I'm not familiar with John Friedman, so I don't know if this little bit from CBS News online is intended seriously or tongue-in-cheek:
Gibson, as dignified a newsperson as America has now, treated Palin fairly and didn't resort to hectoring her with "gotcha" questions, either.
Palin's supporters may be chagrined that their candidate didn't sound more self-assured or expert when she discussed Alaska's relationship to Russia. But Gibson didn't try to trip her up. He pretty much asked the kinds of questions I would have put to Palin as well.
Gibson treated her with the respect befitting a vice presidential candidate.
I mean, this has to be comedy, right? If not, what are these people smoking?
You can read the full article http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/15/business/marketwatch/main4448337.shtml.