Vice Presidential Debate Moderator, Gwen Ifill, Writing Pro-Obama Book

Now if this isn’t just plain peachy…

Gwen Ifill, the PBS reporter who’s show of disgust and disdain for Sarah Palin during her acceptance speech resulted in scores of complaints to PBS Ombudsman, Michael Getler, is moderating the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday. She’s also writing a pro-Obama book, “The Breakthrough,” scheduled for release on election day.

From WorldNetDaily:

Gwen Ifill, of the Public Broadcasting Service program called “Washington Week,” is promoting “The Breakthrough,” in which she argues the “Black political structure” of the civil rights movement is giving way to men and women who have benefited from those struggles over racial equality.

Ifill moderated the debate 4 years ago between John Edwards and Vice President Dick Cheney. It wasn’t pretty for Cheney, who also got treated with a bit of “attytood” by Ifill.

When cornered on her obvious looks of disgust while reporting on Palin from the convention, Ifill responded, “I assume there will always be critics and ( I ) just shut out the noise. It is surprisingly easy.

Again, WorldNetDaily reports:

Ifill, who also works with PBS’ “NewsHour,” is making preparations to moderate this week’s debate between the two candidates for vice president, and told that she thinks debates “are the best opportunity most voters have to see the candidates speaking to issues.”

She said she is concerned only about getting straight answers from candidates.

“You do your best to get candidates to answer your question. But I also trust the viewers to understand when questions are not answered and reach their own conclusions,” Ifill told BlackAmericaWeb.

“Four years ago, when neither John Edwards nor Dick Cheney proved capable of answering a question about the domestic epidemic of AIDS among African-American women, viewers flooded me with reaction,” she said.

She said she will make her own decisions about what questions to ask, and “the big questions matter.”

I guess the MSM already has this one in the bag for Biden…Sarah needs to be well versed on “African American” issues, among other things, if she wants to win this debate.

I can only begin to speculate on the lopsidedness of the questions that will be asked of the two candidates Thursday:

“Governor Palin, what do you think the U.S. government needs to do to quell the spread of AIDS in the lower grades in African American charter schools, and do you think that better school lunch programs will educate the children in a positive needle exchange program, or do we just give them bleach and how does this differ with the programs initiated in the Inuit community in your home state of Alaska? You have 30 seconds to respond.”

“Senator Biden…What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Take all the time you need, Senator.”

Read the entire WorldNetDaily article by clicking the link below:

VP debate moderator Ifill releasing pro-Obama book


I received this comment this morning. Feel free to bombard this woman with emails demanding they pull Gwen Ifill as moderator of this debate.

Blogger Wednesday’s Child said…I just emailed the Executive Commissioner for the debates and demanded they pull Ifill as moderator. Her name is Janet Brown, email address is or you can call and raise hell with the commission at 202-872-1020.

It’s time for another Boston Tea Party!

I’ve just sent the following email to Janet Brown…feel free to use it ias a basis for your own email to her:

Dear Ms. Brown.

I am writing to ask you to pull Gwen Ifill as moderator for the vice presidential debate.

Ms. Ifill has written a book touting the accomplishments of Barack Obama, scheduled to be released on election day. Having such a partisan person moderating a debate in what may just be the most important election in our country’s history is not only wrong, it’s akin to stacking the deck in favor of one candidate over another. It reeks of cheating.

Please do the right thing, in the spirit of fairness.

The world is watching, Ms. Brown. Bloggers are picking up on this story as I write this email…what will you do?


Bill Shaw

September 30, 2008 at 11:27 pm Comments (0)

Bishop of Scranton’s Respect Life Sunday Letter

Bishop Joseph Martino of the diocese of Scranton has brought up the election in his pastoral letter for the upcoming Respect Life Sunday.

Here are two important quotes from the letter:

While the Church assists the State in the promotion of a just society, its primary concern is to assist men and women in achieving salvation. For this reason, it is incumbent upon bishops to correct Catholics who are in error regarding these matters. Furthermore, public officials who are Catholic and who persist in public support for abortion and other intrinsic evils should not partake in or be admitted to the sacrament of Holy Communion. As I have said before, I will be vigilant on this subject.

