AT THE WEBSITE of CBS News we discovered this article posted by Katie Couric: What Woud You Ask Sarah Palin? [Yes, it’s spelled “Woud,” but that’s likely to get corrected before long.]
Here are some excerpts, with bold added for emphasis:
Right now I’m preparing to interview Gov. Sarah Palin, and I’m really excited about this chance to sit down with a woman who has stirred things up in the third act of a very eventful election year.
We’re excited too, Katie. Continuing:
Palin elicits some strong responses from women all across the political spectrum. Her reliability factor, or that “she feels my pain” quotient, was through the roof after the Republican convention. It hovered at 60 percent in a CBS News poll, higher than any of the three men in the race. But women don’t necessarily share her views on social issues.
Way to go, Katie! Zero in on that all-important “she feels my pain” issue. Thoughtful Americans are counting on you. Here’s more:
While 67 percent of women agree with her that creationism should be taught alongside evolution in schools, just 17 percent share her view on abortion …
What’s going on here? First, as we’ve reported several times already, Palin doesn’t say that “creationism should be taught alongside evolution.” She’s said that creationism doesn’t belong in the curriculum, but that if it comes up in class it’s okay to discuss it. Katie’s statement that “67 percent of women agree” with that distortion of Palin’s position is something we’ve never heard before. Frankly, we have doubts. (Were that statistic true, we should have doubts about women’s suffrage.)
The abortion issue isn’t one of our concerns at this blog, so we’ll ignore it. Katie’s article babbles along, and it finally ends like this:
But this is a very critical time for all of us and for the entire country. I’d love to hear your thoughts … I won’t be able to get to everything, but believe me, I’ll try!
Katie didn’t mention issues like the war, taxes, immigration, government spending — you know, unimportant stuff that probably doesn’t interest her audience.
This ought to be a really dynamite interview!
[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]
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