Ambush by media
An ambush by media is an unexpected question designed to catch the interviewee, typically a conservative, off guard in order to cast him or her in a misleading light. The question is often irrelevant to issues of importance to voters or the topic of the interview.
|Charles Gibson||Sarah Palin||"Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?"||"Bush doctrine" is silly media jargon unfamiliar to most people, yet the question was phrased as though Palin should know and accept the term; Gibson then refused to explain what he meant by the trick question.|
|Katie Couric||Sarah Palin||Name three Supreme Court cases that were wrongly decided.||Joe Biden, asked a similar question on a separate interview, apparently could not even identify the name of a Supreme Court case that invalidated legislation that he had sponsored, yet he received almost no criticism.|