Ifill: I never told the Commission about the book

posted at 8:55 pm on October 1, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The AP has a hidden nugget at the end of its report on the Gwen Ifill controversy.  While some have blamed the McCain campaign for agreeing to Ifill as a moderator for tomorrow night’s VP debate while writing a book about “The Age of Barack Obama”, it turns out that Ifill didn’t bother to inform the Commission or the McCain campaign about the book:

The host of PBS’ “Washington Week” and senior correspondent on “The NewsHour” said she did not tell the Commission on Presidential Debates about the book. The commission had no immediate comment when contacted by The Associated Press. A spokeswoman for John McCain’s campaign did not immediately return phone and e-mail messages.

I guess it would be difficult to make a determination on Ifill’s impartiality when she withholds that kind of information.  Why didn’t she tell the CPD that she had a book in the works about politics and Barack Obama?  Three guesses.  After all, authors don’t write books in a day, and it takes up a large amount of time.  It’s hardly the kind of information that would have slipped Ifill’s mind.

Ifill tells the AP that the book hardly involves Obama.  She also said that the book will discuss a number of other black politicans, including Colin Powell — as if that proves her impartiality.  Of course, the book title, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” assumes that there will be an “Age of Obama” — which seems a little presumptuous for a politician who hasn’t even completed his first term in the US Senate.  Put it this way: when did the Age of Edwards end?

And if there isn’t an “Age of Obama”, then doesn’t Ifill’s book title look rather … lame?

This isn’t the most egregious foul committed in this campaign, but it’s an embarrassment for the CPD.  With a financial stake in the election’s outcome, Ifill shouldn’t even be conducting interviews of the candidates, let alone moderating a debate.


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Not that it will make a dagnabbin bit of difference, but an audacious reporter should call every member of the debate commish first thing tomorrow and ask them “if Ifill had told you she had a financial stake in Obama winning the election, would you have OK’d her for the moderator role?” And a follow up please: “Do you think she acted in a professional manner by not disclosing this nuggeet of useful info???”
Just getting these commission dorks, of both parties, on record in this regard would at least be a bit of salvation in what is rapidly becoming an Obama Presidency being forced down our throats by sheer media willpower.

Mike D. on October 2, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The bottom line: Ifill isn’t going anywhere, journalists – newsreaders I should say – will circle the wagons on this and protect one of their own. No one would be willing to step into that slot even if it became open.

Next issue please …

PackerBronco on October 2, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The Obamas: A Portrait of an American Family by Gwen Ifill

But family snapshots of this sort are rare, as are moments when the Obamas can just chill. “Michelle has done a heroic job of managing the house, the family and still finding time to campaign and be out on the road,” he says, after directing staff members to turn off the television, which was tuned to Fox News Channel.

eigafan on October 2, 2008 at 12:01 AM

There’s almost a hint of the new politics Clinton brought with him during his stint: go ahead and do something outrageous and just deal with the outrage. Doesn’t matter that it makes a mockery of all ethical standards and breaks every unwritten moral code, ultimately they have what they want and they’ve won.

Welcome to the Age of Obama.

itsspideyman on October 2, 2008 at 12:02 AM

There have been articles about Ifill’s book in the news since at least May. 8, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer: May. 8, 2008
“Q: What do you do when you’re not reporting or moderating?
Ifill: Well, I am working on this book now, which is frankly taking almost all of my waking hours when I’m not at work. The book is about an emerging generation of black politicians – in fact, when I’m in town, I’ll probably talk to your mayor – including focusing on Barack Obama and [Massachusetts Gov.] Deval Patrick and [Newark, N.J., Mayor] Corey Booker – and trying to talk about what we see happening here, and I think there is something fundamental shifting here, which is shifting before our eyes, that goes beyond Barack Obama. It’s my first book, so it’s terrifying. But when I’m not working all the time, I’m playing with my godchildren and going to movies and doing things normal people do.

