Griffin Misquotes National Review Column During Palin Interview

By SteveK 

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After nearly two months since she was announced as the GOP Veep candidate, Gov. Sarah Palin sat down for an interview on CNN yesterday. But one of correspondent Drew Griffin’s questions has become a focus, after it misrepresented a recent Byron York column in the National Review (via Breitbart.TV).

As he began the question, Griffin said, “You’ve been mocked in the press, the press has been pretty hard on you,” and said she’s taken heat from conservatives as well, noting a National Review story saying, “I can’t tell if Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified or all of the above.”

“Who wrote it? I’d like to talk to that person,” responded Palin.

The “story” Griffin referred to was a York column that was instead an indictment of the media, and not Palin. The full sentence reads: “Watching press coverage of the Republican candidate for vice president, it’s sometimes hard to decide whether Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward, or — or, well, all of the above.”

Overnight, National Review Online published the column, which previously could only be seen in print, and added an editor’s note, saying the article “became a campaign issue Tuesday when CNN’s Drew Griffin distorted its meaning in a high-profile interview with Palin. CNN’s problems aside, what was the story really about? And what did it say about Palin’s readiness for office?”

Click continued to see the question and answer during yesterday’s CNN interview…