Ifill: Palin “blew me off” during the debate

posted at 5:48 pm on October 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

And there wasn’t a blessed thing she could do about it — except maybe say, “Governor, with all due respect, you haven’t addressed my question.” Why didn’t she?

Full transcript here. Some interesting comments from Peggy Noonan about Palin’s brand of identity-politics populism, too.


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Fox News is airing “Obama and Friends: History of Radicalism.”

davidk on October 5, 2008 at 9:14 PM

And there wasn’t a blessed thing she could do about it — except maybe say, “Governor, with all due respect, you haven’t addressed my question.” Why didn’t she?

Any conversation about Ifill and the VP debate begins and ends with the fact that Ifill didn’t disclose her extraordinary conflict of interest. As an absolute ethical requirement, Ifill had to disclose her conflict. It’s the height of deceit that she didn’t do so.

To listen to her conplain about Palin after the fact is her own fault entirely because she walked herself into this corner. A journalist without a financial interest in the debate would have had no reservation regarding follow-up questions.

Ifill’s deceit and her arrogance compromised the debate from the very beginning. She bears primary responsibility, and the committee running the debates bears secondary responsibility. The RNC and the DNC were boneheaded because they didn’t perform background research for Ifill’s potential conflicts. All the same, but the fault lies with Ifill and the committee.

BuckeyeSam on October 5, 2008 at 9:14 PM

I’m so amazed… all one ever hears is , “Is she qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency…” It’s the Liberal mantra…

None of the Lame Stream Media have even put the question to the godbama… the only thing that really qualifies him is that he will be the “First African American President” and I can guarrantee that many will be voting based on that ALONE… not because it’s good for the country…

As you know, Even PALIN is more qualified than that empty suit….

CynicalOptimist on October 5, 2008 at 9:19 PM

“blew me off” is a bit sexist isn’t it? Where is NOW when you need them? Now, if Barney F said that, it would have a whole different and somewhat perverse meaning.

Fuquay Steve on October 5, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Hannity’s reviewing Obama’s association.

He screwed up an important fact: Obama and his wife purchased their current residence for $1.35 million, not $1.65 million as Hannity reported.

The reason for the difference? Obama’s seller established an asking price of $l.65 million in a seller’s market. Miraculously, the seller knocked the price down $300K for Obama.

Hmmmm.

BuckeyeSam on October 5, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Ifill was supposed to destroy Palin. She failed because she was outed as an Obama supporter and had to play it down the middle. Now she’s trying to trash Palin after the fact to make up for it.

Call her a waaaahmbulance and move on. Next!

Mr. D on October 5, 2008 at 9:24 PM

Are they talking about the debate,the skit from SNL,
or their very own Liberal Reality somewhere in time
and space that thankfully is unreachable by any sane
and normal Republican!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 5, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Hmmmm.

BuckeyeSam on October 5, 2008 at 9:21 PM

I got 30k knocked off my house in a seller’s market. I don’t begrudge a guy getting a good deal on his house.

lorien1973 on October 5, 2008 at 9:29 PM

With respect Tom…………… it is NEVER “too late”!

I would normally agree with that, but we’re talking about John McCain. He doesn’t listen to we, the people. He listens to the media.

Maybe I’ll be proven wrong, and we’ll have the Maaaaavrick in the White House. Wow. I feel so much better already.

*Barf*

Tom Blogical on October 5, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Palin is racist for ignoring Ifill?

custer on October 5, 2008 at 9:30 PM

I normally don’t watch Hannity that much but today on Hannity’s America he is ripping the @@# out of Obama, apparently he has realtionships with other not so great people from the Black Panthers.
This is the way to go in my opinion, if people actually elect this jackass at least they will know everything there is to know(so when he appoints Cornell West as domestic Czar) people won’t say they didn’t know.

kangjie on October 5, 2008 at 9:32 PM

The MSM believes they are entitled to having whatever inane, prissy questions they ask answered. Gibson approached his interview with Gov. Palin with the attitude of a inquisitor, seeking out the credentials of someone looking for a job. Katie Couric tried to do that as well, but she lacked the weight and the glasses perched on the end of her nose.