Portions of The Philadelphia Inquirer story were also quoted in a May 13 article in The Republican of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Ifill’s book and content was reported on July 21, 2008 by The AP and picked up by The Washington Times.
Talk-show host Tavis Smiley tackles Obama and race
Mon, July 21, 2008, 4:14 p.m.
about race in the nation and in newsrooms,” says Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent for PBS’ “…

Interestingly enough The WT removed the story but the link is still there.

Here is the same AP piece that The WT dropped still at Fox News.

The WaPo did a story about the book on September 4, 2008

Amazon has been offering pre-orders on the book for awhile now.

Either the McSame campaign is stupid or this thread and comments are making a mountain out of a molehill thin air.

RE: McSame RE: Michelle Malkin

“John McCain, though, spoke highly of the reporter in an interview with FOX News Channel. “I think Gwen Ifill is a professional and I think she will do a completely objective job because she is a highly respected professional,” he said Wednesday.”

Chimpy on October 2, 2008 at 12:37 AM

I honestly would stand up and cheer if Gov. Palin threw one of the questions back at Ifill with an “Gee Gwen, I don’t know how I differ from my opponents, what did you write about that in your book?”

Palin needs to preface every debate answer with the following: “Ms. Ifil, I don’t know if you cover this point in your book on Senator Obama, which is to be released in January on Inauguration Day, but I….”

The bottom line: Ifill isn’t going anywhere, journalists – newsreaders I should say – will circle the wagons on this and protect one of their own. No one would be willing to step into that slot even if it became open.

Assuming that she isn’t removed as moderator, and assuming that no announcement is made at the beginning of the program (and actually, even if one is…)

Here’s how I see the optimal way for Palin to address this.

First thing out of her mouth in her opening statement should be the following:

“Gwen, I’ve seen a lot of talk recently on the Internet regarding the book you’ve written about ‘the Age of Obama’, set to be released on Inauguration Day, and how that creates a financial conflict of interest for you as a moderator. I just want to say, right up front, that I’m confident that you can separate your personal political preferences from your job here, and I know that you’ll be entirely professional in your moderation of this debate.”

Follow that with whatever else she was going to use as her introduction before we found this out.

This pre-emptively defuses any liberal talking points about a poor performance due to Palin thinking ahead of time that the moderator would slant things, and it puts the entire viewing audience on notice as to the existence of this conflict, so they can see for themselves whether Ifill can rein it in… or whether she’s slanting things because she’s in the tank.

And it does it without any whining whatsoever. It puts her in a strong and magnanimous position… if Ifill somehow does an adequate job despite her infatuation with The One, Sarah shows that she’s above this kind of distraction.

If Ifill tilts the playing field, we can all express our dismay that, despite Sarah’s confidence in Gwen, the moderator was partial to the Obama camp, and everyone watching will have been alerted to it in advance and will have seen it for themselves.

It’s a win either way, and it directly puts Ifill on notice before anything else happens.

VekTor on October 2, 2008 at 12:46 AM

Yeah, maybe she should use her introductory remarks to wish the moderator the best of luck with her book dedicated to commemorating Senator Obama’s presidential campaign.

capitalist piglet on October 2, 2008 at 12:59 AM

By the way, Credit needs to given where it is do..

Great Job to Michelle Malkin, Ed Morrissey, and also to Greta Van Susteren(of Fox News), also several others at Fox that I believe pointed out the Journalistic Integrity Conflict.. as related with Ifill, and her blatant monetary conflict of interest.

It is a journalists job to point out and keep other journalists one the straight and narrow.. IF not them, then who? Other than the Public that has been screaming at the blatant media Bias for decades now..

That’s ethics and Journalism 101

Chakra Hammer on October 2, 2008 at 2:19 AM

By the way, Credit needs to given where it is do..

Great Job to Michelle Malkin, Ed Morrissey, and also to Greta Van Susteren(of Fox News), also several others at Fox that I believe pointed out the Journalistic Integrity Conflict.. as related with Ifill, and her blatant monetary conflict of interest.

It is a journalists job to point out and keep other journalists on the straight and narrow.. IF not them, then who? Other than the Public that has been screaming at the blatant media Bias for decades now..

That’s ethics and Journalism 101

Chakra Hammer on October 2, 2008 at 2:20 AM

RE: Michelle Malkin

John McCain, though, spoke highly of the reporter in an interview with FOX News Channel. “I think Gwen Ifill is a professional and I think she will do a completely objective job because she is a highly respected professional,” he said Wednesday.

So, now McCain is lying FOR them? Everyone knows that Ifill isn’t even close to objective, even without the book.

McCain had better change his tune. I want to hear some real straight talk, not his mamby-pamby idiot-speak. Ifill is a disreputable pseudo-journalist who doesn’t seem to know or care about the most fundamental ideas of disclosure and she should not be working for any “reputable” journalistic organization. This is ethics 00001. She has none.

And McCain let Palin attack the media – rightfully so – just so now he’s going to let Palin twist in the wind while sticking up for Gwen Ifill and her indefensibly stupid and unethical position.

Straight talk and accountability? I see McCain dodging both, here. Way to go, Johnny. PC us to death.

progressoverpeace on October 2, 2008 at 2:54 AM

progressoverpeace on October 2, 2008 at 2:54 AM

McCain has no choice but to say that..

he can’t be happy about it..

If McCain complained about it, the media would go crazy..

you see.. the Media has a problem..

If Gwen Awful doesn’t do her job correctly, I will be watching and I always these things as a “centrist voter”

If i see blatant bias, I will let everyone know.. I know what to look for, (I wont be searching for it, but if its obvious, well.. there you go.. most of it has to do with questions asked, the order of questions, First question Positive/Negative/neutral personal easy though these can sometimes be slanted IF the question is rigged even)

Chakra Hammer on October 2, 2008 at 4:21 AM

There will be no mention of it at the debate.
Palin will not bring it up.
McCain can’t complain because they would say he is a racist.

Flip it around, if the moderator was writing a book titled, “Palin, the next generation leader” or “McCain – the Best Choice for President” he/she would be pounded daily on the news with investigations going into his or her personal family life in order to force a resignation.
And why didn’t anyone catch this before now???

The fix is in.

albill on October 2, 2008 at 6:15 AM

Re: Mass Texas Migration. I can see it now. Madam Speaker, the great state of Texas casts all of its 275 electoral votes for Sarah Palin.

pistolero on October 2, 2008 at 6:49 AM

I hope Sarah’s team has checked and knows whether the subject of John Edward’s experience was brought up by Ms. Ifill when she moderated the 2004 VP debate.

I think if it was not, Sarah can make a very strong case that it represents a double standard, driven by gender and political bias.

drunyan8315 on October 2, 2008 at 7:07 AM

Okay, did I miss something or does that woman physically have half a brain? Or is it just an optical illusion?

Coronagold on October 2, 2008 at 7:32 AM

Short, to the point answers. No rambling, reframe the question and then go. In other words, nothing like any of the interviews. No love taps; hard, hard jabs.

kflynn on October 2, 2008 at 7:47 AM

Another way of looking at it is that Ifill and the media have overplayed their hand on this. The McCain campaign is hitting all the right notes here. A temper tantrum would play into both the media and Obama’s hands. Ifill gets to play the victim card even more so than she is now and the Obama campaign gets to paint McCain as a whiner with the more than willing assistance of its propaganda arm.

McCain and Palin through their statements have let be known that they know they’re going into a rigged game, that they’re on to Ifil and that everyone will be watching her. The microscope has been taken somewhat off of Palin and has been redirected towards Ifil. She has to at least present more than the pretense of playing fair–she might actually have to be a little harder on Biden than she had planned. It would actually be easier for the Obama camp to get their media lackeys to replace Ifil with someone else.

The McCain camp has decided, “Better the devil you know.” Not a bad strategy.

Matt Helm on October 2, 2008 at 7:52 AM

Ifill’s book. It really doesn’t matter. Most media are in the tank for Obama anyway. McCain and Palin know it. Let the debate go on as planned.

kanda on October 2, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Imagine Michelle Malkin being named the moderator of the VP debate instead of “Gwen.” 90% Democrat Media would demand a Special Prosecutor to find out what happened. BIAS of 90% of the MEDIA for DEMOCRATS is as big a threat to American’s LIBERTY as Osama or any external enemy. Today’s Democrat MARXISTS are as intolerant as Islam of the opinions of others with “Gwen” proof positive of their total intolerance for the views of others.

Max47 on October 2, 2008 at 8:12 AM

itsspideyman on October 2, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Spot on spidey.

Hawthorne on October 2, 2008 at 8:14 AM

She is just a party hack! She is not a journalist! I am sure she loves to think of herself that way! The deception is so comforting. She is just a party hack just like all the other party hacks. Plain and simple.

JellyToast on October 2, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Ifill’s an unprofessional, unethical clown, but that pretty much describes every so-called “journalist”, pro-bono workers for Obama, in Washington.

Why is a moderator needed anyway? These are two adults, let them slug it out and let the chips fall where they may.

NoDonkey on October 2, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Somehow I missed Ifill’s and other lib reporters (do I repeat myself?) paragraphs that read, “Gov. Palin has done a heroic job of balancing her large family and running the largest state of the United States, as Governor of Alaska”.
No bias, uh huh, no way.

eaglewingz08 on October 2, 2008 at 8:25 AM

I caught Ifill’s written response last night on the news. Her arrogance is astounding, overshadowed only by her clear contempt for anything remotely right of center and her unabashed adoration of The One.

This:

The Obamas: A Portrait of an American Family by Gwen Ifill

But family snapshots of this sort are rare, as are moments when the Obamas can just chill. “Michelle has done a heroic job of managing the house, the family and still finding time to campaign and be out on the road,” he says, after directing staff members to turn off the television, which was tuned to Fox News Channel.

eigafan on October 2, 2008 at 12:01 AM

Is just revolting.

Damiano on October 2, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Either the McSame campaign is stupid or this thread and comments are making a mountain out of a molehill thin air.

RE: McSame RE: Michelle Malkin

“John McCain, though, spoke highly of the reporter in an interview with FOX News Channel. “I think Gwen Ifill is a professional and I think she will do a completely objective job because she is a highly respected professional,” he said Wednesday.”
Chimpy on October 2, 2008 at 12:37 AM

I think that was his way of daring her to be anything less than objective and professional.

Oink on October 2, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Either the McSame campaign is stupid or this thread and comments are making a mountain out of a molehill thin air.
Chimpy on October 2, 2008 at 12:37 AM

So, what you are actually saying is, it’s up to the McCain campaign to vet the moderator?

Sir, you beclown yourself

franksalterego on October 2, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Let’s not whine… but rather have Stanley Kurtz moderate the next debate. :)

Pasalubong on October 1, 2008 at 9:07 PM

Stanley Kurtz would be fair to both sides. Gwen Ifill will not be.

Let’s not forget: to these mooks, Britt Hume was too biased to host a debate.

philwynk on October 2, 2008 at 8:43 AM

RACISM if she is not replaced.

Wade on October 2, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Here’s MY issue….

How many times has Ifill interviewed Biden?

In other words, how much does she know about what he knows?

Given, what she knows, about what he knows, it’d be easy to frame questions, directed to his, and her Washington insider knowledge of a subject.

Palin can easily be made to look like the third wheel in a conversation, and completely shut out.

elitism

franksalterego on October 2, 2008 at 8:45 AM

If you have not watched this, you don’t yet grasp what the flap is about.

Ifill is not professional enough to prevent sheer contempt from covering her face when reporting about Republicans.

I would be ashamed to have such a look on my face ever, for any reason.

philwynk on October 2, 2008 at 8:47 AM

McCain is limited in his response to not be declared a racist, but he could have done far better for himself yesterday. He could have been explicit that his campaign was not made aware of the book and that in hindsight, if he had known would not have vetted Ifill, throwing in the qualifier that it is not his call whether she should remain as moderator.

