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Ifill's Book is no Secret


PBS correspondent Gwen Ifill at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, Don Perdue)

Updated 3:13 p.m.
By Howard Kurtz
It's no secret that Gwen Ifill has been working on a book about the younger generation of black politicians. The PBS correspondent talked about "Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama" in a Washington Post article on Sept. 4.

But today, the day before Ifill is to moderate the vice-presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, a conservative Web site made an issue of the book, which quickly ricocheted onto the Drudge Report. "VP Debate Moderator Ifill Releasing Pro-Obama Book," said the headline on World Net Daily picked up by Drudge.

There is no evidence that the book will be favorable to the Democratic nominee. Ifill, the host of "Washington Week," told The Post she is focusing on Obama and three other up-and-coming politicians, such as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. She said she started the book when it looked unlikely that Obama would win the Democratic nomination.

"The book has been out there and discussed for months," said PBS spokeswoman Anne Bell. "It's a non-issue."

Queried about it, John McCain expressed confidence in Ifill.

"I think that Gwen Ifill is a professional, and I think she will do a totally objective job because she is a highly-respected professional," McCain told Fox News's Carl Cameron.

On the World Net site, the "Deal of the Day" is a $4.95 offer for what is described as the "Obama blockbuster: 'Anatomy of Deceit.'" The Web site says the book "reveals" that "his brand of change is a hostile attack on the Judeo-Christian values and freedoms most Americans hold dear."

In The Post interview, Ifill said that as the daughter of a minister who marched in civil rights demonstrations, she recognized the historic nature of Obama's candidacy. But, Ifill said, "I still don't know if he'll be a good president. I'm still capable of looking at his pros and cons in a political sense." She added: "No one's ever assumed a white reporter can't cover a white candidate."

Ifill, who has worked for NBC News, the New York Times and The Washington Post, was widely viewed as doing a fair job as moderator of the 2004 debate between Vice President Cheney and John Edwards. She drew a bit of criticism for asking a question about Cheney's former company, Halliburton, and when the vice president said he would need more than 30 seconds to respond, she said: "Well, that's all you've got." Ifill said she was not trying to be snippy toward Cheney.

Update: Ifill will face one handicap at the debate. She broke her ankle Monday night, her birthday, after tripping while carrying some files up stairs at her home.

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 1, 2008; 12:20 PM ET
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armagemoron, maybe you should dust off that white sheet and start burning crosses again. I think george bush has set the bar so low that you have no right to call any race a moron.


Posted by: Politriks | October 1, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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See how you guys are? You attack normal comments incinuating KKK motives, yet the REAL KKK has endorsed Obama.

Posted by: obamayomama | October 2, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

armagedon:

Obama told OReilly that it's not "redistribution" - it's "neighborly". Saw that with my own two eyes.

Posted by: obamayomama | October 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Haw?! Barack Obama is black?! I didn't know that!

Posted by: obamayomama | October 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"DrudgeReport says that Ifill did NOT disclose the book to the Commission on Presidential Debates"

She also did not disclose that she is black and female. Of course you'd have to be a pretty dim bulb not to figure that out.

"Tigers never lose their spots, zebra's their stripes, and Democrat commentators their ethics."

Ever seen a spotted Tiger?

It can only hurt Obama if Ifill appears partial to Biden. If she does it will be the whining and moaning heard 'round the world from the right wing's f*x news network and their media shills on the radio. So she'll do a good job and ask them both reasonable questions. Palin's interviews with Couric have been disgraceful, this is a chance for her to clear the slate and show her stuff. Lets hope both she and Biden show up well prepared, focused, coherent, and cogent. I am sick of American leaders looking like idiots.

Posted by: tweldy | October 2, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

DrudgeReport says that Ifill did NOT disclose the book to the Commission on Presidential Debates. Maybe it would be better to find someone else, and let her rest her broken ankle.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

This is a great example of how the Republicans love to work the refs by accusing them of being bias. If they had not been doing this over the past 8 years we might not even gotten involved in the Iraq disaster. People have known about this book since August when it was reported in Time magazine. If this was a real issue why it was not raised then? My guess is they knew Ifill would do a great job and show no bias. Now they need have a scapegoat to blame Palin’s presumed disastrous performance tonight and the rerun with Tina Fay on Saturday Night Live.

The bigger issue is if this was a real problem why didn’t McCain object back in August? If he did not know about the book which was not any secret of all what does that say about McCain’s decision making. Having your staff carefully review the moderator’s background is something you have to do if you want to make a good decision. I guess we have already seen what sort of decisions the seat-of-pant crap-shooting McCain made choosing Palin in the first place. Is this the type of judgment we need in the White House. It was this type of decision making that got us in Iraq disaster

Posted by: bradcpa | October 2, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

This faux issue over Ifill is a glaring example of how disgusting yet hilarious the right wing pundits can be. They are such obsessive compulsive paranoia freaks that they set off an instant Pavlovian like foaming at the mouth chain reaction with each other.

They love to raise their level of irrationality to just below the seething point and then hope someone causes a spark to set them all off into Swiftfboat mode.

And then immediately there is a thundering chorus from the peanut gallery, the Kool-Aid drinkers with purple tongues, the True Believers, sucking up anything at all to generate more fear and hatred.

Well Charlie, this has been an enjoyable election year. From Purple Lips to seeing Russia from Alaska to putting lipstick on a hockey playing Pit Bull it has been a hoot.

Ya'll haven't quit frothing yet have you? Save some for the blame game you'll be playing throughout November. I'm looking forward to it.

Posted by: patrick10 | October 2, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Ifill's book is related to the changing nature of Black Political leadership in the future. It's not a "rah-rah" text for Obama nor is it a manifesto for Black political leadership. It will be more in line with Bennett's "Before the Mayflower" or Trotter's "A History of African-Americans". I am surprised to a degree that conservatives would be upset with her as the moderator especially after she took heat for "softballing" Condi Rice in an exclusive a few years back (as some of the left believed she did). She has proven herself to be a capable, competent journalist and will do so with tonight’s debate. The candidates have to answer the questions which will likely be thoughtful and fair. Why would she want to risk her career over something as trivial as partisan politics? Isn’t that what we have talk radio and cable TV for? :)

Posted by: drnichols | October 2, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately,it doesn't matter that she is writing a book which devotes some time writing about Obama..... most low information voters who don't read or watch news channels won't know anything about her. Only the fact that she is black will already tell these idiots that she is biased.

Posted by: mrtutto | October 2, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

If the history of the last 20 years' worth of VP debates has shown us anything, it's that the best way to lose the election is to win the VP debate. Perhaps she's going to do her best to knock down Biden and lob softballs to Palin.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | October 2, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

armagedon (sic) wrote:

"What planit do you live on? I hope English is not your first language. Because you seem to have a lot of trouble with comprehention."

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This is Internet comedy at it's apex.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | October 2, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

'Armagedon - So, let me get this straight - It is OK for white people just to vote for people because they are white...but if a black person votes for a black person it is only because they are black??? What planet do you live on?
I am white. I plan to vote for Barak Obama because he more clearly represents the values that I think are good for America. Did you know that quite a good number of African Americans are now quite educated. It is true. They have college educations, master degrees and PHDs. They are Drs and lawyers and scientists. They, like you are free to vote for whomever they please - and for whatever reasons they wish to. Just as you are free to vote a straight Republican ticket they can vote Democratic or even Independent or Republican. You are one of the most intolerant persons I have ever heard from; but you are entitled to your views - however nasty they are. Just be careful that you don't fall off that cloud - it's a long drop.

Posted by: gjkbear | October 1, 2008 8:25 PM"

Well gjkbear. What planit do you live on? I hope English is not your first language. Because you seem to have a lot of trouble with comprehention. I made no mention of white people voting race. I'm certain some, maybe even many will. But they will NOT be 95% of their numbers. 30% of whites polled indicated they had "some negative views" of blacks. Maybe 10 - 15 % of whites are voting RACE. And that is clearly racism and unacceptable. But 95% of blacks are voting Black. And the statistic I mentioned (AVERAGE IQ of 85) is a scietifically derived statistc). I suggest you look up AVERAGE. Obviously there are educated and highly intelligent people in ALL racial groupings. Just because you see everything in "black or white" (that's an expression pinhead, not racial), or left and right, or right and wrong, doesn't mean everybody, or thankfully most people are as one dimentional as you.
Intolerant. I have lived in most racial groups on earth. I have raised and sponsored multiracial and multi religious children. Do not misrepresent your own ignorance and stupidy for my supposed racial intolerance. Your intolerance is to anyboby with a functioning intellect who is willing to challenge the likes of you Most people would find intollerence in a dictionary. You will find it in a mirror.
Whatever cloud you are on - falling off would not present any physical treat. It is probably not a cloud - just ground hugging fog.
PS. I AM a Democrat who would have gladly championed Hilary - not because she is white, but because she is intelligent, and qualified.
Obamas emblem is the condom: because it stands for inflation. Halts production. Gives one a false sense of security. And it protects a ..well .. you know (the old addage - it takes one to recognize one)

Posted by: armagedon | October 2, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse


Read all about humble Joe Biden and his real estate deals:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/02/us/politics/02finances.html


Posted by: WylieD | October 2, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Howard GET REAL. By defending this issue you expose your own LACK of ETHICs. She stands to make a large sum of money with an Obama victory and much less if Obama loses. You claim there is no evidence that its a pro Obama book??
She is a Black Female Liberal Journalist who works for PBS? All she needs is a hammer and sickle tattoo.

Posted by: dencal26 | October 1, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse


"The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama."

What are the sales prospects for a book with this title should Obama lose the election?

The appearance of a conflict of interest is undeniable.


Posted by: WylieD | October 1, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Kruhn1 | October 1, 2008 10:46 PM

Kruhn1 's submission appears intelligent and perceptive. Sadly, he or she has entirely missed the point.
The books tittle is "Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama" It is clearly about one of the candidates in this election. Race is an important issue in this election mainly because blacks are voting as a racist racial block black vote for a black candidate. Gwenn Ifil is a black women, writing a book on a black candidate. And she has shown distinct bias (I watch PBS, and CNN (with absolute disgust)) towards the Obama candidacy, whethter thru party or race. It is immaterial. Life is about perceptions. She should never have allowed herself to be put in this position. She wrongly interupted Cheney (a man I detest) during a debate, and that along should have disqualified her.
And perceptions: BO had his advisers pick 2 issues on which to run - Change and the war. On both issues BO is running on PERCEPTIONS only. He keeps hammering over and over and over again that these are his principles, when nothing could be further from the truth. Obamma is the consumate politition - the product of the corrupt Daley Chicago democratic machine. He used ever dirty trick in the book to get elected into Illinois politics, then Washington. He uses Washington insiders as his advisers and managers. When HIS experience was (rightfully) questioned (he has NONE - not limited - he has NONE - in any area), he chose the consumate Washington insider as his running mate, after trashing Hilary and McCain as Washington insiders. He made ONE speech back in 2001 (or2), criticising the vote to authorize the president to threaten action if Sadam failed to respond to numerous UN resolutions to allow the inspectors back into the country. He had no vote. He was not in the US Senate. And Hilary was one who stood up in the Senate and indicated her vote was conditioned on Bush returning to the congress before instigating action - which Bush did not do. Yrt he constantly misrepresented her position on the war. He withdrew his speech from his website when the initial conflick lead to a quick and easy MILITARY victory. Only John McCain stood criticising Bush and Rumsfeld for their actions subsequently in so dramatically throwing away the piece. Not one peep from "the FRAUD" (BO). It was McCain, singlehandedly who despite virtual ostracisation from his own party who kept hammering away at Bush - Wolfowich - Chaney and Rumsfeld, and got Rumsfeld replaced and the Surge instigated. The PERCEPTION that Obama was "right" on the war is an outright lie. He did not show strength - he showed the cowardice of the consumste politition, drive by arrogence and megalomania.
The "Messiah" (self annointed), has never worked across party lines. He has instigated no CHANGE anywhere. He is walking proof that if you lie often enough with the same lies - particularly if they have been created by the polls. Tell the people whatever they want to hear, no matter if you believe them or not, particularly if they are the downtrodden and desperate, and enough may out of desperation believe you and allow you to "sludge" your way to victory. It's called appealing to the "lowest, of low common denominaters". Particularly when you have a political machine so devoid of talent that they have a looser like Howard Dean as President, and absolute sociallist, mindless Congressional leaders like Nancy Pelosi, and Harry REED.

Gwen Ifil clearly is biased in her support for Obama. She should understand the concept of perception. If she does, and does not recuse, she has no right calling herself a journalist and history will treat her with contempt. If she does not, they she shows herself to be an appropriate Obama supporter.

Posted by: armagedon | October 1, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill book is no secret. Book titled They came before columbus is a secret.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Poor sarah the man holding you down with gotcha questions?

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

For those out of the beltway who are crying bloody murder because Ms. Ifill wrote a book profiling Obama and other 21st-century African-American politicians, may I remind you that the Commission on Presidential debates is composed of representatives of BOTH THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PARTIES? The commission's presidents are a former RNC and a former DNC chairman. Therefore, to those like Greta van Susteren who claim conflict of interests, I submit to you another legal term, "voir dire".

Voir dire is the process where a juror's qualifications to serve are examined before a trial starts. To quote Gordon P. Cleary in his book Trial Evidence Foundations (James Publishing, 2007 at section 201), "Voir Dire is the process by which attorneys select, or perhaps more appropriately reject, certain jurors to hear a case."

When Ms. Ifill's name was submitted for consideration as moderator for the Vice Presidential debate, the Republican members serving in the Commission on Presidential Debate (who should be more politically aware than most and aware of a book) thought she was biased, then they had the duty to object at that moment. Now it is too late to cry foul, when the people supposed to protect the interests of the Republican Vice Presidential candidate already said she was qualified as a moderator, especially in light of her record doing the same job during the 2004 election campaign. If the Republicans members of the Debate Commission said Ms. Ifill was good to be the moderator again despite cutting short Vice President Cheney during one of his responses, then she is good enough to be fair to both Senator Biden and Governor Palin.

In other words, how can the conservative commentators complain about Ms. Ifill's qualification when your own representatives in the Debate Commission have not said a peep! This is false outrage!

I confess to not to have read Ms. Ifill's book, but the book seems to be a study this generation of African American politicians, who are removed from the Civil Rights era. Barack Obama should be included in this book as he is a serving Senator and the Presidential Candidate for one of the two major parties. I would have liked that Ms. Ifill would have added perhaps a profile of post-Civil Rights era politicians who have not been as successful, perhaps Cynthia McKinney (who is six years older than Obama) and contrast them with Obama, Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Corver Booker in the issues they advocate and general style.

Now people let's sit back watch both of them face to face, and may the best man-- or woman-- win!

Posted by: Kruhn1 | October 1, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

"Thanks to John McCain pick of sarah palin Obama/Biden is a shoe in. Palin is no more qualified to be Vice President then the local dog catcher. Bigots ask yourself do you hate obama more then you love your children. If no vote for obama, if yes say good bye to your kids future.

Posted by: r4147824 "


The perfect Obama supporter. Obama has NO experience at ANYTHING but networking inside the most corrupt political machine in the history of American politics - the Al Capone (whoops) - Richard Daley Chicago Democratic Machine. The looney left wing of the loney left wing party, the president of which, Howard Dean and Barack Hussein Obammam are joint winners of this years Jebb Bush/Katereine Harris award for disenfranchising Florida Voters. And fo doing it to Michigan as well, it will in future be renamed the Moron (dean) / Messiah (Obamah) Award. If Palin who has actually run a few things - like a town (a small town where the lowlifes people there kling to guns and religion and meanness), and a piddly little State that has the 2nd largest developed energy supplies in America. Now I'n certain we would not want to compare the negotiating of an puny little international gas pipeline from Alaska thru Canada to the lower 48 (largest infrastructure project in US history to the mega skills of negotiating the purchase of a mansion in the cosmopolitan world of non meaness and gun haters of Chicago at 30% less than market value.(even if we just downgrade the input of the real estae genius and obviously wrongly convicted fraud and buddy Tony Rezko). Obviously Obamma is far more qualified.
The perfect Obama supporter. Unbiased. Objective. Suppurbly knowledgeable and intelligent.(I''ll go out on a limb here and say this guy is in Obamas intellectual grouping - high IQ status - above 65). A possible future Obamma cabinet secretary. The Sec of Objectivity, and education. One quick question. When all the smart business people and multinational corporations move overseas, whos going to be left to tax so "robin Hood" can redistribute the loot to his supporters. mmmmmmmmmm.

Posted by: armagedon | October 1, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to John McCain pick of sarah palin Obama/Biden is a shoe in. Palin is no more qualified to be Vice President then the local dog catcher. Bigots ask yourself do you hate obama more then you love your children. If no vote for obama, if yes say good bye to your kids future.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

"armagemoron, i dont believe a word you say, and like i said in my earlier post we cant verify your information so telling me that your IQ is 140 and that you are an engineer does not mean jack to me. I'm going to draw my conclusions from what you wrote. and you just sound like a moron, maybe we should have an asian president since they have a higher IQ than whites, oh but not all asians have high IQs so maybe we should just have an asian with a high IQ. think about it if your stats was that the highest IQ for blacks was 100 then we could work with that, but idiots like you take the average and do not mention that alot of blacks fall well above this average or alot of asians fall well below. And why chose the IQ of blacks when talking about obama, he is part white, or maybe you should use the IQ of harvard grads, or law professors, or ppl who have two kids, or ppl were in the senate (all these apply to obama but by choosing his race you show that you are an idiot wanna be engineer)
I hope you didnt vote for bush cause if you do then your IQ criteria goes out the window. And i will bet obama has a higher IQ than mccain. "

Posted by: Politriks | October 1, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Last post. Again thank you politrks. Old saying " better to keep your mouth shut and have people question your intelligence, than open it and remove all doubt"
Correct, you cannot verify my satements of IQ, experience and knowledge. But we can verify my assersion of yours. Just read your nonsense. You are walking proof that Obama appeals to the "drivelling" class. And I would not expect any rational fact or argument to sway a person like you. Or your buddies here at the "Post".
I was a bit overweight once. But back to the track and gym and I am fit again. Well, ....I'm afraid you are stuck forever with a limited intellectual capacity. With alcolism, or depression - the first step to moving forward, is admission of the problem. You have a long way to go before you can move forward. I have wasted enough time here off topic with the likes of you.Save the money you spend on your ISP. Go to Ebay and see if you can buy a few more IQ points. DON"T get just one. Poor thing might just die of lonliness. Happy blogging. And I actually hope that you do get that idiot as president. Smart people always find a way to do well. People like you will always lose.
Good Bye and Good Ridence!!(sp?)

Posted by: armagedon | October 1, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

More stark evidence of the media elite being in the tank for Obama. Last year at this time, I received a good chunk of my news from the NY Times, W. Post, CNN and Newsweek and had always considered them reasonably objective and highly professional sources. Then along came Barack Obama. Never has a candidate been covered with such shameless and obsessive devotion. First Clinton and now McCain have been treated as cynical in every breath -- tirelessly conniving, and dangerously erratic. Obama meanwhile has been portrayed as unfailingly earnest, sincere and steady.

In this saga, Bill Clinton has been a racist and a hothead. Gerry Ferraro has been a racist and a dingbat. Hillary has been a blustering queen bee groping at the bottom of the kitchen sink for something to hurl. McCain has been a washed up hothead, trying to sell his graying soul and not finding quality buyers. Palin has been an airhead who couldn't name a state capital south of the Canadian border. Meanwhile, Barack Obama has met every challenge with cool, logic and good government instincts. Or so we're told.

What a crock. If Obama had received any kind of scrutiny when his campaign took off in January, he would have been knocked into the VP slot on Super Tuesday. If he were currently receiving the same syllable by syllable skepticism that Hillary and McCain have endured throughout, he'd be on the ropes.

The fix is in. The Ifill fiasco -- Breakthrough! The Age of Obama! -- is a small part of the big picture.

Posted by: SDakD-RayFan | October 1, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin is going to win this debate, hands-down. That's where all the money in Vegas is at. Don't ask me, check-out the bookies in Vegas. They're betting on a clear PALIN victory!

Posted by: bigdaddyLA | October 1, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

"The fact is most blacks vote democratic anyway so being a black candidate does not help obama."

Posted by: Politriks

Politriks. I suspect that you are black - and that is not a criticism - it is just a highlight on your response - you are blinded by any honest criticism of your bias.
The same % of blacks voted against a QUALIFIED CANDIDATE - a white women (Hilary) in the Democratic primaries. A candidate with the best minority rights credentials of anyone (black or white) since MLK. Old saying "you can run, but you cannot hide!. Well you can try to put up a smokescreen, but you cannot hide from the truth. The black vote is NOT based on party politics, it is based on RACE.
He uses his race all the time. He compared himself to MLK!! A man with principles. A man who marched, protested. Was arrested and assaulted. Who put his life on the line for not just blacks, but for his country. MLK wanted not black rights. He wanted EQUAL rights for all. Using Oprah was not injecting race into the campaign (Oprah has never been a registered democrat in her life). She did not come out to support a Democratic party candidate, she supported a BLACK candidate. He payed the race card against both Bill and Hilary Clinton, and without it there would be a qualified Democratic contender for the White house. Instead an egotistical fraud who, if he actually kept his promises, would complete the bankrupcy of the US that began under Clinton, and was so ably assisted by the incompetence of the Bush travesty. Hilary would have made a good president. McCain will make a good president - dragging both the Republicans and the Democrates (and therefore the country) back to the middle ground.

Kruschev met JFK, and assessed him as weak - and that lead to the Cuban missle crises, and the very edge of nuclear armegedon. The next president has a far greater challenge. Ahmadinejad, N. Korea (Kim may be dead), Assad, Chavez (wacko's all that "meathead "said he would meet "unconditionally" - before his advisers corrected him), Hamas, Hezbollah, Putin, and China (Taiwan). Israelis in a corner. McCarther was asked if he had the weapons for Korea and he responded - "yes - nuclear") - because the US cut back on military spending post WWII. And Obama wants to ignore history (he has no history advisors!. The Us will be maybe permanently weakened because of a president who will cut back on military tecnology spending when that is the only advantage that the west now has for defence. When the dangers are greater than even during the cold war. Bush "broke" IRAQ (Powell - "you break it, you must fix it), and Obama wants to abrogate responsibility and just "LEAVE". i've spent 10 years in the Gulf - when the Straights of Hormuz are shut and "Robin Hood" is trying to harness his own wind power, and won't allow "intelligent" drilling offshor - well don't worry about $20 a mgallon gas - there won't be any to buy anyhow, because Chavez will cut off Argentinas oil too. But maybe Barack can invite all the badies to one of his "sermons in the football satadium with the foam Greek arches" I'm sure that will do it.
Google the movie "On the Beach". I live in Australia. I may end up dead too - but at least I will outlive you morons.

Posted by: armagedon | October 1, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I have watched Gwen for years on "Washington Week" on PBS, since her first nervous episode when she looked bad. She is basically a moderator, not given to overstating one side or the other. She is comfortable in that question-asking mode, and I think she will be fair moderating this debate. She does NOT do political analysis, she just covers the week's events by basically asking her guests to comment on those same events.

But the objections here seem pretty obvious that SOME people are nervous about Sarah's ability to answer questions. Or maybe this is just the same "Gotta Protect Palin" nonsense that's been going on since she was nominated.

Posted by: bigdaddyLA | October 1, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

She would lose the debate even if hannity was the moderator .

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Is she going to ask both veeps the same question? yes or no

I rest my case.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 1, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse


Bias in the media?

"Although we expected to find that most media lean left, we were astounded by the degree."

From "A Measure of Media Bias," a study of media bias by Tim Groseclose of UCLA and Jeff Milyo of the University of Missouri.

http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/faculty/groseclose/Media.Bias.8.htm


Posted by: WylieD | October 1, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

armagemoron, i dont believe a word you say, and like i said in my earlier post we cant verify your information so telling me that your IQ is 140 and that you are an engineer does not mean jack to me. I'm going to draw my conclusions from what you wrote. and you just sound like a moron, maybe we should have an asian president since they have a higher IQ than whites, oh but not all asians have high IQs so maybe we should just have an asian with a high IQ. think about it if your stats was that the highest IQ for blacks was 100 then we could work with that, but idiots like you take the average and do not mention that alot of blacks fall well above this average or alot of asians fall well below. And why chose the IQ of blacks when talking about obama, he is part white, or maybe you should use the IQ of harvard grads, or law professors, or ppl who have two kids, or ppl were in the senate (all these apply to obama but by choosing his race you show that you are an idiot wanna be engineer)
I hope you didnt vote for bush cause if you do then your IQ criteria goes out the window. And i will bet obama has a higher IQ than mccain.

Posted by: Politriks | October 1, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse


There has been a stream of reports that school teachers unconsciously treat boys differently from girls and black students differently from white.

So maybe it's not enough for journalists, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic, to assure us they report without bias.


Posted by: WylieD | October 1, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I didn't like it a bit when Ken Bode was unceremoniously dumped by the Producer of Washington Week in review, with Gwen Ifill as the replacement. It was touted as a measure to juice up the show.

But that is not gwen Ifill's fault. I haven't been watching the show as much as I used to, but she is a competent person. If she wrote a book on up and coming black politicians, so what? Unless she comes across as blatantly pro-Obama in the book, or she has said so on her book tour, she cannot be considered partisan in her outlook, just on the basis of writing a book about black politicians.

