Hey, you know who should have moderated a debate? Bernard Goldberg

posted at 3:57 pm on December 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

He had the same qualifications as Gwen Ifill, after all.  He’s been a reporter for decades, an opinionated observer on politics, and he had a book coming out in Inauguration Week about Barack Obama.  I’d bet Bernie would have at least let the campaigns know about the book before being selected, and recognized the conflict of interest.

Of course, the title might have been a little off-putting to the Commission on Presidential Debates: A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media. That’s only slightly more indicative of bias than Ifill’s fawning title, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, and yet the CPD had no problem selecting Ifill as a moderator for the VP debate.

I’m looking forward to this release. Bernie literally wrote the book on Bias, a seminal book about the endemic liberal bias in the mainstream media. He hasn’t exactly mellowed since, and I’m certain this new book will be an entertaining read. Be sure to pre-order your copy now. With any luck, we’ll get Bernie for an interview here at Hot Air.


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I’m hoping his book will do better than Gwennies’s too..

I never see her until they dust her off to do a VP debate anyhow.. guess it’s her chance to tell someone: “I’m important”

DaveC on December 21, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Use the neologism “tordid.” That way, you get torrid AND sordid in there.

Dan Collins on December 21, 2008 at 4:06 PM

The Adventures of MEDIA, Lapdog for Obama

Disturb the Universe on December 21, 2008 at 4:10 PM

I love Bernie! He is the best thing about O’Reilly’s show anymore. Talk about an informed opinion and someone who would never have treated Obama or McCain for that matter, w/any sort of kid gloves. I can’t wait for the book!!

JAM on December 21, 2008 at 4:11 PM

And Bernie’s no slobbering conservative, if I remember correctly. Isn’t he a lifelong Dem?

jgapinoy on December 21, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Never have so many in the Mainstream Media have fallen to their knees to give the One a slobbering Monica.

Like watching a porno, you just can’t turn away.

Kini on December 21, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Bernie! Interview w/ Hot Air!!!

bridgetown on December 21, 2008 at 4:21 PM

A great lead question by Bernard Goldberg to Palin would be about whether Couric and the other Obama posterior kissers made her feel like she was being Ratherized by an entire group of Democrat suck-ups only posing as reporters and journalists.

viking01 on December 21, 2008 at 4:22 PM

His book “Biased” changed my life. He is honest and insightful. Dem or not Bernie is the real deal

iam7545 on December 21, 2008 at 4:24 PM

As ridiculous and lopsided those debates were we have to remember that Mr. “I know how to reach across the aisle” agreed to them.
He accepted team Obama’s format and their own hand picked sycophantic hosts.

If he couldn’t insist on a debate forum that was neutral and more serious then it is his own fault.Why couldn’t he push for someone like Brit Hume or Chris Wallace to host at least one debate…?

Let’s be blunt.
The only thing a better host might have done is make Barack Obama look worse but not make John McCain look better.McCain came off terrible in those debates.In one debate when he accused Obama of wanting to spend $800 billion dollars in new spending he looked like some old guy at a nursing home yelling at the nurse for stealing his candy.Obama laughed at him.

Obama left himself wide open several times on the Iraq war and on his energy policy and his fund raising but McCain failed to land the knockout punch.
McCain wouldn’t defend himself when Obama was throwing kidney punches.When Obama tied McCain to Bush McCain should have tied Obama to George Soros ,Pelosi and Harry Reid.

I wish I could have stepped in for McCain in one of those debates because I could have shredded Obama with his own record and his own words.His record in Chicago with Grove Parc Plaza,The Annenburg Challenge,Tony Rezko and how his wife landed a $300,000 do nothing job was a goldmine just waiting to be exploited.
McCain blew it plain and simple.
You don’t bring a rubber knife to a gun fight.

NeoKong on December 21, 2008 at 4:26 PM

And Bernie’s no slobbering conservative, if I remember correctly. Isn’t he a lifelong Dem?

jgapinoy on December 21, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Yes, he is.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2008 at 4:28 PM

I’m a long-time fan of Goldberg’s. I think the man tells it straight, and I admire him a lot for that. I don’t know what his political affiliation is, but even if he’s a Dem, I’d respect what his views were, because of his honesty. We need more like him in the press.

mr.blacksheep on December 21, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Love Affair is misleading. It implies a glassy eyed allegienace to the chosen one.

