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Questions Raised on Moderator’s Impartiality

October 2, 2008

By DAVID BAUDER

By David Bauder

The Associated Press

NEW YORK

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 “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” which is to be published by Doubleday on Jan. 20 , the day a new president is inaugurated.

“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,” Ifill said.

“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.”

The day before the Joe Biden-Sarah Palin debate, columnist Michelle Malkin wrote in the New York Post about Ifill’s book, saying “she’s so far in the tank for the Democratic presidential candidate, her oxygen delivery line is running out.”

In its online description of the book, Doubleday says that 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.”

Ifill said the book discusses how politics in the black community have changed since the civil rights era. Among the subjects is Colin Powell, former secretary of state in the Bush administration.

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Gwen Ifill, the moderator of tonight’s vice presidential debate, said her book is a look at how politics in the black community have changed since the civil rights era. Colin Powell, former secretary of state in the Bush administration, is also among her subjects.

Originally published by BY DAVID BAUDER.

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