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Satire: Speaker Pelosi Will Moderate the Thursday Debate Between Governor Palin and Senator Biden

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A confidential but highly reliable source confirms that the debate between Senator Biden and Governor Palin will be moderated by Speaker Pelosi, rather than by Gwen Ifill. This has come about due to the controversy over whether the formerly intended moderator might exhibit some bias toward the Biden/Obama ticket in her conduct of the debate. It was revealed this morning that Ms. Ifill, who has been quite critical in the past of Governor Palin, has written a book entitled The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama , which she discusses in an online video. Her book is described on Amazon as follows:

In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.

It is scheduled for release on or about the day of President Obama's inauguration.

It is difficult to understand why Ms. Ifill was replaced as moderator, although some might suggest that it was because even the mere appearance, nay even the barest hint, of bias could make the moderator seem less than objective. PBS declined to comment, other than to note that Speaker Pelosi is a well regarded public figure, easily able to put partisan nonsense to bed when it should be, and that since she had been so remarkably successful in getting the bipartisan financial bailout passed by her Congress, she has the time to do it. It was also noted that Ms. Ifill had only recently broken an ankle (it is not clear which one), and that she needs a brief hiatus to permit a full recovery. Rumors that Speaker Pelosi will receive a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of Ms. Ifill's book are patently untrue.

According to the confidential source linked above, some thought had been given to asking Senator or perhaps former President Clinton to moderate the debate, but this notion was quickly quashed by the Biden/Obama campaign. It was felt that doing so might lead to allegations of subjectivity, since both are firm in their support of the Democratic Party ticket. The source reports that, only yesterday, former President Clinton remarked that he believes that Senator Obama would be an "incredible" president. He did not elaborate on this remark, although he was reported to be seen snickering.

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  • Baronius

    Dan, this article is an obvious attempt to boost sales for your book, Political Debates in the Age of Ifill.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/dan_miller Daniel Miller

    Baronius,

    Would that it were. Alas, I don’t have one. I did write a novel about eight years ago, but couldn’t find a publisher.

    Oh well, such is life.

    Dan(Miller)

  • Heloise

    Who would have thought that McCain would pick a minority as his VP running mate? No, Heloise is not talking about her 2 X chromosomes. I am talking about the fact that idiot savants now have true representation in government.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Gwen Ifill is a fine journalist, has been for many years, and doesn’t have to prove her impartiality. Her book hasn’t even been published yet, but Dan is already happy to satirize it as a disqualification for her role as debate moderator.

    Dan has already shown his propensity to believe half-cocked conspiracy paranoia by supporting the fantasy theory that CBS and ABC magically edited Sarah Palin’s original brilliance into the incoherent silliness that ended up in the broadcast versions of their interviews with her.

    It’s too bad he has so little faith in the strength of his chosen candidates’ ideas and rhetoric, believing that they are helpless against the mighty power of the [always, always] ‘liberal’ media.

    Can’t wait to hear his blow-by-blow commentary on what he will either portray as a lynching or a failed attempted lynching tomorrow evening. It may even be good for a few laughs, although it’s unlikely to be as funny as the Couric interview or the Tina Fey recreation of it.

  • Brad Laidman

    They could have Rush Limbaugh moderate that thing – it’s still gonna be ugly

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Ms. Ifill’s own reaction:

    PBS journalist Gwen Ifill, moderator of the upcoming vice presidential debate, dismissed conservative questions about her impartiality because she is writing a book that includes material on Barack Obama.

    Ifill said Wednesday that she hasn’t even written her chapter on Obama for the book…

    Ifill said Obama’s story, which she has yet to write, is only a small part of the book, which discusses how politics in the black community have changed since the civil rights era. Among those subjects is Colin Powell, secretary of state in the Bush administration.

    The host of PBS’ “Washington Week” and senior correspondent on “The NewsHour” …Ifill’s resume includes jobs at The New York Times, the Washington Post and NBC News.

    She moderated the 2004 vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards.

    She said it was the publisher, not herself, who set the Inauguration Day release date. It will be released then whether Obama wins or loses.

  • Clavos

    Oh well, if ifill says she’s unbiased, obviously she is. Otherwise she’d tell us, if she weren’t, right?

    After all, we all know that journalists are among the most truthful and honest people in our society; right up there with politicians, clergy, and used car salesmen.

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    Wait a second. Palin isn’t an idiot savant. I mean, what part of her is savant? I get the idiot part….. but…..

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    Oh, yes, Clav, and yacht salesmen?

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “It was revealed this morning that Ms. Ifill”

    Actually that info was before out this morning for those that cared to look for it. The “revelation” this morning is to offset the McCain campaign’s concern about their expectation of Palin’s performance.

