So the moderator of the Vice-Presidential debate not only has an ideological incentive to see Obama in the White House but also has a large financial incentive as well. This should easily disqualify her for the role as moderator for the debate. Should we expect a disclaimer at the beginning of the debate? Uh — no.
Update: The McCain camp wasn’t informed of Ifill’s book during debate discussions. How could Gwen Ifill not think that this was worth mentioning to the McCain camp as relevant to their moderator choice? Bias? What bias…
Update: And she has penned a pro-Obama article in Essence magazine.
In an imaginary world where liberal journalists are held to the same standards as everyone else, Ifill would be required to make a full disclosure at the start of the debate. She would be required to turn to the cameras and tell the national audience that she has a book coming out on January 20, 2009 – a date that just happens to coincide with the inauguration of the next president of the United States.
The title of Ifill’s book? “Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” Nonpartisan my foot.
Ifill’s publisher, Random House, is already busy hyping the book with YouTube clips of Ifill heaping praise on her subjects, including Obama and Obama-endorsing Mass. Governor Deval Patrick.
Gwen plugs her upcoming Obama book: