Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Biden/Palin Debate Spin is In

They’re not even waiting for Joe Biden to utter one sentence tomorrow. We all now know why Sarah Palin isn’t going to do well in her upcoming debate with Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden: Gwen Ifill.

Gwen Ifill is moderating the debate tomorrow night. Gwen Ifill is an African-American journalist who hosts “Washington Week” on PBS. She makes her living moderating.

But now we are being told that Gwen Ifill is one of those liberal media types. It first showed up on a conservative blog. But it got picked up by the Drudge Report and now it is all over the mainstream media.

How is Gwen Ifill now a member of the lefty media? How did this conservative blogger arrive at this genius?

Gwen Ifill is writing a book about African-Americans who are rising on the political scene. One of the ones she writes about is Barack Obama.

Some surprise.

But now we are hearing a spin that because Gwen Ifill has written a book, an analysis of black candidates in this year’s election, a book that is set to go on sale on Inauguration Day mind you, Gwen Ifill is somehow biased and will try and torpedo Sarah Palin.

If Sarah Palin implodes in St. Louis, it isn’t because she has a poor grasp of the facts and rotten judgment to boot, it’s because Gwen Ifill was hiding in the bushes and sandbagged her without warning.

What makes this whole thing ludicrous is that no one has read Gwen Ifill’s book but her editors. There are no advance copies out. And whoever the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks this conservative blogger is, the one who first dreamed up this oeuvre, HE didn’t read the book either.

But somehow the sketch of the content, as obtained from its title “Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” is enough. Enough for conservatives to paint “flaming liberal” all over Gwen Ifill.

I am now waiting for the hue and cry to begin about replacing Gwen Ifill as moderator for tomorrow’s debate. Replacing her with, say, Sean Hannity. I hear that he wrote a book, too.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a fan (and flaming liberal) of the News Hour and Washington Week I've sometimes felt Gwen was leaning a bit right.......

Sometimes she irritates me being trying to be so "balanced"....

And for the bottom-feeders to try to paint her as a "flaming liberal" is just another attempt to deny the real problem.

Moose Girl may have been able to buzz-word her way to mayor of tiny town....and gov of oil-rich Alaska.....

But she doesn't seem ready for the big time....but then Curious George didn't either....