  • Clavos

    Yacht brokers are so dishonest they’re not even on the radar, Lisa.

    Wanna buy a boat?

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    The moderators are always chosen from among the journalists most people would describe as mainstream/middle-of-the-road. It goes without saying that most right-leaning commenters on here will characterize them as lefties.

    Gwen Ifill is really good at her job and doesn’t deserve the snarky, snide cynicism being shoveled at her. Please cite something other than her publisher’s book-jacket hype that indicates her bias, or that such alleged bias will affect the debate in any material way.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Wonkette’s sardonic take says it best:

    ALL BECAUSE OF WELFARE
    GOP OUTRAGED: Black Lady Political Journalist Writing Book About Black Politicians!

    The nerve of these people. These black people, they just don’t know when to stop, do they?

    First, a black lady managed to become a “political journalist” at PBS. Then a (half) black fellow managed to become the Democratic nominee for president, of America of all places! Now it turns out that a book the black lady wrote about black politicians including and especially that (half) black fellow is going to be published as scheduled in January.

    CAN YOU BELIEVE THEY ARE LETTING THIS BLACK LADY MODERATE A DEBATE TOMORROW???

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “even the mere appearance, nay even the barest hint, of bias could make the moderator seem less than objective.”

    Yet that didn’t stop Bob Schieffer, CBS chief Washington correspondent and host of Face the Nation, from moderating a presidential debate in 2004. He had a golfing friendship with George W. Bush during the 1990s and told Howard Kurtz, “It’s always difficult to cover someone you know personally.”

  • Cindy D

    They could have Rush Limbaugh moderate that thing – it’s still gonna be ugly

    LOL @ Brad

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/39420/joanne_huspek.html Joanne Huspek

    This is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. Thanks for the laugh. Because without it, I’d be crying like a baby.

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    Speaking of Ifill, this book has been on the radar for months and both parties sign off on Ifill in August. Bringing it up now by the McCain campaign is disingenuous… and ridiculous. It’s not new or “revealed.” It’s just politics by them, plain and simple.

    And Clav, I heard people were getting rid of their yachts right and left. So how IS business?

  • http://www.indyboomer46.blogspot.com Baritone

    Perhaps the best and most impartial moderator would be a retired crash test dummey. We don’t want anyone who actually has a mind doing this critical job.

    B

  • Clavos

    And Clav, I heard people were getting rid of their yachts right and left. So how IS business?

    I wish they were. That’s what I do, is get rid of people’s boats for them. But no, few people are selling them, though the less expensive boats are being used less because of fuel prices, so boats priced under $500K are moving slower, but I don’t handle many of them.

    The more expensive ones are moving well; people who have enough disposable income to afford a $1M+ toy are not much affected by the vagaries of the economy.

    I just received an offer yesterday on a motoryacht priced at $4.45M, and my partner just signed a deal on one for $20M. His deal is with a Croatian buyer (We get a lot of former Soviet clients these days), but my guy is a retired American small business owner living here in Florida.

    Business is pretty good.

  • Mooja

    What happened to journalism? Of all the potential moderators out there we can’t find one that isn’t publishing a book on one of the candidates on inauguration day? This should be a non-issue to pick another moderator.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/dan_miller Dan(Miller)

    My article was intended as satire, and labeled as such. Nevertheless, I feel obliged to comment that I thought Ms. Ifill did an excellent job as moderator, and allowed the personas of both candidates to come through. I saw no bias on the part of Ms. Ifill, and commend her for doing her job damn well.

    Dan(Miller)

  • http:://www.republicofdave.com DaveNalle

    I did mention in advance of the debate that I thought Gwen Ifill was one of the most impartial journalists out there, and she lived up to my past assessment. The whole furor stirred up by Limbaugh and a few other talk show hosts was ridiculous.

    Now, can we get John Stossel to host one of these debates? That I’d like to see.

    Dave

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Funny stuff, Dan.

    Apparently “blatant conflict of interest” is an alien term to some people. Oh, well.

  • bliffle

    Mooja sez:

    “…we can’t find one that isn’t publishing a book on one of the candidates …”

    Everyone knows that literacy has a liberal bias.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “Everyone knows that literacy has a liberal bias.”

    Exit polls from 2004:

    No High School (lol) – Kerry wins
    High School Grad – Bush Wins
    Some College – Bush wins
    College Grad – Bush wins
    Postgrad study – Kerry wins

    So. Idiots and academics vote Democrat. Normal people in the middle (80% of the public) lean Republican.

    More:

    Served in military – Bush wins
    Didn’t serve in military – Kerry wins

    Big Cities – Kerry wins
    Suburbs – Bush wins
    Small towns – Bush wins
    Rural – Bush wins

  • Clavos

    Good stuff, RJ!