The media were pro-active kamikaze soldiers in the Obama campaign. Time and again, when a threat emerged they rushed en masse to the defense of their beloved or rushed to slice the threat into a million pieces.

It was the most disgusting thing every witnessed in politics in this country.

notagool on December 21, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Yes, he is.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2008 at 4:28 PM

I agree that Bernie’s segments on O’Reilly (and other Fox appearances) are great.

But I don’t think Bernie’s a Democrat anymore. I thought I read in his book Crazies to the Left of Me… that he left the Democratic Party a decade or two ago after he realized that it was no longer the Democratic Party of his father’s.

I may be wrong, but I don’t think so.

Whatever the case, he’s dynamite because he tells the truth.

Merry Christmas all.

BuckeyeSam on December 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM

With any luck, we’ll get Bernie for an interview here at Hot Air.

Yes, please. Goldberg’s a class act.

As for whether he’s a Democrat, I’m not sure and I really don’t care. He’s honest and calls BS when he sees it.

flipflop on December 21, 2008 at 5:14 PM

My collie says:

Don’t knock slobbering unless and until you’ve really TRIED it.

Now why does it not surprise any of us that you would say that, collie?

CyberCipher on December 21, 2008 at 5:20 PM

It won’t matter how well researched and sourced his book is, the majority of the dinosaur media will deny it’s truth. At least more of them will be unemployed soon.

snaggletoothie on December 21, 2008 at 5:26 PM

…Mr. G is the only one out there doing what he does: strike at the hydra known as the establishment press from the inside. Many, like Ms. Coulter, strike at it from the outside, but Mr. G’s inside cred is solid, and his prose is both informed and amusing.

…it’s nearly a sin to be a boring or self-righteous whistleblower, after all, and Mr. G is neither.

I look forward to the book. Hope it’ll live up to his others. The title’s a good start.

Puritan1648 on December 21, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Goldberg is the only member of the so-called mainstream media who has retained any credibility with me. Can’t wait to read his new book. I guarantee he’ll bang some heads.

Percy_Peabody on December 21, 2008 at 5:36 PM

I thought I read in his book Crazies to the Left of Me… that he left the Democratic Party a decade or two ago after he realized that it was no longer the Democratic Party of his father’s.

BuckeyeSam on December 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM

I’ve not read any of his books but that would make sense. I was a lifelong Democrat myself until 1999, when the Party left me. Their utterly hypocritical behavior during the Clinton scandal convinced me that my party had been hijecked by not very nice people. But hey, they were defending a guy who changed the meaning of the word “is”. Hallucinogenic.

Hubert Humphrey (and even John F. Kennedy) would be rolling over in their graves if they saw how sad the party has become.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Bernie’s one of the clearest, cleanest thinkers in media. Look forward to seeing him here.

petefrt on December 21, 2008 at 5:43 PM

Speaking of bias…………………

…………. this needs it’s own thread:

“WH accuses Times of ‘gross negligence’”

Either the Times believes their own propaganda, or they just laid out the platform to nail the Democrats on exactly who caused our current crisis……..

By the way………………. luv ya Bernie.

Seven Percent Solution on December 21, 2008 at 5:58 PM

It goes with out saying he would have been 10 times better than any of the other moderators.I also like it when he told Bill O. on his show he was tired of fair and blance and said how about (Fair and the truth for one,s).Bill,s face looked so mad and he ended the segment with out Benard getting to say another word.

thmcbb on December 21, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Can anyone remember the last time a non-liberal moderated a presidential debate?

RJL on December 21, 2008 at 7:24 PM

You couldn’t pry the MSM’s lips from Obama’s…er, sitting area with an abalone bar. Go Bernie, go!

