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October 2, 2008


The VP Debate - Final Pre-Debate Thoughts

Isn't it ironic that the McCain campaign has a problem with tonight's Vice Presidential Debate Moderator Gwen Ifill of PBS but has absolutely no problem with Fox News Channel, Right-Wing radio (by far, the dominant radio talk show format), or the numerous lies they tell in their various commercials?

Ifill has a book due out next year titled Age of Obama and, as a result, the McCain campaign is calling into question her impartiality and are questioning whether or not she should be the questioner tonight.

It's no secret that Senator McCain tried to use last week's commencement of the financial debacle to get out of the first debate between himself and Senator Obama with the hopes of having it take place tonight. That, of course, would have eliminated the event scheduled for tonight between Senator Joe Biden of Delaware and Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin.

They couldn't get away with it.

So the McCain-iacs and Palin-istas have decided to put some fore-doubt into tonight's debate by questioning the veracity of Ifill, something which gave each and every anchor, guest and "expert" at her old job, CNN, a good laugh.

Maybe McCain thought that by putting the bias, and onus on Ifill, the questions would be easier. But I can't believe that this would be the case. A more likely scenario is that McCain wants to give the likes of Fox News and the others mentioned above a starting point if Palin fails, or the ability to say that "even with a biased moderator, Palin won."

In a campaign (McCain's) run by dishonest brokers, racist insinuation and complex (and sometimes not-so-complex) lies we can afford to put nothing by McCain. And that's just stinks.

"I've got a pretty long track record covering politics and news, so I'm not particularly worried that one-day blog chatter is going to destroy my reputation. The proof is in the pudding. They can watch the debate tomorrow night and make their own decisions about whether or not I've done my job."

That would be nice but it will only hold true for those if us who watch this debate with impartial eyes and ears.

McCain's campaign, either through surrogates or their won ads, has used covert (and sometimes overt) racism as a political tool, and the obvious isn't lost on Ifill:

"Do you think they made the same assumptions about Lou Cannon (who is white) when he wrote his book about Reagan?"
"I don't know what it is. I find it curious."
-Ifill (who is black)

Me too.

Here is just some of the racism which has come out as a result of the Obama candidacy:
-McCain's ad using both Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears, two white, promiscuous women in an anti-Obama ad
-The infamous "terrorist fist-bump" remark made by a Fox anchor
-The equally as infamous "Obama's babies' momma" captioned below a picture of Barack Obama's wife Michelle, hoping to fool some that the Obamas live in "sin" a favorite stereotype portrayed by idiots and those who would use them
-in various new ads, McCain's campaign using any and all African-Americans in positions of power as "friends" of Obama, whether they are or not (see the ad stating that Obama has been using former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines as an advisor - an out and out lie), while McCain's campaign manager Rick David was still receiving lobby money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
-and, in the most recent example, the Republican National Committee released an ad with a much darker-skinned Barack Obama, similar to what Time Magazine did while during the O.J. Simpson murder trial cover

It will be interesting to see how it all goes down tonight.

-Noah Greenberg

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-Noah Greenberg