The Gibson Doctrine: McCain-Palin Must Be Brought Down

On The Anniversary of 9-11 ABC’s Charles Gibson interviewed Sarah Palin and attempted to make her appear uninformed by asking her if she agreed with “The Bush Doctrine.”

She didn’t know what he meant and asked for clarification, which he refused to give.  So she ventured a general answer.

Finally, he sneered at her over his half-glasses, and ponderously explained what he meant, playing the long-suffering professor, contemptuously instructing the naive Freshman.

Here are the facts:

  • There is no Administration policy or government publication or law or executive order with the official name “Bush Doctrine.”
  • In his column in the Washington Post Charles Krauthammer, who was first to use the label and is as authoritative as anyone, lists four Bush Administration policies or initiatives that have been called “The Bush Doctrine” by major media outlets.
  • The Bush-haters in Congress and the media have carelessly applied the label in scores of ways.  Law enforcement policies they disliked, tax cuts they disliked, poverty, illness, high priced gasoline, and crowded airports, have all been called “The Bush Doctrine.”

Only by being a mind reader could Sarah Palin have known what Charlie Gibson meant by “The Bush Doctrine.”

2 Comments so far

  1. theclassiclib on September 14th, 2008

    The old media herd is driving the nails into their own coffins.

    While Barack Obama is known to have been in bed with the recently convicted political fixer Tony Rezko (among others), the tired, old media herd attempt to pin Sarah Palin on a “doctrine” they made up!

    It’s hilarious! It’s amazing how dumb a guy like Charlie Gibson can be!

  2. aaa again on September 16th, 2008

    Gibson could have pulled this off with some degree of journalistic integrity had he not been so dismissive in tone. The Bush Doctrine question lacked specificity, but the other questions were reasonable.

    But that down his nose attitude! They just don’t get it. Obama has even less cred, but pretty much gets a pass………..and away from the teleprompter is a gaffe machine.