Extra! Korea

January 15, 2010

Sarah Palin, North and South Korea, and semantics

Filed under: education, history, North Korea, politics — extrakorea @ 2:00 pm

You might recall this from a previous post.

In the days leading up to an interview with ABC News’ Charlie Gibson, aides were worried with Ms. Palin’s grasp of facts. She couldn’t explain why North and South Korea were separate nations and she did not know what the Federal Reserve did.

(emphasis mine)

Sarah Palin has responded.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) said Tuesday night that it was “a lie” that she didn’t know the difference between North Korea and South Korea during the 2008 presidential campaign.

[ snip ]

Her appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” was Palin’s first on a Fox News show since Monday’s announcement that she would join the cable network as a contributor. She was asked by host Bill O’Reilly to respond to several claims cited in the book “Game Change,” which was the subject of a segment Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

(emphasis mine)

Notice the slight difference in wording. I found the source of this quote, the interview with Bill O’Reilly, and tried to make a transcript of the important part, which begins at around 0:32 of the video.

(news clip of an interview with John Heilemann, author of the book “Game Change”)

John Heilemann: She still didn’t really understand why there was a North Korea and a South Korea.

[ snip ]

(interview between Bill O’Reilly and Sarah Palin)

Bill O’Reilly: Is this [indistinct] kind of lie, that you didn’t know the difference between North and South Korea?

Sarah Palin: That surprised me. [ snip ]

Bill O’Reilly: Is that a lie, though?

Sarah Palin: Yes, that is a lie.

(emphasis mine)

Notice the difference. It’s possible that both are telling the truth. Palin could be speaking truthfully when she says that she knew that North and South Korea are separate countries, and Heilemann could also be factually correct when he says that Palin did not know the reasons why Korea was separated into two different countries.


  1. There are SO many instances of Palin’s moonbattery…

    She also said UNCOMFORTABLENESS during the Billo interview, instead of DISCOMFORT…why, why why….English is her first and ONLY language, so WHY?

    Glenn Beck (another baffoon) asked her who her favorite founding father was…she said “ALL OF ‘EM”. Didn’t she learn her lesson from her infamous Katie Couric interview when she was asked what newspapers she read and she replied “All of ’em…”

    The depths of Palin’s stupidity know no limits.

    Comment by DEO — January 16, 2010 @ 12:40 am

  2. When Sarah Palin could not name the newspapers she reads, her followers were relieved. She could not name the newspapers. They could not read them.

    Comment by John Engelman — January 16, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

  3. I thought the semantics very interesting. On January 9th NYTimes correctly quoted the book i.e. “didn’t know why”. The authors repeated “didn’t know why” on 60 minutes on January 10th.

    On January 11th Alan Colmes (remember “Hannity and Colmes”?)on the blog Liberaland used the phrase “Didn’t know the difference”. Immediatley (or simultaneously?) foxradio started lambasting liberal claims that Sarah Palin “didn’t know the difference”. On Fox news they use “didn’t know the difference” exclusively.

    It gives the impression Fox is shaping “liberal claims” for the discussion they want to have. Of course she knows there’s a South and North Korea we can pull video to prove that. Noone has a video that shows she knows “WHY”.

    Comment by cam — January 18, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

  4. The Palin camp is notorious for doing that. Red Herrings.
    Palin didn’t try to ban Harry Potter, she inquired about “PASTOR, I AM GAY”. BUT she leads you down the wrong path. Palin is a true huckster, a grifter a CON.

    We’re talking about a librarian saying Palin tried to ban books about homosexuality and Palin is throwing you off the path by telling you that she did not ban HARRY POTTER. Alot of people have fallen for the Palin con.

    Comment by DEO — January 19, 2010 @ 1:59 am

  5. If this sort of thing makes Palin look stupid how come that “57 State” thing or all of Obama’s other gaffes don’t make him look stupid?

    Comment by Michael — November 25, 2010 @ 3:38 am

  6. […] Harsh? Oh, I don’t know. Let’s please remember that it has been said before (like in January of 2010) that she doesn’t understand the difference between North and South Korea or “why there are two?” […]

    Pingback by This Journey » It’s nothing but adventure on this stretch — November 25, 2010 @ 10:36 am

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