You have a wonderful mastery of the English language. I’m curious, does the wind constantly whistling through your ears ever give you a headache?
By the way, “your girl Gwen” is busted. The news is out that she is writing a pro-Obama book. She’s clearly in the hip pocket of Obama’s $1,500 suits. What a pathetic lack of journalistic ethics. Clearly, the fix is in for Thursday night’s debate even before it even gets started.
She needs to immediately step down as moderator. She’s a joke.
“does the wind constantly whistling through your ears ever give you a headache?”
Your mama should be ashamed of how she raised you.
“The news is out that she is writing a pro-Obama book.”
The book is about the changing face of the black political structure from the civil rights movement through today. It focuses on 4 people, including Colin Powell, Artur Davis (a very centrist Democrat from Alabama,) and Cory Booker, the Newark Mayor who defeated ancient incumbant and civil rights hero – turned – corrupt mofo Sharpe James.
As for the title, which has Obama’s name in it, that decision would have been made by her publisher. This is also the case with the release date. Authors don’t handle that stuff.
Ifill is probably the most respected black journalist in America. (Tavis Smiley?) She’s writing a book on, not surprisingly, black politics. How could it NOT include Obama?
This is the thing: We need black, Hispanic, female, gay. anything other than straight white male moderators over 60. Not because straight white males over 60 can’t be good journalists, but because the cultural and socioeconomic homogeneity of ANY group limits the variety of issues they’re concerned with.
Example: In 2004, Ifill asked VPs Cheney and Edwards about the domestic AIDS epidemic among African-American women — what gravitas-having elderly white man would think to ask that question among other domestic policy concerns?
But here’s the problem: In a year with an historic first, a black candidate, ANY black moderator will be suspect to the right. ANY black moderator will have written about Obama, will have commented positively on the historic nature of his candidacy (regardless of their opinion of his policies,) and will have been asked for their unique perspective. Shelby Steele of the freakin’ Hoover Institution has a book on the guy.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Ifill said she recognized the historic nature of Obama’s candidacy, although “I still don’t know if he’ll be a good president; I’m still capable of looking at his pros and cons in a political sense.” She added another good point: “No one’s ever assumed a white reporter can’t cover a white candidate.”
And another point: Other debate moderator Tom Brokaw was the official NBC liaison to the McCain campaign. Since the campaign was upset with Keith Olbermann’s tone, NBC sent Brokaw to pander. Full quote:
All these cats have conflicts of interest, but we judge them on their journalistic experience, reputation within their field, and history of providing high-quality analysis and insight. Ifill meets all of those.
Oh and WAIT UP, how do you think debates are planned? Ifill wasn’t dropped onto the McCain people by the Black Agenda or something. Campaigns *negotiate* moderators. Everyone has known for months that Ifill is doing this book, but the McCain campaign would rather let her moderate and attack her. (This works better than trying to have her replaced — since she knows she’s under the gun, she may bend over backwards for Palin; if she hits Palin at all, the GOP has a built-in blame-the-media response. It’s a win-win.)
“She’s clearly in the hip pocket of Obama’s $1,500 suits.”
Does a man with 8, 10, 12 (?) houses bought on his 2nd wife’s money really want to play the elitism card with a black kid raised by a single mom? You already know this a political loser — search the phrase “people like yourself” here for statistical evidence: http://www.pollingreport.com/wh08.htm
There’s other polls with similar results if you look around further.