People see it as a win-win for Palin, and there is some validity in saying Ifill will modify her questions after this scrutiny, but ultimately her book rests on the outcome and she will pick all the questions.

awake on October 2, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Ifill’s book. It really doesn’t matter. Most media are in the tank for Obama anyway. McCain and Palin know it. Let the debate go on as planned.

kanda on October 2, 2008 at 8:07 AM

But it does matter. There’s professional ethics and principles involved here and to let a woman with a clear conflict of interest moderate begs the question why even bother with these stupid non-events anyway.

highhopes on October 2, 2008 at 8:49 AM

She has to bring it up immediately because 90% of the audience will know nothing about it because the MSM is barely mentioning it. ” My HOPE is that we can have a FAIR and HONEST DEBATE, under the circumstances” Sarah Palin

kflynn on October 2, 2008 at 8:52 AM

If you have not watched this, you don’t yet grasp what the flap is about.

Ifill is not professional enough to prevent sheer contempt from covering her face when reporting about Republicans.

I would be ashamed to have such a look on my face ever, for any reason.

philwynk on October 2, 2008 at 8:47 AM

She looked plenty ticked off didn’t she? It simply pained her to be there.

Oink on October 2, 2008 at 8:57 AM

embarrassment for the CPD.

I can’t ever remember an objective non partisan moderator for a presidential election in my time so how could an organization that has no credibility be embarrassed by actions similar to the common practices that caused it not to have credibility in the first place? I’m really amazed at how conservatives start getting involved on a national level and rubbing elbows with these people and suddenly start believing they have any kind of humanity. The same “conservative” pundits who point out how supreme court justices change and are seduced by washington social pressure don’t even see it in themselves. george will, kathryn parker, laura ingraham all the boys at nro, all see themselves as part of the ruling political elite. Being part of that caste is more important then ideology, party and especially country. Liberal or conservative, all these self annointed elites believe they are smarter and better then the rest of us and they are jointly leading this country down a path to destruction, playing their parlor game of “who’s in power now” up in washington. The only problem is that the conservatives think they are part of the elite but the liberals just look at them as useful idiots.

peacenprosperity on October 2, 2008 at 9:05 AM

She has to bring it up immediately

If anyone in the mccain camp has a brain they will have gotten ahold of one of a draft and Sarah has read it front and back and when asked a gotcha question from ifell can throw one of her own quotes back at her.

peacenprosperity on October 2, 2008 at 9:07 AM

eigafan

Gwen Ifill reports:

Michelle folds her long legs to her chin and leans into her husband as he explains the reality of their lives. When he pauses, she finishes his sentences. “I’m always marveling at everything that she can do.” And then he sings. “I’m every woman,” he croons. She cringes. He laughs. “That’s Michelle. It’s like, Chaka Khan! Chaka Khan!”

vomit

maverick muse on October 2, 2008 at 9:35 AM

FRED THOMPSON ON LAURA INGRAHAM RIGHT NOW!!!

maverick muse on October 2, 2008 at 9:37 AM

Ifill: I never told the Commission about the book

Translation: Journalistic ethics are no biggie.

CP on October 2, 2008 at 9:45 AM

I wish the McCain camp would grow some brass ones and “get in the face” of this freakin biased media. Call a “spade” a “spade” and call out this puppet Obama. It is apparent that he is being pushed into this election by someone else behind the scenes, obviously with more brains. Kinda reminds me of the Kennedy’s. Can you see history repeating itself?

theRealMcCoy on October 2, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Ifill received a stack of race cards from Obama and has already dealt from the deck. What a joke. Maybe this should be a SNL skit.

darwin on October 2, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Who are the other ‘moderators’ tonight?

Somebody told me Katie is one, is that correct?

cntrlfrk on October 2, 2008 at 9:59 AM

I’m sure Katie Couric will be interviewing Ifill after this is over, and I’m sure Katie will ask Ifill whot books and magazines she has written read to develop her opinions.

I’m sure of it.

;-)

cannonball on October 2, 2008 at 10:00 AM

FRED THOMPSON ON LAURA INGRAHAM RIGHT NOW!!!

maverick muse on October 2, 2008 at 9:37 AM

What’s being said?