Mason on December 21, 2008 at 7:34 PM

I think Bernie gave up on the dems because they left their values behind, similar to another political party of late. Bernie rocks no matter which side he shines his light on.
I’m pre-ordering right now.

JeffinOrlando on December 21, 2008 at 8:07 PM

A great lead question by Bernard Goldberg to Palin would be about whether Couric and the other Obama posterior kissers made her feel like she was being Ratherized by an entire group of Democrat suck-ups only posing as reporters and journalists.
viking01 on December 21, 2008 at 4:22 PM

True, true. But I have to admit some slobbering did occur with respect to Palin on Fox News, too… Mostly by Greta Van Susteren, who was a blatant cheerleader for Palin during October and November–even beating out Hannity for slaveringness. I like Palin and I think she got railroaded by the MSM, but yeesh. Greta got a bit over the top!

Outlander on December 21, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Mostly by Greta Van Susteren, who was a blatant cheerleader for Palin during October and November–even beating out Hannity for slaveringness. I like Palin and I think she got railroaded by the MSM, but yeesh. Greta got a bit over the top!

Outlander on December 21, 2008 at 8:17 P

So what? The thread is about DEBATES, not about a single person favoring anyone. The ENTIRE MEDIA other than Fox News were blatantly kissing Obama’s ass and attacking Palin like rabid dogs–and they still are doing both

Janos Hunyadi on December 21, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Me thinks that Bernard Goldberg is going to bring
the wrath of the Church of Liberalism down upon
himself!

I can just see the Lefty parishioners gathered
around the Alter of Liberism,with a voo-doo
doll likeness poking him in a endless manner!
———————————–

And,if that ain’t bad enough,the MSM will probably
issue a ‘Fatwa’,against Bernard,and treat him like
a leper!

How about a book title of;

The Debaucherous Orgy of the Left in Hopey’s Political Bed!

The Political Incestuous Relationship of the Main Stream
News!

How the MSM,Committed Journalist Fraud,and BentOver Back
Wards for the ‘ONE’!

2008 The Articulation of HopeLess and ChangeLess!Haha.

canopfor on December 21, 2008 at 9:31 PM

NeoKong — Has this one pegged.

The moderator was a small factor.

The main ones were the financial problems, the MSM and most painfully, Juan McLame. In the debates and the campaign our Juan allowed an empty suit with no real accomplishments, dizzy ideas he advocated to seduce the left’s crazies and a spotty record on war and foreign affairs to smile and dance right past him. He believes that being a ‘nice’ guy will get him there. And the MSM may never tell the truth about The One. They may get a little chippy now that the election is over.

But about Juan…I kept wanting to ask him about another Arizona politician’s comment:

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

IlikedAUH2O on December 21, 2008 at 9:33 PM

I may be mistaken, but it seems that when I was a lot younger and voted for the first time (during the Reagan administration), these debates featured a panel of maybe 3 questioners, one of whom would usually be a known conservative. Seems I remember Fred Barnes being a questioner in one debate, maybe during the ’88 campaign.

Anyway, yeah, Goldberg would be a good moderator. Ain’t never, ever happenin’ though.

ddrintn on December 21, 2008 at 9:35 PM

I thought Gwen Ifill was an excellent moderator in a rather boring debate. I’m sure Bernie would have been good too. I have not read any reviews of or her book about Obama so I am not sure if she is really a fan or not.

A great lead question by Bernard Goldberg to Palin would be about whether Couric and the other Obama posterior kissers made her feel like she was being Ratherized by an entire group of Democrat suck-ups only posing as reporters and journalists.
viking01 on December 21, 2008 at 4:22 PM

If you thought the questions were unfair then you it is because of your bias… she could have crushed those interviews instead she revealed how badly wired her logic and intellect was… hence, the moderates turning their back on her.

lexhamfox on December 22, 2008 at 12:02 AM

If you thought the questions were unfair then you it is because of your bias… she could have crushed those interviews instead she revealed how badly wired her logic and intellect was… hence, the moderates turning their back on her.

lexhamfox on December 22, 2008 at 12:02 AM

I don’t think the questions were unfair, although Gibson’s questioning of Palin was far different from the tack he took with Obama. It’s the response to Palin’s answers were unfair. Cf. Joe Biden under the same circumstances. Obama, for that matter. I’m sure that Obama “crushing the interviews” attracted those precious moderates. Right.

ddrintn on December 22, 2008 at 12:13 AM

^ In the VP debate, I think it was Biden’s logic and intellect that looked kinda “badly wired”. Ahhhh the things that can be ignored…

ddrintn on December 22, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Drat. I’m so sorry I missed “obama crushing the interviews”. But I shall get to see our community organizer creating 2 or 3 million jobs!

