Wall Street Journal Washington Wire: Some Conservatives Want PBS’s Ifill Out as Debate Moderator

Wall Street Journal Washington Wire

Some Conservatives Want PBS’s Ifill Out as Debate Moderator

Others are agitating for voters to voice their opposition with the Commission on Presidential Debates to “request that a replacement for Ifill be a neutral and unbiased moderator,” wrote Deborah Hamilton of Hamilton Strategies, a conservative public relations firm, in an email today.

Ifill’s journalism colleagues have come to her defense. “Of virtually all the reporters I know, Gwen is somebody I have no idea where she stands politically. I mean, I have no idea where she is,” Judy Woodruff told the Huffington Post. “Writing this book does not present a problem ‘at all,’” she added. “I haven’t seen it because Gwen has been working on it. But Gwen Ifill is a reporter. She is not someone who delivers opinion and I know that that is not the type of book she is involved in.”

UPDATE: Palin told Sean Hannity today that she had no objections to Ifill’s role as moderator. “You know, I’m not going to let it be a concern,” she said, adding that the scrutiny just makes her “work harder” in the campaign. “It makes us want to communicate more clearly and profoundly with the electorate, letting them know what the contrasts are between these two tickets,” she said.


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