It's short -- I encourage you to listen to it.
I didn't pay much attention to Mike Gravel during the Democratic primaries...he seemed like a cranky old man who just kept bitching about not getting as much time as others in debates. So I was quite surprised to hear that interview.
This interview is useful to our current discussion in a couple of ways:
1. It demonstrates in just a couple of minutes the kind of media bias I've been talking about. In the process of this conversation, the interviewers:
- Trumpet myths about Palin as fact without actually having looked into them.
- Portray Palin as an extremist without actually knowing her background.
- Follow the standard script for introducing disgusting conspiracy theories by saying, "We shouldn't even be talking about this, but, you know, it's out there...", where out there means on Andrew Sullivan's blog. Then they say, "How do you think these [disgusting conspiracy theories] will play?" will lets them pretend they are just talking about the political game, not further perpetuating the disgusting conspiracy theories.
- When Gravel, who actually knows a lot about Palin because they are both from Alaska, starts providing actual facts about her, instead of learning from his knowledge, they cut him off, change the subject, and attempt to end the interview early.
Granted, I take it the interviewers are part of an advocacy radio station, which means their job is to filter everything the way their listeners want to hear it regardless of reality, so this is standard operating procedure for them (and both sides of the political spectrum have radio stations like this). Their listeners would be actively upset to hear anything that doesn't jive with The Program.
The striking thing is that there is nothing here I haven't watched the "mainstream media" do repeatedly in the last couple of weeks.
2. Gravel hates what McCain/Palin stand for (particularly related to the war) and, as he says at the end of the interview, would never vote for them. Yet -- and I practically can't believe I heard someone say this right now -- he has great respect for Palin and what she has accomplished in Alaska. He knows she is a sincere person with integrity, and he just happens to disagree with her.
I wish he were still in the race so I could have the honor of not voting for him!
HT to Hot Air...