Even if she generally supports Obama, I am sure she can put that notion aside and be fair and objective in her psition as moderator.

Posted by: pKrishna43 | October 1, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

OMG - it's already starting. The Republicans will stop at nothing to gain their advantage, especially when all the facts are against them! Going so far as to tarnish the reputation of a respected journalist, who so far as I know, has never showed bias toward one party or the other - except for the fact that she is black and is presumed to favor Sen Obama.

First, no one except the bi-partisan debate commisioners have a right to change moderators for the Biden-Palin debate, or the next two presidential debates.

Second, Gwen Ifill was vetted for the job. Her public records show that she is an unbiased, intelligent, fair-minded interrogator; thus she was chosen to moderate this one.

Third, as a black journalist, she wrote a book on black politics in this modern age. There normally would be no outcry regarding this, but the desperation of the McCain campaign and their cohorts have decided to make a fuss - first to take the heat off Palin, second to discredit Ifill, if she should dare to be "unfair" to their candidate, and third to make Gwen soft-pedal her questions. (Gwen - if you do, I'll be very disappointed in you!)

It is apparent to me that the Republican Attack Machine is hard at work doing their darnest to discredit the other party. But the hard truth of the matter is that they have a tin ear where the sentiments of the electorate lie these days. The voters don't want to hear the noise and the dirty tricks - so far most of it coming from the GOP.

Posted by: jbleenyc | October 1, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse


Studies show that more than 80% of journalists identify themselves as Democrats. They assure us that they report the news impartially.

These same folks believe it is important to have an ethnically and culturally diverse newsroom in order to provide a broad perspective.

They're journalists, so I guess it's true.


Posted by: WylieD | October 1, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Ifill claims that the publisher, not her, set Inauguration Day as the release date for her pro-Obama book. I ask: so?

C'mon, Ifill. Are you also going to tell me you believe the sales (and your royalties) from the book will be the same, regardless of whether Barack is elected or not?

It doesn't matter how unbiased you think you are, the appearance of impropriety is undeniable.

I just have to wonder, if the editor of the National Review was the moderator, and had a glowing bio of McCain's military years set for release in January, would these same Obama-honks be as unquestionably accepting of his "journalistic integrity" in moderating the debate?

That's what I thought...

Posted by: dbw1 | October 1, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill is one of those media elites who are so afraid of being branded liberal media that they bend over backward for the right wing at the best of times. Now with this outbreak of accusations, the McCain people made sure that she's so intimidated she'll moderate in favor of Palin no matter what happens. A shrewd bit of manipulation, although despicable. Rove is chuckling contentedly and rubbing his hands together.

Posted by: nicekid | October 1, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Ifill is using the red herring of race to distract from the real issue. Would a white reporter who was writing a book about McCain or Palin be selected as moderator of a debate involving either of them? The answer is, as it should be, "no".

Posted by: teri_ten | October 1, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

This woman has a vested financial interest in Obama. She will get about 15 perecent of the profits off ehr book if Obama wins... possibly up to 1 million dollars. She SHOULD NOT be the mederator period !!!!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | October 1, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I find is a particularly specious argument that Gwen Ifill is not and cannot be a fair and impartial journalist. I would expect that most journalists do indeed have a particular point of view. However, there is nothting in her background as a journalist which suggests she cannot and will not be fair and impartial. Further, the inherent assumption is that because she is writing a book about Black politicians in the post civil rights era necessarily agrees with Barack Obama. That is naaive. I would end with one example of a journalist who had decidely specific views and even worked as a staff member for one most liberal (whatever that means) politicians ever: Tip O'Neil. That journalist was the late Tim Russert. Mr. Russert worked was almost universally recognized as a fair and balanced journalist. The focus should and must be on Sarah Palin and Joe Biden and their preparedness to step in an be President if the President should not be able to complete his term of office.

Posted by: EIB216 | October 1, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The issue isn't whether a black reporter can cover a black candidate objectively but whether someone who has a financial interest in the outcome of the election is an appropriate choice to moderate a debate. Nice attempt at spin, moron.

Posted by: fsdsjl | October 1, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

sls213:
"....we can 't possibly be that naieve as an electorate."

Seeing as how you are gleefully backing the most unqualified candidate for PRESIDENT that we have ever had on a major party ticket, I don't think it's possible to under-estimate your naivety....

Posted by: dbw1 | October 1, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

"omg. armegedeon. racism is alive and well. and why shouldn't blacks or asians be angry with scum like you in society. sounds like you're the one who needs anger managment. and what is your IQ, with views like that? Can't be too high.

Posted by: waterfairee | October 1, 2008 "

Thank you "waterfairee". I'll answer your questions:
My IQ is 140+. I am 60+, a semi retired consulting oilfield engineer, with 35 years of experiece, both living and working worldwide. I have workrd with, and lived amongst all of the "major" ethnic, racial and religious groups on earth. I have friends amongst all. I was maried to an Asian, and have raised adopted children of several races. I have sponsored over a dozen children, and in a couple of cases their families in both Africa and Asia. If you are looking for someone with an IQ that is "not too high", I'd like to suggest a mirror. Your "handle" is undoubtadly appropriate. If you are looking for more people in your IQ class, I suggest you converse with the majority of your fellow bloggers here. Try the NY Times and CNN. You'll feel equally at home there. I have not just seen, but felt racism more often than you. Try being Korean in Japan. Philipino in Saudi. Or white anywhere non white these days. Any predjucices I may now have, I have acquired through experience. AND I DO NOT LET THEM CONTROL ME. Pointing out that 95% (to 3% for McCain) is racism, pure and simple, is NOT a racist statement, it is sadly a statement of fact. Pointing out IQ, and educational standards of a group of people who are voting along racial lines (and who may decide a presidential election) is not racism - it is a statement of fact (go GOOGLE IQ and race). I do not point out these facts with any sense of satisfaction. But to hide from the truth is to just quantify yourself as storks, only with your heads in a decidedly more unpleasant place than in sand.
And as for anger. You bet I am angry. There are qualified, intelligent candidates out there of all racial backgrouds that would earn my respect and vote. BO is NOT ONE OF THEM - and NOT because he is BLACK. But because he is a phoney - a con man who has spent his entire life self promoting himself. He has NO interset at all in America or the American people. His white house run is driven by EGO. He prevaricates, tries to cover both sides of all contentious issues, gets his "insider" pollsters and advisers to put together an election straegy and then goes out and pretends that was his stance all along. And constantly misrepresents the positions of others, and accuses them of being negative when they respond. And he is using blacks and those who are desperate, and the young (when I was young, I thought I had all the answers too - I WAS WRONG), and not for the betterment of society, but to feed his own worthless ego.
He is using people like you,and Klissa77, and politriks - because he knows you can be easily conned, and are either afraid or unable to deal with the truth.

You don't like the truth - well you are blogging the right place.
"Lend them books, and lend them books, and all they do is eat the covers off them" Bon appetite!

Posted by: armagedon | October 1, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

And while we are on the topic of race what if obama closed every public appearance with "i am black" the same way mccain talks about his POw experience. The guy even brought up his POW experience when asked to clarify his statement about how many houses he owns. If obama used his race like that there would be a big issue in the campaign.
The fact is most blacks vote democratic anyway so being a black candidate does not help obama. I wonder if clinton had won and not pick obama for vp if mccain would have found a black guy to run as his vp. And lets just say that black guy was as dumb as palin appears to be, would he be treated the same way. What if he had a daughter pregnant at 17, wouldnt there be some baby mama jokes out there.

Posted by: Politriks | October 1, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

sls213:

By "lowest common denominator", I can only assume you are referring to Barack Obama, the most unqualified candidate for PRESIDENT....ever.

Posted by: dbw1 | October 1, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Kurtz, let's say you've figured out how to embezzle seven figures from the Post. Is it any less of a crime because you told your friends you're doing it?

Since when are we supposed to assume that the whole concept of 'journalistic ethics' is such a bare fig-leaf that no journalist should be expected to identify and be responsible for their own conflicts of interest?

Posted by: mrkwong | October 1, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Nice move, but very sleazy! (I'm not surprised!) Wait until the day before the debate, and then question the impartiality of the debate moderator. That way she has to go so out of her way to appear unbiased that she cannot effectively do her job. That way Palin either gets thrown only softballs, or she screams bias! Win-win.

Posted by: JimZ1 | October 1, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

maat523:

That's exactly the point, genius. What's the difference between having an avowed Obama supporter like Ifill 'moderate' the debate, vs an avowed McCain supporter like Hannity?

I know this is a hard concept for you liberals to understand, but 'unbiased' doesn't mean "agree with liberals all the time". It means: ask the same questions with the same tenacity to both candidates, and report their answers without left-leaning spin.

It's really not that hard to get your head around.

Posted by: dbw1 | October 1, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The neos have found another issue to muddie the debate stream tomorrow evening, attack the moderator. This is rich. If Palin manages to stand and not say anything too stupid she will have exceeded the grandest expectations of about 26% of Americans who will vote for this flawed twosome irregardless of her mediocrity and his hypocrisy in choosing her as his running mate. He proved his character and depth of thinking with this sad choice, shame on Mr. McCain. The republican party has dumbed down this campaign to the lowest common denominator and actually believe that it can prevail. No way, we can 't possibly be that naieve as an electorate.

Posted by: sls213 | October 1, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

WaPo and most of its readers are so much within the beltway that it is impossible to even discuss the nature of bias. It permeates almost every major publication, led by WaPo and the Gray Lady. So let's cut to the quick: Gwen Ifill should have avoided the perception of bias by either not publishing her book so soon after the race, or by declining the invitation to be the debate's host. Pure and simple, that's it.

Posted by: sagereader | October 1, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

To pretend that Gwen Ifill somehow will negatively affect Palins debate results are just plain sick. Perhaps conservatives would like to have Sean Hanity of FIXED fox news should moderate the debate.

Posted by: maat523 | October 1, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Just like every Campaign when the Repig's fall behind. There Slime machine of Hate, Fear, divisiveness,take over and then after they think you are softened up they bring out the big Artillary of the NRA. Don't be fooled this time America. Even you Morons that voted for Bush a second time.

Posted by: orionexpress | October 1, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

brewstercounty, you sound like Bill Clinton. Give it up, already, and move on! This election is not about Hill/Bill. It's still the economy, or have you not noticed?

Posted by: meldupree | October 1, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Armagedon - So, let me get this straight - It is OK for white people just to vote for people because they are white...but if a black person votes for a black person it is only because they are black??? What planet do you live on?
I am white. I plan to vote for Barak Obama because he more clearly represents the values that I think are good for America. Did you know that quite a good number of African Americans are now quite educated. It is true. They have college educations, master degrees and PHDs. They are Drs and lawyers and scientists. They, like you are free to vote for whomever they please - and for whatever reasons they wish to. Just as you are free to vote a straight Republican ticket they can vote Democratic or even Independent or Republican. You are one of the most intolerant persons I have ever heard from; but you are entitled to your views - however nasty they are. Just be careful that you don't fall off that cloud - it's a long drop.

Posted by: gjkbear | October 1, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

wow,is there nothing that republicans wont whine about in this election? the way the media treats poor sarah...the gotcha questions and now complaining that respected journalist for PBS would asked really really biased questions in a VP debate. so sad. i though liberals were the bedwetters...repubs called gore a sore loser and a whiner when he challenged the florida count in 2000, but who are the whiners and (no doubt) the sore losers gonna be this time...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 1, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

In all honesty, I am one of those nerds that has watched Gwen over the years on PBS news hour.

Don't say it too loud, but PBS is one of the few places you can get the news and thats it, no commentary no opinion, JUST the facts.

That is how I like it.

That she wrote a book about the next generation of blacks in politics is, well, interesting but not something I am gonna run to Barnes and Noble to pick up.

Isn't it odd that Barrack Obama has become the new Harold Ford. I just KNEW Ford was destined for greatness.

OHHHH. the GOP misled the Tenn. voters with that sleazy ad about with that white hooker. I tell you, there is NOTHING religious about the Right.

If there was ever a case for abortion those in that party are IT.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 1, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Conservative talk show hosts and TV hosts are never fair, why do they care about Ifil. This is a silly controversy.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 1, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse


Yeah... rumor has it that Ifill plans on asking Palin QUESTIONS... even ones that Palin doesn't know in advance! It's also suspected that Ifill has long planed on going so far as to ask FOLLOW UP questions! -GASP!-

Ifill is a professional. I've watched her PBS show for years. If you didn't know Ifill was black I GUARANTEE you would assume she was a moderate Republican and a McCain supporter. (Which she may actually be!) As a liberal to moderate Dem I have had issues with her siding with Republicans on many occasions.

If Ifill IS for Obama, she is fully aware that showing any bias against Palin would hurt her cause by giving Palin an excuse for what is likely to be one heck of a lame performance. (Palin may even treat us to her la la land of magical thinking and free association if she runs out of her rigidly memorized talking points or forgets where she is on the increasingly convoluted, yet somehow vague, McCain campaign script.)

This Kurtz piece is participation in the "lower the expectations" and "blame the questioner" blitz from the increasingly desperate McCain supporters.

Posted by: pclement1 | October 1, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

"The book has been out there" Please !!! How big is Ifill's following ? She is not in my top THIRTY journalists. The fact that the McCain Camp was not informed about her book tells it all What would Democrats say if Sean Hannity would have been picked as moderator? They would have been screaming on every TV channel as they are wont to do.
I think we need to get more information on theCommission for Presidential debates. I want to know who is on it & what are their
tendencies. The only one I am familiar with
is Caroline Kennedy.

Posted by: blakely1 | October 1, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

The more we see of John McCain the more we can see what a twisted individual he is. A real sneak for sure. Usually just what the Republicans want.

Posted by: orionexpress | October 1, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

It is totally unethical for her to moderate this debate. She has a very vested interest in the ultimate outcome of it. If she continues no matter how well she handles it there will always be the question. I quess again money wins out over ethics. Any ehtics undergraduate course would tell you this. Wi lose or drawn she is giving up respect and ethics for money

Posted by: ntepp | October 1, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants:

The appropriate response should be:

"The republicans know damn well that gwen isn't biased. They floated that latest lie in order to get her to back off any possibly damaging questions, for fear of sounding "pro-obama".

WHY DOESN'T EVERYONE ELSE SEE THIS? WHY DO WE TALK LIKE THE 'UGLICANS MAKE SERIOUS CHARGES? TO THEM, IT'S ALL A MANIPULATIVE SHOW.
--------------------------------------------

Some people understand that very well, hopefully.
Americans are not so dumm!

It can never be their fault (Reps), right? NEVER.

True leaders know how to take responsibilities!!

Just wait and see what she has to offer to lead the country out of its multiple pitfalls: economic meltdown, Iraq war.

It will take solid professionals to do that. people, whatever their affiliations, know that.

Posted by: think-of-it | October 1, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

oh, btw armegedon; obama's dealings w rezko were long before there were any shady dealings.
but if you insist on mentioning that, might i remind you of the Keating 5 and ole Johnny boy? Or what of the fact, FACT that johny had several affairs, including some with subbordinates (need to mention that just in case you likely rallied against bill having a cigar thing w a subordinate) and started dating Cindy, his now wifey, while he still had another wifey. The reason some of his children from his first marraige didn't attend the wedding was that they were not accepting of their new mummy who cheated w their daddy behind their mother's back. oh, and he cheated because she was no longer the beautiful model, she was in a auto accident and was disabled. why stay w her when you can have a young 25y/o w a rich daddy who will launch you into a senate career. yeah, johnny's got character i tell ya. he's a real character. Or lets discuss his treatement of the families of fellow pows and Mias who were left behind in viet nam after he got to go home. they wanted to find their family members who had signaled that they were ready to be picked up. He petitioned to cut the funding to do so and they were left behind enemy lines. look it up. its on federal public record. enough about palin, this guy is a slimeball creep. nice legacy for a president we can teach all the kiddies about how to live life to get to the greatest office on earth.

Posted by: waterfairee | October 1, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't have a problem with it, why would anyone else. He's the candidate, after all.

Posted by: timleary_20016 | October 1, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Yep, that unabashed racist Robert Mugabe, got rid of all those white farmers, and what a success Zimbabwe has been ever since. Yes, those nasty whites and their racism, but tibalism and class stratification in Asian and Indian cultures, well, dat be fine.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | October 1, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Let Bill Mayer moderate the debate.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 1, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Gee.
I hope Gwen asks some good questions, questions that allow the debater to display his or her knowledge, plans, competency. I hope she controls the debate as to time and responsiveness.
She might ask: is the american health system good or bad? and why.
Do you approve of the current tax structure or not, and why
What do you believe to be a reasonable and achievable energy goal?
Palin? it may be that after 8 years of Bush, Palin would be fine. This country wanted Bush twice, and they might want McCain and Palin.
But in these same 8 years, the United States has fallen badly in the ranks of developed nations, and these other nations have taken note. If you liked the direction this country had gone and is going, then Palin might be just right. Really. If this stuff is OK,then sure: McCain/Palin.
She's not my candidate, but she might be yours.
Personally, I think McCain/Palin would be a disaster. But then I think that Bush/Cheney is a disaster. A real one with real consequences, and lots of dead people.
But everybody gets to vote. It's a free country. The country will be no brighter or better than its people.

Posted by: gberke | October 1, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

But she is not interviewing Obama nor are either of the persons she is interviewing black... This is a non issue. She is very qualified and she does quite nicely on the News Hour. I have never seen her be mean or nasty nor have I seen her be unfair. PBS is actually The Fair & Balanced Network.... She will do fine. If Ms Palin can not hold her own in a debate - then how can she hit the ground running or be a good VP candidate. Just because she is a woman; if we set the bar low for her or beause we try to be not mean - how does that qualify her? I can guarantee that no other dignitary from a foreign country is going to treat her any differently than anyone else. If she can not handle the heat - perhaps she should have just said "Thanks but no thanks" to the VP nod too.

Posted by: gjkbear | October 1, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

or we could have MR MOOSE do the interview...

todd; senator biden, do you know where sarah likes to kiss me?

biden; no, i do not.

todd; dear? do you know where you like to kiss me?

sarah; i sure do sweetums! *whisper*whisper*whisper*

todd; correct! that's one point for sarah!

sarah; i'm awesome!

todd; you sure are honey! now, senator biden.. how do you prepare my breakfast?

biden; i have no clue even what you eat.

todd; it figures. snookums? how do you fix my breakfast?

sarah; first of all.. i make you moose bacon.. then moose sausage.. and then moose cheese in your moose breakfast stew!

todd; CORRECTAMOONDO! that's 2 points for snuggle bunnies!

biden; ummm... mister moose? do you think maybe you could ask a question that is related to foreign policy or national security?

todd; why certainly! senator biden, do you know where i keep my clean national security socks?

biden; ummm.. in a drawer?

todd; WRONG! honey buns? do you know?

sarah; you keep them in the..... FREEZER!!!

todd; YES!!!! well.. it looks like governor palin clearly won this debate. i'm actually quite surprised at your performance senator biden. you should have rehearsed better.

biden; i know. you asked such tough questions though.. but i can't blame anyone but myself. and now i feel so ashamed...

todd; live and learn.. live and learn...

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | October 1, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Howard, Howard, stop making excuses for Gwen Ifill. She should not have agreed to moderate the VP debate because she has a clear financial stake in an Obama victory. Don't conflicts of interest matter anymore? Or is it just Wall St. and GOP conflicts of interest that we should care about?

Posted by: rwe123 | October 1, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse


or we could have MR MOOSE do the interview...

todd; senator biden, do you know where sarah likes to kiss me?

biden; no, i don't think so.

todd; dear? do you know where you like to kiss me?

sarah; i sure do sweetums! *whisper*whisper*whisper*

todd; correct! that's one point for sarah!

sarah; i'm awesome!

todd; you sure are honey! now, senator biden.. how do you prepare my breakfast?

biden; i have no clue what you even eat.

todd; it figurs. snookums? how do you fix my breakfast?

sarah; first of all.. i make you moose bacon.. then moose sausage.. and then moose cheese in your moose breakfast stew!

todd; CORRECTAMOODO! that's 2 points for snuggle bunnies!

biden; ummm... mister moose? do you think maybe you could ask a question that is related to forign policy or national security?

todd; certainly! senator biden, do you know where i keep my clean socks?

biden; ummm.. in a drawer?

todd; WRONG! honey buns? do you know?

sarah; you keep them in the..... FREEZER!!!

todd; YES! YES! YES! well.. it looks like governor palin clearly won this debate. i'm actually quite surprised at your performance senator biden. you should have rehearsed better.

biden; dang. you asked such tough questions though.. but i can't blame anyone buy myself. i feel so ashamed.

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | October 1, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Ifil is probably no worse than any other supposed "journalists" in the "liberal" press(an expression I poo-poo ed until this election).. Want truly informative debates - get rid of the moderator (except to keep order and civility) In the presidential debate the moderator failed miserably. He tolerated Obamma showing his ignorance (by calling Senator McCain John, with that smug egotistical mindless smirk on his face, and constantly interrupting). Only the morons who read and blog papers like this piece of trash and the NY Times would be intellectually handicapped enough to find that acceptable. Bush was disliked internationally for his apparent arrogance in adressing foreign leaders. Obammas little press junket to Iraq has already set the tone of hatred and distrust amongst Americas remaining allies.
Obama refused to debate Clinton one on one with no moderator because he is a coward. He would do the same with McCain. Trouble being McCain is a gentleman and diplomat and knowledgeable in his own fight. Take away Obammas "washington insider - to a man - advisers and you have the proverbial cowboy hat - just worthless hot air.
Ifil should recuse herself.She is biased, and sadly she is racist (I doubt she even sees that - but she is). Biden is a man of limited intellect, but I believe a decent man who genuinly wants the best for America and Americans. 35 years of experience (more like 1 year 35 times). Palin is a lady with no Washington experience (remember the "messiahs trashing Clinton because she was a Washington insider - corrupted by Washington politics). She is very intelligent and astute. She has more actual experience i running things, and bucking the system (singlehandedly) than B(Robin Hood) Hussein O, and Biden combined by a factor of hundreds. I guartee you BO couldn't run his own bathhwater without help. Perhaps he will give his financial and real estate adviser Tony Revko a pardon so he can do it. Or his terrorism advisor (can't beat first hand experience) Rich Ayers. Or his spiritual adviser and race relations expert Rev Wright. Ifel. Recuse yourself.

Posted by: armagedon | October 1, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

omg. armegedeon. racism is alive and well. and why shouldn't blacks or asians be angry with scum like you in society. sounds like you're the one who needs anger managment. and what is your IQ, with views like that? Can't be too high.

Posted by: waterfairee | October 1, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm disgusted by "armagedon's" post. I fear this ignorance is widespread, and will unfortunately be the downfall of this country. It's simply backwards-looking, unwillingness to face a changing world. As much as armagedon wishes the 14th amendment did not exist, thank god we now have case law to ensure that all citizens have equal rights - human rights. One piece of advice: please learn how to spell and write complete sentences before you decide to rant about others' lack of education and intelligence. From your words you reveal an illogical, biased, and angry person. Personally, I'm glad Gwen Ifil was chosen to moderate Thursday's debate; she is an engaging and balanced journalist. My advice to you armagedon: get a life, pick up a book on American constitutional history, and stop blaming others for your worries about where we are as a country. The last time I checked, our so-called "underdevelopment" has everything to do with the short-sighted policies of the last eight years.

Posted by: klisa77 | October 1, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

armagemoron, maybe you should dust off that white sheet and start burning crosses again. I think george bush has set the bar so low that you have no right to call any race a moron.

Posted by: Politriks | October 1, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"The book has been out there and discussed for months ...."

And the wing-nuts just got hysterical about this in the past two days - after McCain failed to slip into Palin's debate slot and bump the VP debate to an uncertain time in the future.

To me, it looks like the GOP knows Palin is going to look bad in the debate and their inoculating the rubes against this with these phony issues.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 1, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't see anyone complaining about Tom Brokaw...what's he been up to with McCain of late?

Posted by: MrSmith1 | October 1, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Rats, I was hoping it would have been Oprah as a moderator. What intrigues me about her, like Obama, is the nothingness, behind the "aura." Community organizers, unite!

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | October 1, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

to patrick10- pulleeeesssss!!!
maybe they're all "left leaning" as you claim, because they're out there, well informed, in the throes of the world and simply have open minds based on what they've seen around the planet and the access to facts and figures. Certainly alot better than the right wing radio show-sean hannity hate mongers who litterally make things up and repeat factless rhetoric, ignoring science and truth simply to maintain the perspective they wish was real. lalalalalalalalala i can't hear you lalalalalalalalala.
Wake up! Just because someone doesn't agree with what you want to believe doesn't make them left wing. Truth shouldn't be left wing. Truth is just truth.

And if there is an iota of substance to Palin, which I suspect there isn't, then she'll do just fine in the debate, and no matter what leaning any moderator may or may not have, she'd be able to stand on her own merit. If she sinks, she sinks because of HER.
And the reason she has such a high rating n AK, I suspect, is because its a very isolated populous, many of whom are, like her, right wing conservatives. Of Course she would be popular there in that crowd. I have to wonder how she would do in a mixed populous of moderates....of course you're the type that thinks moderates are left just because they're not right.

Posted by: waterfairee | October 1, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Gee Patrick, where were you "tught"? Did you make it to "gradution"? Will you ever "reoport" on this? Must have been home schooled, huh?
In journalism school, no one takes a left-wing oath. They are taught to look for the truth. In the case of the republicans and bush, truth hurts, doesn't it?

