MEDIA: What You Will and Have Seen...
ABC Leads with Palin Unready, Biden's 'Dilemma' is How to Answer Palin's 'Attacks'
At the top of Thursday's World News, just hours before the vice presidential debate, George Stephanopoulos fretted about “the dilemma for Biden,” which given that “we expect Sarah Palin to have some attack lines on Biden, on Obama. He's got to choose, at some point, not to let those attacks go unanswered.”
So there's the early media line: Biden will be the victim of attacks from Palin and must figure out how to counter those unfair attacks.
Stephanopoulos Again Declares the Democrat the Debate Winner
Six days after declaring Barack Obama the winner of the first presidential debate, following Thursday's VP debate George Stephanopoulos again decided the liberal Democrat in the debate, this time Joe Biden, was the winner...
But in assigning his “Nightline Report Card” grades he gave both Biden and Sarah Palin the same overall assessments: each got one A, one A-minus and one B.
Matthews: Palin Looked Into Camera Like a 'Dolt'
After the vice presidential debate Chris Matthews criticized Sarah Palin for, of all things, looking into the camera. When guest panelist Roger Simon noted Palin looked directly into the camera, Matthews observed:
You know what I think of people when they come on "Hardball," and they look at the camera, I think they're dolts.In addition to the "dolt," remark Matthews repeatedly asked his guests if Sarah Palin's "brain" was up to the task of debating. Matthews even managed to go where a Democratic Congresswoman wouldn't, when he asked Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "Is this about her brain power?" To which, even the Florida Democrat balked: "It’s really not nice to suggest that there's something wrong with her brain power."
However Matthews didn't let Schultz's hesitancy stop him from questioning the Republican vice presidential nominee's intelligence as he asked these series of questions about Palin to Schultz:
Well do you think cute will beat brains?Mp3 Here
'Surprise' Palin 'Did Not Embarrass Herself'
On NBC, Chuck Todd observed
CBS's Katie Couric proposed, without saying in which camp journalists fall,
“those that were tuning in looking for some sort of car wreck, probably came away disappointed.”
“the headline is Governor Sarah Palin did not embarrass herself or her running mate "Colleague Bob Schieffer asserted that
Jeff Greenfield, also on CBS, decided
“I think a lot of people were expecting” Palin “to make some sort of blunder or mistake and she did not do that.”
Over on ABC, Diane Sawyer found that Palin,
“Palin passed the Tina Fey test. Anyone looking for a deer in the headlights experience didn't get one tonight.”
“after a bruising time in the media, showed up not just with confidence, but cheerful confidence that might surprise a lot of people.”