Sarah Palin sat down with Katie Couric today. The interview comes in two parts.
Watch CBS Videos Online
Part II (Note that the last minute or so of this one is identical to a minute in the first one):
For the record: I don't think that Palin did nearly as good a job with Couric as she did with Gibson a couple weeks back. Of course, I don't see where CBS has provided an unedited transcript, so some of this may be due to selective editing. However, if the McCain campaign doesn't start howling today, then I'll assume this is a fair rendition of the interview.
After watching those two videos, I'd like you to take a look at this one Couric did with Joe Biden last week.
There are substantive differences between the two presentations -- and I'm not talking solely about the two candidates.
The Biden bio/interview is noticably lighter on substance than the Palin interview. The Biden interview includes supporters saying how wonderful he his -- there's nothing similar in Palin's treatment.
Finally, Couric's challenge to Palin to name something McCain wanted to regulate (excepting Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae where he was prescient and 100 percent right about) was a little unfair. Not because Palin couldn't name something else (she couldn't) but because the way Couric phrased the question seemed to assume that McCain is somehow responsible for the overall financial crisis because he didn't want to regulate enough.
But the move towards deregulation has been going on since the 1980s -- and it's not all been bad. It's also been largely bipartisan. You can get phone service through your cable provider or over the Internet. You don't have to rent those lame phones from AT&T.
Bank of America couldn't have come in and saved Merrill Lynch if it hadn't been for deregulation that tore down the wall between investment banks and commericial banks.
The most disappointing thing was that Couric didn't ask any tough questions of Joe Biden. Biden's been in the Senate about as long as I've been alive, and there were no questions about what he thought Congress could or should do.
Unlike the Gibson interview, there's nothing in Couric's interview of Palin that was unfair (barring the McCain campaign enlightening us on something today), out of context or out of bounds. The media's problem -- and this includes CBS -- is that the Democrats aren't getting the same tough questions.