Sara-Cuda knew what she said would be edited and twisted. The debate was her opportunity to speak without the crap-hole media chewing her words up and regurgitating them for the unwashed masses to swallow.

She did a great job and they can’t stand it.

AubieJon on October 5, 2008 at 9:32 PM

BuckeyeSam on October 5, 2008 at 9:21 PM

On the whole though, it an excellent special. Lots of new people and things I didn’t know about.

The chronology is perfect—very easy to follow. Terribly frightening too.

Hannity is doing a great job.

IrishEi on October 5, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Simply amazing (or perhaps not) that a liberal moderator, gets caught with her hand in the cookie jar, and then has the audacity to complain that she couldn’t do her job because the Republican decided to take the bit in her mouth and run her own show! Truly incredible!

4shoes on October 5, 2008 at 9:33 PM

lorien1973 on October 5, 2008 at 9:29 PM

It’s not “kosher” when it’s six figures and a result of political favors.

malan89 on October 5, 2008 at 9:37 PM

BuckeyeSam on October 5, 2008 at 9:14 PM

That’s the best analysis of Ifill’s duplicity I’ve read today. Well done… Let’s hOpe her book does no better than Pelosi’s.

jerrytbg on October 5, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Hannity’s reviewing Obama’s association.

He screwed up an important fact: Obama and his wife purchased their current residence for $1.35 million, not $1.65 million as Hannity reported.

The reason for the difference? Obama’s seller established an asking price of $l.65 million in a seller’s market. Miraculously, the seller knocked the price down $300K for Obama.

Hmmmm

BuckeyeSam: here’s the way I know it:
$2M for house, $650K lot next door therefore $2.65M to move in since both had to be bought at same time according to seller.
Obama moves into house for $1.6M because Mrs. Rezko bought lot for $650K and price of house was cut from $2M to $1.6M to seal the deal.
Looks like a $1,050,000 gimmme to Obama to make it happen. The press says it’s a $300K gift to Obama from Rezko..don’t know how they came up with that #…way more than that.

gracie on October 5, 2008 at 9:43 PM

It’s not “kosher” when it’s six figures and a result of political favors.
malan89 on October 5, 2008 at 9:37 PM

“Kosher” huh? Anti-semite.

Bishop on October 5, 2008 at 9:43 PM

The press says it’s a $300K gift to Obama from Rezko

What…you sayin’ you don’t have friends who give you $300 large as a gift?

Bishop on October 5, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Hey Gwen, and you blew all of us off by refusing to mention your conflict of interest.

So why don’t you sit down and shut up?

Oh. I’m racist, you say?

At least Obama can’t force me into the back of his bus. Or under it.

BKennedy on October 5, 2008 at 9:47 PM

Another glaring example of the media giving it out but not able to take it.

How dare the pols ignore us. Don’t they realize that when we demand they’d better jump.

A crying towel anyone?

pocomoco on October 5, 2008 at 9:51 PM

At least Obama can’t force me into the back of his bus. Or under it.
BKennedy on October 5, 2008 at 9:47 PM

If Obaco wins you will rue those words. Fairness doctrine, a revising of hate speech laws to include himself, a creation of an American version of the Canadian CHRC.

RUE I say!

Bishop on October 5, 2008 at 9:52 PM

Palin: “If you have no respect for the process than I have no respect for you”.
Brilliant!!

jerrytbg on October 5, 2008 at 9:53 PM

After watching Republicans prostrate themselves before the MSM for so damn long, I found it quite refreshing for Palin to effectively say, “I’m not going to play that.”

This is so darn right. I really hate it when these so-called Republicans appear on the MSM shows and do little to counter the obvious bias they hear while on the show. They are so damn afraid of not being invited again by the host. Bob Bennett and Lynne Cheney are the only ones who dare.

