Skip to comments.Did ABC & Gibson Use Camera Trickery To Belittle Gov. Palin?
Posted on 09/15/2008 6:26:24 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
Did ABC use particular camera tricks to make Governor Palin look small and powerless in their Charlie Gibson interview? I've been pointed to a blog that makes a compelling case that they did just that. Using still shots of the Gibson interview with Palin compared to similar Gibson interviews with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, it seems this blogger has proven it to be an open and shut case of manipulation of the viewer. The writer shows how ABC used special camera placements and lenses to make Governor Palin seem small and Charlie Gibson seem overpowering and large by comparison.
By now, just about everyone is aware of Hollywood's special effects and camera techniques. There have been so many TV shows explaining them, so many DVD extras laying out the techniques that most Americans are at least a little familiar with the effects and techniques that filmmakers use to heighten and enhance their work. The anonymous blogger is familiar with these special effects, claims to work in the business in Hollywood himself, and does a great job explaining and pointing out where such effects were used to belittle Governor Palin.
Citing the anti-conservative, Hollywood hatemongering we are all familiar with our blogger remains anonymous. He says he doesnt want to hurt his career any more than he already has being a conservative in Hollywood. So, with deference to "HollywoodTrench's blog," I'll lay out his argument for you all to decide if he has hit the spot or if he is a bit too conspiratorial for your tastes...
Read the rest at Publiusforum.com...
Can you say “backfire”?
This is just a preview of what will happen if the left gets power.
Every information outlet will become a push channel for their ideas, and any technique to sell the Left will be used.
I mean worse than now.
Gibson, the Biased ABC Media Bully [looking down his nose from up on high]:
"Please take off your American flag pin. The American flag is an abomination now prohibited by ABC News."
"The Times got it wrong. And Charlie Gibson got it wrong.
There is no single meaning of the Bush doctrine. In fact, there have been four distinct meanings,
each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration--
and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today.
...... I know something about the subject because, as the Wikipedia entry
on the Bush doctrine notes, I was the first to use the term."
Obama's Puff-piece interview:
How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?
How does it feel to win?
How does your family feel about your winning breaking a glass ceiling?
Who will be your VP?
Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?
Will you accept public finance?
What issues is your campaign about?
Will you visit Iraq?
Will you debate McCain at a town hall?
What did you think of your competitors [Clinton] speech?
Palin's 'kangaroo court' interview:
Do you have enough qualifications for the job youre seeking?
Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?
Arent you conceited to be seeking this high level job?
Questions about foreign policy
-territorial integrity of Georgia
-allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
-Iranian nuclear threat
-what to do if Israel attacks Iran
-Al Qaeda motivations
-the Bush Doctrine
-attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan
Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]
"Charles Gibson of ABC News was out for blood and inherently applied
a double-standard compared with the kid gloves George Stephanopoulos
used on Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois on Sunday night.
Gibson was out to embarrass Palin and expose her presumed ignorance from the word go. "
"While it's true that Governor Palin is of less stature than Mr. Gibson,
the deliberate choice of the camera's height, framing and the use of
telephoto lenses all serve to make Mr. Gibson look overpowering
and Governor Palin the weak prey. This is common shooting technique
we use to make a villain appear more ominous."
"Interesting choice of ties for Charlie.
Salesmanship 101 - When you want to befriend a client, wear blue.
Salesmanship 102 - When you face an adversary, and you seek to control them, wear red.
Freeper N. Theknow (Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.)
I hope this doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone...
On a cattier note, it is also good to see that conservatives are once again fashionable with the Republican party. I wonder how long until we are considered an embarrassment this time.
Is hussein muslim?
Also notice that in the Palin interview, the chairs are directly opposite - pointed towards one another. This is confrontational.
In the Obama interview, the chairs are angled, tending towards a more ‘side-by-side’ arangement. This is more collegial.
It didn't seem like it hurt McCain that much too me.
“Bali Bras...Werther Original Chocolates...”
You’re asking too much of me. How about if I cancel my lone, remaining Sunday newspaper subscription, instead? I never read it; I just buy it for the coupons for bras and chocolate.
Good grief ... just compare the look on Gibson’s face in the Obama interview and the Palin interview. That’s enough to convince me. Looks downright jovial speaking with Obama. Has a “yeah, right” look on his face with Palin.
Here they are walking side by side...
Does a bear sh*t in the woods?
Of Course they did.
But to me the larger question is how the McCain campaign let this happen.
Every “journalist” in America was begging for the first Sarah interview.
The campaign did not have to let ABC dictate the terms.
