Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Why Agree to Gwen Ifill?

At some point Republicans need to stop agreeing to play by the rules of old media.

I've never thought much of Gwen Ifill, and if you read Michelle Malkin's story on Ms. Ifill, you'll wonder why the McCain campaign ever agreed to have her moderate the vice-presidential debate.

Ms. Ifill clearly has a horse running in the Presidential race, and one guess which party that candidate is from.

Wednesday Update: We all know most members of the mainstream media lean left, but Ms. Ifill not having recused herself with such a blatant financial conflict of interest demonstrates a clear lack of professionalism. Can you imagine if a proposed moderator stood to profit from a book on McCain being released on Inauguration Day?

Update: Ifill attributes questioning of her bias to racism: "'Do you think they made the same assumptions about Lou Cannon (who is white) when he wrote his book about Reagan?' said Ifill, who is black. Asked if there were racial motives at play, she said, 'I don't know what it is. I find it curious.'"

Ifill dismisses "one-day blog chatter," but that "chatter" thoroughly covers Ifill's biases, including writing a fawning magazine article on the Obamas, criticism of Sarah Palin, and a financial stake in a book on the "Age of Obama" set to be released on Inauguration Day. Not one of those complaints has to do with race.

Ifill's reaction is sadly typical of too many liberals. Dismiss the issue on the merits and whine you're being picked on due to your race, when it's never been an issue. It's all too reminiscent of Senator Obama repeatedly bringing up race and charging that McCain and the Republicans have done so, when they never have.

A pathetic defense for unprofessional behavior on Ms. Ifill's part.

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Blogger Ms.Daisy said...

I heard Glenn Beck talking this morning about the book she has written about Obama. She stands to make a lot of money if Obama wins the election! Guess where her "acorns" are hidden!

8:39 AM  
Blogger jau said...

The only way this would be all right is if someone like Rush Limbaugh were a partner moderator at the same debate. It's so partisan as to be ridiculous. And I agree that I dont' know why McCain agreed. I suppose they didn't know, but now they do. . . . ???

2:58 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

It drives me crazy that people in the media try to excuse this, such as Politico's Michael Calderone -- who seems to suggest that McCain should have done "oppo research" on the moderator! (Meanwhile another Politico reporter, Ryan Grim, shamelessly misquoted Rush Limbaugh Tuesday, even obtusely misunderstanding Rush's point when forced to correct the original story. But that's another story...) You just know if the shoe was on the other foot, this would not be accepted. I'm surprised McCain seems so sanguine about it, but then McCain seems to like to "go along to get along" with those on the other side of the fence from him, even if it costs him the election. (And maybe he's figuring that now Ifill will be on her best behavior?)

Best wishes,

3:15 PM  

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