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Moderator Becomes a Topic of Debate

In mid-August, shortly after the Commission on Presidential Debates named Gwen Ifill of PBS as a moderator of the coming vice-presidential event, she wrote an essay in Time magazine that identified her as the author of a coming book, “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”

A couple of weeks later, an article in The Washington Post about her moderating duties described the book as focusing on “the Democratic nominee and such up-and-coming black politicians as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.”

But on the eve of the debate, Ms. Ifill and her book became the fresh object of outrage on conservative talk radio, blogs and cable news after a right-leaning Web site,, posted an article late Tuesday with the headline, “VP debate moderator Ifill releasing pro-Obama book.”

The expressions of shock that met the headline were


Added: Oct-2-2008 
By: anon50
Tags: gwen ifil, pbs, liberal media, n y times, moderator, 2008 election
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