Posted by: mikel7 | October 1, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Drudge and the NeoNuts would only be ok with anyone if they were from Mars. These folks are squealing like little piggies about everything that moves...Wind blowing, seasons changing, clouds in the desert, Trumps wanting to do development somewhere...

What a hoot...oink...oink...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | October 1, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Howie. Go back to being an omsbudsman for your thoroughly discredited media elite bretheren. You make a lousy flack for them.

No, you didn't happen to mention such pertinent details as the book's title ("The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama"). Or the fact it is being released on INAUGURATION DAY! Or Ifill's puffy Cloud Nine profile on the Obama family. Or her gushy comments about her candidate in the Post interview. Or the fact Obama is carying the black vote 95-2% in the latest poll.

Obviously, Gwen I-Fill-the-Tank-for-Barack has a titanic conflict of interest, apart from her obvious bias: She'll look like an absolutely fool if Obama loses; her book sales will be down the tubes.

And this Obama shill not only gets to moderate, SHE GETS TO ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS!!!

Might as well have the whole thing run by Obama himself, just as he operates the elite media outlets.

We got an inkling of this when her partner Jim Lehrer took a debate that was supposed to be 100% about foreign policy (McCain's strong suit) and instead became 40% about the economy (a GOP nightmare).

Posted by: threedy | October 1, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Ifill: "No one's ever assumed a white reporter can't cover a white candidate."

Why'd she have to go and make it about race right off of the bat...as though now no one can say anything about the fact that she WROTE A BOOK about one of the folks running for president? She shouldn't be the moderator for race-bating; forget the book.

Posted by: bluntnhonest | October 1, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

armagedon, do you line the inside of your house with tin foil to prevent CIA thought control waves from penetrating your brain?

Don't you realize they shadow these websites?

You should be very scared and very concerned my friend. You maybe next.

Remember what Muldur said.

Posted by: patrick10 | October 1, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse


i suppose we could always let the moose lady ask herself her OWN questions..

but then.. the moose lady would still screw up.

sarah palin; sarah? what do you know about foreign policy?

sarah palin; i can see russia from... from.. i forget.

sarah palin; i see. next question. sarah? what do you know about the economy?

sarah palin; i uh.. ummm.. uhh... can i skip this question?

sarah palin; of course. sarah, have you ever been to iraq?

sarah palin; well.. uh... ummm.. i don't think so..

sarah palin; interesting. sarah, how about palestine? jerusalem? pakistan? china? japan? russia? england? spain? france?

sarah palin; no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no and no.

sarah palin; have you ever been anywhere?

sarah palin; i've been to the soapy suds car wash.

sarah palin; i don't think that counts.

sarah palin; ah darn.

sarah palin; do you know how to put on pantyhose?

sarah palin; YES!

sarah palin; very good. how about eye shadow?

sarah palin; YES!

sarah palin; do you have tits?

sarah palin; YES! and YES!

sarah palin; giggle giggle

sarah palin; well obama! it's looks like i'm the one with the answers tonight!

obama; it sure does. i better give up. i'm certainly no match for you!

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | October 1, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Who would the Republinazis prefer?

Bill O'Reilly?
Chris Wallace?

Posted by: kase | October 1, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Why is this even a question? She is black and an unabashed BHO supporter so we already know how she will behave if certain subtle points of order come to a decision by her.
Everybody understands that going in -- it reduces the credibility of the debate, but if McCain approved her then so can I.

Posted by: jimbob3 | October 1, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Pretty much all the mass media in in the tank for their darling empty suit Prince Obama. Look at the way they railroaded Hillary. She never caught a single break from the media.

Posted by: brewstercounty | October 1, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The issue here is that the repubicans are terrified that real questions will be asked of Palin, and Ifill won't just let her get away with stupid vapid answers. Repubicans want Sean Hannity or Anne Coulter to do the debate.

Posted by: swatkins1 | October 1, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Where in this world are your going to find a journalist who doesn't belong to the select left-leaning, celeb, liberal elite?

You aren't. They are all left wing sympathizers. When are you folks going to figure it out and even more quit whining about it.

They are tught in journalism school to tilt thir reporting to the left at every available opportunity. They take a secret sworn oath after gradution. They will never reoport this but it's understandable.

I thought ya'll new all this? For you Republican True Believers experiencing your first election you need to check with your mentors about this so you can respond accordingly in all these forums.

Yes, The press is all left winger's and report everything accordingly. It's just the way things are.

Posted by: patrick10 | October 1, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

To believe that Ifel is unbiased is to believe in the tooth fairy. Better yet it is to believe that blacks are voting their conscience and not just their race. 95% of blacks are voting for a black candidate (not along party lines - they voted the same way against a qualified white female candidate with the best minority rights credentials of anybody since MLK). Statistically remove the unquestionable RACIST block black vote and this election becomes a landslide for McCain. When the American people realise that that a racist group with an average IQ of 85 (vs 100 for whites, 106 for asians), with the lowest educational standards, the smallest brain sizes, the most violent, and the highest representation in the prison system by MILES, I doubt that they will be empowered. Obamma is a fraud, a phoney and a con man with a big mouth. He has done nothing except self promote his entire worthless life. He is a pathological, serial, compulsive liar and megalomaniac. The backlash against blacks at a civil and political level will be enormous. Black political representation will plummet to virtually nil.
Ifil is like every other black I have had dealings with. On this issue they spew hatred and bill. They actually cannot even recognize there own bigotry. Like Obamma they are too busy blaming everybody else for their problems.
Racism is alive woldwide but on the wain (slowly) Racism is the black American community is not just alive and simmering, it is endemic. And sadly Ifil is black. And biased.
It is sad to read the trash in this once decent newspaper. You now appeal to the lowest common denominator in society. The loosers. The garbage and trash that think the world owes them something. An Obamma presidency would lead to the US becoming the worlds first "undeveloping" country.I wouldn't care except you will endanger my life as well as your own. Morons!!!!

Posted by: armagedon | October 1, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Iffil should excuse herself from monitoring the debate. She can never be able to be impartial because she is partial already - She supports Obama and thinks he will be elected and become the next president.

If she denies her political preference, then she is nothing more than a liar.

Posted by: gwshening | October 1, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

If McShame were to put country first, he would stop campaigning and contribute the cash towards the bailout. We all know he will lose.

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | October 1, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The headline is misleading. It isn't Ifill's book that is raising the controversy, rather it is some right-wing commentators who are claiming that a person who is working on a book about black political figures can't be impartial in moderating the VP debate. Whose bias is showing?? Not Ifill's. It's the chattering conservative commentators and their slimy allies in the mainstream media who are "drudging" up this silly objection to the role of a distinguished television reporter.

This is more of the "we can't expose Palin to the media because they're not fair." Well, forget it. If you want to run for VP and be a heartbeat away from the presidency, then you need to stand up under the scrutiny like all the other candidates, McCain, Obama, and Biden. If Palin can't stand the heat, tell her to get out of the kitchen.

Posted by: Bob22003 | October 1, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This is a clear case of trying to "work the refs."

Come on, McCain's campaign agreed to Ifill as a moderator a *long time ago.* She was more than fair during the '04 VP debate--which, I hate to admit, Cheney won.
And Palin will have just as many chances to show she knows the answers to questions as Biden will.

Obama's toughest interview to date has been with Ifill because she wouldn't let him out of answering the questions, and she wouldn't put up with jokes from him. She's highly respected in her field.

McCain's campaign agreed to the rules, now they want to change them. That's fine. Why not just announce that you're suspending your campaign and no one from it will be at the debate--oh, yeah...already tried that.

Posted by: tellthetruth01 | October 1, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

You know what. Let Sean Hannity moderate. Let Laura Ingraham. Let freaking Rush Limbaugh moderate. It doesn't matter. Sarah Palin is not going to say anything other than the memorized sound bytes from her campaign handlers. She will attack Obama and Biden relentlessly, without giving any specific answers to questions.

It would actually be in the Democrat's best interest to have a conservative moderator, because then there can be no right-wing whining about "gotcha journalism". (aka asking a question to someone who could be the president of our country.)

Posted by: byrdland49 | October 1, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Sen McCain says that Ms Ifill will be professional but his campaign is "whining" that she may not be fair. Sen Obama has not whined about the unfairness of Sen McCain's campaign. Even Sen Obama's children know that people shouldn't whine. I guess Gramm was correct, we are a nation of whiners.

Posted by: papaedde | October 1, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain & Palin........
Incontinent & Incompetent

Obama vs. McCain
YouTube vs. Feeding Tube

Obama vs.McCain
Roosevelt vs. Hoover

Posted by: logcabin1836 | October 1, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

orionexpress:

you're right, all the polls are way up for Obama for a simple reason. McCain and Palin represent not change, but a continuation of Bush's policies across the board. With a 70% disapproval rating, Bush is likely to drag his party down with him come November. This whole non-issue with Ifil writing a book about blacks in politics is just that, not an important issue. It's just chaff thrown up into the air by the republicans to divert our attention.

Posted by: birdaa | October 1, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter who the moderator is, the right wingers will cry foul. That's what they always do. It amazes me how they play the victim card when in fact they're usually the bully on the playground. Palin is a total joke, so they're looking for every possible excuse to project blame somewhere else.

Posted by: ggwalt123 | October 1, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

maybe palin should NOT SHOW UP..

just like senile mccain wasn't going to show up at the presidential debate

then biden can have 90 minutes with gwen ifill for a nationally televised INTERVIEW...

i have no problem with that.

besides.. there's an old saying you say to a bonehead like palin. "if you keep your mouth shut.. people will THINK you are a moron.. but if you OPEN it.. they will KNOW you are.

so go ahead and stay home palin.. that way, you'll have better ratings in the morning!

LOL

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | October 1, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't really matter how Sarah Palin performs at tomorrow nights debate. It's over for McCain & Palin! Politico.com electoral count is Obama 353 / McCain 185....a projected landslide for Obama. CBS Poll...Obama 50% / McCain 41%....Gallup Poll...Obama 49% / McCain 44%...Florida/Michigan, Ohio ....all swinging towards Obama by 2-5% points! Does it really matter about Gwen Ifill's book?.......nope!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | October 1, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

That Malkin and Drudge want to play the race card is kind of pathetic and sad, but, Malkin and Drudge are both kind of pathetic and sad. This is an attempt of a preemptive strike, so, if Palin continues to look as if she is largely clueless when it comes to the real world, the Republocult can blame the moderator for asking all those "bad" questions.

Posted by: rkerg | October 1, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

The following comment is so good that I would like to simply quote it rather than write something myself:

"Imagine that. An articulate, gifted African-American newswoman writing something articulate and coherent about an African-American politician.

Why, there must be something racist somewhere in this development, right? Maybe we have some sort of African-American conspiracy here, huh?

Give it a break!

You reactionary nutjobs will stoop to any ploy you think will mitigate the terrifying ineptitude of your candidates, including disparaging, 11th-hour comments about one of the truly great journalists of our time from a dud like Drudge and his desperate McCain groupies.

But you can't hide your oozing racism. The stench of it fouls everything.

Nor can you change Thursday's reality: Palin is a moron right out of the script of the 1970s sitcom "Laverne and Shirley."

She is fully unfit to hold any national office. Ever. By Friday, most everyone will agree.?

Posted by: loulor | October 1, 2008 7:11 PM"

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | October 1, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Where is McCain? Oh, he parachuted in late again and is still working on his floor speech.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 1, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse


heaven forbid that PBS moderators conduct the debate...

QUICK! does anyone have sean hannity's phone number???

oh wait! we can see if anne coulter can fill in!!!

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | October 1, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Imagine that. An articulate, gifted African-American newswoman writing something articulate and coherent about an African-American politician.

Why, there must be something racist somewhere in this development, right? Maybe we have some sort of African-American conspiracy here, huh?

Give it a break!

You reactionary nutjobs will stoop to any ploy you think will mitigate the terrifying ineptitude of your candidates, including disparaging, 11th-hour comments about one of the truly great journalists of our time from a dud like Drudge and his desperate McCain groupies.

But you can't hide your oozing racism. The stench of it fouls everything.

Nor can you change Thursday's reality: Palin is a moron right out of the script of the 1970s sitcom "Laverne and Shirley."

She is fully unfit to hold any national office. Ever. By Friday, most everyone will agree.

Posted by: loulor | October 1, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

The repugnants have hit rock bottom on this one. Sliding in the polls, McSame a disaster on the economy, suspending his campaign blows up in his face, and his judgment on display big-time with the Palin pick. Their entire campaign is a mess, so as usual we have the latest stunt to distract the voters. Won't work this time. America has had it with these clowns who have run our country into a ditch by any measure.

Posted by: Pearl77 | October 1, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Why is this important and what is the story here?
It is not important because "conservative" whatever they are will attack anything that appears to promote anything they disagree with and that doesn't forward their particular brand of destructive opinionating.
The story here is that conservatives are at a loss for content because all they can do is create artificial turmoil and get the "Howard Kurtz'" of the world content.

As for Gwen Ifill, she is an excellent, impartial journalist who is a breath of fresh air. We need more like her. She should not step down from this because conservative web columnists think she should. There is nothing improper so they should stop. Smells like a Rove-work to me.

Howard: Why do you print this drivel? Perhaps you can get a job in the "new" economy.


Brian, San Francis

Posted by: knowone1 | October 1, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Judges don't always recuse themselves. Scalia had two sons working for the law firm representing Bush and O'Connor made comments about not being able to resign if Gore got elected. And she's not a judge in this debate. The American people are. There is an argument that if she doesn't she becomes part of the debate or it is distracted and distorted by her alleged bias. The same argument was made about George Stephanopoulos co-moderating the debate betweeen Hillary and Obama based on his past service to the Bill Clinton campaign and administration.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | October 1, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

The repubs show themselves again to be vicious racists and willing to manipulate the 'race card' at will, and will stop at nothing to gain advantage. They knew about Ifill's book all along and agreed to her. They wait until just before the debate to get this word out to create suspicion and uncertainty about the debate, taking the heat off Palin. This is also why they (pretended to) to postpone the debate last week, to throw up a cloud of confusion and pessimism. Last week that turned out not to be necessary--the debate wasn't that useful because both candidates were off pace in the midst of the financial crisis. This is classic Rovian tactics--to churn up the political atmosphere as much as possible and get their lies out there on equal footing with any other 'news' of the moment. We're all screwed. McCain wins, Wall Street wins, and you and I Mr and Ms Average Citizen slog along losing a job here, a house there and wondering if we'll work til we die. Enjoy it you racist bastids; I hope you lose your house first.

Posted by: albanyCA | October 1, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"Double hitch knot works wonders on a hand made noose
String the btch up
Chevy
Posted by: wwwwwwwwwwwwww91 | October 1, 2008 6:26 PM "

Ahhh..the racist vote alive and well in the USA. Don't forget to remove your white pointy hood as you walk into the voting booth.

Posted by: DC_Native_Guy | October 1, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

The 622 pm poster is right. What is bizarre about this column is that Ifill has survived a Bush-era Washington Week by being a milktoast who's been remarkable only for her unwillingness to go after the GOP. Which, for an African American, dumbfounds me. The GOP has done amazing harm to black Americans -- especially ones who get paid less than Ifill.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 1, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Why not Roger Ailes, a man of fairness and balance who'd make sure the right candidate wins the debate and the right one loses, a balance he's achieved without fail at Faux News?

Posted by: tontosage | October 1, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Gwen like Rice don't need anybody to vouch for them. They are capable women and better than most.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 1, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

All and I mean ALL POLL numbers are showing a big rise and climbing fast for Obama. This is making the Repuke go crazy. You can read their comments and see that they are foaming at the mouth , frothing with racial bias, and smearing a very fair Black lady named Gwen Ifill. Throw every Repig out of the White House and Congrss and Senate. Hello President Obama , Sir.

Posted by: orionexpress | October 1, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

The appropriate response should be:

"The republicans know damn well that gwen isn't biased. They floated that latest lie in order to get her to back off any possibly damaging questions, for fear of sounding "pro-obama".

WHY DOESN'T EVERYONE ELSE SEE THIS? WHY DO WE TALK LIKE THE 'UGLICANS MAKE SERIOUS CHARGES? TO THEM, IT'S ALL A MANIPULATIVE SHOW.

ONLY HOWARD DEAN KNOWS HOW TO DEAL WITH THE EVIL BASTARÐS.

-- faye kane, homeless brain
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at http://blog.myspace.com/fayekane

Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants | October 1, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

If you do not promote War, KIlling of innocent children in a foreign land,Making the Rich even Richer, Smear anyone who disagrees, promote the agenda of Hate toward Gay's, Blacks, Latinos you are a Liberal, according to the Repig's , You are automatically a Lib if you disagree with anything they say. Just watch Hannity, Oreilly, Limbaugh , Larson, Choulter, Ingraham and you will puke , unless you think for yourself/
.

Posted by: orionexpress | October 1, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Ifill will request the Obama's Singing Children perform before and after the debate.

Posted by: JAH3 | October 1, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin is turning out to be a whiner. The press still hasn't properly vetted her. Now Daddy McCain is answering questions for her.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 1, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I watch Gwen every day and I can say She and all her colleagues , namely, Judy, Margret, Ray, Kwame, Jim all are great people. PBS is the only station which is free from Bias or sleazy journalism.

I think she will do great in debate...

Posted by: smart_sha | October 1, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

What? Governor Stupid worried she'll say something, well, stupid?

Posted by: upland_bill | October 1, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I love that this fury and character assasination of Ifill is coming out today. Ifill is going to do her normal good job and make you all look like idiots who fear Uppity Moderators.

You should have waited for Friday, so you could help recuperate Palin by slagging off Ifill, with her book as proof. As it is, Palin will crater and that will be the only story Friday. Oh well.

Posted by: wharwood | October 1, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

As usual the Repiglican Slime is trying to take over. They want to smear Ifill or any one that is not from Fixed News. They want a Moron like Hannity or O'Reilly to moderate. Fair and Unbalanced as usual. In other words expect them to walk out tomorrow with their lopsided Football so she doesn't have to show how stupid she is.

Posted by: orionexpress | October 1, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

"BTW private polls have McCain ahead by 15 to 20 points
Chevy"

It's sad when they can't come to grips with reality. So sad.

Posted by: DC_Native_Guy | October 1, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President Obama , take the Chair and clean up this Holocaust of America that the Nazi Repub's have done to our beautiful country.

Posted by: orionexpress | October 1, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"BTW private polls have McCain ahead by 15 to 20 points

Chevy

Posted by: wwwwwwwwwwwwww91 | October 1, 2008 6:38 PM"


Hmmm, Chevy, you haven't been hearing voices lately, have you?

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | October 1, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The real question:

Where in this world are your going to find a journalist who doesn't belong to the select left-leaning, celeb, liberal elite?

Posted by: JAH3 | October 1, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

NewEra wrote:
"I heard about the Gwen Ifill book and the concerns it was raising among conservative talk show hosts when I listened to the Laura Ingraham show this morning.

As someone supporting Senator Obama, I can gauge how well Obama is doing by the level of hysteria coming from Ms Laura during her program."

Dr Laura? Tell me you have better things to do than listen to that judgemental neo-con Stepford wife.


Posted by: NewEra

Posted by: DC_Native_Guy | October 1, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

After Thurs. debate and if Palin does a bad job. This is what will happen . The Repub. Neo-Cons will bring out every Smear tactic they can muster. Obama the Muslim, The Reverend Wright, the NRA will throw heavy artillary, Karl Rove 's Dirty Slimey Mind will use every Slime tactic he knows.McCain will show his evil side as a Repug. Vote Obama to save this country.

Posted by: orionexpress | October 1, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I want this racist pig water boarded

Posted by: wwwwwwwwwwwwww91 | October 1, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Here it comes, another excuse for Sarah's impending disaster ... a black, female, liberal God forbid ... the worst case scenario for poor Sarah. Look, just put up a tree behind her on the stage, or perhaps a running stream. That way, she has the escape option of either hanging herself or drowning herself with her answers. The other option is now S.O.P. for Republicans -- Phone in her responses ("I'll get back to ya Katie") or if that's not acceptable, perhaps just submit a transcript of her interview with Sean Hannity. That should make her white, male, old boy network happy.

Posted by: pookiecat | October 1, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Looking around at other online newspapers, I find that WaPo is the only one carrying this story. Of course, its in the various blogs etc. that occupy the net.

If Ifil has to fall how about replacing her with Judy Woodruff or maybe get Charlene Hunter-Gault to fly in from Africa.

The following quote by TW46 is racist and should have been removed.

Get ready for a whole slew of new Maxine Waters, Alcee Hastings, William Jeffersons, Jesse Jackson, Jrs., and so on ad climinalium. Poverty pimpdom here we come so hold onto your wallet, if there's anything left in there.


Posted by: pbarnett52 | October 1, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

It's a trifecta. The GOP is working overtime to lower expectations about Palin's performance. If she manages to speak English, she wins.

Second, a black female reporter with an opinion? Who'd have thought?

Third, McCain's October surprise (I predict it'll be on the 25th) will be to dump Palin in favor of John's choice all along, Joe Lieberman. (The dump will, of course, take the form of Palin's resigning to spend more time with either her family, or Karl Rove's.)

Conservatives will be just as happy; the few outraged women wouldn't vote for Obama if he were the only one in the race. Lieberman's not going to be in the Democratic caucus after election day anyway, so has nothing to lose.

Posted by: NorwegianBlue | October 1, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Re: Gwen Ifill's "financial interest" in an Obama victory because of the book she's writing: Take it from me, a publishing professional--if Obama loses the election, sales of her book will be just as big as they will be if he wins. People are going to want to read what she has to say regardless of the election's outcome.

It's an important subject that needs to be written about, and Gwen Ifill is eminently qualified by her profession and her journalistic contacts to write this book.

How she handles the Biden-Palin combat on Thursday night will have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that she's writing this book. And in any case, the McCain-Palin campaign knew all about her writing project when they agreed to her as one of the moderators. If they saw any conflict of interest, they could have negotiated another moderator. It seems that they negotiated everything else about this debate to suit their interests--and the Hon. Palin's limited brains.

This is all a red herring being "drudged" up at the last minute to throw dust in the country's eyes and to give the right wing a bunch of talking points. Garbage.

James Miller

Posted by: jm917 | October 1, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifil had my respect until the black came out of her showinf her racist bias.

Anyone with even a pea brain knows Nobama is in way over his head.

BTW private polls have McCain ahead by 15 to 20 points

Chevy

Posted by: wwwwwwwwwwwwww91 | October 1, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

If Ifill had displayed even some small degree of journalistic curiosity and integrity regarding Obama's rather questionable associations, his lack of credentials, his wishy-washy positions, his woeful Chicago record of regarding the lives of his constituents, his dereliction of Senate duties, or any of the other troubling things about Obama; there would not be a reason to question her objectivity.

But Ifill has not. If she asks the tough questions of Palin that she has not asked Obama - that would certainly give the appearance at least of being unethical.

Posted by: ophelia3 | October 1, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

"Interesting to see all the democrats defending blatant unethical conflicts of interest from journalists."

Hey boy,

You better include McCain in your list of people "defending blatant unethical conflicts of interest from journalists."

Posted by: DC_Native_Guy | October 1, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

One has to think that White America is very worried. So What! Gwen Ifill has a book coming concerning Blacks in Politics, no one seems to stop and think about all the White writers with books on hopeless Republicans. See when I took a stand for election '08 my choice was Clinton! Then when the DNC pulled all the cards to keep her off I was looking for someone else other than Obama. Now, with view so much racial hatred on the blogs, it is my duty to vote for Obama! Reasons are right their in front of everyones face, if he gets elected than one thing in America will change, the Office of President will no longer be a White mans job! So if any change comes out of this we will have broken down those barriers put in place by the White Establishment! Then look at McCain, only thing he runs on is a failed Political career backing Bush's policies, POW who we can be proud of however he broke the first rule of the Military by signing anything, and last Sara Palin which is the poorest of choice I've ever seen from the time I was able to vote! That's giving the Bush-Cheney election a step up too! McCain almost had my vote until the Maverick turned puppet! The most scariest thing when looking at this election is the thought that if something were to happen to McCain the country would be led by Palin, and that's a Nightmare straight off of Freddy's page (Nightmare on Elm Street) like saying Nightmare of the USA!

Posted by: CashNDC | October 1, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I heard about the Gwen Ifill book and the concerns it was raising among conservative talk show hosts when I listened to the Laura Ingraham show this morning.

As someone supporting Senator Obama, I can gauge how well Obama is doing by the level of hysteria coming from Ms Laura during her program.

Today the hysteria was at fever pitch over an Obama ad featuring a seven year old and the Gwen Ifill book which Ms Laura had clearly not read or seen. She was troubled, angry and urging her listeners to call in and vote on a poll to replace Ms Ifill as moderator.

I now read these posts and it all seems to fit in. Ms Laura and a number of these posters have a major problem and it has to do with the gender of the moderator. Race or color has very little to do with this. Sarah Palin's handlers know she can handle a male opponent. But how does Sarah handle a female moderator?

Imagine, a female actually questioning Sarah Palin and asking her to actually answer the question.

Imagine, a female not being impressed with Sarah Palin's cutesy responses.

Imagine, a female not being impressed with Sarah Palin's smile hiding her lack of knowledge.

Imagine, a female actually knowing the game Sarah Palin is playing.

This is all about gender politics from the old man McCain campaign and has nothing to do with a book.

