Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Caution: Rant Ahead

So now the right-wing douchebags are all in a tizzy because PBS NewsHour anchor, Gwen Ifill, is writing a book on the new era of black politicians: The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama". Ms. Ifill, has been accused of being “in the pocket of Barak Obama” because she is black. When she defended herself stating, that “no one’s ever assumed a white reporter can’t cover a white candidate”, she was accused of pulling the race card. She’s playing the card the nut-job just handed her. How can she not respond to that?

Obviously, none of these people watch The News Hour on PBS or listen to NPR. PBS dissects the news—giving more in depth and impartial coverage to a topic than any other news source. All the other “news” networks offer opinions and shouting heads.

The NewsHour doesn’t do sound bites. They examine the whole story without opinion. The NewsHour, on average, covers four to five stories in an hour. Mind you, that is an hour of news without commercial interruption.

So, it’s okay for John Ellis, a conservative political advisor and cousin of W. to be a producer at FOX News, but it’s not okay for a journalist (an actual JOURNALIST) to write a book on something topical?

How many books has Sean Hannity written on how great the GOP is (“Winning the War Over Liberalism”, “Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism”), and then soft-balls interviews with Palin? (A classic example of a set up: “Is Senator Obama then using what happened on Wall Street… for political gain? Is there a danger of a presidential candidate is saying to the world that America's situation of economic crisis is the worst that we've seen in decades — which was words that he was using yesterday — is there a danger in terms of the world hearing that?”)

I think this is good for the Republicants, when Palin puts her foot in her mouth yet again, they can blame “the liberal media” and their “gotcha journalism.” How can this woman be expected to lead the nation if she can’t handle one simple debate?
[UPDATE: Ifill's book is no secret--read the Washington Post article HERE.]

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