Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Meet the "unbias" moderator for tomorrow nights VP debate.


The moderator for tomorrow night's Vice Presidential debate between Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Joe Biden is Gwen Ifill. If I could, I would advise Sarah Palin to cancel the debate until a new moderator could be found. The reason I would suggest that course of action is obvious. Gwen Ifill is a black liberal Democrat and more importantly she is a Barack Obama supporter. She is the managing editor for the television program "Washington Week" on PBS. The debate might as well be a wresting two on one match, with Biden and Ifill against Palin. I brought up Ifill's race for a reason. Gwen Ifill has a book scheduled to be released on the same day the next president will be sworn in on January 20th. The title of her book is entitled "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama". Conservatives are just finding out who exactly Gwen Ifill is and they are voicing their distrust of her. Think about this for a second. If Barack Obama lose the election, her book will sell as bad as Nancy Pelosi's book. If Obama wins, then Ifill's book will become a best seller. The timing of the book is a blarring sign that she believes Obama will in the election. To me anyways, this is clearly a conflict of interest. It was bad enough when Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson tired to Pearl Harbor Palin based on their ideological hatered for Palin, but Ifill is actually much worse, because she actually stands to gain financially by McCain and Palin loosing. So to say she is going to be "fair", yeah right. Now for the race angle. The content of her book is about Obama and his race in regards to politics. It only stands to reason that her as a black liberal person who is apart of the media will do everything in her power to shield Biden and go after Palin.


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Blogger Pamela said...

Right after I heard about this on our local talk radio station this afternoon I emailed the following comments to the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

To Janice Brown
Executive Director, Commission on Presidential Debates

Dear Ms Brown,

I heard a few days ago about Gwen Ifill moderating the veep debates tomorrow night. I do not watch much on public television because of issues I have with their fairness at the expense of my tax dollars. However from time to time I have watched her program over the years. She has been described as a fair minded objective person in the past.

In recent days it has been revealed that she is writing a book about Barack Obama that is due to be released on Inauguration Day 2009. This in itself is a major conflict of interest because she is banking on him winning to make money off of her book. You cannot even really say that she is supporting Obama because of this book. A person that wants to make money will say anything to get access to someone for a good read. She could hate his guts and be playing him for a fool just to get a book that will hopefully make a lot of money. The love of money will make people do anything for it. However more than likely she is supporting him for reasons I will mention later.

Another problem I have is that the McCain campaign knew nothing about this book being written. I think to say that she is an objective choice is silly and ridiculous. This was enough for me. However there is more.

She was one of the PBS personnel at the Republican National Convetion the first week in September. This is her response to Sarah Palin's speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zafLsAtp_Q To say she has utter contempt for her is an understatement.

Do you really think it is going to be a fair debate tomorrow night with her at the helm? I do not. She will try and unfairly throw bombs at her unless she is really able to hide her contempt for her. I do not know know when your committee asked her to moderate this. My hope is that you were not aware of her hatred for Sarah Palin. She is obviously cutting into her potential sales of her book if McCain wins as a result of her choice as VP. I think if a liberal like Greta VanSusteren (an attorney) can say that a situation like this in court would cause a mistrial than this is a major problem for your commission. I think if anything she should be replaced by someone else more objective. She can leave because of her broken ankle. If that is not going to be done you must force her to disclose the fact that she is writing a book about Obama being released on Inauguration Day. A lot of people that are not following things as close as I tend to may not know about this book.

I want it clear that I am not a racist pig that does not want a black person in office or moderating the debates. I am what some would refer to as a sista (black woman) that wants to see a fair debate between these two candidates on the issues. Nothing has been fair about the coverage of Sarah Palin. The yellow journalism about her began within 24 hours of her being announced by McCain. My hope was that during this debate that she would get a fair hearing for once. With this revelation about Gwen's book and obvious utter comtempt for Sarah Palin (or more than likely senses a dramatic loss of potential book sales) I feel in order for this to be a fair debate at least she must be forced to reveal this fact. Otherwise the reputation of the Commission on Presidential Debates will be worthless when fair and honest media takes your commission apart starting one minute after the end of tomorrow night's debate.

All I'm asking is for once for somebody in the media to give Sarah Palin a chance to say who she is and what she believes without (1) her answers being edited down to make her sound like a fool and (2) untrue slanderous stupid stuff being thrown out there. Please consider replacing Gwen Ifill or at least make her state a disclaimer about the book she is writing about Obama. That is the only fair thing to do.

Thanks for your thoughtful consideration of this important matter. This is not just a spat. We are talking about making important decisions about who will lead our great nation.

12:17 AM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

I will have to agree with you on this one Tyrone. Although, if it were anyone other than Palin I would say the right-wingers we just making up excuses.

That being said, the only way Palin could possibly come out on top is if John McCain moderated the debate himself. Or, possibly Sean Hannity. Hannity could mimic his previous interview with Palin by asking the questions, then answering them for her.

11:42 AM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

Whoaaaaa! It turns out that Gwen Ifill's book was reported by the AP "two weeks before" the McCain camp accepted her as the moderator.

Thus, who's fault is it they did'nt know?

Perhaps they were to busy drafting legislation to regulate Fannie and Freddie....