Posted by: NewEra | October 1, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The League of Women Voters used to moderate these debates which satisfied most people about their impartiality. But the Dems and Republicans screwed around so much with the debate formats that the League of Women Voters withdrew in disgust, and we are all the worse for it.

Posted by: steveandjanereed1 | October 1, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign is reacting to the exceptionally poor performace by Palin in the Couric interviews and trying to create the illusion of a bias before the debate has even happened! That way, if Palin spouts more nonsensical gibberish and performs dismally yet again, they've already set the groundwork for their excuses. They've known about the book and they approved Gwen as the moderator long ago - this is nothing but a scrambling, shameful move from a campaign that knows it is on a downward spiral.

Posted by: JeanaDallas | October 1, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

According to the right-wing nuts, the fact that Ifill, an African American women chose to NOT write about how great a President Ronald Reagan was, is proof that she's biased. As a long-time PBS reporter, I'm surprised the conservatives even knew who she was. All of a sudden they're watching PBS?? If so, then they know that she's almost as far right as Juan Williams. Neither one can even remotely be seen as left leaning.

Desperation, panic, frustration and despair. Watch out, The Republicans will try anything. Lies, distortions, fear, hatred and distraction. That's all they've got.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 1, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Until we get rid of all affirmative action, racial quotas, entitlement programs, giveaways to blacks, blacks using the n-word whereas whites can't, political correctness, black people stop acting like animals, etc. then black people will always look like they need help to keep up or shouldn't be in a position they aren't qualified for. If Obama wins the POTUS race, will we be able to do away with all this and be truly equal?

Nah......black people still won't be able to swim or play hockey

Posted by: charlietuna666 | October 1, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"There is no evidence that the book will be favorable to the Democratic nominee."

And there is no evidence the moon is NOT made of green cheese either. Of course she is pro-Obama, but we knew that before. She'll do fine as a moderator, but to pretend that she and the vast majority of her fellow paid journalists aren't pro-Democrat Party, pro-Obams is to pretend the sun does not rise in the east every morning. No one is fooled by protests otherwise. Don't act foolishly by trying to tell us that "no we're not, we are agonostic about politics" -- it makes YOU look foolish.

Posted by: RBCrook | October 1, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Hussein NObama is a racist and should be strung to a tree

Posted by: wwwwwwwwwwwwww91 | October 1, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Provided Ifill is not using prescribed pain killers then she should moderate the debate.

Ifill isn't widely known like a network anchorman such as Bob Schieffer. The audience will see an liberal white male and an unknown black female teaming up to make an unknown white female look stupid. How do you think that's going to play with conservative and moderate white females?

It's no surprise that the issue surfaced too late for a change.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 1, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

What is missing in this and most political discussions is the frank admission that today's Republican leadership does not have a "differnt perspective" or philosophy. It is an ongoing criminal conspiracy. To quote Nobel winning economist George Akerlof on today's GOP fiscal policies, "The government is not really telling the truth to the American people. Past administrations from the time of Alexander Hamilton have on the average run responsible budgetary policies. What we have here is a form of looting."

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 1, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Double hitch knot works wonders on a hand made noose

String the btch up

Chevy

Posted by: wwwwwwwwwwwwww91 | October 1, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Ifill's Obama book was common knowledge to the media. Why haven't we seen any articles about this conflict of interest until today? Shouldn't this have been a significant story when it first learned?

Posted by: milehimike | October 1, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Tome to take back America, time for a lynching

Chevy

Posted by: wwwwwwwwwwwwww91 | October 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who saw Ms. Ifill on a Sunday morning show in 2004 (commercial network, I believe it may have been ABC) say "John Kerry hates America" knows where her true political feelings are. Whether she supports Obama now (as any rational conservative should) or not, she is underneath a deeply conservative commentator

Posted by: tribute1 | October 1, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Enough is enough, get out the hemp and start making some noose knots

Chevy

Posted by: wwwwwwwwwwwwww91 | October 1, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

If Gwen Ifill is regarded as a tough, left-leaning reporter, this country is in a whole lot more trouble than I thought. The woman couldn't bite through a Twinkie.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 1, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Poll Numbers on the rise big time. Guess what ? The Repig's want to cancel out and start some kind of Karl Rove propaganda. Take your Football Repig's and go home. sined President Barack Obama.

Posted by: orionexpress | October 1, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

This is typical conservative tactic. These same people claim that the people in the revolving door of the Bush Admin are fair and balanced.

Ifill has a proven track record of being professional and fair.

Conservatives are trying to bully her and it won't work.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 1, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between Ifill and the other pro-Democrat shills running the major networks? At least she's up front about it.

One wonders why if Obama truly is so great the media needs to give him home turf advantage in every debate. Still, I suppose that's better than risking him going off teleprompter and flailing around like a landed fish.

Posted by: zippyspeed | October 1, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

As usual the Repiglican Slime is trying to take over. They want to smear Ifill or any one that is not from Fixed News. They want a Moron like Hannity or O'Reilly to moderate. Fair and Unbalanced as usual. In other words expect them to walk out tomorrow with their lopsided Football so she doesn't have to show how stupid she is.

Posted by: orionexpress | October 1, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

In a court, parties can waive a conflict of interest or the appearance of one. McCain knew or should have known of Ifill's book when he agreed for her to moderate. If he knew--knowing waiver. If he didn't know, it's just one more example of how he chooses to act without gathering the easily accessible facts.

Posted by: quickowit | October 1, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Queried about it (the book), John McCain expressed confidence in Ifill.

"I think that Gwen Ifill is a professional, and I think she will do a totally objective job because she is a highly-respected professional," McCain told Fox News's Carl Cameron.

Hello?!? Why are you people still discussing this??

Posted by: loveconquersfear | October 1, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

And wharwood:

What do you mean by "uppity?"

This is the racist Republican agenda.

Posted by: bs2004 | October 1, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Tony:

Who are you calling "boy"?

Posted by: bs2004 | October 1, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

To the extent that Ifill would be affected by book sales, it would actually be in her interest for Obama to lose. Then she could dissect the reasons for his failure, including subconscious racism that operates in actual voting decisions but not necessarily in polling responses. Or she could just blame him personally for the loss and possibly get some Obama haters to buy the book. If Obama wins, what's the point of the book? That black politicians can get elected?

Posted by: quickowit | October 1, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so the excuse-making is starting BEFORE the debate.

Sarah Palin is in over her head.

So, she's at a disadvantage because Ifill wrote a book? If she were a professional, she'd read the book. However we know how Republicans feel about reading in general. She couldn't even name one newspaper she reads.

Posted by: catweasel3 | October 1, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I think Greta Van Susteren brings up the best point about this (Obama cult members, please pay attention). In a court of law, attorneys and judges with even a perceived conflict of interest recuse themselves, if they don't IT'S A MISTRIAL. Are we supposed to throw up our hands and say, OH WELL, IT'S JUST A DEBATE FOR THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL JOB IN THE WORLD?

REMEMBER YOUR BOY OBAMA REFUSED TO PARTICIPATE IN A DEBATE SPONSORED BY A BLACK CAUCUS BECAUSE IT WAS SPONSORED BY FOX. IS THIS ANOTHER FLIP FLOP? YOUR PARTY SPECIALIZES IN THEM.

Posted by: TonyV1 | October 1, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

VAConservative and the rest of you,

This bufoonish hack is a respected NYTimes and PBS journalist and author. And she happens to be the moderator McCain agreed to. I know it sucks having to deal with an uppity moderator.

If the McCain campaign has an issue, they should cancel the debate or STFU. They've already tried to cancel it once, for no reason at all, so what's stopping them now?

We are gong to see some serious buffoonish hackery tomorrow and it wont be from the moderator. And be sure to tune in to CBS tonight to watch Palin breath from her mouth some more.

Posted by: wharwood | October 1, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

There's a heck of a lot more doubt about Palin's qualifications for VP than wether Ifill will do her job. Is it really a question?
Or more typical "I am a victim" rhetoric?

Posted by: ukeman | October 1, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"There's no evidence this is a pro-Obama book"???

WHAT ABOUT THE TITLE GENIUS?

"THE AGE OF OBAMA"

ARE YOU NUTS?

Posted by: TonyV1 | October 1, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Dear Senator McCain,

You have asked for my help. Now I'm asking for yours. I love this country. I have been a loyal GOP supporter for many years and HAVE made a donation to your candidacy. But myself and many other supporters are getting the feeling that you just don't understand that you can't allow the Dems and liberal media to get away with this financial debacle that they have caused themselves and are blaming on the GOP as usual. And, this VP debate being hosted by Gwen Ifill? What is with that? If you want our continued financial support, you will have to start fighting back. That recent TV interview with your supposed captor at the "Hanoi Hilton" was over the top! Please don't allow this country to go down the toilet. I respectfully ask that you immediately cancel this debate unless a "Fair and Balanced" host is found. It IS time to point fingers at the perpetrators and it's your ONLY chance if you expect to win in November. You have the nomination. Don't go down without a fight. Don't let us down!

Republican-Veteran-Patriot

Posted by: a2aron | October 1, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Ifill is a "buffoonish partisan hack" ?! Wow.

That term might apply to the Bloated Opiate Addict Limbaugh, the Angry White Guy Hannity or the Creepy Lizard Pervert O'Reilly but anyone who has watched Gwen Ifill knows that she is going to conduct herself in a totally professional, non-partisan manner. Writing a book about young black politicians does not mean she is in the "tank" for Obama. At this point, anyone who seems to have a legitimate question for Sarah Palin is going to be tarred with being in the "tank" as well.

If Sarah Palin can't deal with Ifill then she really is not ready for Prime Time or the White House.

Posted by: marSF | October 1, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Those who are advocating for Ms. Ifill to withdraw as debate moderator are: (a) setting up a straw man to blame if Palin performs poorly in the debate, (b) have never watched a debate moderated by Gwen Ifill, or (c) haven't figured out the difference between a well moderated debate and a poorly moderated debate. I wish we could outsource moderation of all Presidential debates to Lehrer and Ifill.

Posted by: exco | October 1, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

That this idiotic attack on Gwen Ifill is given any further attention at all is a real shame. Here's a link back to the front page. Find something more worth your time:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/

Posted by: merelymyopinion | October 1, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin have to be the most gutless, whiney excuses for candidates for the top two offices in the land that have come along in quite awhile.

"Hey, the media is beating up on poor Sarah!" Waaaaa!

"Hey, that's a gotcha question!" Waaaaa!

"Hey, the moderator's writing a book!" Waaaaa!

Give me a break. If these two gutless wonders can't stand the heat, they need to get out of the kitchen.

Posted by: sonny2 | October 1, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Call the Debate Comission Now!

202 872-1020

Posted by: nnia | October 1, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Call the Debate Comission Now!

202 872-1020

Posted by: nnia | October 1, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I still trying to figure out a couple of things about the media myself. For instance, the Hannity interview of Palin was horrible. Now I know why they call him "Flat Face". He kept falling on it after slipping in his drivel over Palin. Fox fair and balance was tilted as unsual. ABC Gibson edited the heck of the Palin interview. I'd give anything to see the "raw, unedited, tapes.

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 1, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Jim Lehrer did a great job. he was impartial and asked good questions.

Whats wrong with having him do the debate instead of this buffoonish partisan hack?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | October 1, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"Gwen Ifill is a professional journalist, a very competent professional journalist, not a political mouthpiece for either party, so we can be assured that she isn't going to be biased one way or the other. Besides, just because a journalist is writing a book about a person, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are biased towards that person. "

This is a terribly naive remark. Ifil may be a fire breathing conservative as far as I know, or care, but her book is positively "dead on arrival" at the book stores if Obama loses.

Most people call that a conflict of interest.

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | October 1, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious comment by Ifill "There is no evidence that the book will be favorable to the Democratic nominee. Ifill, the host of "Washington Week," told The Post."

Let's see if Obama wins Gwen Ifill of PBS makes ten of thousands of dollars on her Obama-is-my-hero upcoming book but if he loses the book goes straight into the Obama who? discount bin at Barnes and Noble.

Oh yeah she will be real objective.

Posted by: msmithnv | October 1, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

You are being ridiculous! Write something intelligent. Gwen Ifil will conduct the debate appropriately regardless of her writing a book featuring Obama. At least wait until the debate is over to cry foul if you see it that way. Geez!

Posted by: johs

I can just hear the “debate” now-

Posted by: shejoy | October 1, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

The real moderator who should be replaced is Tom Brokaw who has been acting like McCain's agent for NBC, taking MSNBC to task for being partisan. Supposedly, Brokaw has hosted Republican fundraisers at his home since he left NBC as anchor. After taking over Meet the Press he has become noticeably anti-Obama, anti-Democrat, even to the extent this Sunday of throwing out a ridiculous comment about McCain's dominance over Obama in national security matters. This comment came out of nowhere. Ifill's objectivity is beyond reproach.

Posted by: TeddyRoosevelt | October 1, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. I was unaware that any young black politicians were participating in tomorrow's Vice Presidential debate.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | October 1, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

To quote the current VP, the McCain camp is in it's last throwes, polls consistently now show that the wheels have come off the McCain wheelchair and there is nothing that can be done to stop the bleeding. We are looking at an Obama-Biden landslide here folks. Rush Limbaugh can moderate the vp debate and it still will not change a thing. GAME, SET, MATCH.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 1, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill and her ilk know the reality of the media tightrope better than any, and have proven their ability to be a class act.

All this talk about media left wing bias is identical to republicans now calling for regulations on financial institutions; hypocritical.
Who benefits from McCain/Bush platform? the richest of the rich including the main stream media. period.
(what other system could afford a FOX network?)

Perhaps a Mr Rogers type interviewer would be more to their liking.


Posted by: ukeman | October 1, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"On the World Net site, the "Deal of the Day" is a $4.95 offer for what is described as the "Obama blockbuster: 'Anatomy of Deceit.'" The Web site says the book "reveals" that "his brand of change is a hostile attack on the Judeo-Christian values and freedoms most Americans hold dear."

I'm sorry - but why is this paragraph in the middle of this article? Are we so desperate to flog this filth that you just slip it in apropos of NOTHING?

As far as criticizing Ifill, its just symptomatic of an ideology in decline. They know that Palin is not qualified to lead, so they work the refs. They'll claim bias beforehand to lower expectations and set up for any potential Palin embarassments.

If she manages to get through the debate without making an ass of herself, expectations will be so sufficiently lowered they can claim she "won".

The only question that remains is why "media critics" like Kurtz allow them to get away with it. And then mention Obama smear book offers in the middle of articles when they don't fit.

Seriously - why is that paragraph in this article?

Posted by: mmartino109900 | October 1, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill is a professional journalist, a very competent professional journalist, not a political mouthpiece for either party, so we can be assured that she isn't going to be biased one way or the other. Besides, just because a journalist is writing a book about a person, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are biased towards that person.

I guess they figured the Palin people can't charge Ifill with being sexist and they're afraid Palin won't do well and they're looking for something or someone to blame it on. How typical of them.

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | October 1, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, the most important question is not whether Gwen Ifill will be an objective moderator, but rather whether a sufficiently dubious question about Ifill's objectivity can be raised prior to the Republican VP candidate's performance. No offense intended to Republican Party members in general, but we must accept the existence of the Karl Rove-ian Best Methods that appear to have been in place for the last eight years, and are currently being employed by McCain operatives who call themselves patriotic Republicans.

To wit and I repeat myself; “the best thing that can happen for the supported candidate in a political endeavor reliant on Karl Rove-ian techniques is that early in the process, based on party affiliation or non-issue based biases or preferences, each supporter strongly or weakly decides to vote for the target candidate and thereafter is never subjected to any new election information; 2nd preference - said supporter will automatically reject new election information critical of supported candidate based on a programmed perception that the source is illegitimate; 3rd preference – any time the Rove-ian operative sees the potential by anyone even remotely connected to the adversary’s side for the commission of a bad act that the Rove-ian operative’s side has already committed or is in the process of committing, accuse the other side of the bad deed, preferably while bombastically displaying righteous indignation in the presence of the target voter.”

Of course, such “Best Methods” are dependent on what appears to be a Karl Rove-ian view that implicitly and emphatically asserts the general and natural gullibility or prejudice of the American electorate. Again, in the words of Kurt Vonnegut, “And so it goes.”

Posted by: dmd208 | October 1, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to Ms. Ifill, she traded in her credibility as an objective journalist when she took the advance on her "Age of Obama" book to be released on Inauguration Day.

Allowing Gwen Ifill to moderate the Vice President debate at Washington University is a clear conflict with the "PUBLIC BROADCASTING SERVICE
EDITORIAL STANDARDS AND POLICIES."

Ms. Ifill should have the good sense to bow out gracefully and allow a more fair and balanced journalist to moderate.

Posted by: peterd | October 1, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

In a pathetic attempt to set the bar even lower for the vapid Palin, rabid Right Wingers are now going to slime Ifill two days ahead of the debate because of a book that was announced months ago.

Your idiot VP candidate has not had ONE press conference since she was plucked out of nowhere by Daddy Walnuts to help shore up his failing campaign. You all would not be so freaked out if she could manage to string a coherent sentence together.

Seriously, Gwen Ifill is hardly a threat to anyone. Obama went on O'Reilly; I have yet to see McCain or Palin sit down across from Maddow or Olberman. Palin can't even go on Meet The Press? What is she so afraid of?

Stop trying to change the subject. It is painfully obvious that this is just more smoke and mirrors.

Posted by: marSF | October 1, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I could see if the title of the book was "Barack Obama and why I will do everything in my power to elect him President"

I think she's just writing about an emerging trend in politics.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 1, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama, ACORN, and Fannie Mae: What exactly does a "community organizer" do? Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here's a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit (Source: Stanley Kurtz, The National Review).
What if Barack Obama’s most important radical connection has been hiding in plain sight all along? Obama has had an intimate and long-term association with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the largest radical group in America. If I told you Obama had close ties with MoveOn.org or Code Pink, you’d know what I was talking about. ACORN is at least as radical as these better-known groups, arguably more so. Yet because ACORN works locally, in carefully selected urban areas, its national profile is lower. ACORN likes it that way. And so, I’d wager, does Barack Obama.

In the name of fairness to minorities, community organizers occupy private offices, chant inside bank lobbies, and confront executives at their homes - and thereby force financial institutions to direct hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages to low-credit customers.

In other words, community organizers help to undermine the US economy by pushing the banking system into a sinkhole of bad loans. And Obama has spent years training and funding the organizers who do it. Read the shocking details...

Read the $700 Billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 bill currently in Congress.

Find out why Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are impeding Republican efforts to investigate Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Even Bill Clinton blames the democrats for obstructing efforts to investigate these corrupt institutions and their executives who stole tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.

In 2005, Sen. McCain co-sponsored a bill to tighten control of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The bill was opposed primarily by House Democrats led by Rep. Frank Barney who wanted little control or oversight of these financial giants. Read the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 that was co-sponsored by Sen. McCain and rejected by House Democrats.

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 1, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

From a technical, classical and objective perspective, with Ifill having a direct financial stake in Obama's election (with an "Age of Obama" book debuting on inauguration), Ifill has a clear conflict of interest. Whether or not this affects her professional conduct in speaking or questioning during the debate, is a particular issue.

But in any professional, the financial interest in an Obama election implicitly creates a direct conflict of interest.

Lehrer should replace Ifill.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 1, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I suggest that all the Republican crybabies start bracing themselves for 40 years in the political wilderness. You've earned it.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | October 1, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill is a pleasant, toothless reporter who has approached the nutcase right with kid gloves for her entire TV career. I am routinely astonished at her lack of open acknowledgement of the crimes perpetrated by the GOP right against African Americans and the poor in general. Why the RIGHT would object to this smiling jellyfish is beyond me. She's as bad as that senile gasbag David Broder. I say bring back Ken Brodie.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 1, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that so few people see Ifill's book deal as an issue.

How can anyone look objectively at this situation and NOT see a problem? The moderator of the Vice Presidential Debate is writing a book that will be published on or about inaugeration day, the success of which is directly tied to the success of one of the candidates in the election, and there is no conflict of interest?

If the moderator was releasing a book in January caled "McCain, Pawlenty, Palin, and the New Conservatives", I bet all hell would break loose.

Remember a few months back during the primaries when the democrats refused to show up for a debate sponsored by Fox News, I believe they had some concerns about bias. . .

Seriously, Ifill should have recused herself, there any thousands of other people who could have moderated who don't have a book deal riding on the election's outcome.

At least this story is getting covered exhaustively by blogs and the media, so those interested in actually watching the debate know where the moderator stands.

Oh yeah, great staff work McCain/Palin 08 campaign; you guys need to get "the google" installed on your internets!

Posted by: Wilsonizer | October 1, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I would think since she reads "everything that's been in front of me for years" that she would have known about it.

I guess reading Mad magazine wasn't enough.

(no disrespect to Mad Magazine)

Posted by: JRM2 | October 1, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Another example of cry baby Republicans playing the refs again, feigning outrage, pretending they've been fouled, all in the hope that it'll influence Ifill to be harder on Obama than McCcain just to overcome this noise.

And, knowing Ifill, it'll work. I don't share most people's views as to her professional acumen, not because of bias, mind you, but just a certain lack of follow-through on issues.

She doesn't have the drive of a good journalist. This not only makes her susceptible to this influence, it also makes her unlikely to pursue the good governor of Alaska to make her state which goddamned newspapers she reads or whatever question is being evaded at the moment.

And we know already that Palin can do nothing but duck and hope she doesn't screw up the delivery on the one-liners they wrote for her. So all this works out just perfectly for the mysterious Christian from Wasilla who seeks to remain as unknown as possible.

Posted by: dgblues | October 1, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

This is the Republican "lifeline" that will be used if and when Palin puts up a horrific performance. And, one might note, yet another failed "vetting" ... the Ifill book has been in the news for weeks prior to the debate negotiations being finalized. So either the McCain campaign did a lousy job of vetting ... or they knew exactly what they were doing and set this up so Lil' Sarah would have a feather landing if she falls.
She doesn't need it tho ... she's got the witch doctor praying for her ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN7hJDS26rI

Posted by: Omyobama | October 1, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I hope Sen. Joe Biden takes off the gloves, takes no prisoners, and eats Gov. "Paylend" a brand new a...hole. Sexism would be to "be gentle and soft". Mcsame and the rethugs should have known better. My bad...they do know better. They understand, too well, that most Americans (especially the 2-digit IQ 'short bus' riding don't/can't read-think ones) are suckers. I find it embarrassing that Gwen Ifill must moderate this dog and pony charade.

Posted by: williams172166 | October 1, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

As a conservative Republican, I do not have a problem with Gwen Ifill, being the moderator of the Vice Presidential Debate.
But to be fair, I feel that Sean Hannity should moderate the October 7th Presidential Debate. I guarantee that Hannity would be just as fair as Ifill!

Posted by: g3401d | October 1, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama knows what newspapers he reads.
========================

Shouldn't be an issue for Obama, just read his talking points memo and have the aides check that all the media is toting the water. He only has to worry about Fox and Wall Street Journal Op Ed section.

Posted by: johs | October 1, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I can just hear the “debate” now-

IFILL
“At this podium we have Ms Palin, who has taken time from her tramp-like, unwed daughter to be here to spew more baseless conservative crap."

IFILL
"At the other podium we have the ever brilliant, loquacious, intelligent, and equally handsome, Senator Joseph Biden who broke away from time spent with the God-like Senator Obama while the two were saving children with Senator Obama’s latest contribution to mankind – a cure for childhood everything”.

IFILL
“So Senator Biden, before we get started how is Michelle doing, fine I hope? And the girls, are they OK too?

BIDEN
"They are all doing wonderfully; as a matter of fact they took time from solving to answer to world peace just so they would be able to join you and I for diner after our little "debate" here."

IFILL
Oh I can't wait to see them. And I have to say I want to thank you for the referral to that nice nice son of yours who helped me with my mortgage before all this financial mess got underway - looks like I got my 0% loan just under the wire.

BIDEN
He was glad to pull a few strings for a member of the family and you know Ms. Ifill, that's exactly how everyone in the Biden family views you.

IFILL
That is sooooo nice of you to say. But now we have to get down to business with some serious questions. Can you tell me about some of the young lives you and Senator Obama have saved with his recent invention; the childhood care for everything”?

BIDEN
“Well – Senator Obama is such a humble man and would never want to hear me say anything that could be described as bragging but I would have to say we have saved some 500 trillion young lives which where all suffering from malnutrition related diseases as a direct result of Governor Palin and Senator McCain."


IFILL
“Very good work you two. Before we move on to hear the propaganda from County Commissioner Palin, is it really true that part of the new welfare package is going to include a new Navigator for all welfare moms – that’s just sweeeeeet.”

BIDEN
“Absolutely and we are thinking that we will be able to get all the Porches that are going to go into default with this financial collapse we created by not backing S.190 so when a brother is out cruising, the only thing he will hear is can you give me a ride. In an effort to control costs unlike those spendaholic smarmy f*ing Republicans, rims of course will be his responsibility.”

IFILL
"Porche and a navigator - now that's change we can believe in. Sorry, time is up for this portion of the debate. Senator Biden you were just incredible as always. When we come back it will be Senator Biden’s turn. Please note Asst. PTA Home Mom Palin has been penalized since she can't seem to stay within the prescribed time limits. She will NOT have an opportunity to speak in our next Q&S segment. Speak with you in a minute Joe."

