Gwen Ifill – Obama Disciple

by Sal on October 1, 2008

in Election 2008,Media Bias,Politics

The Vice-Presidential Debate is this Thursday between Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe Biden, and moderated by Gwen Ifill.  While it is common knowledge that most members of the media are in the tank for Obama, some are more obvious about it than others.  Gwen Ifill falls in the Chris Matthews/Keith Olbermann camp.  Michelle Malkin chronicles multiple examples of her open bias for Obama, including a book that she has written entitled “Breakthrough — Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”  Excuse me?  Here is Ifill talking about her book, by way of GatewayPundit:

She also gave this extremely well-balanced review of Sarah Palin’s speech.  Jim Lehrer even looks uncomfortable after her “review”. 

Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t detect a hint of bias there.  (As Rush would say, for those of you in Rio Linda, that’s a bit of Sarcasm).  In reality, it is so obvious that she is in the tank for Obama, that she shouldn’t have even been considered as a moderator for Thursday’s debate. 

Why on earth did the McCain camp consent to having her as the moderator?  Why do Republican Presidential Candidates always acquiesce to playing by the Democrat’s rules?  Why isn’t there a debate moderated by Chris Wallace, Britt Hume, or, if we’re going to go the Gwen Ifill route, Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh? 

Thursday night, Palin should not just answer the questions, but challenge the premise of any questions that are obviously biased.  It is time that our candidates stood up to the Drive-By Media, instead of cowering to them because they are journalists.  McCain is realizing that his love-affair with the media is over, and he and Sarah should do everything they can to combat them, because at this point, they are nothing more than disciples of Obama.

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Chris October 1, 2008 at 9:56 am

She was very snippy to Dick Cheney in the 2004 debate, but that really didn’t much matter because John Edwards was so bad, there was nothing Gwen Ifill could do to prevent Cheney from wiping the floor with Edwards’s mop of hair.

Authoring an “I Love Obama Book” and acting as the moderator of the VP debate shows me that one is not impartial and I agree…there definitely should be a debate or two with Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Sean Hannity or Rush as moderators…real challenges would be given to the canidates. Republicans really need to stop rolling over and compromising their own beliefs and values.

Sarah Palin was recently interviewed by Hugh Hewitt and she makes a backhanded comment on the ethics of the media. If that is a preview of Thursday night, this should be some good television.

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Howard October 1, 2008 at 4:10 pm

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. FURTHERMORE … 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.

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Alan October 1, 2008 at 5:20 pm

What you all fail to remember is that everyone is going to have their opinion about the candidates, so why does it matter? No matter who they pick to moderate the debates they are all going to have a bias. You guys just want someone who will favor McCain. It goes both ways.

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Sal October 1, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Alan, it would be nice to have someone who at least tried to be objective, even if they do have their biases. That being said, a big problem with this is that Ifill has an inherent conflict of interest. She stands to gain financially if Obama wins the election, as a book about his historic run will undoubtedly do better if it is released on Inaugeration day (when it is slated to be released) and Obama is the one being inaugerated.

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Chris October 1, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Alan,

Sal makes a good point about how Ifill stands to benefit financially if Obama wins. Knowing that connection, Alan, I think it is safe to say there will be an inherent bias. And I want more questions answered such as: Did Ifill feed Obama information about the debate questions? Did Ifill give tips to Obama/Biden about how to stylistically answer? Rememember, in authoring this book, she had access to Obama and I, like many others, would be curious as to what discussions where there KNOWING she is going to moderate a debate.

Alan, I challenge you to view/listen to Sean Hannity’s interview with Sarah Palin and come up with incidents of bias. It is my conention there were none…and letting her talk does not define bias. If you can come up with any, I invite you to respond back to me and state them.

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Sal October 1, 2008 at 5:50 pm

It is also worth pointing out that the moderator of a Presidential Debate is always a liberal. Can anyone name for me the last reporter who moderated a Presidential debate with a conservative bias?

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Christine Thwing October 1, 2008 at 8:49 pm

I am disappointed to find out today that Gwen Iffil is probably completely biased in regards to Obama. I am hoping against all hope that she will be a fair and balanced moderator for the VP debate. Unfortunately, based on everything I’ve seen and heard from the mainstream media is not instilling any confidence in me. If she is not fair and balanced and does not ask the same level of questions to each candidate, it will be confirmed that she is in the tank for Obama and only selfishly interestd in the money she stands to make on her book to be released on 1/20/09 – Breakthrough-Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. It would be nice for a change to have a conservative moderate a presidential or VP debate.

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Mike October 1, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I love how just about everyone acknowledges that a moderator with a direct financial stake in Obama winning the election is no more biased than any other mainstream journalist.

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