Darksean on October 2, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Ifill : I never told anyone but I’m actually Michelle O’bama.

Fuquay Steve on October 2, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Is it possible that McCain is that naive? Or that stupid? He sure doesn’t sound like much of a hero, Vietnam exempted. And some people thought Fred Thompson have fire in his belly, McCain doesn’t even have the pilot light lit. The sad thing is I will vote for him anyway.

Dasher on October 2, 2008 at 10:17 AM

The fact that she has fallen under the protection of the MSM will just embolden her.
She will be more arrogant, now that she knows that the line of professionalism has been moved.

right2bright on October 2, 2008 at 10:19 AM

If Ifill had any integrity whatsoever she would not be in this position. I am tired of hearing conservative pundits talk about her professionalism as they give her a pass. A debate moderator should be impartial. There should never be even an appearance of bias or partiality. Ifill’s utter lack of character is on full display, but why should she care? She’ll make hundreds of thousands on her book if Obama is elected and she has all the other Obama sycophants in the media giving her cover and cheering her on. Disgusting!

flyfisher on October 2, 2008 at 10:29 AM

BREAKING
THEY FOUND FOSSETTS PLANE

pseudonominus on October 2, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Go figure…a black female moron in the tank for a black arab american moron…would keep something secret that would hurt her selection…I’m speechless…

areseaoh on October 2, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Whatever her protestations, the title of her book says it all. Not in the tank for Obama my a$$!

Badger40 on October 2, 2008 at 10:43 AM

“Barack Obama is sitting in the back of his rented luxury campaign bus with its granite counters and two flat-screen TVs. The Illinois senator’s arms are wrapped around his wife, Michelle, whom he doesn’t get to see much these days. At this very moment he is, of all things, singing.” I wonder if he has the Children of the Corn Choir aboard with him? Or maybe all those drunk homeless folks in Ohio that ACORN needed rides for to the voter registration stations?

Pathetic crap this is, just pathetic. He is stealing the election right in front of all those liberal eyeballs that are looking the other way.

“What these people need is a real savior. Not one that thinks it’s ok to let children of botched abortions be left to die. Not one that thinks its ok to worship in a church that fans the fires of hatred and racism. Not one that thinks it’s your patriotic duty to pay more taxes. Not one that thinks you only need to vote “present” when representing your constituents. Not one where his own vice presidential nominee and most of his party heads have said he doesn’t have the experience or the knowledge to lead. No, no, no! If you vote for this fool you will get everything you asked for but nothing like what you want.”

I heard that “Resistance is futile” once on a Star Trek episode. The mind hive is busy working it seems. Collectivism is just around the corner. The liberal brainwashing is on high right now, and it is sucking the very foundations of our individualism right out of our brains. Wake up people! Can’t you see beyond this empty suit of rhetoric? This is Saul Alinsky tactics, this is Frank Marshall Davis tactics, this is Malcolm X tactics, this man was delivered to us by Dr. Khalid Al-Mansour. Do you know who he is?

Obama said: “But my journey is part of a larger journey – one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.”

Malcolm X said: “You will never get real freedom and recognition between black and white people in this country without destroying the country, without destroying the present politcal system, without destroying the present economic system, without rewriting the entire constitution. It will be a complete destruction of everything that America supposedly stands for.”

Kevin in Washington State on October 2, 2008 at 10:51 AM

why complain, it’s the excuse McPalin needs if, and I doubt she will do bad, she has been spoon fed all her answers over the last week, she does bad.

in the long run it’s still Obama vs McCain.

Monkei on October 2, 2008 at 11:04 AM

I’m a little confused why Ms. “Biased Jouranlist Hack” Ifill has nothing to say today. You’d think that she’d at least say that her critics need to wait until after the debate to judge her ability to be an objective moderator.

Sadly, I suspect that she’s going to ask Palin a tough question that requires a PhD in economics to answer and then turn around and ask Obama if he’d like a glass of water.

highhopes on October 2, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Ifill deceived which is probably nothing new for her.