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 1, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Do real "joe sixpacks" in this country ever ask themselves why is it that a vast majority of educated, accomplished, creative, well-brought up, thoughtful,or otherwise interesting people are liberals?
I mean, they can't be all fools, or brainwashed by definition. And it's not likely that so many are mentally ill.
The food they eat tends to be much better than the a "joe sixpack" junk, as do the books they read or TV programs or movies they watch. Why is it a liberal thing to eat pate or arugula or wear a fine Italian linen jacket? And why is it anti-American?

After all, I see a lot of "Support Our Troops" and "McCain/Palin" bumper stickers on a lot of Mercedeses, Hondas, and Toyotas. Is it not anti-American to dump $50,000 for a foreign gas guzzler and make an american auto worker's life more miserable? And these people even have the gall of flying Stars & Stripes from their antennas


Posted by: VMR1 | October 1, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey, could be worse. She could be a moose.

You know -- there are not very many black women in hockey, either. What's up with that, anyway?

Look -- there's an up side to this. If she asks Palin something about policy or something and Palin is all like, well Gwen, we have to firmly stand for firm firmness and, chuckle, nose wrinkle, and people are all like "what?", well, we can say it's Gwen's fault. You got an out now.

Posted by: pressF1 | October 1, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The right is getting increasingly whiny as McCain falls further and further behind in the polls. Their campaign only found out about Ifill's book two days ago? What kind of staff work is that?

Posted by: barnardj1 | October 1, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

My goodness -- Gwen Ifill is the ultimate professional. She's not going to put her career on the line. If John McCain is comfortable with her, the rest of the country should be. If the question of "What is 2 + 2" is asked, the answer should be "4" no matter who the moderator is. Is all this reaction because the right-wing is so afraid Sarah Palin might answer "5"?


All very good points.

Posted by: billy8 | October 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

If you actually have seen and heard her Gwen Ifill, you would know she is a professional, objective journalist. She is fully capable of conducting a fair debate.

Posted by: jake14 | October 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Behind all the smoke and mirrors of this conversation is the simple truth:

1 - If the facts aren't supporting your position, distract and shimmy till the observer's mind gets dizzy.

OR

2 - Attack the veracity of the questioner.

The last two weeks have proven that the McCain campaign is expert at BOTH.

This whole Ifell flap is nothing more than a ludicrous and diaphanous excuse. (Discussion over.)

Posted by: miraclestudies | October 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

She added: "No one's ever assumed a white reporter can't cover a white candidate."

She makes a good point. Nothing about the title, "Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama" makes it seem like a pro-Obama book.
I think that sites like WorldNetDaily hype a liberal media bias as a way to explain their own conservative bias. I live in Boston. Let's assume the Globe is "liberal" (I don't see it). The Herald certainly is not. Most towns have a "liberal" newspaper and a conservative tabloid. Liberal bias is right wing BS that legitimizes the need to "balance it" with Fox News, talk radio, tabloids, etc. There is no liberal bias.

Posted by: billy8 | October 1, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

If John McCain would have picked a respected republican female such as Kay Bailey Hutchison we wouldn't be having all these arguments. The fact that he picked an uninformed, unintelligent woman is the problem. I don't want "Joe Sixpack" as my potential president. I want an intelligent, well-informed person -- male or female.

Posted by: PSH1 | October 1, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

She supports sex education in public schools that encourages abstinence but also discusses birth control. (from wikipedia)

Posted by: obamayomama | October 1, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill also appears on Oprah's book list with her favorites. Does anyone believe she wrote the other book that Kurtz mentions "Obama blockbuster: 'Anatomy of Deceit.' - or did Kurtz throw that in to be fair and balanced.

Gwen ought to realize she stands to gain from one candidate performing better than another - and rather than check her emotions, she should adhere to true journalistic ethics and recuse herself.

Posted by: RussnCA | October 1, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Palin has already stated her position on sex education - it's in this article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin

Posted by: obamayomama | October 1, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she'll ask Joe Biden about all of his recent 'mistatements' (i.e. FDR went on the TV in 1929, Hillary would have been a better VP pick, etc.) as well as his infamous plagarism? Uh...probably not.

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

i hope she does actually. that would open the door to ask palin about her lies and "misstatements". i.e. thanks but no thanks, i can see russia...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 1, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

My goodness -- Gwen Ifill is the ultimate professional. She's not going to put her career on the line. If John McCain is comfortable with her, the rest of the country should be. If the question of "What is 2 + 2" is asked, the answer should be "4" no matter who the moderator is. Is all this reaction because the right-wing is so afraid Sarah Palin might answer "5"?

Posted by: PSH1 | October 1, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

meb4 said: "Since her book evokes Obama, the best way to promote her book and her professionalism would be to go out of her way to prove fairness to Gov. Palin."

"Go out of her way," eh meb4? You mean Ifill should, you know, go easy on the poor, stupid girl? Pull a few punches? Lob her some softballs? Lean a bit harder on Joe? Call him "Mr. Know-It-All?" and "Smarty Pants?"

Right! Well, why not let's promote true equality of the sexes and stuff a sock in Biden's mouth during the debate. That'll show all of our daughters how to level the political playing field in America!

And you're a "professional" what, exactly? GOP troll?

Posted by: JC505 | October 1, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to disappoint you, schmuckduck, but she knows the name of at least ONE Supreme Court decision:

Gibson: "Roe v. Wade: You think it should be reversed?"

Palin: "I think it should, and I think that states should be able to decide that issue."

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 1, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

VMR1 - Do the country a favor and keep your things packed.

Posted by: obamayomama | October 1, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she'll ask Joe Biden about all of his recent 'mistatements' (i.e. FDR went on the TV in 1929, Hillary would have been a better VP pick, etc.) as well as his infamous plagarism? Uh...probably not.

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

she should be asked about sex education. Let's see, she is pro-life and opposes abortion even in the case of rape or incest... so what is her philosophy as regards sex education in public schools? Never mind how embarrassing this is for her family situation right now, she made the decision to run. you can bet if Joe or Barack's kid was pregnant out of wedlock that the religious right would be frothing at the mouth. Fair question then. Sarah, tell us what your position is on sex education?

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | October 1, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifil was agreed to by the same people who picked Palin -- the McCain campaign.

If you have problems with either Palin or Ifil, you know who to blame.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | October 1, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Repugnicans:

Grasping at the straws, are we?
PAthetic creatures that you are.
No matter how much you whine about "unfair" treatment of Palin/McCain, it doesn't matter.
Your time is OVER, hopefully for a long, long time.

Besides, I have my stuff all packed up and
two sea cargo containers reserved for Friday, November 7th. But now I'm keeping my fingers crossed. If Obama/Biden win, I'm unpacking, re-converting part of my cash from euros into dollars and giving this country another chance.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 1, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

MarkM2 wrote:
"This is America's last free election. Right now, I only hope and pray that when the reeducation camps open and jounalists are arrested or shot , the current crew that trusted and supported obama find themselves under arrest."
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Mark, please consider treating yourself to a complete psychiatric workup. Start by Googling, "paranoia."

Posted by: Skeptic21 | October 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

wow, i assumed palin would do bad in the debate, but i didnt expect expectations to be so low as to have to attack/soften up the moderator. what questions could she possible ask that would be so difficult for palin to answer? do you really think she would put her journalistic integrity on the line to try and get obama elected? do you really think this book is going to make her any money one way or the other?

god forbid gov. palin should ever be forced to face a hostile environment and be questioned by people who might not be aligned with her world view. that would never happen if she were to be the VP or POTUS. never.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 1, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill has a chip on her shoulder. One example is the rabid reaction to Imus' stupid remark about the Rutger's basketball team and wanted him fired. She has perpetuated the myth that years ago Imus "racially ridiculed" her. Even if the book is anti-Obama (wanna bet???) she will gain financially if he is elected.

Posted by: Linda7 | October 1, 2008 4:27 PM
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I am one who did not know this lady before this debate began; and I still do not.
However, because she is being so vehemently attacked by all of you well-wishers, and do-gooders (self-righteously of course), it makes me want to question why you feel you would do anything differently if you had to wear her shoes.

Would you not defend yourself if there was no other voice for your cause?
Would you debate your cause when you deemed it necessary?

It seems to me that you are not one who would just sit idley by, while great swelling words were hurled against you.

There is a time to be silent, and a time to be heard...and you are speaking loudly and clearly.

It would speak volumes for you if you would allow her the same courtesy.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

My goodness -- Gwen Ifill is the ultimate professional. She's not going to put her career on the line. If John McCain is comfortable with her, the rest of the country should be. If the question of "What is 2 + 2" is asked, the answer should be "4" no matter who the moderator is. Is all this reaction because the right-wing is so afraid Sarah Palin might answer "5"?

Posted by: PSH1 | October 1, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Libs hate Palin because she is a pro-life woman. They will, and are, trying to do anything to destroy her. Ifil is a pro-choice liberal journalist. What do you think her agenda is? Not to mention her book which she will profit from if Obama is elected. Clear conflict of interest.

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

My analysis:

Surely this lady will have voted four years ago too, at least I assume. Yet, she is given credit for her professional work as a moderator.

I don't believe that the problem is so much about her and her book. I think that this is more about Palin (after the nation has seen how she responds to questions) and more to do with a greater fear from supporters of the McCain/Palin ticket, of Palin responding to yet another moderator who very well may give fair and legit questions, which based on evidence thus far, Palin may not step up to the plate to deliver. I think this is a tactic, to blame this moderator, like they should have a sole choice of who will ask the questions (could it be to serve in their favor?) Look, we can't just let that whole ticket slide right into the White House like that. All four members need to be responding with "whole" answers to all legit questions asked.

I see no problem here. I look forward to a balanced debate. I won't condemn the moderator's abilities before her work is even committed. Gee whiz.

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 1, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Unless Gwen asks something really off the wall, such as: "would you criminalize abortions and why? " or

"Should the US have intervened or now intervene to prevent genocide in WWI, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur, why or why not" or

"Dr. Kissinger wrote a book about the famed diplomat Metternich and the European period between 1815 and 1845 which set the political structure for the rest of the century known as a balance of power or real politic is this a feasible foreign policy for the 21st century?"

Otherwise, one can expect the debate to be a repetition of bland catch phrases on both sides, with Biden attacking McCain and ignoring everything Palin says and Palin attacking Obama and ignoring everything Biden says.

Posted by: kxrc | October 1, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

How come she didn't disclose that she had financial interest in seeing Obama win? She should step down as she will not be fit to unbiasly moderate this debate or next presidential debate should be moderated by Sean Hannity.

Posted by: djred19678 | October 1, 2008 4:22 PM
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Are you saying that you would step down, despite your crooked bent to one side?

If you ever had the privilege of being asked to do anything nearly as intimdating and courageous as put your dignity and self-respect on the line, I wonder if you would have anything to show; or would you have to step down due to lack of substance?

Envy is a rotten friend.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse


Gwen Ifill has a chip on her shoulder. One example is the rabid reaction to Imus' stupid remark about the Rutger's basketball team and wanted him fired. She has perpetuated the myth that years ago Imus "racially ridiculed" her. Even if the book is anti-Obama (wanna bet???) she will gain financially if he is elected.

Posted by: Linda7 | October 1, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Sara answered (about what she reads) correctly. If she would have cited a conservative newspaper, she would have been slammed - a liberal newspaper, she would have been considered pandering, no "titles" and she gets slammed anyway.

I would have answered the same way - I read a bit of everything as well, but it would have been sweeeeeeeet if she would have said "The Wasilla Times, Katy", dontcha know (calling her on her stupid question)- heh heh

Why didn't she get asked what her favorite color was?

Posted by: obamayomama | October 1, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Rah Ja writes:

mathas,

Interesting to see all the democrats defending blatant unethical conflicts of interest from journalists.

Democrats defending corruption? That never happens. roflmao

What's Ifill going to do, crack Palin up with one of her questions, so she busts a gut right there on national TV ?

Or maybe ask her a question the Sarahcudda can't answer...that shouldn't be too hard to do.

Sarah Palin, the Fredo Corelone of the McCain campaign.

You Palinistas crack me up.

Posted by: mathas | October 1, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm not even sure Kwanzaa has anything to do with Christ-mas. Someone told me it was a made up holiday to celebrate the first time Dr. J dunked from the foul line...but I'm not sure.
Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 4:21 PM
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Then why make a fool of yourself and speak on something you have no knowlege of?
It is people like you who justify things like Kwaanzaa; whatever it is.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

How come she didn't disclose that she had financial interest in seeing Obama win? She should step down as she will not be fit to unbiasly moderate this debate or next presidential debate should be moderated by Sean Hannity.

Posted by: djred19678 | October 1, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm not even sure Kwanzaa has anything to do with Christ-mas. Someone told me it was a made up holiday to celebrate the first time Dr. J dunked from the foul line...but I'm not sure.

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, the Fredo Corleone of the McCain campaign.

We'll see how well her snarky little emptyy headed responses play in front of 75 million(perhaps more)viewers.

You Palinistas are a scream !

Posted by: mathas | October 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't matter if a pig with lipstick or a bulldog with a grill asked Palin questions in this up-coming debate. She's completely inept. You can bet Sarah will be able to at least name Newsweek and Time as periodicals she reads. So ask her which amendment to the constitution gave her the right to vote. Ask her if she can name one suffragette. No matter how low the expectations are for her, people will be stunned by how inept she is. After seeing John in the previous debate, it will sink in just how close to becoming president this small-town mayor of a moose lodge is. She will doom any chance McCain has of recovering from his lunacy last week.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | October 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Is she on Obama's Kwaanza Planning Committee that he and Michelle have established to replace the National Christmas Tree on the Mall?

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 4:14 PM
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It seems to me that it is almost a crime to call it Christ-mas anymore.
What does that tell you about truth and unbiased views of things...

By the way, how much are you being paid for your racist slurs and journalism?
It will cost you much more than your 30 pieces of silver.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I remember seeing Ifil covering the Republican National Convention. She was not doing a very good job of masking her body language betraying her personal disgust with the venue. I hope she can restrain her inner body language liberal for the moderation of the VP debate. It wouldn't do at all for her to make sour lemon faces when asking Palin questions. I think it would be nice for Ifil to go to the usual suspects on both sides of the aisle and get a few choice questions they want answered about the other VP, rather than just come up with a list of questions on her own.

Posted by: Wiggan | October 1, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Is she on Obama's Kwaanza Planning Committee that he and Michelle have established to replace the National Christmas Tree on the Mall?

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Correction: Book title: The Case Against Barack Obama

Posted by: obamayomama | October 1, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The poor Repuks are grasping at straws to try and defuse the fact that Sarah Palin is the most qualified person to ever be on the ticket for a national political party seeking the White House.

The whole media debate moderator that would have any credibility with the Repuks is some right wing wacko.

The Drudge Report had no problem with Sarah Palin going on the Sean Hannity program on the comedy channel known as Fox News. This is obviously the most biased program now on our television airwaves.

Sarah Palin is a big girl now and playing in the big leagues. She will not have the luxury of picking and choosing who directs questions to her in the future. So she will have to jump in right now and swim with the sharks.

Posted by: lavinsr | October 1, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I thought the debate was Friday

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 1, 2008 4:07 PM
________________________________

You become what you hate, so repeat after me:
From now on I am really Obama.
I breathe his air.
I love his name.
I am his name.
I am his greatest supporter.
I will always be called by the name Obama,
until I call on the name of Jesus for help.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The REAL question is: Does she think Obama is sexy?

In fantasy land, I wonder what kind of response liberals would have if the title of this article read:

David Freddoso, National Review Online contributor and Author of "The Case of Barack Obama" moderates the VeeP Debate

Posted by: obamayomama | October 1, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I thought the debate was Friday

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

daman1, not unless she wants Biden to ask her about McCain's association with Rev. Hagee, "Nation of Whiners" Phil Gramm, and his Keating Five associates.

Posted by: washpost33 | October 1, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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That's fine with me. I think McCain does get asked and written about those things. I don't hear equal treatment being given to Obama. Who's writing the stories about the relationship with Bill Ayers? Tony Reko? ACORN? There are literally thousands of articles being written about Palin and her supposed questionable relationships and dealings. THE FIX IS IN America! Get ready.

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Mark M2 did you really go to school with obama, certainly not harvard or did u drop out, you sound like palin when she tries to answer a question. How easy is it for everyone to say they know someone involved in this election, I'm best friends with john mccain, he went to school with my great great great grand dad.
And by the way every question you ask sarah palin can be mistaken for "gotcha" journalism. she is just clueless. yesterday she was making fun of biden's age, come on how smart is that with mccain as the top of the ticket.

Posted by: Politriks | October 1, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if she'll ask Palin about Johnny's relationships with Charles Keating, Vicki Iseman, and John Hagee? Betcha not.

Posted by: bearpaw01 | October 1, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

To clarify though, it is not really necessary. It is unlikely $$ that she will ever show her motives:)
Posted by: Fred29 | October 1, 2008 3:58 PM
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Surely you believe in free enterprise, don't you Fred; or do you know what that means?

It is not money that disturbs you about this lady, Fred. It is her skin color Fred. When you finally stop your coverup schemes. You know why you don't like this lady.

Why can't we all just get a loan?

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

mathas,

Interesting to see all the democrats defending blatant unethical conflicts of interest from journalists.

Democrats defending corruption? That never happens. roflmao

Posted by: rahaha | October 1, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

This is a fake dispute. Ifill's book is not an autobiography of Obama, as some have said. It's about the shifts going on in African-American politics -- which is not the same. Would a book about women running for executive office be 'about' Palin? Secondly, Ifill is one of the best-respected journalists in the business. Third, this is part of McCain supporters' attempts to change the subject away from Palin's inexperience.

Posted by: msherida1 | October 1, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

daman1, not unless she wants Biden to ask her about McCain's association with Rev. Hagee, "Nation of Whiners" Phil Gramm, and his Keating Five associates.

Posted by: washpost33 | October 1, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Can't we have Jim Lehrer instead? He did an amazing job in the first presidential debate.

Posted by: haydenduke | October 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Howard, whether Ifil's book was a "secret" or not is beside the point.

If the highly respected Jim Lehrer were working on a book, to be released ON INAUGURATION DAY, entitled "Perserverence: Politics and Age in the Era of McCain," you would find no conflict of interest?

Posted by: tgnyc2 | October 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if she'll ask Palin about her relationship with one of her husband's co-workers?

Posted by: bearpaw01 | October 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

For the McCain campaign to plead ignorance of the distinguished career of Gwen Ifill at this point is beyond ridiculous.

Ms. Ifill was a long time national reporter for the New York Times and has be an able, fair, and efficient moderator of PBS's Friday evening news roundup for a decade at least.

Ifill brings integrity, compassion, knowledge, fairness and a sense of humor to all of her professional work. Perhaps that is why the McCain campaign is against her: these are characteristics that they completely lack.

Posted by: dee5 | October 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Palin should have to answer questions befitting a mayor of Wasilla.

What is the best cut of moose?

How many days do you smoke a salmon?

Who vandalized the school buses?

Palin knows the answers to all of these questions. What's a hard question?
Name one single U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Gwen Ifill knows how to field dress this moose. The question is, will she?

Posted by: schmuckduck | October 1, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Reposted with corrections:

She says, "No one's ever assumed a white reporter can't cover a white candidate."
But the fact is that she is misplaced here as a representative of a certain segment of the population. It is a pointed comment that here the selection is a woman who also is black. Like placement of "tokens" in commercials this is a selection that is an obvious statement.

To clarify though, it is not really necessary to worry if you are Republican and think she will be bias due to her color or to her interest in profit$$. It is unlikely $$ that she will ever show her motives:)

Posted by: Fred29 | October 1, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The real issue here is race.

I said it in the beginning and it is coming out.

What bothers me most about this is the underlying issue is race. If Ifil were white or the book did not have race in the tittle there would be no issue at all.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 1, 2008 12:53 PM

Republicans want race on the table without bringing it up. I defer to Axelrod on this one. This is his expertise.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 1, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if she'll ask Biden about Barry's relationships with Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, Rezko, ACORN, etc.? Betcha not.

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the McCain campaign is hoping to use this as a lame excuse to pull Palin out of the debate?

Posted by: bearpaw01 | October 1, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The Repubs are perfectly happy with Ifill as moderator. When Biden mops the floor with Palin, the GOPers have a built-in excuse.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 1, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"hazwalnut " says: "This man is incredibly stupid but it's not completely obvious because everything he says is written for him and the press covers his back"

This is ridiculous. If you don't like his policies, or his values, or if you don't think he has the appropriate experience to be president, then fine, that's your view and you can vote accordingly. But Obama has a lifetime of accomplishments personally, professionally, and politically, and has by any standard proven himself to be an excellent writer, thinker, and speaker, all on his own. In fact, long before any presidential campaigns, Obama was known as one of the most promising young figures on the national scene-- a man with fresh insights as to how to solve our problems and an outstanding capability to communicate those ideas.

So, here's the deal: You either know nothing about him, or you are trying to push the 'empty suit' theory. But either way, this type of nonsense does not help us pick the best president come November.

Posted by: ChrisDC | October 1, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

She says, "No one's ever assumed a white reporter can't cover a white candidate."
But the fact is that she is misplaced here as a representative of a certain segment of the population with less than 18% of the total. It is a pointed comment that here the selection is a woman who also is black. Like placement of "tokens" in commercials this is a selection that is an obvious statement.

To clarify though, it is not really necessary to worry if you are Republican and think she will be biases do to her color or to her interest in profit$$. It is unlikely $$ that she will ever show her motives:)

Posted by: Fred29 | October 1, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Ifil has a chip on her shoulder anyway because someone said she looked like a cleaning lady a couple of years ago.

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 3:49 PM
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Whatever she looks like, it would be great if the questions she asks will help to clean up some of the vomit that you and others choke on as you laugh at other people.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely doubt Ms. Ifill will place her professionalism on the line in front of 50-60 million viewers who will watch the debate. That's not an easy role.

I sure didn't see Katie Couric attempt to help Governor Palin during their interviews, although I'm pretty sure Ms. Couric would one day like to see a female president of the United States. She didn't attack Ms. Palin either, just asked clear, concise questions.

Posted by: amaikovich | October 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Very true and if you don't believe it, just check out Philadelphia, DC and Detroit to name a few cities that are controlled by blacks and who are constantly in fiscal crisis because they give so much to the people and funding is scarce since the unemployment rate is double digits...that's not counting illegal drug employment.
Posted by: hazwalnut | October 1, 2008 3:46 PM
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Shame on cheats from anyside, but to blame one side is just plain adulterous!

Would you not admit that our government, country, infrastructure, and image around the world is governed by the "suits;" and is in far-greater decay than any of the cities that old and worn out when they were inherited by Black leadership?

Of course I know that you can't.
Your own stench is much more appealing to you than any breath of truth.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who has ever seen Gwen Ifill on PBS knows that she is smart, articulate and balanced in both her questions and comments. This is an attempt to discredit a very good journalist and should be ignored or seen for what it is.

Posted by: StillRm | October 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: meb4 | October 1, 2008 3:21 PM

I have seen Ifil bend over backwards in attacking Obama. I doubt she will be easy on Palin but she may be extra hard on Biden.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The integrity of the debate is compromised even before it begins. Ifill should excuse herself on the basis that she stands to benefit financially depending on the election outcome. This is the right thing to do.

Posted by: zoo2 | October 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Ifil has a chip on her shoulder anyway because someone said she looked like a cleaning lady a couple of years ago.

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/TheMouthPeace

This is a very important video. It is 10 minutes long but it goes fast. Essentially, it outlines how the Democrats are responsible for the raising then the falling of home prices thanks to their pushing and Freddie May/Mac's pushing of subprime loans. Targeting a small segment of the population who want a home but can not hack the payments, these government run businesses(corruption and all) pushed bad loans because that is how they continued to make money$. When this unnatural cause reversed... when people started defaulting home values plunged$$.

Now, how can you argue with that? If I could see this coming how could these experts not see it coming as well. And the fact that 2 times or more the Republicans tried to stop or regulate and the Democrats blocked the regulation well, it makes this their fault.

Yes, it is just possible the Democrats are directly responsible for making an artificial home market completely detached from inflation$$. Prices were influenced by cheap loans and then those loans stopped flowing. This all goes back to the problem with the Democrats they think money$$$ thrown at things fixes everything. Here, they threw money$$$$$$$ at people so they could buy a home--they never even gave a thought (apparently) to how these people would keep their homes.

If you watch the video you will see that Obama himself worked for a law firm that pursued banks to ensure poor people would have access to loans, and homes they could not afford. This is just an aside but it should make you question: Why the heck would you ever give this guy your vote? If you still are thinking you want Obama, just remember, the another wave is coming-- more defaults are coming and these loans (which are not accounted for in the current crisis) will come to term down the line.....this is not over. And remember Mr.. Obama was planning life in public service long before he became a lawyer. His misguided thinking was set long ago in Chicago when he joined Rev. Wrong's church.


This is the misguided thinking, ideology of the Democratic party, that believes throwing money at problems is a solution$$

Posted by: Fred29 | October 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

D man writes :

"PS Can we have Sean Hannity moderate the next debate?? "

Sure, along with Keith Olbermann.

I'm sure the FOX "news" personality wouldn't want it any other way than fair and balanced....right ?


Posted by: mathas | October 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

R Fly writes:
I have my escape plan and my stockpile. Good luck in the re-education camp you end up in mathas."
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Its people with "stockpiles" that will suffer the most, when their idols blow up in their own faces.

