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.

OK.

However, why have the controversy? Why put both candidates in this situation?

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