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Good News: VP Debate Moderator Releasing (Pro-)Obama Book

Posted by iusbvision on October 1, 2008

UPDATE VI: The Colombia Journalism Review takes the same position as IUSB Vision (Hat Tip

Conflict of interest is often about appearances. There appears, to us, to be a conflict in Ifill moderating tomorrow night’s vice presidential debate. Here’s why…

Update V: Hit Michelle Malkin’s link below after you read the story. Ifill is pulling the race card today over thie criticism and she did not tell the Commission on Presidential Debates about her conflict of interest. Any first year journalism student can see that this is royally inappropriate even if Ifill plays it straight. Journalistic ethics are dead.

UPDATE IV: Ed Morrissey has a nice post at called “Defining Moderator”.

According to Websters Dictionary, the word refers to a mediator, someone unaffiliated or neutral between two or more positions to facilitate discussion and negotiation. 

UPDATE III: A best selling book sells about 100,000 copies. An author often gets about 15% of the cover price of the book, less so from Amazon and some discount book sellers. If Obama is elected the book will likely sell over 100,000 copies for a paycheck of $350,000 if Obama wins. If someone bribed Ifill to be biased for $350,000 people would have a cow. This is no different. – Best selling Author Dick Morris

UPDATE II: PBS and Ifill are refusing to take calls from reporters and refuses to comment. Bill O’Reilly just said that he called Ifill on the phone and she refused to take the call. This is ridiculous. 

UPDATE: PBS did not tell McCain Campaign about Ifill’s book! Link HERE. Another Update: Obama refuses interview ith Greta Van Susteren. Greta is an out of the closet center left Democrat, but she doesn’t let that taint her coverage and usually does a great job (link HERE). Hmmmmm.

Michelle Malkin once again has the scoop.

My first syndicated column of the week, filed this afternoon, shines light on PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, who will moderate Thursday’s only vice presidential debate. Try as she might to deflect questions about her impartiality, her biases — and her conflict of interest — are clear. But don’t you dare breathe a word about any of this. You know what will happen if you do…


Sidenote: TVNewser reports that Ifill has broken her ankle, but she’s still going to do the debate. But will she disclose her conflict of interest? Inquiring minds want to know.

Ask the Commission on Presidential Debates if she will acknowledge her conflict of interest: 202-872-1020.

And here’s the e-mail address of Janet H. Brown, Executive Director of the Debates Commission:

Hopefully, their email system works better than the House.

Tons of readers recommend that Sarah Palin open her debate remarks by congratulating Ifill on her book and asking her to tell everyone the title.

The Book is The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

Here is a youtube clip if Ifill promoting her book. All of the black politicians she mentions are Democrats. There are black Republicans in office or who have had high office recently and she does not mention a single one of them. No Michael Steele, Ken Blackwell, J.C. Watts, Gary Franks, Alveda King, Sherman Parker, Maurice Washinton, etc…

Malkin continues:

Like Obama, Ifill, who is black, is quick to play the race card at the first sign of criticism. In an interview with the Washington Post a few weeks ago, she carped: “[N]o one’s ever assumed a white reporter can’t cover a white candidate.”

It’s not the color of your skin, sweetie. It’s the color of your politics. Perhaps Ifill will be able to conceal it this week. But if the “stunning” “Breakthrough” she’s rooting for comes to pass on January 20, 2009, nobody will be fooled.

Here is Ifill’s reaction to Palin at the GOP Convention – she was clearly disgusted by it.

Worldnet Daily called Ifill for comment. She is clamming up.

OUR TAKE: As someone who is trained as a journalist I know that those who claim to do “straight news” are to avoid any appearance of impropriety and are to avoid making themselves a part of the story. Ifill’s book blows both of those out especially considering that her book will sell better of Obama wins.

UPDATE II: Examples of Ifill’s fawning coverage of the Obama’s: HERE and HERE.

3 Responses to “Good News: VP Debate Moderator Releasing (Pro-)Obama Book”

  1. Stuart Paulson said

    What’s the title of Gwen’s book? “The Manchurian Candidate”?

  2. Pg Hall said

    … so what’s new?
    This is old news.
    NEWS would be anything middle of the road or favorable about the Republican candidates by the mainstream media.

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