PS: Your camp has a name, you might as well disclose it.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for a whole slew of new Maxine Waters, Alcee Hastings, William Jeffersons, Jesse Jackson, Jrs., and so on ad climinalium. Poverty pimpdom here we come so hold onto your wallet, if there's anything left in there.
Posted by: tw46 | October 1, 2008 1:04 PM
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Very true and if you don't believe it, just check out Philadelphia, DC and Detroit to name a few cities that are controlled by blacks and who are constantly in fiscal crisis because they give so much to the people and funding is scarce since the unemployment rate is double digits...that's not counting illegal drug employment.

Posted by: hazwalnut | October 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Hannity should moderate. He is stupid AND white so Drudge will certainly approve.

Posted by: marSF | October 1, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This man is incredibly stupid but it's not completely obvious because everything he says is written for him and the press covers his back.
Posted by: hazwalnut | October 1, 2008 3:41 PM
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It takes someone stupid to call someone stupid.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Ifil has a FINANCIAL INTEREST in seeing Obama win! This is outrageous! Talk about a conflict of interest. Spread the word...the FIX is in.

PS Can we have Sean Hannity moderate the next debate??

Posted by: daman1 | October 1, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

R Fly writes:

"Mark M 2 is right on the money, mathas is either another dumba** who has been brain washed like millions of others in other countries who suddenly realized after it was all over (too late) what had happened or mathas is another socialist/communist just like obama. Personally I have my escape plan and my stockpile. Good luck in the re-education camp you end up in mathas."


LOL by all means excercise that "escape" plan and take your stock pile with you.

You guys on the far right fringe are a scream !

Posted by: mathas | October 1, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Mark M 2 writes:
Right now, I only hope and pray that when the reeducation camps open and jounalists are arrested or shot , the current crew that trusted and supported obama find themselves under arrest. Our republic is dead;pray for poetic justice."
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More precondition-minded people with hot trigger-fingers. To think you are praying to arrest people who dare to put their biased upbringing behind them to see the world in a different light... not to mention you want to see your fellow Americans shot because they differ from your self-righteous thoughts.

How would you feel if you got your wish for arrest and execution... and you were the target?

PS: Your republic has long been dead, ever since you closed your mind (if it were ever open) and accepted the stagnation and rot of your self-incriminating ideals. Look around...
Has anyone who thinks like you brought forth anything good upon this earth.

Things look pretty dried up...

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama knows what newspapers he reads.
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If Obama can read newspapers, which he may not because he needs teleprompters, he would not say which he reads because he wouldn't want to make a decision. He would probably say he reads the Bible. This man is incredibly stupid but it's not completely obvious because everything he says is written for him and the press covers his back.

Posted by: hazwalnut | October 1, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

debate #1 mccain suspends campaign to go rescue washington and get a bill passed (which he took credit for and then blamed obama when it failed)
debate #2 the moderator has a pro obama book (the book is about black politicians not just obama) that has been discussed for about six months
lets see what comes up b4 the next debates

Posted by: Politriks | October 1, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Mark M 2 is right on the money, mathas is either another dumba** who has been brain washed like millions of others in other countries who suddenly realized after it was all over (too late) what had happened or mathas is another socialist/communist just like obama. Personally I have my escape plan and my stockpile. Good luck in the re-education camp you end up in mathas.

Posted by: rflyer | October 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't ou know that the GOP is the party of little things??? They take any little thing (there politicians included) and try to make something big out of it!! Anything to distract the voters from the issues. This will go down in history as the most awful campaign/election we have had in US history. Not because Senator Obama is black but because the GOP has is so underhanded!!!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | October 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Ifill has a personal financial interest in seeing Obama win the election. She sells more books if he wins.
It is absolutely crazy that she is the moderator. This is a blatant conflict of interest. This is unethical journalism at its finest.
Every member of the Commission on Presidential Debates should be fired and barred from government service. What a bunch of morons to choose someone with a vested interest in a certain outcome."


What exactly is Ifill going to do ?

Rig the questions so that Palin looks like an idiot ?

She needed precious little help in that particular arena recently.

And what real impact is this debate going to have on McCain's chances ?

You folks on the right are obviously desperate amd looking for anything to cling on to trying to make your case.

Posted by: mathas | October 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious that the right wing is preparing its excuses for any failure by Palin to measure up to Senator Biden. She will concentrate on avoiding questions and projecting empathy while never addressing the substance of any issue. Ifill is much more intelligent and experienced as a moderator than those Palin has been able to control in Alaska. Watch out for a change in Palin's hair. If it's covering her ears, you can bet there will be a bug telling her what to say. As a former sportscaster she's quite experienced at taking instructions from an earpiece while blathering into a microphone.

Posted by: bizecology | October 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin had the most difficulty of any interview when she faced Katie Couric.
She looked confused and afraid, possibly because she was facing a woman.

In Alaska, Palin frequently used men to do her bidding. Her husband was called the shadow governor. He frequently sat in on meetings with Palin and lawmakers.
She was such a novelty, with her folksy charm and beauty that she could easily get her way, until she met Couric.

Being black and a woman, Gwen Ifill is double trouble. It remains to be seen if she can pierce the Palin armor.

Joe Biden is just along for the ride on this one. I hope he has the sense to stay out of the way.

Posted by: schmuckduck | October 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Um, Gotcha was a clothing company in the 80's that made flourescent colored shirts and shorts for skaters and surfers. Now it is the term that means, "I don't understand, and you are mean for exploiting that fact."

I love NeoCons.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

If the moderator had written a pro McCain book, he/she would have already been booted from the debate. What a bunch of hypocrits the Dems have become.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | October 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse
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If that were the case, you would be crying "racism" just like your hero Obama.

Posted by: hazwalnut | October 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Ifil was chosen for her integrity. Ifil is not O'Reilly or Hannity. It is fine fore rabid Republicans to make chaos and change the subject if Palin's performance is poor. Republicans know how little integrity right wing entertainment has, Ifil is a black journalist and probably supports Obama but she is a good journalist and I have seen her get all over Obama. I thought she was being unfair. But I know she has a job to do and Biden will get his tomorrow night.

This will rage on but Ifil better not drop out. She is the best questioner in the whole group and I know that I will get more out of her questioning than any of the others.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

From an Obama supporter, I'd like to see Sean Hannity moderate this debate. That way when Palin destroys herself completely none of you NeoCons can cry about the so-called liberal media bias.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Remember, the Republicans have such antipathy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that they tried to cut its federal funding, then installed a conservative ideologue as its chief executive.

This latest brouhaha is typical Republican nonsense -- when all else fails, attack the messenger and change the subject.

Gwen Ifill would make a much better vice president than Caribou Barbie.
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Ifill is totally racist. I wonder how she would feel if the racism were turned the other way...would she be a prestigious journalist?

Posted by: hazwalnut | October 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

This is clearly a conflict of interest and she should bow down.

She has the right to write the book but she does not have the right to monitor the debate.

Posted by: jtf1 | October 1, 2008 3:27 PM
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Do you have the right to determine who has rights?

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Mark M 2 writes:

"When the Obama-Pelosi_Reid junta seizes power in January , expect Obama to do what his pals in Cuba, Nicaragua, Chile, Venezuela, China and Russia have done, and take action to silence moderate and conservative media outlets and to squelch opposition. Obama is a marxist/leninist, as anyone who has known him in law school and college (such as I) will attest. This is America's last free election. Right now, I only hope and pray that when the reeducation camps open and jounalists are arrested or shot , the current crew that trusted and supported obama find themselves under arrest. Our republic is dead;pray for poetic justice."


Do you actually believe this jive, or do you just make it up for dramatic effect ?

You'd prefer four more years of Bush, in the guise of McCain apparently.

It would appear that a majority of the electorate feels otherwise and is looking for a change.

Emigration is always an option my friend......

Posted by: mathas | October 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Ifill has a personal financial interest in seeing Obama win the election. She sells more books if he wins.

It is absolutely crazy that she is the moderator. This is a blatant conflict of interest. This is unethical journalism at its finest.

Every member of the Commission on Presidential Debates should be fired and barred from government service. What a bunch of morons to choose someone with a vested interest in a certain outcome.

Posted by: rahaha | October 1, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

www.youtube.com/TheMouthPeace
This is the video youtube keeps trying to shut down. PLEASE PASS IT ON! This puts the whole race in perspective!

Posted by: RUBY2 | October 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse
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This is awesome...everyone should view this before you decide to put Democrats in complete control of the government from the WH to both houses of Congress.

Posted by: hazwalnut | October 1, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin,

The newspaper thing was not even a "gotcha" quetion. Its a stupid question---she gets a daily briefing on news and events from her staff, we hope, like all Governors. This is what's killing conservatives --- she should have said that, and sounded like a an executive.

But "you know, all of them"? Its almost as though when she doesn't have a podium in front of her she is afraid of the questioner. She was backing up like Couric was going to punch her.


Palin is no dunce. But until she shows a command of some facts and issues, she is in not place to talk about gotcha questions.

Posted by: wharwood | October 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Remember, the Republicans have such antipathy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that they tried to cut its federal funding, then installed a conservative ideologue as its chief executive.

This latest brouhaha is typical Republican nonsense -- when all else fails, attack the messenger and change the subject.

Gwen Ifill would make a much better vice president than Caribou Barbie.

Posted by: spotfoul | October 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Simple and Unbiased.

Ifill writes a book.

The Title has the word Obama on the book.

It will be for sale soon.

She profits if Obama wins the presidency on the sale of her new book..

Ifill gets to Monitor a debate that can change who people decide to vote for the next President. She can influence the debate.

This is clearly a conflict of interest and she should bow down.

She has the right to write the book but she does not have the right to monitor the debate.

Posted by: jtf1 | October 1, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

There is no evidence that the book will be favorable to the Democratic nominee - ROFL What cool aid have you been drinking?

Posted by: presstochango | October 1, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully she will get to plug her book; you know something along the lines of-

"Having the option of writing about that awful republican, what's his name, and that handsome, intelligent, wonderful African-American god-like creature who I am certain,if elected, will also discover the cure for cancer as well as the origins of the universe, I chose senator Obama to write about.

Since the article in the Chicago Tribune this past Sunday, she might want to add -

"I just hope as Rezko continues spilling his guts he leaves all the dirty deals he did with my main man out of it."

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

www.youtube.com/TheMouthPeace
This is the video youtube keeps trying to shut down. PLEASE PASS IT ON! This puts the whole race in perspective!

Posted by: RUBY2 | October 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

As a professional, I can't blame Ms Ifill for not wanting to do the debate. I did not know who she was before today. Since her book evokes Obama, the best way to promote her book and her professionalism would be to go out of her way to prove fairness to Gov. Palin. Although this would make liberal mad because they want to smash the Governor. But, this would differentiate herself from the liberal media bias and actualy work to her favor.Problem is, can she do it? And just maybe she is more like Martin Luther King, (than Obama) and is a Republican. Now that could make some liberals think....thanks

Posted by: meb4 | October 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

If the moderator had written a pro McCain book, he/she would have already been booted from the debate. What a bunch of hypocrits the Dems have become.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | October 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Everyone knows Gwen Ifill is an Obama fan. This goes back to the Dem Primary when she was biting back the tears over Hillary's unexpected win in New Hampshire.

I think that the Republicans knew she would make a great effort and lean over backward to appear even handed.

But they just kept the ace in the hole, that Gwen is an Obama adict, in case, Sarah makes an ass of herself. Then its pin the fault of the donkey.

They are just reminding the world that they have that pin ready and waiting.

Posted by: maddymappo | October 1, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Republicans: STOP CRYING!!

You are worse than my three year old when she doesn't get her way. First you were whining about Nancy Pelosi's "partisan" speech and now this! What kind of sissies are you? Are you afraid of women or something.

Grow a spine!

Posted by: hoos3014 | October 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Was that conservative website FoxNews.com ?because they were the first site I saw talking about this when I went to Google News this morning.

Posted by: washpost33 | October 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

MarkM2- Apparently you're the marxist and possibly a Nazi. Journalists shot?!?!? Reeducation camps??!? Come on, we've been living 1984 since George W. walked into the oval office...ever hear about overturns in long standing privacy laws? Get your head out and move to Cuba if you don't like that we can actually have an discussion and disagree on all sides in this country. Just because the GOP has to answer for the last eight years and that affects McCain and Palin (who can't put a sentence together), doesn't mean the media is after 'em! At this point Palin couldn't be asked her name without labeling it as a "gotcha". It's laughable and your ignorance is circa 1920s Germany.

Posted by: LLS-America | October 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin: Yeah, right.

I understand McCain has trouble with teh Google, but surely there must be someone on his campaign staff who can handle a simple search.

Posted by: bearpaw01 | October 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Seriously...
I hope Ms. Ifill is non-partisan, and asks questions without malice towards anyone.

Wouldn't not having malice towards anyone bring a refreshing new view of the world?

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

wharwood, that was not an "impossible" question. It was just another example of silly gotcha journalism/

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 1, 2008 3:06 PM
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I'll bet you've yelled "gotcha" a few times in your career.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Ifill's excellent track record speaks for itself. I know some people cannot understand how someone could write a book and still be an objective moderator. But frankly, I'm suspicious of such people who are blinded by their own partisanship to understand what journalistic objectivity really is.

Posted by: metame | October 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

wharwood, that was not an "impossible" question. It was just another example of silly gotcha journalism/

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 1, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Is Brokaw's moderating going to be called into question? Because he has ties to the McCain campaign that are beyond "friendly."

Posted by: emquinn | October 1, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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You got to be kidding Brokaw is as liberal as they come, he was just trying to get a modicum of respect back for MSNBC because he understands the numbers. I will give you this Brokaw has not joined the overt Chrissy and Olbie in the "Man Crush for Obama" club. He may be to old to be in it.

Posted by: johs | October 1, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

is truly scary to think of our government being run by Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Harry Reid, and now Barack Obama. Talk about incompetence personified ....there will be no one to stop them. The US voters are totally ignorant this year....the most inexperienced, unaccomplished person in our history is the Democrat candidate and is heading toward the presidency. Please think about what you're doing.

Posted by: hazwalnut | October 1, 2008 2:57 PM
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I suppose you rest just wonderfully at night under the present administration?
Why don't you represent your true motives here?

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

BearPaw01 & martymar123, Greta Van Susteren reported this morning that the McCain campaign did NOT know about the book. She used an analogy from her previous legal profession:

"the campaign (actually both) should have been told before the campaign agreed to have her moderate. It simply is not fair - in law, this would create a mistrial."

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 1, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The damsel is in distress now. Book or no book, Palin's dwindling backers would claim that PBS is a biased forum to begin with. They are already creating whitenoise to try to drown out Palin's chillingly bad performance. However she does in the debate, she will still be stalked by news reporters asking her impossible questions like what newspapers does she read. I say Ifill should step down and be replaced by Katie Couric.

Posted by: wharwood | October 1, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

If the Republicans really are against Ifill we should replace her with Katie Couric. Couric outPalin'd Palin. Every time Palin switched to generalities, went off topic or told lies with that sweet smile of herd Couric came back with just as sweet a smile and asked the question again.

If Palin does poorly you know that the Republicans will try to divert opinion by attacking the moderator. So go with Couric!

Posted by: Cataplasm | October 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The McCain camp agreed to Ifill as moderator because they know that she is fair. McCain should step up and defend her if he has any honor...but I'm sure he'd rather use this as an excuse to call the whole thing off.

Posted by: metame | October 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Why would Ifill want to open to charges of a conflict of interest? The fact is that sales of her her book will benefit from an Obana/Biden victory. She would withdraw from moderating the debate, and somebody who does NOT have a financial interest in an Obama victory should be substituted.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 1, 2008 2:57 PM
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What are you so afraid of?
This controversy runs much deeper than your opinions of what is "fair."

Put yourself in Ifill's shoes, and see if you would resign from the rewards of your years of research, study, and obviously excellent journalism; just because the chicken coop is upset.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

If anybody bothered to get to know Ifill you would realize she hasn't been overly deferential to Obama during the last 6 months. If anybody bothered to get to know Ifill you wouldn't be jumping to these wild conclusions. She wouldn't be Jim Lehrer's right hand woman if he was the least bit concerned about her impartiality. She has an excellent resume.

She hosted the last VP debate and has that experience. As far as Cheney's remark about requiring more than 30 seconds to answer her question, that was obviously a Cheney effort to weasel out of the question. He knew for months the format and that he would be given 30 seconds for his response. He signed off on this format. So to respond as he did, he cleverly put the spotlight back on Ifill but his real intention was to drop back twenty and punt.

Actually if you really don't who she is then these negative comments reflect your real unfamiliarity with her skills.

But blast away. It is the season.

Posted by: patrick10 | October 1, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"One has to ask the question... Why WAS Ifill chosen? Because of her unbiased position? Let me know when Elvis checks in.

She was chosen to tilt the scales in Obama's direction. That much is clear"

So not PBS is partial? You are dumb.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The discouragement is growing. Our news is now filtered by the Democrat-left, the debates are "moderated" by the Democrat left, and the future of a free and robust republic is looking dim. I feel as though I am living in Orwell's "1984", with the news being adjusted to fit the Democrats and history constantly being rewritten to favor the Democrats. When the Obama-Pelosi_Reid junta seizes power in January , expect Obama to do what his pals in Cuba, Nicaragua, Chile, Venezuela, China and Russia have done, and take action to silence moderate and conservative media outlets and to squelch opposition. Obama is a marxist/leninist, as anyone who has known him in law school and college (such as I) will attest. This is America's last free election. Right now, I only hope and pray that when the reeducation camps open and jounalists are arrested or shot , the current crew that trusted and supported obama find themselves under arrest. Our republic is dead;pray for poetic justice.

Posted by: MARKM2 | October 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

As a longtime viewer of PBS, I have been appalled this year at the partisan coverage of Barack Obama. It's not just Gwen Ifill, however; Judy Woodruff has also shown the extreme left position of her husband Al Hunt. She has shown every flaw of McCain but none for Obama. Of course, he doesn't have any...right. This is a sad time in journalism and something I have never seen before. Even though I have been a Democrat for decades, I cannot believe what's happened to my party. It is truly scary to think of our government being run by Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Harry Reid, and now Barack Obama. Talk about incompetence personified ....there will be no one to stop them. The US voters are totally ignorant this year....the most inexperienced, unaccomplished person in our history is the Democrat candidate and is heading toward the presidency. Please think about what you're doing.

Posted by: hazwalnut | October 1, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Why would Ifill want to open to charges of a conflict of interest? The fact is that sales of her her book will benefit from an Obana/Biden victory. She would withdraw from moderating the debate, and somebody who does NOT have a financial interest in an Obama victory should be substituted.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 1, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Will Palin do well in this sort of "Obama is god and you're a racist if you don't vote for him" public forum? I don't really know, but with the cards AMAZINGLY stacked in favor of Mr. "Roosevelt got on TV and explained how the Stock Market crashed to the American people", I think she's going to have a tough row to hoe.

But what do I know. I just sing in a friggin' Rock Band...
Posted by: robbfoster
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Obviously you are a fellow Joe 6-packer.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse


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As a result of the non-stop adulation for TheOne and their savage, pit bull attacks on Palin, millions of Americans have come to realize that the loony-left liberal media have fully and completely abandoned all journalistic ethics and will do anything to ensure victory for their favorite left-wing candidates.

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Posted by: ImpeachNOW | October 1, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

One has to ask the question... Why WAS Ifill chosen? Because of her unbiased position? Let me know when Elvis checks in.

She was chosen to tilt the scales in Obama's direction. That much is clear.

McCain's camp is littered with fools for allowing this to go forward.

Can Ifill be trusted to not go over the questions with Biden? No, she can't.

Anymore than acorn can be trusted to do honest voting registration.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | October 1, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Man, the conservative apparatchiks are all in a tizzy today.

I guess they just received their urgent new orders from Republican Central Command:

We've had Palin in top-secret debate training for a week and she just isn't getting any better. Quick! Try to discredit the moderator, so we can blame Palin's bad performance on that! Here's your script. Now hit it!

You guys are so lame.

Posted by: nodebris | October 1, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign agreed to Gwen Ifill as moderator, therefore ... MCCAIN'S CAMPAIGN MUST BE BIASED TOWARDS OBAMA!! (But of course the hyper-ultra-leftwing media won't cover that, for fear of angering their socialistic masters!)

Posted by: bearpaw01 | October 1, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Of course, I use the word "seems," because maybe she'll be completely fair. Still, when she pulls out the race card, when nobody was pulling out the race card, it makes me suspicious.
Posted by: Grant_x
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Oops...
You just pulled out the "race card."
Funny how it just keeps rearing it's ugly head!

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Let's all be honest here. If Obama wins, her book does GREAT. If Obama loses, her book still does great, maybe not the numbers if he wins, but still quite well...

As a normal American, I find it rather interesting that I first heard about this supposed conflict of interest this morning; that she was writing or has written this book. Let's all be perfectly honest. If this were Bill O'Reilly or someone who was right leaning... then the Post and the rest of you would be writhing in pain and gnashing your teeth about the blatant abuse of the press and it's undue influence over the campaign... Instead, as usual... you talk not of the conflict of interest, but rather the mere fact that this was "known" all along... Known by whom? the general public? I find that amazing. I'd be willing to bet most of the general public has no idea.

I'll cite the fact that when Palin's privacy was feloniously made public... the talk was about whether or not she was hiding anything; NOT about the criminal activity that an opponent of her party hacked her account and made public her very private information.

Will Palin do well in this sort of "Obama is god and you're a racist if you don't vote for him" public forum? I don't really know, but with the cards AMAZINGLY stacked in favor of Mr. "Roosevelt got on TV and explained how the Stock Market crashed to the American people", I think she's going to have a tough row to hoe.

But what do I know. I just sing in a friggin' Rock Band...

Posted by: robbfoster | October 1, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA MEDIA BIAS ... NOW, OBAMA DEBATE BIAS !!!

Posted by: howard521 | October 1, 2008 2:46 PM
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It seems your name should be coward.
You hide behind hate and bigotry, and voice what you call concern.

You are hollering about liberation as well.
The truth is, 'howard' you are Mr. Wright wearing a suit of a different color.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"No one's ever assumed a white reporter can't cover a white candidate."

This is not the issue. The issue is that Ifill wrote a book about three polititians, one of them being Obama, and Ifill will be moderating a debate between Obama's running mate Biden, and McCain's running mate Palin.

I'm an Obama supporter, and I'll be soaking up the schadenfreude like everyone else when Palin trips on her own tongue, but Ifill seems to be a biased choice here.

Of course, I use the word "seems," because maybe she'll be completely fair. Still, when she pulls out the race card, when nobody was pulling out the race card, it makes me suspicious.

Posted by: Grant_x | October 1, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

What? They didn't notice Ifill's black before? Lol, likely story.

They just think that if a MAN is the moderator, they can get away with more of the poor Palin delicate flower routine. How pathetic. Hillary had to work harder, and know more than all the mean, and Palin has a lower bar. She's an abomination to women's rights.

Posted by: TeriB | October 1, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Just bringing the book up now, huh? Well, why am I not surprised. Agree to the rules knowing full well about the book and then use it to diss Ms.Ifill later. If the McCain agreed to Ifill going into it, then they will have to be OK with it, and NO FAIR WHINING.
We are on to that game.

Posted by: martymar123 | October 1, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA MEDIA BIAS ... NOW, OBAMA DEBATE BIAS !!!
The nation already is skeptical about the fairness and objectivity of the mainstream media regarding election coverage ... so, why in the world is Gwen Ifill the debate moderator, when she is writing a book about Obama ... especially since her book sales would increase if Obama/Biden win? The moderator in a debate ... especially one of this importance and magnitude ... should be seen as completely fair, objective and above reproach. This is a terrible choice, and could easily have been remedied by choosing from hundreds of other more objective potential moderators. I can imagine the outcry if Michelle Malkin, or Ann Coulter was chosen as the moderator for the first Vice Presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden. FURTHER MORE ... Everyone knows that Roland Martin is in the tank for Obama ... and regarding his call for Palin to either 'put up, or shut up' ... for millions of Americans, we still feel that Obama never adequately explained why he chose to spend TWENTY YEARS, yes TWENTY YEARS, in Jeremiah Wright's anti-American, racist, black liberation church, which gave a life time achievement award to Louis Farrakhan, and Obama only quit the church due to public outrage and personal ambition.

Posted by: howard521 | October 1, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

If this logic is true:

Ifill will gain more money and power by moderating the debate, so she shouldn't moderate it.

Then by the same logic, NO ONE CAN MODERATE THE DEBATE BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO GAIN BY BEING IN FRONT OF 100 MILLION PEOPLE.

Stop crying republicans, your turn is next week when the GOP Slave moderates.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 1, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

If it's "no surprise" about her book, then why did NPR select her, of all their correspondents, to moderate the debate?

BTW, Palin in fact DID get the Bush Doctrine correct. There are actually four iterations of the Bush Doctrine, and it was GIBSON, venerated newsman that he is, who did not know this.

Posted by: bws1971 | October 1, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Gwen has a dog in this fight.

It is unfair for Gwen Ifill to moderate the VP debate, since she has a great deal to gain from an Obama victory. Her book, titled “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” is due to be released on January 20th, 2009, on Presidential Inauguration Day. She will have a blockbuster in all the bookstores if Obama wins.

From Amazon.com editorial review: “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. ”

It is time for Gwen Ifill to recuse herself from the debate. She has a dog in this fight. There must be an impartial moderator, one who has nothing to lose or to gain. Ifill is rooting for Obama, and banking on an Obama victory.

