During the 2008 campaign,the most devastating interviews of Sarah Palin were those of Katie Couric. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Couric’s “gotcha questions” included asking what Palin thinks about the economy, what newspapers she reads, any Supreme Court decision she disagrees with other than Roe vs. Wade, and what foreign policy experience she has. Sarah couldn’t complain about the editing of her answers, as they were outlandishly stupid without any editing! Palin couldn’t complain about the questions as they were each broad general questions that anyone running for President or Vice President should have been able to easily answer. In the Sarah, Barracuda, fashion she attacked Couric, suggesting that the questions were unfair, rather than that she was incapable of formulating an intelligent response.
Palin has gleefully announced on Facebook the filing of a suit against Couric and others for defamation related to a documentary on guns. Typical of Palin’s run-on sentences she says:
“It’s a shame it takes a lawsuit to force journalists to acknowledge their unethical practices, but if their clouded conscience lets them sleep at night amidst feeding the public lies, then litigation must awaken them to the public’s right and expectation to read, see and hear truth.”
Obviously,Palin herself couldn’t sue Couric for defamation as the editing of her interviews was obviously accurate. However even in the gun documentary,the Plaintiffs were unable to cite anything that was inaccurate. Instead they only complained that:
“The defendants manipulated the footage in service of an agenda: they wanted to establish that there is no basis for opposing universal background checks by fooling viewers into believing that even a panel of pro-Second Amendment advocates could not provide one.”
Plaintiff alleges that “The fictional exchange is defamatory because it holds the plaintiffs up as objects of ridicule by falsely representing that, as experts in their respective pro-Second Amendment trades, they had no basis for their opposition to universal background checks.” The complaint is simply that the film includes a segment in which Couric asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?” In the footage shown in the film, her question appeared to be received by blank stares and an 8-second silence. However, audio acquired by conservative site Ammoland seems to indicate that there was no pause and the crowd responded to Couric’s question immediately.
It seems unlikely that the Plaintiffs would prevail in this case as they are not complaining about something Couric said that was untrue. Remember that truth is a defense in any defamation suit. However Plaintiffs have asserted that the editing was deceptive because it included a longer pause than what actually existed. Palin can’t even complain that Couric added any pauses in her answers. The message is that Palin celebrates unfortunate things happening to any person she perceives to be her enemy. It sorta like wishing death to Hillary because she is running against Trump.