Palin: Chronicle Suppressed Obama Coal Interview

Paper: It's been online since January
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2008 7:07 AM CST
Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign event at the Clermont County Fairgrounds, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, in Owensville, Ohio.   (AP Photo/David Kohl)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin apparently believes the San Francisco Chronicle suppressed a January interview with Barack Obama, in which he threatens to bankrupt the coal industry. “You gotta listen to the tape,” Palin told an Ohio crowd yesterday. “Why is this audio tape just now surfacing? This interview was given many months ago.” To the crowd, the answer was obvious—“Liberal media!” someone shouted—but the Chronicle says it posted the interview in full online in January.

“How can anyone suggest that we hid an interview that we did, immediately put up on the Web—and advertised to our readers?” asked a Chronicle editor. “We promoted it like hell.” The damning section of the interview, in Palin’s mind, occurs when Obama says his cap-and-trade policy would “bankrupt” the coal industry, unless technology allows them to operate “in a clean way.”