CNN fails reading comprehension

In an interview with Sarah Palin, CNN‘s Drew Griffin quotes a story from National Review:

CNN: Yeah. Governor, you’ve been mocked in the press. The press has been pretty hard on you, the Democrats have been pretty hard on you, but also some conservatives have been pretty hard on you as well. 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.

Palin: Who wrote that one?

CNN: That was in the National Review, I don’t, have the author.

Palin: I’d like to talk to that person.

Well, sort of. In fact, really not at all. The actual article, by Byron York, opens thus:

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. . .

Yes, there are legitimate concerns about Palin’s lack of experience. Who wouldn’t, at the very least, wish that she had more time in the governor’s office on her résumé? But a look at Palin’s 20 months in power, along with interviews with people who worked with her, shows her to be a serious executive, a governor who picked important things to do and got them done — and who didn’t just stumble into an 80 percent job-approval rating.

(Emphasis mine.) York’s story is the exact opposite of that portrayed by CNN. Those words were a sarcastic defense of Palin, mocking those in the media, like CNN, who call her incompetent, stupid, unqualified, etc.

Clearly, Drew Griffin failed irony.

UPDATE: Heh.  This post was linked from a test preparation blog, under the title “Related blogs on reading comprehension.”

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