Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Ifill Tower

All eyes are geared toward the vice presidential debate and just when Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe Biden thought they were going to be the key targets of scrutiny, Gwen Ifill (debate moderator) enters the scene. This presidential election has more twists and turns than a roller-coaster at Six Flags. Now, if a judge were to preside over a case in which a possible conflict of interest existed (or was perceived) that judge would recuse him/herself, especially if monetary gain were attached to the outcome. Ms. Ifill's upcoming book deal, which features Barack Obama, will surely sell copies, however, the royalties will increase dramatically if he becomes President. That being said, Sen. John McCain is willing to give Gwen Ifill the benefit of the doubt because he still has faith in Americans who have a history of professional behavior and fairness. If Ms. Ifill is able to keep a plumbline on her questioning then she will come out of the debate a monument to her profession. However, if she chooses to go down the path to political bias her reputation, that she has spent so many years building, will be as conspicuous as the Tower of Pisa. I'm pulling for you Gwen!

Zanne Booker 10-02-08

Note: You can spend a lifetime building a good reputation and only a moment destroying it.