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Unbiased VP Debate Moderator Gwen Ifill

Guess what Vice President debate moderator has a book coming out in January from Random House:

The Breakthrough – Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

Written by Gwen Ifill

* Category: Current Affairs – Political; History – United States – 20th Century; History – United States – 21St Century
* Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
* On Sale: January 20, 2009
* Price: $24.95
* ISBN: 978-0-385-52501-5 (0-385-52501-X)

(Available January 20, 2009)


In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.

Ifill argues that the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a generation of men and women who are the direct beneficiaries of the struggles of the 1960s. She offers incisive, detailed profiles of such prominent leaders as Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and U.S. Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama, and also covers up-and-coming figures from across the nation.

Drawing on interviews with power brokers like Senator Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and many others, as well as her own razor-sharp observations and analysis of such issues as generational conflict and the “black enough” conundrum, Ifill shows why this is a pivotal moment in American history.

THE BREAKTHROUGH is a remarkable look at contemporary politics and an essential foundation for understanding the future of American democracy.

About the Author

GWEN IFILL is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Before coming to PBS, she was chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, and had been a reporter for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Boston Herald American. She lives in Washington, D.C.

What media bias?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Unbiased VP Debate Moderator Gwen Ifill”

  1. 1sttofight says:

    Is U.S. Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama out of prison already?
    I thought he got more time than that.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    “her own razor-sharp observations and analysis”

    Maybe Imus was correct.

  3. gipper says:

    From jihadist Newark mayor Cory Booker regarding his first election to office:

    “So, it definitely was going to challenge to this status quo into a very well oiled political machine and it was going to be ugly election and my team of insurgents, we were great in terms of the effort we put forward through this community organizing, community organizing, community organizing and we were able to shine a light on the machine by working to attract the national attention on election and they even brought in federal elections observers, because they are so worried about the violence and we are able to get or capture lot of attention to finally say “hey, what is going on here is unjust in the way they are carring out a lot of the business” and then we were able to make it national cause and able to raise the money to stay competitive with this political machine. So it had all the makings of a dramatic story which is why it became an Oscar-nominated movie…”

  4. therightguy says:

    Unbiased? What rubbish. They might as well have Michelle Obama or Oprah moderate the debate. I wonder if Gwen is a member of Obama’s Truth Squad or may be she sings backup for the single “Sing for Change”. What utter rubbish.

  5. wirenut says:

    After I read, ” stunning ” and B.O. together , in the same sentence .
    My eyes glazed over and Miracle Whip came out my nose . No point on reading on .
    Funny ,how you can get obsessed, and not realise whats good for your Country .
    Hard hitting , just the facts journalism here . Haw ! I’ll read boxes of Capt. Crunch before I’ll read Ifill. Should be land-fill . Haw!

  6. BillK says:

    If only Palin had the guts to ask Ifill about her qualifications to host a “non-partisan debate,” given her upcoming book.

    Unfortunately, that’s only fantasy.

    I suspect we’d need Miss Ann to be our candidate before we’d get a question like that.

  7. platypus says:

    So what does it mean that every person mentioned in her book is “black” (or African-American)?

    Is that racist? Or just racial? Since her book is essentially a collection of profiles, is she engaged in racial profiling?

    Is an America that has the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments a country that should tolerate the emphasis of racial distinctions?

    Why is skin color important, in the 21st century?

  8. BillK says:

    From WND’s coverage:

    VP debate moderator Ifill releasing pro-Obama book

    Focuses on blacks who are ‘forging a bold new path to political power’

    By Bob Unruh

    The moderator of Thursday’s vice-presidential debate is writing a book to come out about the time 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,” 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.

    At that time she said, “I assume there will always be critics and just shut out the noise. It is surprisingly easy.” …


    Of course to the American sheep people, Ifill will just be an “unbiased” member of the news media.


  9. ptat says:

    With this info coming to light, it is essential that she be replaced as moderator.

  10. bill says:

    McCain should demand she be replaced, NOW!!!

  11. sheehanjihad says:

    if McCain demands she be replaced, there will be a hue and cry of bias! Look, when the moderator is firmly in the obama camp, and the entire media is in the obama camp, there would be no debates at all unless these bought and paid for “unbiased journalists” can work their propaganda magic and make the conservative candidate look as bad as is humanly possible.

    She wont be replaced for another reason: The GOP doesnt have the balls to bring it up. They keep bringing a toothpick to a spear throwing contest….and wonder why they trail in the polls. Palin is on her own unfortunately. I see the bus rounding the corner as she speaks………

  12. Grassy Knoll says:

    She got the nod because Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann were busy. I wonder if she got a tingling up her leg while writing her Obama book? Her fair and impartial Obama book. And I was also just reading that the McCain camp knew nothing about this book. Why not? Sometimes it seems like the Marx brothers are running this campaign.

  13. Colonel1961 says:

    Unfortunately, Artur Davis (I guess his parents were so poor, they couldn’t afford the ‘h’) is out of the big house and representing a portion of my (our?) great state in the other big house. Criminal. In both senses of the word…

  14. Reality Bytes says:

    WHAT SARAH NEEDS TO SAY! “I wasn’t brought in to make John McCain seem credible on foreign policy, military affairs, the inner workings of Washington like my opponent was!”

    “If you want to know how to balance a payroll with 20,000 people on it, then I’m your guy!”

    “If you want to know how to get Washington out of the way of the people, then I’m your guy!”

    “If you want to know how oil gas gets pumped out of the ground, put into a pipe and delivered 1,500 miles away to a ship that then delivers it to Asia, then I’m your guy!”

    “If you want to know how to win a war, negotiate wtih friends and deal with our enemies, THEN ASK JOHN McCAIN!”

    “Next Question! And make it a good one this time!”

  15. BillK says:

    My favorite quote of all time, from an update at Fox News:

    Ifill told The Associated Press she has no doubts about her objectivity.

    “I’ve got a pretty long track record covering politics and news, so I’m not particularly worried that one-day blog chatter is going to destroy my reputation,” Ifill said. “The proof is in the pudding. They can watch the debate tomorrow night and make their own decisions about whether or not I’ve done my job.” …


    I’ve got no doubt that Sean Hannity or Ann Coulter could be objective if the situation called for it either, but somehow I don’t think the left would accept that answer.

    Recall her chosen one refused to even attend a debate sponsored by Fox News.

    I think Dennis Miller had the best suggestion – Palin should hold up a galley copy of Ifill’s book tonight and let her (and the American people) know how much she’s looking forward to reading the final version when it’s released.

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