Birdseye on October 5, 2008 at 9:57 PM

This isn’t an “Obama problem,” in other words, as much as it is a problem with his side not fretting overly much about youthful ’60s indiscretions like killing cops with pipe bombs in the name of progress.

You’ll rue the day you crossed me Oback! /Sean Connery

BKennedy on October 5, 2008 at 10:02 PM

Heh… copied the wrong message…

If Obaco wins you will rue those words. Fairness doctrine, a revising of hate speech laws to include himself, a creation of an American version of the Canadian CHRC.

RUE I say!

Bishop on October 5, 2008 at 9:52 PM

You’ll rue the day you crossed me Oback! /Sean Connery

BKennedy on October 5, 2008 at 10:03 PM

I thought this was one of the worst MTP’s I’d ever seen. For Tom Brokaw to introduce his panel and start his program with the SNL skit and NOT show the one of Queen Latifa hawking Ifil’s book, was completely wrong. After that he still did not mention the “elephant in the room” – Ifil’s book bias. It wasn’t until half way through the show that Ifil brought up her book, as a means to criticize those who questioned her.

Brokaw lost me, he’s not good enough to talk about the Greatest Generation anymore. The loser.

mngirl on October 5, 2008 at 5:53 PM

My impression also. Russert would be embarrased to see the way the media is today.

And David Gregory saying her charisma works for her – Obama? Charisma? Empty suit? Anything ringing a bell here, David?

Mr_Magoo on October 5, 2008 at 10:09 PM

I thought this was one of the worst MTP’s I’d ever seen. For Tom Brokaw to introduce his panel and start his program with the SNL skit and NOT show the one of Queen Latifa hawking Ifil’s book, was completely wrong. After that he still did not mention the “elephant in the room” – Ifil’s book bias. It wasn’t until half way through the show that Ifil brought up her book, as a means to criticize those who questioned her.

Brokaw lost me, he’s not good enough to talk about the Greatest Generation anymore. The loser.

mngirl on October 5, 2008 at 5:53 PM

My impression also. Russert would be embarrased to see the way the media is today.

And David Gregory saying her charisma works for her – Obama? Charisma? Empty suit? Anything ringing a bell here, David?

(sorry missed the blockquote first time around)

Mr_Magoo on October 5, 2008 at 10:10 PM

I hope you’re all tuned in to Fox right now.
Man, I hope McCain’s people are watching.

Bambi on October 5, 2008 at 10:11 PM

This time,ding,ding,I made to 3:34,but as soon
as David Gregory started to yap,I couldn’t take
much more,what debate are the talking about!!!

The MSM have savaged,and tried to b#sterdize
Governor Sarah Palin’s persona and character!

Here’s what was suppose to happen:

Gwen Ifill was expecting SarahCuda to obey the
Liberals debate rules!

But SarahCuda didn’t fall for that trap,SarahCuda
did debate,and when BidenGafe lied about his facts
of McCain/Sarah’s record,she went back to that
question,and in essence,straightened out Biden and
Gwen on those distortions!

No,Gwen and Biden,thought that Gibson and the perky
Katie destroyed Sarah,they thought the editing and
those so-called pauses were significant enough to
make Governor Palin,look like a hick from the sticks
way up north!!

After a few interviews,and the second assination attempt
by SNL set the stage for SarahCuda to fail at the debate,
in their ‘MindSet’!

The Liberals and propaganda Lefty MSM,have built this debate up,for weeks,and were banking,Sarah was going to
have the same performance as the Gibson/Katie interview!

All this hoop-la,was built up,that if she stumbled,went
off the Gwen “RULES OF DEBATE”,then Sarah would fail,
and the MSM could launch the coop de gra’!!

But,SaraHemiCuda blew Gwen and Biden into the perverbial
weeds,and slaughtered Biden!

Thier was only one winner,just like in the Movie,Heavy
Metal,where Taarna walks into the bar to avenge her fathers
death,it was a bloodbath,slaughtered ever man in her path!!!

And yet,using this movie bit as an example,the Liberal Party
and their Ministry of American MSM,have entered an Alternat-
ive reality Universe on what really happened that night!!

