Thursday, October 02, 2008

McCain complains over Ifill | Yahoo News

Moderator Gwen Ifill
C'mon Johnny. You have it pretty nice outside of politics right now.

[via: Yahoo News]

Synopsis: Hours ahead of the vice presidential debate, Sen John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized the selection of PBS's Gwen Ifill as moderator because she is writing a book called "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama."

"Frankly, I wish they had picked a moderator that isn't writing a book favorable to Barack Obama let's face it," McCain said on "Fox & Friends." "But I have to have confidence that Gwen Ifill will handle this as the professional journalist that she is. ...

"Life isn't fair, as I mentioned earlier in the program."

Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week;" and senior correspondent of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." She is viewed as one of Washington's fairest journalists.

The propriety of her selection as moderator for tonight's debate between Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) was questioned by conservatives after the Drudge Report drew attention to her book, to be published in January.

McCain took a different tack the day before, telling Fox News in another interview: "I think that Gwen Ifill is a professional, and I think that she will do a totally objective job because she is a highly respected professional. Does this help that if she has written a book that is favorable to Senator Obama? Probably not, but I have confidence that Gwen Ifill will do a professional job. And I have that confidence."

(Source: McCain laments selection of Ifill - Yahoo News.)

Editorial: It's really not that crucial, Johnny. Ifill isn't going to throw away her credibility to sway a debate; especially one already so heavily favored to Obama/Biden. If anything, a "fair" tilt would be to help Palin out. But the public will do that for you, Johnny. (As I've said before...) As long as Palin completes her sentences and doesn't get eaten alive, she will be praised. She will have "held her own" versus the experienced senator. All the cram sessions will have paid off and your campaign may even let her speak to cameras for the next 30 days.

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