We all know that the mainstream media (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, etc…) leans left and shamelessly denies it. We live in a free country, where freedom of speech is guaranteed, so private companies such as these can have any political slant that they want. My only problem with the networks and their political views is that they will not admit to having them. Whatever… if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it’s probably a duck, although it could be Groucho Marx.
However, non-profit media outlets such as NPR and PBS, which are funded by taxpayers and donations, should represent the people that fund them… us. We pay the bills, so these networks should make every effort to be impartial and fair. Alas… they do not.
Tonight Gwen Ifill will moderate the vice-presidential debate between Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator D-Maryland Joe Biden, despite an egregious and remarkable conflict of interest that she failed to disclose to the debate commission.
Ifill has an enormous financial interest in the successful election of Barak Obama, as the book she has written: The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, is scheduled to release on Inauguration day. It is a fairly certain bet that the book will not do nearly as well, and thus Ms. Ifill will not make nearly as much money, if the Obama is not at the podium with his right hand in the air and left hand on the Bible on Inauguration Day. The “Age of Obama” will be significantly shorter if he is sent back to the Senate, with his tail between his legs, and Ms. Ifill’s book will be so much landfill.
Ifill has dismissed critics of her, and suggested that she remains impartial as she hasn’t written the chapters on Obama yet. Apparently the publisher is counting on these chapters as they describe the book as follows: 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.”
Hopefully, Ifill will take the high road and raise above the typical partisanship that members of the news media have displayed for the last 20 years, and will remain impartial and give both Vice Presidential candidates the respect they deserve.
I will be plesently surprised, but I am not holding my breath.