Once again, Sarah has come to the aid of the Republican presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump (Stand By Your Man – Palin Defends Trump.) On her Facebook page, Palin wrote that when a reporter asked Trump to name his favorite Bible verse, after he touted the sacred book as his favorite of all time, it was just another “gotcha question.” So totally unfair! So out of line! This critique, mind you, is coming from the woman who thought Katie Couric’s question, “ which newspapers and magazines do you read” was of the “gotcha” variety.
Thanks to Palin, the term “gotcha question” has come to mean any question a politician can’t, or would rather not, answer. Today, when a reporter asks a politician an unwelcome, difficult or surprising question, it’s instantly labeled a “gotcha.” One thing’s for sure, when you hear a politician talk about a “gotcha question,” the reporter is doing his or her job well!
While Katie Couric’s question of Sarah Palin’s reading materials is perhaps the most famous Palin “gotcha question” (as labeled by Palin herself), here is a list of ten other questions Plain has described as “gotchas” but which never got the same media attention:
1.Can you name your children in chronological order?
2.What was your favorite subject in high school?
3.Is the Earth thousands or billions of years old?
4.Did you frame your college diploma?
5.Do you prefer boxers or briefs?
6.Should we deport all illegal immigrants or just Mexicans?
7.When will you launch your next presidential run?
8.Do you agree with the Pope on global warming?
9,Do you find it unseasonably warm today?
10.Miller Lite … “great taste” or “less filling?”
Yes, Sarah Palin will defend Trump at every opportunity. A reporter recently asked if she was angling to become Trump’s VP pick. The woman known for her “word salads” was only able to mutter, “Oh fiddle-de-dee!” At least she did not call the question a “gotcha!”
Trump- Palin would make an interesting ticket. But, alas, they would be appealing to the same ultra right, low -information base.
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