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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Gwen Ifill Doesn't Like Bloggers

Do you detect a little Kanyé West hommage in the blog title? Why yes, yes you do.

It relates to the communiqué Gwen Ifill issued about her controversial moderation in the Vice-Presidential debate:

"I've got a pretty long track record covering politics and news, so I'm not particularly worried that one-day blog chatter is going to destroy my reputation. The proof is in the pudding. They can watch the debate tomorrow night and make their own decisions about whether or not I've done my job."

You know, I was prepared to give Miss Ifill every benefit of the doubt, in large part because just the knowledge that she is the author of an Obama-centric book being out there now, would probably keep her from playing favourites at the debate.

After all, those of us who are PBS junkies have known about her for years.

She is detached so long as the topic doesn't involve African-Americans. If it does, her mask of impartiality slips off, as with the Imus controversy last year, when she called out media colleagues like the late Tim Russert for failing to speak against Don Imus and his offensive remarks about black female basketball players. TIM RUSSERT, that paragon of journalistic professionalism.

But I didn't care for her line of counter-attack. It screams of testiness with being caught out in an unethical situation, and dismissiveness of those who did so (primarily by Drudge, and Michelle Malkin -- namely, the conservative blogosphere).

Sorry, Miss Ifill. This is 2008. You have to deal with "blog chatter" in this Here-Comes-Everybody world. We bloggers are here to make sure there is pushback whenever we perceive a skewed narrative. Whether you like it or not, it's just going to be magnified in future.

I see Gwen Ifill showed up to do a run-through on Wednesday at Washington University. She was pushed in a wheelchair, having broken her ankle this week.

Well done, Miss Ifill. You're a real trouper. Hope you get well soon!

But, now, please try to be the objective journalist you claim to be in tomorrow's debate. We are all watching you.

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