SarahCuda ruined all that these Liberals were trying to do!

It backfired,this was to be Palins end!

But Boy O Boy,SarahCuda rocked their world,Hey MSM,Sarah’s
still standing,and even surpassed the Liberal low bar that they had set for Governor Palin!!!!

Liberals are such Jack #ss’es!!!!!

canopfor on October 5, 2008 at 10:13 PM

I thought this was one of the worst MTP’s I’d ever seen. For Tom Brokaw to introduce his panel and start his program with the SNL skit and NOT show the one of Queen Latifa hawking Ifil’s book, was completely wrong. After that he still did not mention the “elephant in the room” – Ifil’s book bias. It wasn’t until half way through the show that Ifil brought up her book, as a means to criticize those who questioned her.

I think it may be a good idea for the RNC to start generating some negative buzz on this show and allude to how bias Tom Brokaw really is just a day or two before the next debate.

Birdseye on October 5, 2008 at 10:16 PM

She should’ve blew the b!tch off…Ifill had no business moderating that debate, period. I hate these people…

changer1701 on October 5, 2008 at 10:20 PM

Well, what did she expect Sarah to do? Kiss her Obama-loving ass?

ErinF on October 5, 2008 at 10:26 PM

Ifill: Palin “blew me off” during the debate

Really? Was that the two times you cut Palin off and Palin actually stopped talking? Or was it when you let Biden talk out of turn to get the last word on at least 3 occassions?

Hog Wild on October 5, 2008 at 10:35 PM

Well, you know who else blew off somebody else? How about Obama blowing off both Bill and Hillary?

On Obama’s official website he had the audacity, ahem, to leave a blog piece dated March 2008 that slams Bill and Hillary every which way possible by calling Bill a “predatory husband” to Hillary as a “worm under every rock.” There is a 2 page laundry list slamming them everything from Whitewater, infidelity, pro-Iranian, to not supporting the troops. It goes on and on and on. Freaking unbelievable.

This needs to go out and hopefully the McCain-Palin ticket will pick this one up. If it’s on Obama’s official campaign website then that means he supports every word written.

Kokonut on October 5, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Ifill: Palin “blew me off” during the debate

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. . . .

[ pulls down pants, and sticks rear out window . . . ]

seanrobins on October 5, 2008 at 10:53 PM

Peggy Noonan is a Georgetown cocktail circuit token. Her purpose is to tell bedtime stories to her leftist betters and make them feel its all OK before snuggling in for sleepy-time.

She makes me want to vomit.

Peggy, from all of us that are still in the fight:

Go to hell.

spmat on October 5, 2008 at 11:19 PM

I got 30k knocked off my house in a seller’s market. I don’t begrudge a guy getting a good deal on his house.

lorien1973 on October 5, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Good for you.

But sorry, no sale. The seller was asking for $1.65 million in a seller’s market. But the seller insisted on selling an adjacent lot for $625,000 at the same time. As it turned out, Obama got his residence for $1.35 million, while Rezko’s wife paid $625,000 for the adjacent lot. (By the way, I’ve read that she was able to secure a loan for nearly the entire principal amount, having no assets and a $50K a year salary. But that’s for someone else to explore.)

At any rate, you’ll never convince me that the seller reduced the asking price $300K in negotiation. Rezko or some other money person (Pritzker) likely paid the seller under the table, so that it wouldn’t be run through the closing paper work and wouldn’t show up on the Form 1099-B that’s issued to the seller and to the IRS. If the seller’s gain exceeded his available exclusion ($500K or $250K), he could have saved as much as $45K in capital-gain taxes ($300K x 15%).

Sorry, the reduction is too great to be explained away as part of concession by the seller.

Beyond that, Obama turned around and obtained an appraisal for 1/6 of the lot that Rezko’s wife purchsed–$40,500. But he then paid her $104,500 for it. Even though that’s about 1/6 of her purchase price, her purchase price is irrelevant. Obama paid her $64,000 more than the appraisal said it was worth. Therefore, Obama made a taxable gift to Rezko’s wife of $64,000.

