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Charlie Gibson’s “Tough Road” in Alaska

PalinGibsong_9.11.jpgThe NYTimes’ Alessandra Stanley calls part I of Charles Gibson‘s three-part interview with Gov. Sarah Palin, “meaty, touching on Iraq, Israel and Russia and aspects of her Christian faith.” (By now, Part II was expected to have taken place. Portions will air tonight on Nightline and more tomorrow on Good Morning America.) Stanley writes about the “tough road to navigate” for Gibson. “If [he] were too soft, Democrats would accuse him of being afraid of the Republican news-media-bashing machine…If his questions were too tough, he would very likely stir up charges of sexism or elitism.”

Mr. Gibson, who sat back in his chair and wriggled his foot impatiently, had the skeptical, annoyed tone of a university president who agrees to interview the daughter of a trustee, but doesn’t believe she merits admission.

But his attitude was at times supercilious: He asked if a nuclear Iran posed an “existential threat” to Israel, as if it were the land of Sartre, not Sabras.

Obama on O’Reilly: “It Was Great”

oreilly_9-5.jpgPart one (of four!) of the much anticipated Bill O’Reilly interview with Sen. Barack Obama aired last night, and focused solely on foreign policy.

The other three parts of the interview air Monday-Wednesday next week.

But with the full interview in the can, the New York Post reports, “Despite talk of bad blood between the Democratic nominee and the broadcaster, Obama seemed positively upbeat after Thursday’s sitdown with O’Reilly.”

“It was great,” said Obama about the interview.

The New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley writes about the short interview as well. “Their tone was civil, but thankfully not too civil,” she writes.

She also groups O’Reilly in with a group of interviewers who are, “best at goading subjects into unplanned sincerity.” Included in her list — Katie Couric and Chris Wallace.

Gustav Aftermath: Surveying the Cabler Scene

gustav_9-2.JPGAs Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is saying in a presser taken by all three cablers this morning, there are no reports of widespread flooding in the Gulf Coast. Luckily, the damage seems to be minimal, which means focus appears to be shifting back to the RNC. Let’s take a look at the aftermath of cabler coverage:

• The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough focuses on two of the “network stars,” at the forefront of the coverage, NBC’s Brian Williams and FNC’s Shepard Smith. Both described “polar opposite” response between Katrina and Gustav. “Smith, who drew praise for his coverage of Katrina in 2005, agreed that it was a different New Orleans and Gulf Coast that dealt with Hurricane Gustav,” wrote Gough.

• The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi explains the weather coverage creed: “participation is mandatory.” He describes some of the stand-out live shots from yesterday, including CNN’s Rob Marciano getting, “nearly blown off a New Orleans rooftop,” and “champion weather-interacter,” Geraldo Rivera.

Alessandra Stanley writes in the New York Times about the more subdued coverage as compared to Katrina. “Conceding on the evening news that the storm was not as bad as expected, Mr. Williams, his shirt dry, his hair only gently ruffled by wind, downscaled Gustav to ‘a sizable weather event,’” she wrote.

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