mostly about feelings about winning, breaking the glass ceiling and 2008 campaign decisions. In contrast, Palin was asked numerous specific policy and military strategy questions that required extensive knowledge about treaties, U.S. anti-terrorism strategy and world history. And Gibson misquoted Palin… The following is a breakdown of the questions asked of the nominees:
How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?
How does it feel to “win”?
How does your family feel about your “winning” breaking a glass ceiling?
Who will be your VP?
Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?
Will you accept public finance?
What issues is your campaign about?
Will you visit Iraq?
Will you debate McCain at a town hall?
What did you think of your competitor’s [Clinton] speech?
Do you have enough qualifications for the job you’re seeking? Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?
Aren’t you conceited to be seeking this high level job?
Questions about foreign policy
-territorial integrity of Georgia
-allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
-Iranian nuclear threat
-what to do if Israel attacks Iran
-Al Qaeda motivations
-the Bush Doctrine
-attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan
Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]
There’s no doubt the Charles Gibson interviews showed extreme prejudice against Palin and extreme favoritism towards Obama. His manner towards Palin was much more negative. He asked her much more difficult questions and the questions were more adversarial. He constantly questioned her ability to lead but never questioned Obama’s ability to lead, all the more amazing considering that Palin was the only one with executive experience and the presidency is the highest level executive job in politics. The camera angles always focused on Obama’s face when he was talking making him the center of attention yet during Palin’s interview the angle often focused on her back apparently for the purpose of lessening the impact of her presence.
The questions, camera angle, and manner of the interviewer were designed in a way that favored Obama. (…)
* Despre încercarea lui Gibson de a o portretiza pe Palin drept un fanatic religios. Unele citate se repetă, dar cred că cele două clipuri se completează destul de bine.