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  •  Honestly, I would question any book on heroics (1+ / 0-)
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    that included a chapter on McCain.

    But that still wouldn't make me think the moderator wasn't qualified.

    "Oil and coal, it's a fungible commodity, and they don't flag, you know, the molecules, where it's goin' and where it's not..." - Sarah Palin

    by LeanneB on Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 10:39:34 AM PDT

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    •  It's not the qualifications (0+ / 0-)

      It's just the appearance of being partial to a candidate.  I'm just surprised how vehemently people here oppose any questions relating to the appearance of a moderator writing a book with "the age of obama" in the title.  

      And the "heroics" novel is probably a bad example - historical fiction is a bit different than social analysis :).  

      •  Okay, but here's what I consider really relevant: (1+ / 0-)
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        I would look at the substance of a journalist's reporting to find evidence of partiality.  By that standard, people are probably far more justified in criticizing the choice of Tom Brokaw, whose framing of issues during this presidential campaign have a fairly obvious pro-McCain bias.  But because his various skewed statements and the way he's conducted his interviews aren't collected in a book with McCain's name in the title, there's no concrete basis for calling for him to "recuse himself."

        On the contrary, I'm not aware of any claims of partiality in Gwen Ifill's reporting, but because she has written an analysis of how Obama's campaign may have changed the game for black political hopefuls, we should demand her resignation as moderator because someone (with an axe to grind) says it "looks bad?"

        Meh.  I don't think so.

        "Oil and coal, it's a fungible commodity, and they don't flag, you know, the molecules, where it's goin' and where it's not..." - Sarah Palin

        by LeanneB on Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 10:51:47 AM PDT

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