My dear friends, I beg you not to be misled by confusion and lies. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, does not ask us to follow him to Calvary only for us to be afraid of contradicting a few bystanders along the way. He does not ask us to take up his Cross only to have us leave it at the voting booth door. Recently, Pope Benedict XVI said that “God is so humble that he uses us to spread his Word.” The gospel of life, which we have the privilege of proclaiming, resonates in the heart of every person – believer and non-believer – because it fulfills the heart’s most profound desire. Let us with one voice continue to speak the language of love and affirm the right of every human being to have the value of his or her life, from conception to natural death, respected to the highest degree.

October is traditionally the month of the Rosary. Let us pray the Rosary for the strength and fortitude to uphold the truths of our faith and the requirements of our law to all who deny them. And, let us ask Our Lady to bless our nation and the weakest among us.

May Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Lord of Life, pray for us.

September 30, 2008 at 9:35 pm Comments (0)

Re: Cult of Barry

John, I am reminded of  Jill Greenberg’s photos of crying babies to be used in an anti-Bush campaign.  Ms. Greenberg, who was noted most recently for her doctored up cover photo of John McCain for Atlantic Monthly, provoked the children into crying by taking away toys or candy.  She called it “manipulation”.  Others called it “abuse”.  But apparently the parents were all at the shoot and, according to Greenberg, they were all “fine with it.”

And I’m sure, as the great hug fest indicates at the end, all of these parents were “fine with” their children being “manipulated” for political purposes.

The song itself is tuneless and forgettable, but I guess we’re supposed to ignore that and say, “Awwww, look how cute those little tykes are when they are beng exploited.”

September 30, 2008 at 9:13 pm Comments (0)

The Cult of Barry

I sure hope they didn’t serve Kool-Aid to these kids:

Exit question: Is this just freaky-deaky and cult-like or does it cross the line into child abuse?

Exit question 2: The events of this movie happened on a Sunday afternoon. Considering that it’s likely that at least some of the children are Christians, did this happen after church or instead of church? Or perhaps in place of church?

September 30, 2008 at 8:50 pm Comments (0)

Re: 23 – 20

How did I miss this earlier? YEAH, STEELERS!!! Heinz Field was rockin’ after that second TD!

Man, did the Ravens blow it or what?! The game was all theirs and they completely let it slip through their fingers. It was even worse than when the Eagles failed to TD on that 2nd and 1 (and Goal) the other day. *Ahem*

September 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm Comments (0)


Congress takes the day off and the market rebounds 500 points.  Coincidence?  I think not.

It kind of flies in the face of all of that manufactured urgency of the past week, doesn’t it?  Maybe the solution to the financial crisis really is to let the markets shake out for themselves.

September 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm Comments (0)

Obama in Montco

They couldn’t get him for dinner, but they get him for lunch…. or brunch…. or a cup of coffee.

Friday. Details unknown.

September 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)

Re: McCain’s New Ads

Great, GREAT new ads! Put the blame for our economic 9/11 where it belongs – on the Democrats who demanded that banks lend to people who couldn’t afford it, and then spent years blocking any attempt to fix the problems before they boiled over into this financial nightmare!

And this disaster makes Obama’s entire economic plan a big pile of useless garbage. So when we’re in a recession, Obama’s going to punish big business? Are you kidding me? You want to cause a Depression? Then you kick businesses when they’re down, which is EXACTLY what Obama wants to do!

Obama’s taxes on “the rich” will almost certainly destroy a number of businesses, putting thousands if not millions of people out of work. But don’t worry – he’s going to steal enough money from the oil companies to give everyone in the middle class a $1000 tax cut. So, have fun with that tax cut when you’re unemployed and are waiting in lines for $10 a gallon gas because Obama has driven the oil companies to the brink of bankruptcy.

Obama, a socialist, is exactly what we DON’T need right now. McCain, who I opposed throughout the primaries as everyone knows, is apparently exactly what we DO need. Why? Because he’s a bipartisan reformer. He is probably one of the only people who can lead us out of this disaster.

September 30, 2008 at 5:34 pm Comments (0)

Clinton + McCain

Yet another quality ad from the McCain camp.

September 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm Comments (0)

Barack’s Plan: Making things Worse

Another McCain / Palin ad running in swing states, including our own.

September 30, 2008 at 9:27 am Comments (0)

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