Now, let’s see here. Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent of the The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, has been selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the only VP debate scheduled for tomorrow night at Washington University in St. Louis. But, that’s not the shocking part.
Are you ready? Okay. Gwen Ifill has penned a new book. And, the name of that book is The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.
For real. You read that correctly. It would appear to be a pro-Obama book that she has written. It is scheduled to be released on January 20, 2009, as a new president would be taking office.
So, would it be too presumptuous of me to wonder if Gwen Ifill has a vested interest in seeing Barack Obama win the presidential election in November, so that she would see more of a spike in her book’s sales? Ifill does not seem to be helpful in answering that for us, as of late.
“A debate ‘moderator’ in the tank for Obama.” Should that not send up red flags for American voters? Greta Van Susteren reports that the McCain campaign did not know about Ifill’s book and compares this conflict with a “mistrial” in the judicial system.
It’s not like Gwen Ifill has a good track record with covering Gov. Sarah Palin. The PBS Ombudsman was inundated with complaints following Ifill’s coverage of Gov. Palin’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Here’s the commentary that prompted the complaints:
Funny how Gwen Ifill just fawns over the likes of Michelle Obama but looks strained to try to even fake a compliment for Sarah Palin.
“A lot of people have never seen anything that looks like a Michelle Obama before. She’s educated, she’s beautiful, she’s tall, she tells you what she thinks and they hope that she can tell a story about Barack Obama and about herself…”
Here’s a parting thought. Can you imagine if Sean Hannity had been selected to “moderate” this debate, instead of Gwen Ifill or some of her MSM cronies? Oh! The wailing and gnashing of teeth that would be taking place. 😯
As Glenn Reynolds passes along from a major newsroom reader at Instapundit, “every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true….The fix is in, and its working.”
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But, of course, PBS does not have a problem with it.
“The book has been a known factor for months, so I’m not sure what the big deal is.”
Of course they don’t see a problem with it. How silly of me. It’s PBS. It’s not like it is some bastion of independent journalism.
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UPDATE: Uh oh! Time for 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.”
Okay. Let’s take the first sentence of the excerpt first. I think the title – The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama – says it all. Did you catch that “the Age of Obama” part of the title?
Okay. Now for the second and third sentences of the excerpt. I don’t recall seeing any mention made of Ifill’s race being an issue but, rather, her politics. So, Gwen, it’s not that you are black but that you are a liberal media personality that is in the tank for Barack Obama. And, that doesn’t make you even remotely unique.
Jim Treacher offers up a little comic relief for the Ifill escapade. 😆
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UPDATE: I think Jed Babbin over at Human Events hits the nail on the head.
Whether or not this proves to be the “Age of Obama,” no one who has a financial interest in the outcome of the election — as does PBS’ Gwen Ifill — should be permitted to moderate any debate in the campaign season…
…Ifill must be removed from the moderator’s slot — today — and replaced by someone who at the very least does not have a financial interest in the outcome of tomorrow night’s debate.
To any normal thinking person, this whole issue of Ifill and “the Age of Obama” smacks of impropriety.
I just heard an interesting statement by Dick Morris on The O’Reilly Factor say something about how we wouldn’t let someone with a $350.000.00 vested interest in a campaign moderate it and that is what we have here in Gwen Ifill. If Obama wins, her book does much better than if he loses.
Podunk Hick? That Mary Katharine. 😆
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