Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gwen Ifill's Conflict of Interest

UPDATE: "VP debate moderator's impartiality questioned"

Gwen Ifill plays the race card.

Ifill questions why people assume that her book will be favorable toward Obama.

"Do you think they made the same assumptions about Lou Cannon (who is white) when he wrote his book about Reagan?" said Ifill, who is black. Asked if there were racial motives at play, she said, "I don't know what it is. I find it curious."

I don't care that Ifill is black.

I care that she's wallowing in the glorious Age of Obama.

To be clear about the race thing, I wouldn't want white guys Michael Moore or Bill Maher or David Letterman to moderate the debate.

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The highly anticipated vice presidential debate is being moderated by a Barack Obama worshipper, Gwen Ifill.

Ifill does not do a good job at pretending to be impartial. When she was reporting for PBS at the Republican National Convention, she was visibly disappointed by the excitement exhibited by the delegates on the night that Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin delivered their addresses.

She not only supports Obama, she has written a book about him, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, with a release slated for Inauguration Day no less.

Ifill's book promises to shed "new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power."

The Age of Obama? This is the dawning of the Age of Obama?

Ifill actually defines this time we're living in as the Age of Obama. Amazing.

It seems to me that she is not qualified to serve as moderator of the one and only vice presidential debate on Thursday.

Ifill has a clear interest in wanting to see Joe Biden do well at the debate. She has an interest in wanting Palin to crash and burn.

If the Age of Obama fizzles out, she does not stand to gain as much as she would if Obama is victorious in November.

Will Ifill be fair to Palin?

She hasn't been so far. There's no reason to believe that she'll start acting like a journalist instead of an Obama campaign employee now.

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Michelle Malkin has more.
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Call the Commission on Presidential Debates: 1-202-872-1020

6 comments:

grumps said...

Some people disagree.

http://lettersinbottles.blogspot.com/2008/09/hold-off-on-ifill.html

It might be worthwhile to look for an opinion other than Drudge's or Malkin's.

Mary said...

Of course, some people disagree. That's no surprise to me.

I form my own opinions.

ELAshley said...

"It might be worthwhile to look for an opinion other than Drudge's or Malkin's."

Why? Is Drudge's opinion of no value? Michelle's? When did the validity of their opinions take a back seat to folk like Olbermann? Matthews? Or Ifill for that matter?

Sure. It's prudent to "hold off" on judging her moderation of tomorrow night's debate... as it hasn't happened yet. But it's fair AND responsible to question her blatant conflict of interest. Why can't we have a moderator with nothing to gain or lose regardless of who wins?

"It might be worthwhile to look for an opinion other than Drudge's or Malkin's."??? I'm hearing this bleating from only one side of the political fence.

A Comparison:
Said the Muslim to the Christian:

"It might be worthwhile to look to the Qur'an for enlightenment other than the Bible."

Yes, that's over the top. But so is the suggestion that Drudge and Malkin have nothing of value to add to the debate.

sevan claig said...

Let's see, I have an enourmous amount of time and financial interest in my new book about Santa Claus, as well as in the Christmas Day release date. Do you think I would ever allow anyone to start making claims that he isn't real, or that stores should closed for that day?
No bias? No conflict of interest? My arse.

The only thing more unbelievable than the socialist collective's attempt to seize the hearts and minds of a free republic- is that they are actually succeeding to such a degree.

Mary said...

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

Freedom always wins eventually.

Anonymous said...

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/10/02/gwen-ifill-wrote-adulatory-magazine-article-about-obama-family