IlikedAUH2O on December 22, 2008 at 12:22 AM

NeoKong — Has this one pegged.

IlikedAUH2O on December 21, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Uh hoh gosh…why thank you.
It was nothing really.You’re making me blush.

NeoKong on December 22, 2008 at 2:10 AM

McCain and the GOP agreed to the debate moderator! Duh!!! If one keeps getting one’s ass kicked over and over and over and over again…possibly it’s time for one to attempt a new approach? Naw…just keep trying the same thing and hoping that you will get a different result!!!

sabbott on December 22, 2008 at 7:03 AM

Drat. I’m so sorry I missed “obama crushing the interviews”. But I shall get to see our community organizer creating 2 or 3 million jobs!

IlikedAUH2O on December 22, 2008 at 12:22 AM

Personally I can’t wait to see all those taxpayer-funded illegal alien road crews re-surfacing our highways. We wouldn’t want any of those vicious Mexican drug-runners who make such frequent use of our highways to hit a pothole, now would we?

And how could anyone doubt that this brilliant make-work plan of FDR/Obama’s will magically regenerate our faltering economy? As the MSM told us so many times, the man’s sooooo smart . . . and did he mention he went to Harvard? That alone is proof that he’s better than the rest of us.

AZCoyote on December 22, 2008 at 7:46 AM

You couldn’t pry the MSM’s lips from Obama’s…er, sitting area with an abalone bar. Go Bernie, go!

Mason on December 21, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Which brings up the question, why can you never hit President Select Obamas backside with a paddle?

Answer: You’d only hit the back of Chris Matthew’s and Keith Olbermann’s heads.

It was a joke, Secret Servcie…I wasn’t really going to hit him.

hawkdriver on December 22, 2008 at 7:54 AM

Love Affair is misleading. That would imply The One loved the Media back.

When we know exactly who this man really loves. Himself.

He is the only one He would never throw under the bus….

pseudonominus on December 22, 2008 at 10:47 AM

It would have been GREAT to have Bernie Goldberg moderate a Presidential debate. He’s a former See-BS guy who saw through the BS, and tells things like they are, who probably would have asked Obama enough questions to make him squirm.

Of course, since he sometimes appears on Fox News, that’s enough to disqualify him from moderating a debate. Thou shalt not ask tough questions of the Anointed One. Has anyone heard from George Stephanopoulos after he asked Obama about William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright? Oh, sorry, no more questions in debates about that subject, right?

Welcome to the Posthumous Presidency of Al Capone, with Pravda imitators telling the sheeple how wonderful it is. Excuse me while I barf.

Steve Z on December 22, 2008 at 11:18 AM

There is call for diversity in this country in everything except diversity of thought.

budorob on December 22, 2008 at 12:49 PM

McCain and the GOP agreed to the debate moderator! Duh!!! If one keeps getting one’s ass kicked over and over and over and over again…possibly it’s time for one to attempt a new approach? Naw…just keep trying the same thing and hoping that you will get a different result!!!

sabbott on December 22, 2008 at 7:03 AM

Gee, you’d think the Dems won the past 3 prez elections or something.

ddrintn on December 22, 2008 at 6:18 PM

I love Bernie! I’ve read all his books, including Bias, Arrogance, and one of the best ever from anyone, 110 People Who Are Screwing Up America.

If you haven’t read any of his books, do yourself a favor and stock up. Plenty of excellent, winter evening reading.

I can’t wait for this new one to come out.

waterfall on December 22, 2008 at 8:26 PM