Team McCain Chooses Charles 'Softball' Gibson for First Sarah Palin TV Interview

Well, the press can stop wondering when and where Sarah Palin's first post-nomination television interview will take place. A campaign adviser says they offered ABC nightly news anchor Charles Gibson the job days ago. That's the same Charles Gibson who was last seen being "greasily avuncular and patronizing" when he and his ABC cohort George Stephanopoulos were ruining the Democratic primary debate back in April. You know, the ABC-sponsored event about which a New Yorker scribe wrote, "Seldom has a large corporation so heedlessly inflicted so much civic damage in such a short space of time... If Gibson and his partner, George Stephanopoulos, had halted their descent at the level of the fatuous, that would have been bad enough. But there was worse to come."

Palin is expected to do the interview in the middle of this week, when she gets back to Alaska. The ABC/Gibson treatment will probably suit campaign manager Rick Davis, who has been whining that the press dares to ask questions about Palin's beliefs and record, but insisted on Fox News this morning, "She's not scared to answer questions."

Joe Biden, meanwhile, challenged Palin on today's Meet the Press, saying, "Eventually she's going to have to sit in front of you like I'm doing and have done. Eventually she's going to have to answer questions and not be sequestered. Eventually she's going to have to answer questions about her record." [Newsweek]

Yeah, but not on Meet the Press.