Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Missing Point of the Gwen Ifill / Moderator Debacle

In reading reactions to Gwen Ifill being the moderator for tomorrow's Palin-Biden debate, I find that people are missing the point.

The general reaction to criticism of Ifill being the moderator is mock-outrage that people would question her ability to perform impartially as moderator despite the fact that she is so in the tank for Obama, she has gills. I don't buy that for a second.

It isn't that she might or might not be able to hide her bias--it's that she should never be put in the position in the first place. Of course everyone has biases so finding a truly unbiased person is a fruitless thought exercise. But how hard would it be to find somebody who doesn't actively support, write magazine articles about, and have a vested interest in one of the candidates?

If huge personal biases are not a big deal, then may I suggest a change for final McCain-Obama debate--moderator Rush Limbaugh. I'm sure that would over like a lead brick with the left. But can't Rush be asked to put his (huge, annoying, loud) biases aside and moderator fairly?

Part of me hopes that Ifill flubs in a major way and is shown to be horribly partial while moderating. The other part knows that no matter how unfair she is the only people that will make note of it will be those "crazy conservative bloggers". So perhaps it is best for me to hope for a truly impartial performance by Ifill in order to give Palin a level playing field.


Christy said...

I agree. It's absolutely ridiculous for anyone to believe that a person like Gwen Ifill who actually has a financial interest in making sure Obama is the next President of the United States could possibly have any objectivity as a moderator. Furthermore, I would propose Ann Coulter as moderator rather than Rush Limbaugh cuz nothing gets those exteme liberals more fired up than a conservative woman!

knowitall said...

I think the debates this year were all a total waste of time. The committee needs to do more for the involvement of the people, since they'll be the ones being governed. Who cares if the left-wing illuminati don't like this format, they will have to speak to and for the people.