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Gingrich: CNN Misquote in Palin Interview Shows 'The Fix Is In'
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is a rush transcript from "On the Record ," October 22, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Tonight, we have Governor Palin who's getting the hits. The hits on Governor Palin -- they just keep on coming. Thirteen days to the election, neck-and-neck horse race, and Senator McCain's running mate continues to be slammed, some of it grossly unfair.
Yesterday, CNN was either incompetent or really dirty. Check this out. CNN reporter Drew Griffin asked Governor Palin this question, supposedly -- yes, supposedly quoting a "National Review" column.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DREW GRIFFIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Governor, you've been mocked in the press. The press has been pretty hard on you. The Democrats have been pretty hard on you. But also, some conservatives have been pretty hard on you, as well. "The National Review" had a story saying that, you know, I can't tell if Sarah Palin is "incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, or all of the above."
GOV. SARAH PALIN (R-AK), VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Who wrote that one?
GRIFFIN: That was in "The National Review."
PALIN: Who wrote it?
GRIFFIN: I don't have the author, but they were...
PALIN: I'd like to talk to that person.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
VAN SUSTEREN: Here's the problem. The CNN reporter took the quote completely out of context. The column was actually an indictment of the media, not the governor, but of the media. Here's the quote in context. "Watching press coverage of the Republican candidate for vice president, sometimes hard to decide whether Sarah Palin's incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward or, well, all of the above."'
Right now CNN is working on damage control after being caught. Denise, you are absolutely right about the media...