I’m not aware that Obama has filed a federal gift tax return for that gift. Even if he splits the gift with his wife, a gift tax return is required. And once that return is filed, Obama should be asked why he was making such a large gift to the wife of his convicted money man. Crickets from the press.

Peanuts, perhaps, but it involves facts and tax law reporting requirements. Obama hasn’t complied with the tax law. Don’t forget, the feds got Capone on tax evasion. I think voters are entitled to know what funny business Obama is engaged in.

BuckeyeSam on October 6, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Just go to hell, Peggy Noonan. You are

spmat on October 6, 2008 at 12:11 AM

Bah, wrong button.

spmat on October 6, 2008 at 12:12 AM

seejanemom on October 5, 2008 at 8:33 PM

Still trolling for someone..anyone to link to your site I see. Considering you are afraid to show people your pic I bet Gwen puts you to shame in the looks dept.

Bradky on October 6, 2008 at 12:25 AM

Thank god for unbiased news sources like NBC to point out a need for transparency.

I think I’m going to throw up.

Black Adam on October 6, 2008 at 12:26 AM

Has anyone watched “Huckabee”?

He lays the smack down on the libs, msm, and congress like nobody’s business.

csdeven on October 6, 2008 at 12:34 AM

from the debate, and I quote:

“I’m still on the tax thing because I want to correct you on that again. And I want to let you know what I did as a mayor and as a governor. And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.”

I have heard the MSM go crazy over this quote. I listened to it, watched it, and now have read it. I don’t think she was saying that she wasn’t going to answer specific questions – I heard it and read it as she may not answer the questions the way the moderator or you want to hear…”. If she would have said I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want, but I am going to talk to the people – then I would see the argument.
I know this seems crazy but people are saying that she said up front that she wasn’t going to answer questions and that isn’t what she said or meant. And it’s not what she did! She answered the questions and then would go back to other topics from previous questions. Except of course, the lack of a plan that Mr. Biden requested for the financial crisis.
As opposed to Plugs, being the constitution scholar that he is, answered certain questions in a rather uh, unique way.

JeffinOrlando on October 6, 2008 at 12:39 AM

Sorry all – have to comment on Piggy Noonan.

It—there’s something weird about it. But there’s also something, for me, concerning populism as a tactic is justified often in politics. “I need this program, the people want it.” Populism as a strategy, “We’re the good guys, you’re the bad guys,” is not good, and, and if that’s the road they’re going, that’s not a good road to be on. It’s not helpful to the country.

Let me tell you what’s bad Peggy. Selling out. There are good guys, and there are bad guys. Not only is pointing that out good, it should be mandatory. And if McCain loses this election it will be primarily because he refuses to to do just that.
NBC. You are in the weeds sister. No racist remark inferred.

JeffinOrlando on October 6, 2008 at 12:50 AM

Look… I can see the MOON!

electric-rascal on October 6, 2008 at 12:52 AM

In the SNL skit last Saturday, the Queen Latifah representation of Gwen Ifill mocked a portion of that skit by fully disclosing Gwen Ifill’s book deal. Isn’t that special? SNL picks it apart. What say you Gwen? That’s the left mocking your book deal in context of the VP debate. Shame on you.

Sergei on October 6, 2008 at 1:01 AM

The liberal cover happens very quickly these days. The day after the debate, Ifill was on Oprah and the both of them teamed to defend her attacks by “very conservative folks.” Of course the begging question of why Ifill didn’t disclose the book up front never came up. Ifill’s spin is that she still hasn’t written the chapter on Obama, yet. And she will, just as soon as Barry has a few spare moments to answer all those love letters.

Lehr, Ifill, Brokaw and Schieffer. And we have to tolerate this shit.

