Ifill's bias

FOX NEWS claims Gwen Ifill is unfit to host the Vice Presidential debate this week, since she has written a book about Obama:

Questions are being raised about the objectivity of Thursday's vice presidential debate moderator after news surfaced that she is releasing a new book promoting Barack Obama and other black politicians who have benefited from the civil rights struggle.

Ifill's book, "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," is due to be released about the same time the next president takes the oath of office.

In her book, Ifill contends that the black political structure of the civil rights movement has cleared the way for post-racial politicians to ascend to new heights.

Now some are wondering whether Ifill can be fair and balanced, and whether she should be the moderator of Thursday's 9 p.m. ET debate.

"Clearly her books aren't going to do as well unless Obama wins, so it looks like she has some investment, literally, in one candidate or the other. And she's supposed to be sitting there as a neutral arbiter during the debate," said NPR's Juan Williams, a FOX News contributor. "I think the world of Gwen Ifill but I know there's a perception problem."

Has Juan Williams always been a wanker and a stooge? He writes the most insufferable pieces for the Wall Street Journal and he is one of the more meaningless of the Sunday morning pundits. Does he get so much face time because he is a Black Conservative? There are others less annoying.

Speaking of annoying

FOX News political analyst Michelle Malkin argued in a post on National Review that Ifill is "so far in the tank for the Democratic presidential candidate, her oxygen delivery line is running."

Personally I think Gwen Ifill is a fine example of someone with a pretty obvious personal liberal bias who strives to be an objective and professional journalist. And generally succeeds. I only sort of believed this until I read that Malkin post; now I believe it stridently.

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