5:21 PM  
Blogger conservative brother said...

P Allen "I will have to agree with you on this one Tyrone. Although, if it were anyone other than Palin I would say the right-wingers we just making up excuses."

I've been telling you almost from day one allen that the media is bias against conservatives, There is your example.

P Allen" That being said, the only way Palin could possibly come out on top is if John McCain moderated the debate himself. Or, possibly Sean Hannity. Hannity could mimic his previous interview with Palin by asking the questions, then answering them for her."

Funny but wrong as usual allen. You are judging Palin based on the bias "gotcha" interviews by gibson and kouric. Here's an idea allen, In order for her to have become a mayor and a governor, she had to have debated other people allen. Think about that. The media without a shadow of a doubt has lost 100% credibility in most people's eyes except yours of course lol.


P Allen "hoaaaaa! It turns out that Gwen Ifill's book was reported by the AP "two weeks before" the McCain camp accepted her as the moderator. "

The real question is why didn't Ifill disclose to the Committee on Presidntal Debates that she has a pending book coming out that is pro Obama allen?

8:12 PM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

CB;"The real question is why didn't Ifill disclose to the Committee on Presidntal Debates that she has a pending book coming out that is pro Obama allen?"

Not entirely... The question is did the committee ask, inquire, or "require" that a presumptive moderator disclose that they might have a conflict of interest (such as a book deal). If so, and Ifill failed to disclose, then the committee can rightfully remove her!

8:25 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I watched Palin interviewed by the press several times before she was selected by McCain. She was much more confident and made a much better impression at that time.

It's obvious that Gibson and Couric wanted to make Palin look uninformed and unqualified, but that's really no excuse for Palin. As a politician she should be prepared to answer the tough questions in a way that sounds convincing, or more direct, even if she doesn't know the answer.

I think one of the problems is that she is trying to be John McCain, and it doesn't come off well.

Anyway, I didn't watch the debate yet, but I hope she was more like her old self. As usual, everyone is saying that their own side won it.

Apparently Gwen Ifill was more even-handed than most of us on the right expected her to be. Is that true?

3:50 AM  
Anonymous Chilerkle said...

Well that is why I don't see a need to debate with liberals or radical atheists for that matter.

They don't debate they slander the opposition.
If vomiting baseless racist,sexist,homophobic and extremist charges were how to engage in honest and fair debate then why bother discussing issues let's see who we can throw off balance by getting our opponent defensive and hurt over slanderous and insidious character assassinations.


Why don't leftists admit they can't win in a fair fight?
I guess their idea of a fair debate or free speech is having the opposition impaired or muzzled to a greater or lesser degree.

9:52 AM  
Blogger conservative brother said...

P Allen "That being said, the only way Palin could possibly come out on top is if John McCain moderated the debate himself. Or, possibly Sean Hannity. Hannity could mimic his previous interview with Palin by asking the questions, then answering them for her."

Looks like you are wrong again allen yet again. Palin came out on top even with Ifill has the moderator. You should listen to me more often allen. When Palin is herself, she does great,

8:47 PM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

Eric;"Apparently Gwen Ifill was more even-handed than most of us on the right expected her to be. Is that true?"

In my opinion, Ifill was very fair to both candidates. Yet, I don't think there were enough follow-up questions put to both candidates.

Overall (seeing the questions that were asked) I think Palin did well. Many were interested in this debate because of both canididates past gaffaws (for me, particuarly Palins). The way I see it, the debate was basically a "wash". Biden came across as the consummate politician. Whereas Palin,...well...was Palin!

8:48 PM  
Blogger conservative brother said...

chilerkle "They don't debate they slander the opposition.
If vomiting baseless racist,sexist,homophobic and extremist charges were how to engage in honest and fair debate then why bother discussing issues let's see who we can throw off balance by getting our opponent defensive and hurt over slanderous and insidious character assassinations."

You have to be joking right chilerkle, liberals never commit character assassinations,lol. I was joking of course lol. The media want people to think of Palin as a "bimbo", "a rotten mother", an "unsophisticated rural American Hick", Palin has never gotten a fair shake from the media from day one,but they bend over backwards and forward and in knots for Obama. Speaking of racism, liberal kooks are saying that the McCain ad of Franklin Raines is racist chilerkle lol. They don't care that he cooked the books at fannie, it was racist of McCain to mention that in their weak minds lol.

8:54 PM  
Blogger conservative brother said...

P Allen "Not entirely... The question is did the committee ask, inquire, or "require" that a presumptive moderator disclose that they might have a conflict of interest (such as a book deal). If so, and Ifill failed to disclose, then the committee can rightfully remove her!"

So you are saying allen that it's the committee's fault for not find ouit about Ifill's book coming out? You have to be kidding right?

8:56 PM  
Blogger p. anthony allen said...

CB;"So you are saying allen that it's the committee's fault for not find ouit about Ifill's book coming out? You have to be kidding right?"

Ask yourself this question;

If I asked you to moderate a debate between a liberal and a conservative, and I failed to ask, inquire or research your political idea's and affiliation's. Who should take the blame if the "liberal" is not allowed to "get a word in edgewise?"

9:49 PM  

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