PC14 on October 6, 2008 at 1:33 AM

Ifill should thank her stars that Palin didn’t call her fraud on national television.

promachus on October 6, 2008 at 3:49 AM

None of the Lame Stream Media have even put the question to the godbama… the only thing that really qualifies him is that he will be the “First African American President”

Why doesnt anyone ever say “First Arab-American” president

malkinmania on October 6, 2008 at 5:44 AM

Peggy Noonan is a media personality struggling to remain relevant. The media has shifted left, so she goes with the flow, becoming whatever it is that will keep her face before the cameras.

The tightrope she’s walking must be very fatiguing, because now she’s frightened: “some part of me fears they’re going to open up the gates of hell on this one.”

She apparently wasn’t frightened when Obama told his supporters to get in the faces of opponents, or tried to legally bully the organization that produced the Ayers ad. She wasn’t frightened when the Obama Action Wire directed his bots to call-bomb a Chicago radio station — twice — to stifle free speech by two respected authors that his campaign branded as “liars” for daring to publish negative research on his less than illustrious Chicago history. She’s not frightened that the origin of millions of dollars of Obama campaign contributions are being questioned by the FEC, and, of course, she’s not frightened about the massive voter fraud by Acorn. And she most certainly isn’t frightened when the AP decides that the word “terrorist,” used in reference to a friend of Obama’s, is now racist.

None of that is frightening, but the possibility that the McCain camp will go on the attack is eliciting shrieks of an impending apocalypse.

Nichevo on October 6, 2008 at 5:47 AM

Ifill should thank her stars that Palin didn’t call her fraud on national television.

promachus on October 6, 2008 at 3:49 AM

What would she have done? Run/wheeled out of the auditorium in tears… sobbed in remorse?
Palin should be thankful Ifill was professional.

Why doesnt anyone ever say “First Arab-American” president

malkinmania on October 6, 2008 at 5:44 AM

Because it would highlight that person’s abject ignorance.

Bradky on October 6, 2008 at 6:00 AM

“Palin should be thankful Ifill was professional.”

False assumption about Ifill – professionalism is who you are when no one is looking. Nothing about her non-disclosure of her book deal was professional, nor to put it bluntly is her whining-after-the-fact. (Ifill is likely just upset Palin didn’t give her book deal national publicity, that’s all. As Palin once said, the whining really doesn’t help women’s causes. Because Ifill got outed, there was nothing she could do against Palin that wouldn’t highlight her hypocrisy and bias. She painted herself into a corner and got field dressed.)

dtestard on October 6, 2008 at 6:28 AM

dtestard on October 6, 2008 at 6:28 AM

Some of you act as if Palin could take a dump on the stage and that would be a defining moment that should not be criticized. So what if Ifill is for Obama – good test for a VP candidate as to how they handle someone who is aiming nukes at us rather than talking points….

Bradky on October 6, 2008 at 7:01 AM

“Russert would be embarrased to see the way the media is today.” I would hope Russert was embarrassed with the media when he was alive.

davod on October 6, 2008 at 7:10 AM

“So what if Ifill is for Obama – good test for a VP candidate as to how they handle someone who is aiming nukes at us rather than talking points….”

It has nothing to do with her preferences, Ifill was deceitfull. Even now she nothing wrong with what she did.

davod on October 6, 2008 at 7:14 AM

No, Ifill,, Sarah didn’t say, as you stated two times, that she would not answer the questions. She said she was not going to answer a particular question the way YOU or Biden wanted her to! Sarah never at any time during the debate stated ever “I am not going to answer the questions!”
She answered many questions with a great deal of substance and facts!
Big difference in meaning there with the words you’ve chosen, Ifill.
Sounds like you are engaging in a little distortion of the facts to help your book deal.

JellyToast on October 6, 2008 at 7:23 AM

It would appear that truth is the first thing to go out the window under the bus in the Age of Obama.

BKennedy on October 6, 2008 at 7:26 AM

Some of you act as if Palin could take a dump on the stage and that would be a defining moment that should not be criticized. So what if Ifill is for Obama – good test for a VP candidate as to how they handle someone who is aiming nukes at us rather than talking points….

