VP debate moderator did NOT write a book about Obama; Sean Hannity is a partisan hack

1 10 2008

A story broke earlier today about the moderator of the VP debate tomorrow. Here’s excerpt over the supposed controversy from Politico.com via Yahoo! News:

“Michelle Malkin and World Net Daily have made a lot of noise today about the fact the Gwen Ifill, the moderator of Thursday’s VP debate, has a new book coming on Inauguration day about Barack Obama and the politics of race —  it’s now leading on the front of Drudge.

Fox’s Greta Van Susteren reports that the McCain campaign didn’t know about it.
“I am stunned….the campaign (actually both) should have been told before the campaign agreed to have her moderate. It simply is not fair — in law, this would create a mistrial.”

On my way to the bank today, I was listening to right wing pundit Sean Hannity. I don’t necessarily always agree with the man, but I like to hear as many perspectives on an issue as I can. He was harping on this story for no less than a half an hour. He eventually started taking calls from listeners. One listener called in and stated that the media reports were incorrect. The book was NOT about Obama. Hannity did not let the man get in a complete sentence to explain why he believed that the book wasn’t about Obama. Anytime the caller was about to explain what the book was about, Hannity cut him off and kept repeating the subtitle of the book “Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” He then read part of the description from Amazon.com:

In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign…

The caller asked Hannity to finish the sentence at which time Hannity cut him off three or four more times and then hung up on him. I was disgusted at this blatantly one sided attack on the truth. Hannity claims to be “Fair and Balanced” and part of the alternative media that seeks only the truth. Here’s the truth via the ENTIRE book description that Hannity so conveniently left out:

In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen 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.

Ifill argues that the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a generation of men and women who are the direct beneficiaries of the struggles of the 1960s. She offers incisive, detailed profiles of such prominent leaders as Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and U.S. Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama, and also covers up-and-coming figures from across the nation. Drawing on interviews with power brokers like Senator Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and many others, as well as her own razor-sharp observations and analysis of such issues as generational conflict and the “black enough” conundrum, Ifill shows why this is a pivotal moment in American history.

The book is about the shifting political scene and the rise of black politicians.  Just because Barrack Obama is the most prominent of these politicians does not mean that Gwen Ifill is not qualified or dignified enough to moderate a VP debate fairly

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