Couric/Palin: And the Rest Was Silence?

Wow. Not since Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace has a piece of video been so eagerly anticipated by nerds around the country. (Ourselves, by the way, included.) Because there’s more video of the Couric/Palin interview that CBS has yet to air…and it apparently contains footage of yet another Palin gaffe. CBS has said nothing about that gaffe save that it’s “embarrassing” to Palin.

Which has, of course, brought out the most polite and deferential instincts among reporters eager to get a look at the footage. Indeed, even in the most straight descriptions of the leaked video, like this one from Politico’s Jonathan Martin, the salivation anticipation is almost palpable:

Of concern to McCain’s campaign, however, is a remaining and still-undisclosed clip from Palin’s interview with Couric last week that has the political world buzzing.

The Palin aide, after first noting how “infuriating” it was for CBS to purportedly leak word about the gaffe, revealed that it came in response to a question about Supreme Court decisions.

After noting Roe vs. Wade, Palin was apparently unable to discuss any major court cases.

There was no verbal fumbling with this particular question as there was with some others, the aide said, but rather silence.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.