Bradky on October 6, 2008 at 7:01 AM

Oslime-a has taking a dump on stage and he is so vacuous that the MSM and his supporters have to eat it before the American people get a chance to smell it.

csdeven on October 6, 2008 at 7:28 AM

“Palin should be thankful Ifill was professional.”

In this video, Ifill misrepresented what Palin said while on Meet the Depressed.
Ifill said Sarah Palin was transparent, in that Sarah was upfront and honest about saying she was not going to answer the questions in the debate. She never said that. Ifill just lied!
That was a lie! Sarah, during a single question, responded with “I am not going to answer that question the way the moderator and my opponent wants me to,” Or words very similar to that. That is not the same as saying,”I’m not going to answer the questions in the debate, I’m going to speak directly to the American people.”
Sarah did debate. She answered questions with a great deal of substance. And yes, she spoke to the American people.
Poor Ifill wanted to control things more. Well, too bad.

JellyToast on October 6, 2008 at 7:31 AM

Democrat MEDIA STOOGES being stooges. History & facts mean nothing to these people. Palin represented her side while “plugs” wasn’t questioned about his long career of lying. America loses everytime when 90% of the MEDIA is part of the DEMOCRAT Party.

Max47 on October 6, 2008 at 8:02 AM

A careful reading of the questions Gwen Ifill asked during the VP debate reveals several that displayed her bias.

The forced-choice question aims to force an answer from a choice of options defined by the interviewer.

During the VP debate, Ifill used forced-choice questions to further her biases. (2 examples)

The Bias-Premised Question (5 examples)

The Contrived Dichotomy Question (1 example)

To conclude that Gwen Ifill’s moderating efforts displayed through her questions were without bias requires a willing suspension of disbelief.

American Thinker
October 06, 2008
Gwen Ifill’s VP Debate Bias
By Lee Cary
http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/gwen_ifills_vp_debate_bias.html

maverick muse on October 6, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Why do people call Obama an African American or black candidate? He is neither. He is a mulatto. He is as much white as he is black but fully neither.

enoughalready on October 6, 2008 at 9:28 AM

I watched the replay early this morning. Ifill is a joke. Her response to being biased is “my editors wish I had finished the final chapter”.

As usual 5 liberals vs Peggy Noonan.

roux on October 6, 2008 at 10:05 AM

ManlyRash on October 5, 2008 at 7:07 PM

HA posters show a good mix of levity and seriousness, with some of the best wit and trenchant analysis I see anywhere in the blogoshpere.

Cheers!

petefrt on October 6, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Good reply, Bradky. Weren’t we talking about Ifill’s professionalism? I wasn’t talking about anyone doing anything on stage or any defining moments. You need not put words in any one else’s mouth – you (like the rest of us) seem to have enough trouble with your own.

Truth is good, Bradky – don’t be afraid of it or try to drown it out with misstatements. Always face it squarely, especially when it works against you, or you will find yourself promoting lies, or worse, living one.

dtestard on October 6, 2008 at 10:12 AM

I found it interesting that NBC opted to skip the part where Qween L took Ifill to task on her book deal. Tim Russert would not have done that.

Russert was a democrat to be sure, but in the aftermath of Russert’s death, there’s nobody at GE-TV to steer the ship anywhere near the middle.

Russert would have played the clip where Qween L unabashedly hocked her book at the top of the debate and asked Ifill how it was possible that the book didn’t compromise her as the clip obviously suggested.

EconomicNeocon on October 6, 2008 at 10:25 AM

On positive point about the Governors performance is that even if she did not answer the way Gwen and David “the Obnoxious” Gregory thought she should at leat she was not fast and loose with the facts as as Mr Biden.

How come an all knowing, impartial arbier like Gwen couln’t notice that.
Too far down in the tank, perhaps?

Amazed on October 6, 2008 at 11:41 AM

The press just hates it when the lowly pleebs don’t play by their rules…

Wyznowski on October 6, 2008 at 12:23 PM

MSM = Smug, self-satisfied parasites.

pussum207 on October 6, 2008 at 1:57 PM