Monday, October 6, 2008

One Tiny Final Question About Gwen Ifill, Sarah Palin, And The VP Debate

The following question remains on my mind since the conclusion of the Vice-Presidential debate. Would Sarah Palin and her GOP handlers have actually dared to prepare for the debate with the intention of not answering direct questions from the moderator and further, actually have the gall and the disrespect to openly state that she was not going to address direct questions from the moderator if Gwen Ifill had not been black and female? I really have to wonder if that tactic would have been used if a white, male journalist such as Tom Brokaw or Ted Koppel had been the moderator instead.

And as a even tinier side question on this same subject, I have to wonder why not one of Ifill's so-called colleagues didn't have the guts, professionalism, or sense of fairness to call Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign on this obvious racist and sexist tactic.

10 comments:

Miss Pinky October 6, 2008 at 12:37 PM  

My question is : Why didn't Ifill push back ? Was she afraid of the fall out because of her pro-Obama stance ?

DJ Black Adam October 6, 2008 at 1:41 PM  

I completely agree with you on this, had that been Tom Brokaw, Palin would have been roasted (and rightfully so).

Only in America...

notburnttoast October 6, 2008 at 1:46 PM  

My thoughts are still with you.
I had the same reaction, but pushed it back because I thought that maybe I was being too sensitive. But yes. There is no way they would have done that to Jim Lehrer, Tom Brokaw, Charlie Gibson or even dare I say Katie Couric. I think that it was the combination of race and gender that made it so easy for them to be so disrespectful. Also, the whole dust-up about Gwen's book was just a way to deflect from what they were planning on doing.

Faith October 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM  

Plus there's no corporate media push back on having Tom Brokaw as moderator when he's best buds with McCain. So a white male journalist can't be biased?

Kit (Keep It Trill) October 6, 2008 at 6:42 PM  

I think Sarah would have done it no matter who was moderator, b/c to otherwise would reveal her incompetence. I'm guessing she learned her lesson from looking lame with Katie Couric.

As for the side question, maybe Biden should have called her on it; but maybe he's afraid that would have made him look like an ogre, picking on the little Hockey Princess. I'll be she knew she could get away this and did.

sista gp October 6, 2008 at 8:47 PM  

Maybe her cram sessions did not go too well so they opted the plan of not answering any questions. she is better at doing that

GoldenAh October 7, 2008 at 2:06 PM  

In some of their more recent Klan rallies Palin and McCain have supports yelling (about Obama) "terrorist" and "kill him." I don't watch TV, but I doubt the MSM has even a peep about this.

I expect Brokaw to help McCain and cover for him tonight. Mr. Mumbles considers himself such a good buddy of McCain.

Gwen Ifill knows no one in the MSM has her back. I don't blame her for not sticking her neck out.

Selena October 7, 2008 at 4:13 PM  

IA with Kit. She would have said it regardless of who was moderating at the time. That's only because of her interview with Couric. However had the moderator been someone other than Ifill, that flip azz remark by Palin wouldn't have gotten pass the BS meter.

Ifill should have did a Couric and went back to the same question towards the end of the debate (but with a smile).

Professor Tracey October 7, 2008 at 5:07 PM  

Excellent points here, but I have to remind folks that Couric is a woman and it was not a debate, but an interview.

Quite frankly with Couric, Palin REALLY believed that she could bullshit her way through that interview. The McCain campaign picked Couric because she was a lightweight and she exhibited some toughness. Truth was, Palin tanked on basic questions in the interview.

As far as the debate is concerned, I stand by my view. Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign would have never challenged a white, male journalist in that fashion.

Lorena October 7, 2008 at 7:43 PM  

Frankly, I think Palin had to do what she did, because she had no choice.

He had to recite what she'd memorized, because--apparently--that's all she's good for memorizing. Her George W.-like brain has limited capabilities.

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