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Giuliani and Hannity Spin Palin’s Ignorance By Falsely Claiming She Understood The Bush Doctrine

Reported by Ellen - September 12, 2008 -

Sarah Palin made a huge gaffe during her first network interview yesterday. She was clueless about the Bush Doctrine. Interviewer Charles Gibson had to correct her after she misstated it. When Alan Colmes brought up Palin’s mistake on last night's (9/11/08) Hannity & Colmes, guest Rudy Giuliani and Sean Hannity falsely insisted Palin got it right. Giuliani suggested that Palin should be excused because Wikipedia got it wrong, too (which it didn't). Hannity, of course, blamed the left and then said Palin had answered "perfectly." With video.

In Part 2 of a two-part interview with Giuliani, Colmes said, “In an interview tonight with Charlie Gibson, (Palin) was asked about Bush – George Bush’s doctrine, which she didn’t know about, anything about. Had to be told by Charlie Gibson that the Bush doctrine is pre-emptive strike.”

“Not on Wikipedia,” Giuliani answered. “Wikipedia says that the Bush Doctrine is ‘irresponsible,’ some kind of irresponsible war monger.”

Fact check: I found nothing of the sort in the Wikipedia entry.

“She didn’t know what the Bush Doctrine was,” Colmes continued. “Doesn’t that concern you? That a possible president could feel that way?”

No, it didn’t. Giuliani said, “If you look at that answer, I think she had a pretty good understanding of what President Bush is trying to do, what President Bush is trying to accomplish.”

Fact check: Actually, Palin did not have a good understanding of the Bush Doctrine. She described it as an attempt to "rid the world of Islamic extremism" whereas the actual doctrine, according to the National Security Strategy from September 2002, states, "While the United States will constantly strive to enlist the support of the international community, we will not hesitate to act alone, if necessary, to exercise our right of self defense by acting preemptively against such terrorists, to prevent them from doing harm against our people and our country." Wikipedia’s entry was a lot closer than Palin’s response.

Giuliani continued, "And look, if it wasn’t that, (Gibson) was gonna ask (Palin) about the head of some country somewhere.”

Colmes replied, “This wasn’t an obscure question about a head of a country, like Bush fumbled when he was running for office.”

Giuliani said, “Is it any different than Joe Biden asking the man in the wheelchair to stand up?”

“Come on,” Colmes said, rightly irritated.

“This is the silliness that you usually decry. The reality is she gave excellent answers for a first interview. And you know that. You know she did a terrific job,” Giuliani said.

“She answered it perfectly,” Hannity said. “I know the left-wingers. They just were looking for any little thing they can get. She understood what the Bush Doctrine was and what the Bush policy was and she answered it, I think, correctly.”

You can write Hannity at hannity@foxnews.com and let him know that not all Americans think that understanding America’s foreign policy is “a little thing.” You can also contact Colmes at colmes@foxnews.com or FOX at eedback@foxnews.com or comments@foxnews.com.

At the end of the segment, Hannity, forgetting that he can’t trust anyone who commits adultery, said reverently to Giuliani, “Thank you for all you did and how you led this country in some of its toughest times.”

When did Giuliani ever lead this country?

You can watch the entire segment here. Video of the portions discussed above is below.