NBC fact-checks Sarah Palin
In the midst of "Palinmania," a major media outlet has aired a "fact check" segment two weeks after the Republican National Convention debut of Sarah Palin, Alaska's governor and Senator McCain's running mate.
NBC has addressed inaccurate claims on international travel, Alaska's true energy production, foreign policy credentials, the infamous "Bridge(s) to Nowhere," and the subsequent backtracking by the McCain campaign as a result.
Especially noted is Palin's eagerness to claim that she told Congress "Thanks, but no thanks, to that 'Bridge to Nowhere,'" a line she unveiled on September 3, despite the fact that she supported it until Congress no longer did and kept the federal funds nonetheless. Plans for a bridge, using federal money, are still in the works.
Also addressed was Gov. Palin's lack of connections with foreign leaders. "If you look at history," said presidential historian Michael Beschloss, "since Pearl Harbor, every single vice presidential candidate of a major party has had some pretty serious exposure to foreign leaders, with the exception of Spiro Agnew."
NBC's Savannah Guthrie reports. The video below was broadcast on September 17, 2008 on NBC's Nightly News:
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