Save The Ridicule For Katie Couric, Not Sarah Palin

I have read the transcripts, and really can’t for the life of me understand why liberals gleefully proclaim that Sarah Palin embarassed herself.  I think we should be ridiculing Katie Couric rather than Sarah Palin.

Case in point: Couric’s “gotcha” question regarding Henry Kissinger:

Couric: You met yesterday with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who is for direct diplomacy with both Iran and Syria. Do you believe the U.S. should negotiate with leaders like President Assad and Ahmadinejad?

Palin: I think, with Ahmadinejad, personally, he is not one to negotiate with. You can’t just sit down with him with no preconditions being met. Barack Obama is so off-base in his proclamation that he would meet with some of these leaders around our world who would seek to destroy America and that, and without preconditions being met. That’s beyond naïve. And it’s beyond bad judgment.

Couric: Are you saying Henry Kissinger …

Palin: It’s dangerous.

Couric: … is naïve for supporting that?

Palin: I’ve never heard Henry Kissinger say, “Yeah, I’ll meet with these leaders without preconditions being met.” Diplomacy is about doing a lot of background work first and shoring up allies and positions and figuring out what sanctions perhaps could be implemented if things weren’t gonna go right. That’s part of diplomacy.

Okay, let’s do the fact check.  Was Couric right?

No.  The first “perky” anchor in major network history got it wrong.

Henry Kissinger has never called for direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions:

ABC News’ Kirit Radia Reports: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger came to the defense of longtime friend Sen. John McCain following Friday’s presidential debate saying he “would not recommend the next President of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the Presidential level.”

“Senator McCain is right. I would not recommend the next President of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the Presidential level. My views on this issue are entirely compatible with the views of my friend Senator John McCain. We do not agree on everything, but we do agree that any negotiations with Iran must be geared to reality,” Kissinger said in statement issued by the McCain campaign.

During the debate, Obama pointed to Kissinger to defend his position because the former secretary of state supports direct talks with high-level Iranians without preconditions. Kissinger does not, however, support the U.S. president personally engaging in those talks, a point which McCain sought to drive home during the debate.

If Couric wanted to ask Sarah Palin whether it would be appropriate to send a high level US official other than the President of the United States, it was her duty as the one asking the questions to make her question clear.  Given the obvious fact that it is a PRESIDENTIAL precondition-free negotiation with rogue regime leaders (thanks to Barack Obama’s idiotic position), Sarah Palin had every reason to assume that was what Couric was talking about.

So if anyone should be ridiculed, it should be Katie Couric – who was so eager to catch Palin in a “gotcha” question she botched her own trap – instead of Sarah Palin.

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7 Responses to “Save The Ridicule For Katie Couric, Not Sarah Palin”

  1. akiceman Says:

    Reading Comprehension 101: Courics quote is: “Henry Kissinger, who is for direct diplomacy with both Iran and Syria. Do you believe the U.S. should negotiate with leaders like President Assad and Ahmadinejad?”

    No where does she say “direct presidential diplomacy”. This wasn’t a gotcha question; it was pointing out what was reported in several major newspapers only a few days before.

    You can’t defend Palin… she’s too deep in the hole.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Hey, I love sarcasm. Let me give you a little bit back:

    I wrote:

    If Couric wanted to ask Sarah Palin whether it would be appropriate to send a high level US official other than the President of the United States, it was her duty as the one asking the questions to make her question clear. Given the obvious fact that it is a PRESIDENTIAL precondition-free negotiation with rogue regime leaders (thanks to Barack Obama’s idiotic position), Sarah Palin had every reason to assume that was what Couric was talking about.

    So I suppose when you talked about reading comprehension, you were talking about your own lack?

    Again: we have been talking about PRESIDENTIAL negotiations ever since Obama brought it up. Ergo sum, Palin was right for believing Couric was referring to PRESIDENTIAL negotiations. And if in fact Couric meant anything else, she had the obligation to say so in her question – which she clearly didn’t.

    Kissinger has since repeatedly said that he believes Obama’s presidential negotiation without preconditions would be a terrible idea – just like Palin said.

  3. Old Admirer GA Says:

    Miss Satrah handled that interview very well. Katie Couric will serve the country much better if she interview Obama on his stances about Iraq and Afghanistan. These people simply cannot handle the fact that in a year when Hillary waxed lyrical about her having “made eighteen million cracks in the glass ceiling” she achieved absolutely nothing and it was the Republicans [in a wise move by the old warrior McCain] who presented Miss Sarah to the Nation and they openly adore her from young to old male and female. And “she has the audacity” to prove she won’t be scared by Hillary or Obama, or Katie Couric for that matter. Brave girl, Miss Sarah.

  4. Old Tennessee Says:

    I am an old nothing but I want to make a prediction anyway. Anyone may laugh if he/she wishes but I will go ahead and say it.

    American’s [and for that matter the regular folk all over the world] are sick and tired of political supermen and the promises they make and leave unfulfilled. Americans have been looking for someone they can relate to, someone they believe will listen and understand and someone they can love in politics.

    In walks Miss Sarah. The big media will try to slaughter her but they may just find the people won’t allow it this time. Main Street media will soon follow her because for one, they will understand and two: they will realize the people want them to do that. The big media will loose this one.

    Miss Sarah, next time they ask you silly questions tell them you are going to consult the people. Then you go on the air and do exactly that. You can do it!

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    The good thing about this (to the extent that hatchet jobs have an upside) is that Sarah Palin now has a “low expectation.”

    If she comes out and does well in the debate, the public will have yet another huge chance to see just how biased and unfair the media are, and just how determined they are to distort the truth.

    It’s all on her. I pray that she do well, and I believe she will.

  6. Wingman Says:

    You did well on that Liberanarchist who wrote in first; if you did not I would have asked for your permission to have a go at him. But I am pleased to note you came out both guns blazing; no use taking flowers and candy into a gunfight as you said in another Box. Christianity, old values/norms and principles are under attack in this mad World but though I have inculcated patience and restraint into my two young ones, never to start a fight, to talk things out or walk away with dignity if you can [they live that way today, I am proud to say], I refuse to being slapped repeatedly and be ordered to turn the other cheek as well. A Christian believer has not only a right; he has a duty to defend and fight for what he believes is right!

  7. Michael Eden Says:

    Sorry, Wingman, I should have left him for you.

    I just don’t have time for arrogant, smarmy dumbasses.

    I don’t consider Christians doormats. We stand up and fight for what is right. Vengeance is the Lord’s, but that doesn’t mean we sit meekly while people misrepresent the truth.

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