October 1st, 2008
02:09 PM ET
14 years ago

Controversy surrounds VP debate moderator

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/01/art.ifill.gi.jpg caption="Ifill is set to host the VP debate Thursday."](CNN) - Controversy swirled over VP debate moderator Gwen Ifill one day before the vice presidential face-off between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, after new scrutiny was drawn to her upcoming book about Barack Obama.

In stories published Wednesday, conservative commentators noted that "Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama" – first announced several months ago – is slated to be released around the inauguration of the next president in January 2009, less than four months from today.

"...as if we needed any further evidence of a jaw-dropping double standard, we have to contemplate the sheer impossibility that someone who wrote a positive biography of McCain being chosen to moderate a debate," wrote Jim Geraghty on the National Review's Web site Wednesday.

The book has not yet been released to critics or the general public. Ifill talked about the upcoming book in a Washington Post interview in August, before the terms of the debate were finalized. In her only pre-debate interview, the PBS journalist told the Post's Howard Kurtz, a CNN contributor, that her book would cover new black political leaders like Obama, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Watch: Kurtz on Ifill

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Debate • John McCain • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (528 Responses)
  1. Joshua

    whats she gonna do? not let palin answer? let's talk about this if it becomes an issue, but not cry foul before the game.

    October 1, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. NLS

    Who cares?

    Do you guys remember the part where Obama was debating HRC at the Stephanopolous and Gibson hit job last spring?

    This debate is going to be crap anyway. McCain and Palin can't even answer a question. Just one-liners and "zingers." (God I hate that word.)

    October 1, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Mary

    Much ado about nothing, I think. I am appalled at the level of whining going on in the Republican campaign - we've had to put up with months of McCain whining about one thing after another. I am definitely looking forward to the debate. I sure hope Palin doesn't bail.

    October 1, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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