Thursday, October 02, 2008

Gwen Ifill: Ethically Challenged


By Bob Unruh
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

The moderator of tomorrow's vice-presidential debate is writing a book to come out on the day the next president takes the oath of office that aims to "shed new light" on Democratic candidate Barack Obama and other "emerging young African American politicians" who are "forging a bold new path to political power."

Gwen Ifill of the Public Broadcasting Service program "Washington Week" is promoting "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," in which she argues the "black political structure" of the civil rights movement is giving way to men and women who have benefited from the struggles over racial equality.

Ifill declined to return a WND telephone message asking for a comment about her book project and whether its success would be expected should Obama lose. But she has faced criticism previously for not treating candidates of both major parties the same.

During a vice-presidential candidate debate she moderated in 2004 – when Democrat John Edwards attacked Republican Dick Cheney's former employer, Halliburton – the vice president said, "I can respond, Gwen, but it's going to take more than 30 seconds."

"Well, that's all you've got," she told Cheney.

Ifill told the Associated Press Democrats were delighted with her answer, because they "thought I was being snippy to Cheney." She explained that wasn't her intent.

But she also was cited in complaints PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler said he received after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered her nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., earlier this month.

Some viewers complained of a "dismissive" look by Ifill during her report on Palin's speech. According to Getler, some also said she wore a look of "disgust" while reporting on the Republican candidate.

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Anonymous Layla-Liz said...

Ifill will do the dishonorable thing I am sure and diss Palin just as Gibson and Couric. They do not know how to be real journalists that are unbiased or at the very least, keep it to themselves. It will be an uphill battle but I believe Palin will withstand it and come out on top.

BTW-Thanks for coming by my blog. The Hill Chronicles. You can take Freedom Watch off you blogroll and add The Hill Chronicles instead if you choose to. It is up to you. Freedom Watch was hacked by leftards over two years ago.

Best wishes.

October 02, 2008 10:01 AM  

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