Unreal! Pro-Obama Partisan Gwen Ifill Will Moderate Palin-Biden Debate …Update: Ifill Wonders If Palin Can Be Good Mother and VP Candidate!

INTRODUCING GWEN IFILL— THE PALIN-BIDEN DEBATE MODERATOR–
Here she discusses her new book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”

Thursday’s Vice Presidential Debate between Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Joe Biden will be moderated by a staunch Obama supporter.
Gwen Ifill wrote a book on her friend, Barack Obama, that will be released on January 20, 2009… Inaugural Day.

Michelle Malkin wrote about debate moderator Gwen Ifill today at Investor’s Business Daily:

My dictionary defines “moderator” as “the nonpartisan presiding officer of a town meeting.” On Thursday, PBS anchor Gwen Ifill will serve as moderator for the first and only vice presidential debate. The stakes are high. The Commission on Presidential Debates, with the assent of the two campaigns, decided not to impose any guidelines on her duties or questions.

But there is nothing “moderate” about where Ifill stands on Barack Obama. She’s so far in the tank for the Democratic presidential candidate, her oxygen delivery line is running out.

In an imaginary world where liberal journalists are held to the same standards as everyone else, Ifill would be required to make a full disclosure at the start of the debate.

She would be required to turn to the cameras and tell the national audience that she has a book coming out on Jan. 20, 2009 — a date that just happens to coincide with the inauguration of the next president of the United States. The title of Ifill’s book? “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”

Nonpartisan my foot.

Random House, her publisher, is already busy hyping the book with YouTube clips of Ifill heaping praise on her subjects, including Obama and Obama-endorsing Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick. The official promo for the book gushes:

“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.

“Drawing on interviews with power brokers like Sen. Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and many others, as well as her own razor-sharp observations and analysis of such issues as generational conflict and the ‘black enough’ conundrum, Ifill shows why this is a pivotal moment in American history.”

Ifill and her publisher are banking on an Obama-Biden win to buoy her book sales.


Gwen Ifill with friend Barack Obama. (PBS)
Her book on Obama is coming out on Inaugural Day in 2009.

Here’s some great advice for Sarah Palin from commenter IOpian:

Palin should come out and in the opening niceties ask her how her book is coming along… What was the title of it again?

UPDATE: Reader David found this…
Gwen Ifill Questions Whether Sarah Palin Can Be Vice President and Have a Family!

GWEN IFILL: And there’s also a big difference between running a state or running as long as she has run a state and running for one of the biggest jobs in the country. What advice do you give her on how to balance this? She’s got five kids. She’s got one…

REP. HEATHER WILSON: You know something? Let me say something about that. That bothers me. No one ever asked John Kennedy whether he could be president and be a dad. Nobody asks Senator Obama whether he could be president and be a dad. But because Governor Palin is a woman, they’re asking whether she can be vice president and a mom.

GWEN IFILL: But she describes herself…

REP. HEATHER WILSON: It’s time to end the double standard.

GWEN IFILL: I understand what you’re saying. She described herself as a hockey mom. That was her self-description.

REP. HEATHER WILSON: And one of the greatest things about Senator Obama is that he talks about the importance of being a father and a parent, but nobody asks whether he can do both at the same time. We need to end the double standard. And the double standard, I think, is not being pushed by Republicans here at the convention. It’s being asked by people in the media who should know better.

GWEN IFILL: Do you think it’s a double standard?

REP. MARY FALLIN: Oh, yes, I do. In fact, I think it’s a little bit of a slam towards men, saying that men can’t be a good partner to a woman who works. You know, her husband is going to be her partner right alongside her. And he has been when she’s been in other offices. And that’s what a family is about, is working together.

Here‘s the transcipt.

Here‘s the audio.

UPDATE 2: The McCain Camp did not know about Ifill’s book!

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