Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Gwen Ifill Will Not Do The Honorable Thing
Gwen Ifill says she will NOT step down as moderator of tomorrow night's Vice Presidential Debate between Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden, even though she has a vested financial interest on the outcome.
She is like NBA referee Tim Donaghy who was betting on the games he was officiating. Donaghy was fired and then convicted of fixing games. The NBA apparently has stricter rules than the Debate Commission.
Ifill is writing a book called "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama" about African-American politicians who have changed the face of American Politics, the star being Obama.
The book is scheduled to come out on Inauguration Day.
If Obama wins, Ifill stands to make more money.
She has done many interviews to promote the book and has fawned over Barack Obama and his candidacy. She also wrote a puff piece on Obama for Essence Magazine entitled "The Obamas: Portrait of an American Family." Sounds like she's working for the campaign.
And she's the moderator of a debate that could be crucial in the outcome of the campaign?
Several blogs, including this one, have called on Ifill to do the honorable thing and step down. Syndicated Columnist Michell Malkin did the same in he column.
But late today Ifell refused saying she wasn't going to give in to "Blog Chatter." But what if the chatter is right? Does it matter where it comes from? She does stand to profit. He impartiality is in question. You would think as a respected journalist she would see the conflict and step down.
But no, instead she played the race card pointing out white writers who wrote about white candidates. It was a bizarre reach by such a bright woman because no one is questioning her right to write the book. We are questioning if someone with such a clear bias and conflict should moderate a debate.
The fact that she side steps the obvious question and instead plays the race card just makes the bias and the conflict seem more real.
But now that we know, we will all be watching tomorrow night with a much more critical eye.
Tim Donaghy may watch from Federal Prison. I wonder what he will be thinking?