As many of you know, Gwen Ifill, the Managing Editor for PBS’s Washington Week In Review is going to be the moderator of the Vice Presidential debate tomorrow night.
What you may not know is that there is already criticism of her in some corners because she has a book coming out in January entitled “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama”. Does her writing this book mean that she won’t be a good moderator? Does writing the book mean that she’s in Obama’s camp? What can be made of the fact that she interviewed John McCain for Essence Magazine? Should she have written a book about politics and age in the time of McCain? Can she ask one question before accusations of bias come her way?
As you can see, I’m concerned that serious journalists are in a no-win situation. Just because a political journalist writes a book about the intersection of race and politics doesn’t mean that that journalist can’t be fair when moderating a debate, does it?