Thursday, October 02, 2008
Our friend Bill Katz nailed the Ifill controversy!
Bill Katz has a wonderful website called Urgent Agenda. Please check it out. It's great!
Today, Bill added his thoughts on the Gwen Ifill controversy:
"It is perhaps symbolic of the absurdity of the moment that the proceedings will be presided over by one Gwen Ifill.
I'm reminded, as I am often, of Humphrey Bogart's line in Casablanca:
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
Of Ifill we can say:
"Of all the journalists in all the news outlets in all the world, they picked her."
As we noted here yesterday, Ifill has a huge conflict of interest - she is publishing a book on inauguration day whose sales depend on Obama being elected.
And yet, she is chosen to moderate a debate that may determine if that result will occur.
As Greta Van Susteren wrote, in law that would cause a mistrial."
As I understand it, Ifill did not tell the commission about her book.
Some say that this is not a pro-Obama book. Instead, it is a book about a new generation of black leaders.
However, why have the controversy? Why put both candidates in this situation?