Anyone who believes Ifill was hired by PBS on the basis of qualifications probably believes Obambi was admitted to Harvard on the basis of merit.

Both are hood ornaments. Empty symbols. Which is exactly why both are fronted by the Obama campaign and PBS if a clear distinction can still be made between the two. PBS is a retirement home, of sorts, for old DNC political media hacks. Moyers, Woodruff, Ifill, Greenfield etc. That and the Kennedy “School” of Government which subsidizes DNC media hacks David Gergen and Marvin Kalb.

Palin could easily use her opening remarks to congratulate Ifill on her new book which promotes opponent Obama.

viking01 on October 2, 2008 at 11:19 AM

“Gwen, I’ve seen a lot of talk recently on the Internet regarding the book you’ve written about ‘the Age of Obama’, set to be released on Inauguration Day, and how that creates a financial conflict of interest for you as a moderator. I just want to say, right up front, that I’m confident that you can separate your personal political preferences from your job here, and I know that you’ll be entirely professional in your moderation of this debate.”

VekTor on October 2, 2008 at 12:46 AM

That’s what she should do. The only thing I might massage in your statement is to change “political preferences” to “financial interests.”

We know she’s an O-bot but it’s argumentative to challenge her support for the candidate. The financial stake is obvious. Dick Morris explained that very clearly last night on O’Reily, saying to the effect that, “If Obama wins, the book sells 100,000 copies and she’s guaranteed $350,000. If Obama loses, her relatives buy 4 copies and she gets nothing.”

EconomicNeocon on October 2, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Could we get this lucky:

Joe Biden: Gwen Ifill’s done a great job on her new book. Stand up, Gwen! Let ‘em see ya!

Damiano on October 2, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Sorry, I forgot to close out the link tag. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

Matt Helm on October 2, 2008 at 12:06 PM

They ought to stop pretending these are debates. In a debate, people read their position statements and then have at each other.

These staged interviews are tedious reminders the politicians all want cover

If there is a discussion of the Ifill situation in the minutes before the debate Palin gets a kick start

Let the games begin

entagor on October 2, 2008 at 12:32 PM

She has no business handling the debate if she’s that biased. It’d be no different if she was writing a pro McCain book. Neither should be in charge of the debate.

tx2654 on October 2, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Don’t worry about the “boys in the ‘hood” rioting–they can be put down–tear gas, rubber and lead bullets, and water cannon work real good at taking care of that problem.

ROFL! I can’t tell if I should adore you for your brutal honesty, or whether you are a trolling genius. :)

LimeyGeek on October 2, 2008 at 12:48 PM

ROFL! I can’t tell if I should adore you for your brutal honesty, or whether you are a trolling genius. :)

LimeyGeek on October 2, 2008 at 12:48 PM

No trolling intended. The expression was taken from the title of a movie about inner city street gangs. But the point is that we shouldn’t let fears of the potential, and I emphasize potential because I doubt seriously there would be any riots, of inner city youths rioting affect our efforts to defeat Obama at the polls. On the off chance that there should be riots–they can be dealt with. What we have to concentrate on is beating Obama at the polls. That is job number one.

Matt Helm on October 2, 2008 at 1:07 PM

As I posted on the other Iffel thread:

Prediction: Iffel will ask tougher questions of Biden than Palin so all the MSM can point to how fair she was and how racist it was for anyone to suggest otherwise. Of course giving Biden the questions in advance…

BitterClinger on October 2, 2008 at 1:32 PM

I pray Sarah baits Ifill all night long. How awesome if this becomes a slugfest between Sarah and the moderator?!

John the Libertarian on October 2, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Blow Job!

CynicalOptimist on October 2, 2008 at 3:54 PM

I am so sick of the race card being played in this campaign. Ifill has an undisclosed conflict of interest and now she’s claiming racism. Despicable.

MyriadScreed on October 2, 2008 at 4:25 PM

I predict the N word will make a comeback!

Lonetown on October 2, 2008 at 5:41 PM

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