If not Gwen Ifill, then who?

PBS’s very capable Gwen Ifill will be moderating the vice presidential debate tomorrow night. Conservatives are now blasting Ifill’s selection because she has written a book scheduled for publication on Inauguration Day entitled Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, about the younger generation of black politicians.

I am not unbiased in this election, and perhaps that is a partial explanation of why I’ve always found Ifill to be intelligent, fair, and well-versed on issues. I like her and think she’ll be a good moderator. And it certainly doesn’t seem unusual that a black political commentator would write a book about the new generation of black politicians.

On the other hand, I can understand why people might perceive her writing of the book as evidence of bias. Perhaps she’d seem more neutral if she hadn’t written the book; I don’t know. But I can’t think of any totally impartial individual qualified to moderate the debate between Biden and Palin. Can you?

One thought on “If not Gwen Ifill, then who?

... and that's my two cents