Posted by: thecandypoem | October 1, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe that any of the folks who are up in arms have read the book. I, for one, would assume offhand that it is fair and balanced. Ifill seems to be an even-handed journalist who is respected by folks from both sides of the aisle. No one should be surprised that a national journalist would write a book about current events. So let's not jump to assumptions about bias. Rather, let's judge Ifill by her performance as moderator and the quality of the questions she asks.

Posted by: ElCidVicious | October 1, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I have several problems with this story. None of which is Ifill doing the debate. She is a competent and learned journalist and should be able to control any bias she has one way or the other in conducting the debate.

The problems have to do with the response to the issue even being brought up. McCain already has said it is a non issue and that he expects her to do a "professional" job as he put it. Because it has been reported is automatically accepted by some as the McCain campaign complaining. It has obviously not done so.

I do find it odd that Ifill herself remarked that "No one's ever assumed a white reporter can't cover a white candidate." There hasn't been one report by anybody complaining about Ms. Ifill's race. Why does she bring it up. The reports were that a reporter who is writting a book about O'Bama was doing the debate and that her previous connection might indicate a bias or that in the least an "appearance of a conflict of interest". NO mention of race by any one, other than the usual calling of conservatives racist by the looney left.

I would like for those on the left to pick one side or the other before the debate. Is Sarah Palin a nitwit that doesn't have a chance in this debate, or a stealth debate champion that should win handily and if Biden is even close it is really a win.

Posted by: Clutch | October 1, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

No, this hack's book is no secret. Neither is her allegiance. Both, in a normal world, would have discredited her as a moderator.

But, this is not a normal world. This is Obamaland, where biased news reporting, ignoring of his terrorist friends and now this goofy, partisan hatchet master as a "moderator."

Hopefully, before the debate begins and after the cameras start rolling, she will announce her book, her affiliations and her loyalties.

If not, I hope Palin does it for her.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | October 1, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

From Victor Carter:
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I would have loved to see Palin take the softball questions from the media in the same way Obama has in the last 2 years. Obama who has considerable less executive experience has been able to practice his answers for the last 2 years......... tinkering and forming his answers with little riding on the outcome......to a media that was always willing to overlook a gaffe,lay cover for, and most important, always aware NEVER, NEVER, to go over a line in a way that might be considered hostile.
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She has gotten nothing but the softest of softballs.

I think Obama knows what newspapers he reads. I know he is familiar with the Bush Doctrine, as are most others who are knowledgable about our foreign policy. I think he is smart enough to know that being able to see Russia (which, incidentally, Palin never has because she has never been to Little Diomede, the island in her state from which Russia is visible) doesn't give you foreign policy experience.

She is a joke.

And, the people who are most loudly calling for her to step aside are conservative republicans. I for one would love her to stay in the race. She increases Obama's chances of victory.

Posted by: calbear87 | October 1, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin will challenge Ifill about the book every time Ifill asks a follow-up question.

Palin will prove that she is an intellectual idiot regardless of how low the expectations are.

Idiots are unqualified for the Presidency.

Posted by: onestring | October 1, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I would have loved to see Palin take the softball questions from the media in the same way Obama has in the last 2 years. Obama who has considerable less executive experience has been able to practice his answers for the last 2 years......... tinkering and forming his answers with little riding on the outcome......to a media that was always willing to overlook a gaffe,lay cover for, and most important, always aware NEVER, NEVER, to go over a line in a way that might be considered hostile.
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She has gotten nothing but the softest of softballs.

I think Obama knows what newspapers he reads. I know he is familiar with the Bush Doctrine, as are most others who are knowledgable about our foreign policy. I think he is smart enough to know that being able to see Russia (which, incidentally, Palin never has because she has never been to Little Diomede, the island in her state from which Russia is visible) doesn't give you foreign policy experience.

She is a joke.

And, the people who are most loudly calling for her to step aside are conservative republicans. I for one would love her to stay in the race. She increases Obama's chances of victory.

Posted by: calbear87 | October 1, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse


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I would have loved to see Palin take the softball questions from the media in the same way Obama has in the last 2 years. Obama who has considerable less executive experience has been able to practice his answers for the last 2 years......... tinkering and forming his answers with little riding on the outcome......to a media that was always willing to overlook a gaffe,lay cover for, and most important, always aware NEVER, NEVER, to go over a line in a way that might be considered hostile.
___________________________________________
She has gotten nothing but the softest of softballs.

I think Obama knows what newspapers he reads. I know he is familiar with the Bush Doctrine, as are most others who are knowledgable about our foreign policy. I think he is smart enough to know that being able to see Russia (which, incidentally, Palin never has because she has never been to Little Diomede, the island in her state from which Russia is visible) doesn't give you foreign policy experience.

She is a joke.

And, the people who are most loudly calling for her to step aside are conservative republicans. I for one would love her to stay in the race. She increases Obama's chances of victory.

Posted by: calbear87 | October 1, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

well - i didn't know about the book...

curiosity - who picks the moderators?

Is it a big deal - I don't know - but why even risk the appearance of impropriety? I don't know who Ifill is but whats so special about her that she can't be replaced? just pick someone else - its not like the questions aren't written out or whatever. I mean I'll do it (though I'd rather spend my time doing something else since I already know who I am voting for - absent something totally crazy which I'm sure I would hear about before the election).

It just seems like Dems always find someway to give the Repubs an out...I just don't get it.

Posted by: ballgame | October 1, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Victor Carter has put it just like it is. This woman should recuse herself as she most definitly has a financial interest in the out come of the election.
Has it been pointed out to PBS that for the most part they depend on donations from people that will be voting? Perhaps they should reconsider putting this woman on.

Posted by: rdancer42 | October 1, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Independent4tw: You have demonstrated that you are a certifiable idiot.

Posted by: sagereader | October 1, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The fact she is turning this into a black/white issue is just so ridiculous. NO ONE CARES THAT YOU ARE BLACK, MS. IFILL. People care that you stand to make FAR less money if your upcoming book doesn't SELL. That demonstrates a clear CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Do some research on how companies and the federal government define CONFLICT OF INTEREST. It is not a matter of simply being above reproach, if there is even the appearance of indiscretion, which this clearly has, she is not able to be impartial. Does anyone honestly think her book will sell JUST as much if Sen. Obama isn't elected??? Come on people.

Posted by: VAThinker | October 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Independent4tw, Greta Van Susteren reported this morning that the McCain campaign did NOT know about the book. She used an analogy from her previous legal profession:

"the campaign (actually both) should have been told before the campaign agreed to have her moderate. It simply is not fair - in law, this would create a mistrial."

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The fact she is turning this into a black/white issue is just so ridiculous. NO ONE CARES THAT YOU ARE BLACK, MS. IFILL. People care that you stand to make FAR less money if your upcoming book doesn't SELL. That demonstrates a clear CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Do some research on how companies and the federal government define CONFLICT OF INTEREST. It is not a matter of simply being above reproach, if there is even the appearance of indiscretion, which this clearly has, she is not able to be impartial. Does anyone honestly think her book will sell JUST as much if Sen. Obama isn't elected??? Come on people.

Posted by: VAThinker | October 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse


Ifill will face one handicap at the debate. She broke her ankle Monday night, her birthday, after tripping while carrying some money from the Obama/Biden campaign up stairs at her home.

P.S.: Knowledge of Ifill's actions writing the book does not excuse her obvious CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

Posted by: sagereader | October 1, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

saveoursouls, I am a partisan Republican and not the moderator tomorrow. Can you answer the question posed by truthbsaid:

Then all you "no big deal" dudes wouldn't mind if Hannity subs for Ifill if she can't make it?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 1, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

If the republican machine wanted to raise issue about it, they had plenty of time to do so. They should have brought this up the moment it was a 2-candidate neck in neck race for the democratic nomination.

I personally have always been impressed by the professionalism of PBS's journalists at both conventions, and for their commentary, which I think is honest. PBS's journalism is much closer to Fox's slogan than Fox is, that's for sure.

I don't think that Gwen Ifill will be the problem. Because the republicans are complaining though, I think she should recuse herself, for the same reason that was stated above: don't give the appearance of impropriety. Don't give Palin a way of accusing the media of bias again.

I knew that there was trouble before the RNC, when Palin was already attacking the media for sexism, when they were looking into her qualifications and trying to dig through all the skeletons in her closet. Don't give her another excuse. Biden is going to expose her complete lack of competence on Thursday. Don't give the republicans any excuse to discount the beating she will be receiving on Thursday.

Posted by: The42ndAdams | October 1, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I wonder will the same people asking Ifill to remove herself ask Tom Brokaw the same thing. Me thinks not!!!

Posted by: TennGurl | October 1, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Scandalous, absolutely scandalous!

How is it fair to allow a person who has actually written a book moderate a debate where one of the debaters cannot remember ever reading a book (without pictures) or even a newspaper? This is unfair to Governor Palin. I mean really!

When you think about it, Senator Biden also has written a book - so there is a bias right there. Authors always stick together!

Posted by: free-donny | October 1, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

EVERYONE HAS OPINIONS.

EVEN MODERATORS.

The reason why someone is picked to be a moderator, is that they are trusted to be impartial.

AFTER THE DEBATE, WHEN PALIN LOOKS LIKE A COMPLETE IDIOT, THEN YOU CAN BLAME SOMEONE. The fact is Ifill has not done anything besides prove to whoever runs the show that she is a capable moderator.

Your opinion of her, her book, and her outlook on this election IS WORTH NOTHING, so STFU.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 1, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin could have her husband as the moderator and she would still make a fool of herself.

Just watch the Katie Couric interviews. I never thought of Couric as being particularly knowledgeable or intimidating, but next to Palin, Katie looked like an adult talking to a child.

Or maybe Sarah was speaking in tongues or pig latin.

All of you crybabies who "know" that Ifil's book is favorable to Obama, please share with us some parts of the book that you have read that prove your point.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | October 1, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

God help us for destroying one of the few decent politicians in government.

Victor Carter
Posted by: victorstennis
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God help you to see what decency is.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"Laughable. Too many people jumping the gun, no wonder we are in such trouble, too many people with sloppy impulse control and "shoot-from-the-hip" reactions."

This "shoot-from-the-hip" ideal is horrible. What idiot thinks that it is better to do something asap then to stop and think about the effects each decision causes? Life is not "guess-and-check" all the time.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 1, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh for example. That way the public can openly assess what goes on...
Posted by: int1m1dater
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You could not be serious...
Perhaps just blind.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Another screed from Malkin, employing her usual cutsey hyperventilating and conspiracy theories against the media.

Any chance the right is already setting up a possible Palin debacle as Gwen I's fault ?

It would fit a pattern. After listening to Laura Ingraham blame Gibson and Couric for "burnishing" their journalistic credentials, by playing "gotcha" with Palin, it's clear there's a theme at play here.

Posted by: mathas | October 1, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I would have loved to see Palin take the softball questions from the media in the same way Obama has in the last 2 years. Obama who has considerable less executive experience has been able to practice his answers for the last 2 years......... tinkering and forming his answers with little riding on the outcome......to a media that was always willing to overlook a gaffe,lay cover for, and most important, always aware NEVER, NEVER, to go over a line in a way that might be considered hostile.

In my opinion, the tactic of hiding her till the last minute was brilliant given the medias desire to elect Obama with one exception, she has not had the time to learn how to handle a biased and hostile media....one that has shown itself all to willing to go over any line to destroy her. She is getting gunshy and it should be expected.

Biden will destroy Palin with the help of the moderator (Gwen Ifill) even if its passive........Gwen is releasing her book "Politics and Race in the age of Obama". 1/4 of it said to be about Obama.....she has great financial interest in seeing Palin doing poorly. Her book comes out on inauguration day.....her interest in this makes her unqualified........ there is little chance of her being fair even if she wanted to.

I believe Palin is more than capable of helping Mc Cain start a revolution of sorts in politics....one where we start getting this ugly ship turned around........But she is becoming gun shy........unless she is able to start being herself, it is all over.........Palins only chance is to stop being what she is not.....she is not an expert in all things political.......she is a honest politician with a record of change UNLIKE Obama.

This is going to be like watching a champion boxer fight once to many times, taking a brutal beating....I will not watch.

God help us for destroying one of the few decent politicians in government.

She and McCain may be our last chance, Obama has not shown himself capable of making the hard choices and certainly has never been capable of working with the other side.....we will likely waste 8 more years without the leadership when we need it most.

Socialism in the following 8 years will follow his groundwork.


Victor Carter

Posted by: victorstennis | October 1, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

BTW, this is another example of why I believe the people who "moderate" these things should be people who have clearly disclosed their preference and their should be one who supports each side . They could wear campaign buttons - no they should have to. Let the mods be Chris Mathews and Rush Limbaugh for example. That way the public can openly assess what goes on and we can avoid all the disgusting hypocricy in this process.

Posted by: int1m1dater | October 1, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"If Ifil were fair she would recuse herself from moderating the debate. If an author of a pro McCain Book were moderating I can't imagine the howls from the press!!"

I don't here the press howling about the next moderator, the guy that was cheering at the GOP convention a few weeks ago. Typical republican hypocracy. What is bad for the dems is good for the repubs.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 1, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Really?

PEople are already calling for this womens head and the FRIGGIN DEBATE HASNT EVEN HAPPENED YET?

What a bunch of sheep some people are. Let's save the pitchforks and torches until after it's all over. No one has even read her book or seen the debate, so how do we know she's not Obamas biggest enemy? If that were the case, would people still be pitchin so much straw?

Laughable. Too many people jumping the gun, no wonder we are in such trouble, too many people with sloppy impulse control and "shoot-from-the-hip" reactions.

Posted by: TLHWRAITH | October 1, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Please at least let Palin fail before you go crying media bias! What happens if she cleans the floor with Biden? Then you look like a bunch of cry-babies (which you are). Gwen Ifill is very fair, which you would know if you watched real news on PBS once in a while instead of that crap on Fox. Stop being a regurgitator and THINK. Why shouldn't a black woman with first-hand knowledge of the changes in the political opportunities for blacks write about it? You have no idea what the book even says!!

Posted by: cowboythecat | October 1, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Lets look at her background...worked for NBC news(liberal), New York Times(ultra liberal), Washington Post(liberal). I'm sure she is completely objective and impartial. LOL...chalk another win up for the mainstream media. And why not, the American public sits back and accepts bias so good for Gwen and the mainstream media.

Posted by: dcsackers2 | October 1, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Since our right leaning friends seem to have about a 2 second attention span let's remind them of the "fair play" over the last eight years:
1. Stealing two elections by bullying and encouraging fraudulent voting practices
2. Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld
3. Firing attornies because they happen not to be Republican
4. WMDs, war in Iraq, over 4,000 American lives lost because of a lie.
5. Blackwater
6. Their associations & windfalls and Cayman accounts from Fannie, Freddie, Haliburton, Enron and all oil companies

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones or muddy an accomplished journalist's reputation for writing a book. Those Faux News fans should know that every single "show" is a plug for one of their talking heads' books every other minute, not to mention Hannity's obvious racism and links to radical White Supremist hate groups. Grow up and think for yourselves for once before you bring us all down. Watch some PBS.

Posted by: LLS-America | October 1, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"I used to wonder about this scripture...
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God."

With what I see these of "so-called Christian, Obama-waffle makers and the like, I now understand why His house must first be purged."


Perhaps you should look up from your Bible now and again. You might notice that the "party of God" is often wrought with hypocrisy and immorality. People support them for being pro-life and anti-gay, but overlook all the actions that they choose to make.

I believe Jesus said something about loving your neighbor, caring for the sick and the poor, and how everyone was a child of God. But I must be mistaken...

Posted by: AgnosticEngineer | October 1, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen a bunch of conservative crybabies in my life. Ifill is an intelligent and fair journalist. Most of the dummies yelling about her book, have not even READ IT!

When Obama debated Hillary during the primaries, he was not crying about GEORGE STEPHANOPOLOUS (former Bill Clinton President spokesman) being unqualified to moderate the debate!

Grow up and grow a pair!

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 1, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Typical republican ploy of trying to bring racism in and playing the refs. God forbid we have real journalists in the debate with Palin...

asking a VP-candidate basic questions about the world is not 'gotcha'. Nobody is asking her to name the current leader of Costa Rica. Ignorance is not a good thing, people... even if it proves she's 'just like me and mah friends!'

Posted by: fake1 | October 1, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

This issue is a joke compared to what's happening on the other side. Next week, Tom Brokaw, a direct liason to the McCain campaign and shameless republican cheerleader (note the inappropriate routine and often inaccurate comments he makes as moderator on Meet the Press in favor of the republican nominee), will run the presidential debate. I have a lot more faith that Gwen Ifill will run a non-biased debate than will he. Gwen Ifill is one of the most trustworthy and fair members of the news media.

Posted by: calbear87 | October 1, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Can the Republicans try to work over the referees any harder? Ifill is one of the most unbiased and respected journalists in this country. Now they are smearing the hosts of the debate, prior to the debate? Is it because they know Palin is going to completely tank?

Her book speaks truth. How could Obama and other blacks be involved in politics if not for the 60s? Why is that controversial in any way? This is ridiculous!

It looks like the Republicans are already expecting to lose the debate and setting up the post debate spin. Kind of like McCain releasing his ad saying he won before his debate even took place.

McCain's campaign has to be one of the worst on record.

Posted by: mbshults | October 1, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Its a disgrace, pure and simple.

But more importantly to me -- how can any organization that claims to be non-partisan as the debate commission does offer her up as a moderator. Simply stated, if you really are stupid enough to think she wont have a political bias, how about the fact that she sells more books for sure if Obama wins.

McCain should never have agreed to this although they claim they didnt know. But even if they did, her selection forces them to fight against the action of a non partisan group which is bad PR. I hope we get some investigation on whether she disclosed this to the commission and if so did they disclose this to the campaign. Just another reminder that these fact non partisan organizations, like the so called fact checkers, are anything but.

But bottom line there ain't to sides to this one. This is a joke.

Posted by: int1m1dater | October 1, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat and an NPR listener; and even I can see that she should not be moderating this debate. There's to heavy and too obvious a bias here. Gwen needs to back out and turn the moderating duties over to someone with a little less pro-Obama stance. The press is already seen as rabidly pro-Obama and this will just bring into question the validity of the whole debate process.

Posted by: Ogman | October 1, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, it is just possible the Democrats are directly responsible for making an artificial home market completely detached from inflation$$. Prices were influenced by cheap loans and then those loans stopped flowing. This all goes back to the problem with the Democrats they think money$$$ thrown at things fixes everything. Here, they threw money$$$$$$$ at people so they could buy a home--they never even gave a thought (apparently) to how these people would keep their homes."


Uh, yeah. It is the middle class that are defaulting on their $200k, $300k, and $400k homes. The lending industry (not just Fannie and Freddie) invented a variety of poorly planned loans to hand out to all of America. "No money down, low introductory rates, no payments until 2008!!!" They sounded like a bunch of used car salesmen. They packaged up these bad loans and sold them off as good investments. Further exacerbating the problem, they started selling insurance contracts on said investments backed by small companies that couldn't insure anything. Add one touch of economic slowdown and BOOM!!!! Many bubbles popping simultaneously...

Posted by: AgnosticEngineer | October 1, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

hypocrites and faux christians on the right will ever be happy.
___________________________________________

I used to wonder about this scripture...
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God."

With what I see these of "so-called Christian, Obama-waffle makers and the like, I now understand why His house must first be purged.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

If Ifil were fair she would recuse herself from moderating the debate. If an author of a pro McCain Book were moderating I can't imagine the howls from the press!!

Posted by: kalamere | October 1, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"It is in Ifell's financial best interest for Obama to win. I felt she would do what she could to make Biden look good, now I know for sure she will do everything in her power to make sure her book is a best seller.

Palin has three debate opponents, Biden, Iffel and the MSM."

It is in Iffel's best interest to keep her job by being an impartial moderator. This wasn't selected because of any other reason besides being fair.

You forgot Palin's 4th debator, herself.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 1, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It may not have been a secret to you that Ifill has been writing a pro-Obama book but it was certainly news to me; I live outside the beltway. This late revelation is why so many Americans distrust the press. I actually don't mind a reporter being biased; I find it refreshing. Hannity and Comes is fun to watch. The problem is when a reporter positions him or herself as objective while they embrace a fully biased point of view. Ifill has every right to write about her passion for the Obama phenomenon and I look forward to reading it. However, in light of this revelation (for those who live outside the beltway bubble) she shouldn't be moderating a debate alone but instead share this duty with a more right leaning moderator like Brit Hume, Ben Stein or George Will. What would be wrong with that?

Posted by: DallasTxAggie | October 1, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

It may not have been a secret to you that Ifill has been writing a pro-Obama book but it was certainly news to me; I live outside the beltway. This late revelation is why so many Americans distrust the press. I actually don't mind a reporter being biased; I find it refreshing. Hannity and Comes is fun to watch. The problem is when a reporter positions him or herself as objective while they embrace a fully biased point of view. Ifill has every right to write about her passion for the Obama phenomenon and I look forward to reading it. However, in light of this revelation (for those who live outside the beltway bubble) she shouldn't be moderating a debate alone but instead share this duty with a more right leaning moderator like Brit Hume, Ben Stein or George Will. What would be wrong with that?

Posted by: DallasTxAggie | October 1, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Seems like many of you are willing to be sharks in a feeding frenzy over this, and I hate to ruin a good meal...but... I agree with Michelle Malkin, Sarah should congratulate her on her book and ask her to share the title, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, with the audience before the debate. At least the viewers will understand that Gwen's approach is a "means to an end". her own financial gain. Don't you love free markets?

Posted by: meshighlandfield | October 1, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I think, in light of this controversy, there should be a second vice presidential debate in one or two weeks. The moderator should be a conservative news reporter.

Then we can all decide who the best moderator is, and vote accordingly.

Posted by: alexash | October 1, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@ 1:44 PM truthbsaid said, "Then all you "no big deal" dudes wouldn't mind if Hannity subs for Ifill if she can't make it."

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I would have a problem with Hannity as he has shown himself to practice way too much bad journalism... worse than Oberman by far. I would not, however, have a problem with George Will. Alternatives who are less established in either camp and not already moderating include Cokie Roberts and Connie Chung.

Posted by: burkemic99 | October 1, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The right wing sycophant, Bob Schieffer, will moderate the last debate. He's on record saying Bush out-performed Gore in the 2000 debates, and he was in the audience beaming with a state of rapture, when Palin gave her RNC speech. Don't worry republicans, you've got money, big business, thick-headed ethnocentrism, and above all, cheating on your side.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 1, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

WHO CARES?

Don't you think that she was picked as a moderator because she keeps her opinion to herself and lets debaters talk?

EVERYONE has an opinion on this issue. The moderators job is to stick to the middle. So she wrote a book, big deal.

Posted by: Independent4tw | October 1, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

It is in Ifell's financial best interest for Obama to win. I felt she would do what she could to make Biden look good, now I know for sure she will do everything in her power to make sure her book is a best seller.

Palin has three debate opponents, Biden, Iffel and the MSM.

Posted by: BarryInLasVegas | October 1, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

There is no way the brainwashed myopic morons ,hypocrites and faux christians on the right will ever be happy. The have their own propaganda news network in Fox, they completely dominate talk radio with morally depleted scumbags like Limbaugh and Bill O. and yet they still have to work the refs who are already in their corner like Howard Kurtz.

Posted by: timebanded | October 1, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

It's no surprise that the cons would be dragging Gwen Ifill's good name through the mud. If anyone interviewing the right's candidates aren't "in the tank" for their party, they whine like toddlers. It's time for Republicans to grow up and grow a spine. You have an incompetent, unintelligent prevaricating VP candidate and an erratic presidential candidate. Crying liberal bias isn't going to change that fact.

Posted by: PaulineM | October 1, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully she will get to plug her book- you know something along the lines of " Having the option of writing about that awful, baby killing, child moestor, Republican...
Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 1, 2008 1:45 PM
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Now you are spilling your family secrets.
The truth is that you have very close baby-killing associations, friends and relatives.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

So the Washington Post "BREAKS A STORY" by Declaring "ITS NOT A SECRET".

that's hillarious.

"mccain knew", "it's just stupid cover for that dummy palin". these are more legit angles than "moderator has financial interest in outcome of debate"?

give us a break, kurtz!

Posted by: hoonbelly | October 1, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Even if Ifill was moderating a debate between Obama and McCain I would say her book has no relevance. She's moderating a debate between Biden and Palin. As she pointed out no one questions the ability of a white reporter to cover a white politician. Why is she being questioned in this case? Had the media done a really thorough job of vetting candidates in this election it would have pointed out how dramatically McCain has changed his position from the time of his so-called "maverick" days to the present. Politically savvy people understand that running as a Republican, McCain had to say and do whatever would win him support from the "base." But, did he go too far? On November 4 we'll all find out.

Posted by: rob15 | October 1, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If this was common knowledge, then why didn't the debate committe, PBS, and Iffy have the good sense to avoid an obvious conflict on interest. Why not avoid this situation?

Jackson working with Obama, and Fannie/Freddie.... the whole snake pit. Are democrate that brazen or that stupid to realize that most Americans really want fair play? Does this sound like fair play???

Posted by: tony21 | October 1, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Bill O'Reilly could moderate tomorrow night's VP debate and it wouldn't help the vacuous Palin. GOP misdirection, and nothing more.

Posted by: HonestHonestAbe | October 1, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

hey saveoursouls

The COLOR of my politics is RED...I mean you couldn't tell....damn public schools!

