Texas Rainmaker
Getting an Ifill of Bias
October 1st, 2008 8:03 am

So what’s wrong with Gwen Ifill being the moderator of the debate Thursday night between the running mates of John McCain and Barack Obama? Nothing, if you don’t mind a 55-gallon drum of bias thrown in your face.

Ifill has a book coming out in January, timed for publication on Inauguration Day, entitled:

The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

Here’s how the book is being touted:

In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding 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.

Aside from any bias she may inject just because she supports Obama’s candidacy, she also has an financial investment in Obama winning. Hell, why not just have Michelle Obama moderate it?

UPDATE: Here’s the “moderator” promoting her book and her candidate:

UPDATE 2: Ifill responds… in a typical fashion.

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

Yeah, I’m sure the book is going to be chock full of negative narrative on Obama’s “stunning presidential campaign” in “the age of Obama”. Um, Gwen, did you even listen to the words coming out of your mouth in the video above? I don’t think we’re having to make assumptions on whether your book will be favorable to Obama or not…

“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.”

Again, not assumptions, but reliance on your own promotion of the book. And as far as I can recall, Lou Cannon was never in a position (like moderating a debate) to potentially impact the election.

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