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Charles Gibson should truly be ashamed of the interview with John McCain that aired on tonight's World News Tonight [Wednesday July 9th].
Over the course of a minute and a half [a significant amount of time in a 24 minute broadcast], Gibson clearly drove McCain to discuss allegations that Senator Obama has changed some policy positions. McCain, not surprisingly, took the bait. Gibson went so far as to ask McCain if he would call Obama a "flip-flipper."
Gibson failed to mention even once any of the myriad policy positions on which McCain has made 180 degree policy turns. To mention a few: McCain refused to support his **own** immigration legislation when it became clear to him how unpopular it was with the right wing base of the Republican party.. McCain unambiguously called the Bush tax cuts irresponsible, but, amazingly, he now wants to make them permanent. McCain has resolutely opposed expanded off-shore drilling, until he decided he could score some political points off of it. These are just the beginning of a long list.
This interview represents journalism at its worst: appealing to the gutter to sell a story or, even worse, direct the course of the story and even of a campaign. I expect better out of both Charles Gibson and ABC News.