I finally got around to checking on the conservatives that had been “pretty hard” on Palin. The quote that Drew Griffin read to her was this:
The National Review had a story saying that, you know, “I can’t tell if Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, or all of the above.”
The quote is from a Bryon York article that was only previously available in the print (or subscription) version. Now that Drew chose to misquote it, National Review Online has made it available for everyone. Here’s the full quote (key item of context emphasized by me):
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. Palin, the governor of Alaska, has faced more criticism than any vice-presidential candidate since 1988, when Democrats and the press tore into Dan Quayle. In fact, Palin may have it even worse than Quayle, since she’s taking flak not only from Democrats and the press but from some conservative opinion leaders as well.
One can only hope that Mr. Griffin made an honest mistake. CNN hasn’t issued any corrections, however.
Correction issued. Thanks for being a stand-up guy, Drew!
In no way did I intend to misquote the National Review. This exchange aired just once in the 6pm hour, and as soon as the National Review brought it to our attention at 7:05, we immediately realized that the context could be misconstrued, we cut that portion of the interview. It never aired again. We sent a statement to the National Review in an email explaining what had happened, that we had in fact cut the question from any further airings.