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VP Debate Moderator Ifill Pens Pro-Obama Book

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2008 12:10 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Gwen Ifill, the supposedly “impartial” moderator of Thursday’s vice presidential debate, is in fact the author of an upcoming book that expresses admiration for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Her book “Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” sheds “new light” on Obama and other “emerging young African-American politicians” who are “forging a bold new path to political power,” according to the official promo for the book, scheduled for release on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.

Ifill, an anchor on the Public broadcasting Service program “Washington Week,” did not return a phone call from WorldNetDaily asking if her book’s success “would be expected should Obama lose,” WND reported.

But in an online video promoting the book, the African-American newswoman states that she is enthusiastic about “taking the story of Barack Obama and extending it.”

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin expressed outrage over Ifill’s selection as moderator.

“Ifill and her publisher are banking on an Obama/Biden win to buoy her book sales,” she wrote.

“Try as she might to deflect questions about her impartiality, her biases — and her conflict of interest — are clear…

“My dictionary defines ‘moderator’ as the ‘nonpartisan officer of a town meeting.’ On Thursday, PBS anchor Gwen Ifill will serve as moderator for the first and only vice presidential debate…

“But there is nothing ‘moderate’ about where Ifill stands on Barack Obama. She’s so far in the tank for the Democrat presidential candidate, her oxygen delivery line is running out.”

Malkin pointed out that Ifill recently wrote a “fawning cover story” about Barack and Michelle Obama for Essence magazine.

And Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren reported that John McCain did not know about Ifill’s book and observed that the campaign “should have been told before the campaign agreed to have her moderate. It simply is not fair — in law, this would create a mistrial.”

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