Posted by: Jaded2 | October 1, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"

Why even have the election? With the press solidly behind Obama, the election is just a formality. No mention of the ties Obama and his associates like Franklin Raines have to the mortgage scandal. No mention of Pelosi funneling 100 grand to her husband from her political action committee. No, it is always the Republicans who are blamed. Now Palin has to go before an Obama advocate. Can no one see the potential problems with Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Frank, Schumer and the rest of the cast of characters in the Demoorat party running the nation? We'll never know of any wrong doing because the press will never report it!

Posted by: saelij | October 1, 2008 1:43 PM | "

We accept your concession. When is McCain delivering his speech to confirm it?

Posted by: thrh | October 1, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully she will get to plug her book- you know something along the lines of " Having the option of writing about that awful, baby killing, child moestor, Republican, what's his name and that handsome, intelligent, wonder African-American god like creature who I know, if elected, will also discover the cure for cancer as well as the origins of the universe, I chose senator Obama to write about.

She might want to add - "I just hope as rezko continues spilling his guts he leaves all the dirty deals he did with my main man out of it."

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

THE WALL STREET BAILOUT IS A TRAP:

YOU DID THE RIGHT THING people by stopping this 700 billion dollar bailout of Wall Street with your money. It's a trap set by the Bush McCain administration years ago to spring on you, and the World just before the November elections. It will cripple our economy for years to come by taking away money from important social programs like health care reform, education, and social security.

What ever congress does to try and fix our stunning economic catastrophe needs to be done very carefully. Congress needs to take their time, and be sure of what they are doing. Whatever is done needs to be sharply focused at helping, and protecting the best interest of the ordinary Americans. In particular the vast American middle class. 700 billion dollars is a lot of the peoples money to spend to bail out a bunch of corrupt Bush loan sharks.

When have you ever known any government plan, or project to only cost what the government said it would. Remember the war in Iraq. Bush and his so-called advisers said it would only cost you about 80 billion dollars. But we now know that the war in Iraq will cost you, and your children, and your grand children over a trillion dollars, and still counting.

So if 80 billion can end up costing you over a trillion dollars. How much could 700 billion end up costing you. Any math wizards out there. I come up with 9 trillion...:-(

My fellow human beings, just as I warned you ahead of this catastrophic economic meltdown, I must now warn you that what is ahead has the potential to be even more catastrophic than what we are going through now. The worlds geopolitical landscape has been booby trapped by the Bush McCain administration and their republican allies in congress. These booby traps are poised to spring at any time.

Fortunately the Worlds Nations have been blessed with many excellent leaders (except the US) who have been careful, wise, strong, and self-restrained in dealing with the provocations, and antagonism's of the Bush, McCain administration.

Barack Obama and the democrats are your best hope now. Tell your family, friends, and everyone you know to support them as best you can, and vote for them like your life, and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. Because it does. You will not survive 4 more years of Bush McCain.

JACK SMITH - WORKING CLASS...

Posted by: JackSmith1 | October 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

And someone just reminded me, George Stephanolous moderated a debate between Hillary and Barack. And HE was Bill Clinton's press secretary. Where was the outrage? You mean, there wasn't a cause for any?

Why is acceptable that only little Ms. Sara Palin can't handle an interview unless it's from Fox News or Katie Couric? Anybody else is obviously going to be out to get her with their "gotcha journalism".

Why don't you just ask Katie if she'll moderate the debate? I'm sure the McCain campaign will be happy with her. Or better yet, just get anybody from Fox News. They're known for being fair and balanced, aren't they?

Posted by: QuietFire | October 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Ifill argues that the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a generation of men and women who are the direct beneficiaries of the struggles of the 1960s."
Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 1, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse
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Is there something wrong with giving an opinion? You do it all the time.

You might as well put up the no-Blacks allowed sign...they could not even ask questions if it were up to you.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Palin needs to come out and congratulate her on the book, using the title ( with Obama in it . This way she can easily put it all out on the table and get the moderator on her side ( as much as she can or put the moderator on the defensive a little )

Palin just needs to be herself. Afterall, moderators are suppossed to be inpartial regardless of party affiliation. Although I doubt it will occur this way we need to go into it with the glass is half full instead of half empty approach. Democrat do enough of the half empty glass already.. matter of fact their glass has a leak in it and all of the water is running out and only they can ever fix the leak..

Posted by: tbastian | October 1, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Then all you "no big deal" dudes wouldn't mind if Hannity subs for Ifill if she can't make it.

Posted by: truthbsaid | October 1, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

It seems that is unthinkable that the McCain campaign did not vet the history of Gwen Ifill and what she has been writing for the last few months. So it seems that the McCain Campaign has been sleeping at the wheels.

All said and done it may have been a good ploy to ensure that there is controversy just before the debate and it gives an easy spin on the McCain side to say it was a 'partisan' debate. Watch the spin doctors descend in in FOX heaven.

Better still, McCain campaign can move away from the debate stating that there is conflict of interest and they want a different moderator. ..

Posted by: avgjoe2 | October 1, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Why even have the election? With the press solidly behind Obama, the election is just a formality. No mention of the ties Obama and his associates like Franklin Raines have to the mortgage scandal. No mention of Pelosi funneling 100 grand to her husband from her political action committee. No, it is always the Republicans who are blamed. Now Palin has to go before an Obama advocate. Can no one see the potential problems with Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Frank, Schumer and the rest of the cast of characters in the Demoorat party running the nation? We'll never know of any wrong doing because the press will never report it!

Posted by: saelij | October 1, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It is not whether it is inappropriate or not that Ms. Ifill is the moderator, it is only the appearance of impropriety which dictates if she should moderate. There is no doubt this does not pass that test.

Posted by: truthbsaid | October 1, 2008 1:28 PM

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"appearance of impropriety" is an interesting phrase, especially from one espousing the Republican candidates.

Governor Palin charged the state of Alaska per diem while living in her own home. She had her office redecorated at state expense. Such activities may be perfectly legal and proper, but you can't deny that there is an "appearance of impropriety" that causes people to wonder about her suitability to be VP.

Posted by: Paul_C | October 1, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Once again some little known conservative blog creates a controversy out of a non-issue, it gets amplified by the right wing echo chamber and the elite left wing press is attacked as bias.

Given what happened after the Couric interviews, maybe it would be best if Gwen Ifill didn't ask Palin any questions at all.

Posted by: mkcornish | October 1, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

...maybe Ifill's new book will be one of the "MANY" things Palin reads when she's back governing Alaska in JAN '09.....

Posted by: gq_online | October 1, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Palin is mastering the republican double talk.
http://www.squidoo.com/double_speak

Posted by: lewby54 | October 1, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dano111. If I had a book on Amazon, how would you know to even look unless someone told you about it? I see that Gwen's book is set to be released on Obama's Inauguration Day (just another coincidence, right?):

"Product Description

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.

Ifill argues that the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a generation of men and women who are the direct beneficiaries of the struggles of the 1960s."

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 1, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Gwen Ifill is one of the few true journalists left in America. She wants to report a full story, not get a soundbite. She's not interested in billboards or fame. She is highly respected within all journalistic circles, and unlike Gov. Palin, has appeared on Meet the Press - in front of TIM RUSSERT - many times. And she in her OWN WORDS stated, when was the last time a white journalist was accused of bias when interviewing a white candidate?

Honestly, the Republicans have spent this entire campaign attacking and making false accusations towards professional Black women. And NOT ONE of them was small enough to claim it was sexist. They even have the audacity to call Michelle Obama a "baby momma" while lavishing praise and adoration over real "baby momma" without the invoking the same slur.

Is your party so short sighted that you would repeatedly display such obvious bias and discount the accomplishments of professional women just because of the color of their skin to win a vote? With this type of behavior, soon Condoleeza Rice will refuse to vote for a Republican.

Posted by: QuietFire | October 1, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

It is not whether it is inappropriate or not that Ms. Ifill is the moderator, it is only the appearance of impropriety which dictates if she should moderate. There is no doubt this does not pass that test.

Posted by: truthbsaid | October 1, 2008 1:28 PM
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Why is it that people who dish out the most garbage, cannot take it?

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a moron and you still have a moron.

There are only two things wrong with Palin, her style and her content. After all, what else is there?

Posted by: AbolhassanBaniSadr | October 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

There is no level of conflict of interest, bias or outright prejudice toward the Republican ticket, that the Washington Post or liberal media will recognize as such.

Everything is okay and normal.

Why not just let Michelle Obama moderate the debate? Or Dave Letterman?

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"was widely viewed as doing a fair job as moderator of the 2004 debate between Vice President Cheney and John Edwards". Ifill is likely to be just about as objective as the author of this article.

Posted by: vijay2 | October 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Fred29 | October 1, 2008 1:25 PM
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When all else fails, Fred, resort to ignorance.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone not believe that McCain's crew knew about the Ifill book well before today? I mean, if they did not look into Ifill's views and activities as a basic part of preparing for the debate, we would have to conclude that they are clueless. But of course they did, and of course they waited until the eve of the debate to spring this in order to give Palin the out that Ifill was biased against her, and thus slanted questions to favor Biden.
Juan Williams' comment that Ifill has a financial interest in seeing Obama win was, to say the least, shallow. But the viciously gratuitous comments from the right that have accumulated on this site are truly repulsive and telling about their preoccupations with race.

Posted by: gratianus | October 1, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

It is not whether it is inappropriate or not that Ms. Ifill is the moderator, it is only the appearance of impropriety which dictates if she should moderate. There is no doubt this does not pass that test.

Posted by: truthbsaid | October 1, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

It's not the color of Ms. Ifills skin it is the COLOR of her politics...
Posted by: Jaded2 |
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What color are your politics?

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/TheMouthPeace

This is a very important video. It is 10 minutes long but it goes fast. Essentially, it outlines how the Democrats are responsible for the raising then the falling of home prices thanks to their pushing and Freddie May/Mac's pushing of subprime loans. Targeting a small segment of the population who want a home but can not hack the payments, these government run businesses(corruption and all) pushed bad loans because that is how they continued to make money$. When this unnatural cause reversed... when people started defaulting home values plunged$$.

Now, how can you argue with that? If I could see this coming how could these experts not see it coming as well. And the fact that 2 times or more the Republicans tried to stop or regulate and the Democrats blocked the regulation well, it makes this their fault.

Yes, it is just possible the Democrats are directly responsible for making an artificial home market completely detached from inflation$$. Prices were influenced by cheap loans and then those loans stopped flowing. This all goes back to the problem with the Democrats they think money$$$ thrown at things fixes everything. Here, they threw money$$$$$$$ at people so they could buy a home--they never even gave a thought (apparently) to how these people would keep their homes.

If you watch the video you will see that Obama himself worked for a law firm that pursued banks to ensure poor people would have access to loans, and homes they could not afford. This is just an aside but it should make you question: Why the heck would you ever give this guy your vote? If you still are thinking you want Obama, just remember, the another wave is coming-- more defaults are coming and these loans (which are not accounted for in the current crisis) will come to term down the line.....this is not over. And remember Mr.. Obama was planning life in public service long before he became a lawyer. His misguided thinking was set long ago in Chicago when he joined Rev. Wrong's church.

Posted by: Fred29 | October 1, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Since when does a person writing a book on politicians become a problem for reporters?
The book is just a list of names, photos and history of personalities. No Pros and Cons. I did not hear any objections when Bob Schiffer, A fellow Texan and friend of Bush, was debate moderator on the 2004 Election.
This is a bunch of hoooey, so as to scare Gwen, but she does not scare easily.

Posted by: Pachc | October 1, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

To raise this issue now is such an obvious political ploy.Is this the set-up for why Palin didn't present herself as a viable candidate? Please Republican hacks, spare us these obvious gimmicks.

Posted by: billo1409 | October 1, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

It's not the color of Ms. Ifills skin it is the COLOR of her politics...
Posted by: Jaded2 |
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What color are your politics?

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

For those of us who watch Gwen Ifill on PBS reguarly, it has been clear that she is infatuated with Barack Obama. Ms. Ifill seems like a decent person. I hope that she can resist the temptation to play "gotcha" politics tonight with Gov. Palin. Let's use this VP debate as a chance to know Biden and Palin a little better, not promote the Obama/Biden ticket.

Posted by: rwe123 | October 1, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Its no wonder the upheavals in weather, the economy, and in peoples minds are happening on such a grand scale.

There is such grand-scale fear, bondage and hatred; self-inflicted for the most part.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Is Brokaw's moderating going to be called into question? Because he has ties to the McCain campaign that are beyond "friendly."

Posted by: emquinn | October 1, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The book is listed on amazon.com and can easily find it by a simple search in google!

Your telling me the McCain Campaign's positionis they didnt know? How did I know?

Posted by: Dano111 | October 1, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for a whole slew of new Maxine Waters, Alcee Hastings, William Jeffersons, Jesse Jackson, Jrs., and so on ad climinalium. Poverty pimpdom here we come so hold onto your wallet, if there's anything left in there.
Posted by: tw46 | October 1, 2008 1:04 PM
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I'll just bet you haven't given the first thought to how much the 700 billion dollar bailout of the suits will cost you little wallet...It's not yours anyway.

Posted by: saveoursouls | October 1, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Tigers never lose their spots, zebra's their stripes, and Democrat commentators their ethics. Gwen is demonstrating her best ethics. She will have absolutely no credibility in her questions fairly or unfairly. If she were a true jornalist she would have bowed out on her own. But, alas, she is just another 9 out of 10 reporter/pundit/media outlet in the tank for Obama.

Posted by: johs | October 1, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It's not the color of Ms. Ifills skin it is the COLOR of her politics...

I encourage Gov Palin to congratulate Ms. Ifill on her book and make sure to use the name of the book....we wouldn't want the audience to be ignorant of Ms. ifills dealings with Democrats of any COLOR..

oh and racist's on the Democrat side just stop....you are not making an argument of race anymore your DAY IS DONE! Barack Obama a BLACK man has been picked as a candidate to run for the Presidency...NO ONE will listen to your race baiting EVER AGAIN! get used to it....you have overcome!

Posted by: Jaded2 | October 1, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Kurtz, how about getting yourself a galley copy of Iffil's book and seeing for yourself if it's pro-Obama?

Is it that you're too lazy or too in-the-tank?

Posted by: info42 | October 1, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for a whole slew of new Maxine Waters, Alcee Hastings, William Jeffersons, Jesse Jackson, Jrs., and so on ad climinalium. Poverty pimpdom here we come so hold onto your wallet, if there's anything left in there.

Posted by: tw46 | October 1, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Howard Kurtz:

By the way, Howie, it was no secret that Palin is a religious conservative. So by your standard, does that mean all of Palin's social views should be 'non-issues' since they were known before-hand?

Posted by: dbw1 | October 1, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

It may not be a "secret" to Kurtz and those inside the MSM, but McCain is saying he didn't know about it before Ifill was selected as a moderator. I think it is a conflict of interest.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 1, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"No one's ever assumed a white reporter can't cover a white candidate."

Oh, please....but if that "white reporter" had a pro-McCain book coming out in January, I suppose Gwen wouldn't see any potential impropriety of that reporter moderating a debate?

By the way, I have watched Gwen too, many times, over the past few weeks. To pretend she doesn't support Obama is a laugher. I'm sure she will try to be as fair as an Obama supporter can be, but it's like asking a fish to pretend it's not wet....

Posted by: dbw1 | October 1, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Here's NPR's Juan Williams on the Ifill issues:

"Clearly her books aren't going to do as well unless Obama wins, so it looks like she has some investment, literally, in one candidate or the other. And she's supposed to be sitting there as a neutral arbiter during the debate. I think the world of Gwen Ifill but I know there's a perception problem."

And Williams and others have read the book (or excerpts thereof) and have said the book is very favorable to Obama. How about doing a little research, Kurtz? Is that too much to ask?

Posted by: info42 | October 1, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

peeeuuu Palin is a complete waste and joke of any type of candidate and is outright pathetic....

Looking foolish when she does not know the Bush Doctrine, or other Supreme Court cases, or talking non-sensical gibberish about "Putins' head" going over Russia...et cetera.....

Let Sarah Palin be Sarah Palin...WHAT???
Will it be heard at John McCaint's ranch near Sedona, Ariz.?
peeeuuu is cloistered there with the senator's chief wordsmith and strategist getting prepped for Thursday night's debate, with Joe the Shark....

Unleashing peeeuuu Palin would create yet another chance to shake up the race, after McCaint's return-to-Washington stupidity her performance on Thursday could be mind numbingly awful...

McCaint may be looking at the last time she spoke freely, in Juneau to a New Yorker reporter a few days before being tapped as running mate.

The subject was Alaska's program to gun down wolves from airplanes.
Wolves kill moose and elk.
If wolf populations are diminished, there will be more elk and moose for Alaskans to kill.

Palin approved paying a $150 bounty to hunters who blow away wolves from planes in certain parts of the state.
They would need to chop off the left foreleg and supply it as proof.

A judge halted the bounty program, but not the hunt. "It's not aerial hunting," Palin insisted. "It's predator control."

Uh.....WHAT???

A lot of people would call it barbarism. And a lot of people are beginning to worry about peeeuuu Palin's vendetta-filled record, as well as her ability to take over if the 72-year-old McCain should die or become incapacitated..

Although carefully scripted, peeeuuu Palin had a rousing entrance to the national stage at the GOP Convention.
The huffy reaction of feminist pundits seemed only to fortify favorable ratings for the "pit bull with lipstick"

An ABC News/Washington Post poll, on Sept. 7, found 58 percent of voters surveyed had a favorable view of peeeuuu Palin, compared to just 28 percent who reacted unfavorably.

Two weeks later, in the same poll, upbeat opinions had fallen to 52 percent, while negative impressions were up to 38 percent.

Favorable opinions among women had fallen to 43 percent.

As of today...now its even worse its now at 36%

peeeuuu Palin has been shut off from local news interviews and pulled off of fundraisers, including a lavish Hunts Point event a week ago.

Questions were verboten when Dr. Henry Kissinger tutored her in foreign policy. Even Fox News complained....WHAT??

The result was peeeuuu Palin's deer-caught-in-the-headlights performance under the eye of CBS.

Try to decipher the response from peeeuuu Palin after Couric asked how she felt about the $700 billion Wall Street rescue passage:

"But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the -- oh, it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track.

"So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, um, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is part of that."

Absolute gibberish coming from this pathetic vp candidate of McCaint and his laughable campaign...

Does this answer give confidence in, as the vice presidential nominee called it, a "peeeuuu Palin-McCaint administration?"

Obviously, peeeuuu Palin has been overmatched and over coached.

She gave an almost unintelligible answer about Russia and muddled through the Middle East.

Delivering bromides about democracy, Palin was obviously unaware that the militant Hamas won the Palestinian election.

The history of debates shows there is danger in assuming you know more than your foe.

Al Gore, in 2000, sighed during George Bush's answers and made a lumbering physical approach to his opponent.

The verdict across America, and in NYC teh debate I watched, had Gore winning but Bush the more likable person....ugh

And last Friday, McCaint behaved with condescension toward Obama, preceded his answers with demeaning remarks about the Democrat and refused to look at him.

Post-debate polls showed Obama the clear winner.

So if peeeuuu Palin looks good but sounds stupid, Biden had better not laugh or he'll be made to look insensitive.....to her stupidity....

McCaint and his pathetic campaign staff wont be holding the puppet strings and will be unable to do any type of ventriloquism act with her sitting om McCaints knee and giving her the answers to simple questions.....even he could answer....

"Thanks but no thanks to the lies that bridge America to nowhere..."

Comment on: Those Up for Reelection Have Explaining to Do at 10/1/2008 10:07 AM EDT
peeeuuu Palin is a complete waste and joke of any type of candidate and is outright pathetic....

Looking foolish when she does not know the Bush Doctrine, or other Supreme Court cases, or talking non-sensical gibberish about "Putins' head" going over Russia...et cetera.....

Let Sarah Palin be Sarah Palin...WHAT???

Will it be heard at John McCaint's ranch near Sedona, Ariz.?

peeeuuu is cloistered there with the senator's chief wordsmith and strategist getting prepped for Thursday night's debate, with Joe the Shark....

Unleashing peeeuuu Palin would create yet another chance to shake up the race, after McCaint's return-to-Washington stupidity her performance on Thursday could be mind numbingly awful...

McCaint may be looking at the last time she spoke freely, in Juneau to a New Yorker reporter a few days before being tapped as running mate.

The subject was Alaska's program to gun down wolves from airplanes.

Wolves kill moose and elk. If wolf populations are diminished, there will be more elk and moose for Alaskans to kill.

Palin approved paying a $150 bounty to hunters who blow away wolves from planes in certain parts of the state.

They would need to chop off the left foreleg and supply it as proof.

A judge halted the bounty program, but not the hunt.

"It's not aerial hunting," Palin insisted. "It's predator control."

Uh.....WHAT???

A lot of people would call it barbarism. And a lot of people are beginning to worry about peeeuuu Palin's vendetta-filled record, as well as her ability to take over if the 72-year-old McCain should die or become incapacitated..

Although carefully scripted, peeeuuu Palin had a rousing entrance to the national stage at the GOP Convention.

The huffy reaction of feminist pundits seemed only to fortify favorable ratings for the "pit bull with lipstick"

An ABC News/Washington Post poll, on Sept. 7, found 58 percent of voters surveyed had a favorable view of peeeuuu Palin, compared to just 28 percent who reacted unfavorably.

Two weeks later, in the same poll, upbeat opinions had fallen to 52 percent, while negative impressions were up to 38 percent.

Favorable opinions among women had fallen to 43 percent.

peeeuuu Palin has been shut off from local news interviews and pulled off of fundraisers, including a lavish Hunts Point event a week ago.

Questions were verboten when Dr. Henry Kissinger tutored her in foreign policy. Even Fox News complained....WHAT??

The result was peeeuuu Palin's deer-caught-in-the-headlights performance under the eye of CBS.

Try to decipher the response from peeeuuu Palin after Couric asked how she felt about the $700 billion Wall Street rescue passage:

"But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the -- oh, it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track.

"So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, um, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is part of that."

Absolute gibberish coming from this pathetic vp candidate of McCaint and his laughable campaign...

Does this answer give confidence in, as the vice presidential nominee called it, a "peeeuuu Palin-McCaint administration?"

Obviously, peeeuuu Palin has been overmatched and over coached.

She gave an almost unintelligible answer about Russia and muddled through the Middle East.

Delivering bromides about democracy, Palin was obviously unaware that the militant Hamas won the Palestinian election.

The history of debates shows there is danger in assuming you know more than your foe.

Al Gore, in 2000, sighed during George Bush's answers and made a lumbering physical approach to his opponent.

The verdict across America, and in the Snohomish home where I watched, had Gore winning but Bush the more likable person.

And last Friday, McCaint behaved with condescension toward Obama, preceded his answers with demeaning remarks about the Democrat and refused to look at him.

Post-debate polls showed Obama the clear winner.

So if peeeuuu Palin looks good but sounds stupid, Biden had better not laugh or he'll be made to look insensitive.....to her stupidity....

"Thanks but no thanks to the lies that bridge America to nowhere..."

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 1, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I have heard Ifil give Obama a very hard time in an interview. There is no perfect moderator. But the assertion that Ifil is a Bill O'Reilly is just trying to soften Ifil up in this debate to go easy on Palin and accept her waffle.

When some one uses Capital Letters in the declarative sentences it is an unconscious declaration that the writer is about to distort and wants you to ignore his falsehood. The person wants the emphasis to be on emotionalism and not thought,
Ifil and the rest of the news hour staff is my source of TV News along with C-span. I just do not like bias in news. There is no reason for Ifil to step down, she is a total professional. Her book may be more favorable to Obama than not but she will not ignore his failings, she is too thorough for that. The important thing there is no evidence that she is biased. In the same way McCain tried to make the first debate about whether there would be a debate or not, her they want to change the focus to the moderator.

What bothers me most about this is the underlying issue is race. If Ifil were white or the book did not have race in the tittle there would be no issue at all.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 1, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The Weapons of Mass Distraction, the standard tool of the extreme right-wing nuts. Since Palin is a total disaster, don't talk about Palin, attack the questioner. If Palin dodges a question (her normal 'debating' style) and Ifill points it out then, presto, it must be because Ifill is a Palin-hater.

More than half of America's voter knew that GWB was going to be a disaster as President. Any criticism was dismissed as Bush-hating. Well, 80% of the country now has proof that. Failed foreign policies, failed domestic policies, failed economic policies, failed social policies.

No more distractions. This election is too important to be about little things.

Bush/Cheney/McCain. No More Years!
01/20/09. The End of an Error!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 1, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

THIS GWEN IFILL BOOK THING IS A PROBLEM.

AND THIS IS COMING FROM A PALIN CRITIC.

AT THE LEAST IT'S A PERCEIVED CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

THE FACT THAT IT TOOK DRUDGE TO RAISE THE ISSUE IS BESIDE THE POINT.

IFILL SHOULD RECUSE HERSELF. LET LEHRER ASK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS...

WITHOUT GIVING PALIN APOLOGISTS A REASON TO DISCOUNT THE DEBATE.

ps. Someone needs to ask these candidates about posse comitatus and the Oct. 1 domestic deployment in the U.S. of a US Army unit skilled in urban combat in Iraq. It's the first time US troops will be deployed on American soil for domestic "peacekeeping" -- what seems to be using the military for domestic policing, which is prohibited by the 130-year-old Posse Comitatus Act.

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 1, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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