Sarah should have been in a setting that accented her authority and stature - perhaps sitting behind her Governor’s desk.
Instead, ABC tried to make it look like she was scrunched up and almost cowering before Gibson - like a student geting a butt chewing from a school principal.
Where was the McCain/Palin campaign media consultant?
Do they even have one?
I don’t care for Dick Morris but he knows his way around the media.
If they had a Dick Morris type on site he would have demanded that Sarah be shown in a positive light and would have stopped the constant browbeating and “GOTCHA” hypotheticals.
Gibson conducted and interrogation - not an interview.
I hope they have learned a lesson and have someone along to protect their interests from here on.
We (quietly for now) are still considered an embarrassment to RINO's, "blue-blood" Pubbies, etc. Actually they are alarmed and steaming frickin mad that conservatism is surging since the Palin pick, but Palin is too popular for them to do much right now -- however, I suspect many of them are quietly cheering on the LameStream Medjia in its attempts to destroy Palin.
Well, if they’re sitting in the same chairs and Gibson towers over Gov. Palin, yet walking side-by-side, they are close to the same height, then it must mean that Gibson has a very large, um, behind (close to 100 percent of his total body mass).
I saw part of the interview on line and it appeared as if Charlie was sitting on a high barstool and Sarah was on a little bench. Kind of like a teacher lecturing a class of little kids.
Can you say...they can’t lay a glove on SARAH AMERICA!!
This picture accurately reflects the reletive importance ABC News places on Charlie Gibson and Sarah Palin.
In 2021, when Sarah Palin has been President and the Democrats are entering their 20th year of electoral exile, we will see what they think.
I don’t do business with any of those boycotted companies but I was wanting to see Ghost Town. Guess I’ll wait and watch it for free one day.
That’s really strange because in that picture of them walking together he doesn’t look that much bigger than her, but I just saw the interview on TV awhile ago before I read this article and at the time I thought, “WOW, Sarah Palin is TINY!” Now I see that she isn’t THAT small. The camera shot of them walking in the TV interview is definitely manipulated, too.
His chair even look higher and taller. ABC is not a new channel they are a biased media and have not room in my house.
Charlie! You nasty old prune!
THERE IS A LONG HISTORY of “framing” to sell an anti-conservative message.
There is a famous GHWBush picture of him waling in from of Marine one and the sign “keep away danger” (to that effect) had an arrow framed to point to the then president Bush.
There is another famous GWBush framing of Mr. and Mrs. on a bridge in germany with teh sign “danger ahead” in the shot.
The Obama halos are not mistakes any more than AP pretending not to know about the photo fakery.
Thanks. I saw the so-called interview but was too infuriated to remember who the advertisers were.
I think werther chocolates are the best target since they would feel it most.
Snickers is still realing from their super bowl blunder. Those candies are forbidden at football parties.
Also KEEP IN MIND HOLLOWEEN IS NEAR!
I called this back last week when they released an excerpt. Check post 37
There’s probably some quite appropriate literary example (that I can’t think of) but it seems the harder the Drive-By media pushes against Palin, the more it seems to consolidate and work to the opposite in building support for her. It’s analogous to pushing a wall, and with every push, it simply moves toward them. Try as they might to subvert her, they are simply creating support with every action.
Although Napoleon was only about 5'2", the painter, Jacques Louis David, has placed the viewer's eyes at the level of his belt line, implying that the Emperor is towering above the viewer, or the viewer is kneeling before him. Subtle, but powerful, and known to any experienced painter, photographer and videographer.
In many of those shots Charlie looks as if he has a massive colon blockage.
Its last and greatest achievement will be the final collapse of the MSM as an influence in American politics.
That singular moment when good ol' Charlie tried to catch Sarah Palin will go down in history as the turning point of a monumental change. What Chalie and his ilk didn't understand was that Sarah has made a few million friends and admirers, and Charlie attacked their friend, and exposed the bigotry of the MSM to millions of voters, voters who will put Governor Palin in office this fall. Leading to a new generation of conservative voters, and at least 12 more years of a Republican White House.
Now we know what "The Bush Doctrine" is...
PS: I added the foot trick he used to distract our Sarah.
Is hussein muslim?
he SAID he was..... didn’t you hear him?
...and did you also notice the Blue A** pinata hanging in the gazebo in the backround. I guess that’s supposed to symbolize all the A**es working at ABC.
It warms the cockles of my heart that in twenty years, Sarah Palin will be recognized as a major force in American politics and nobody at all will remember who Charlie Gibson was.