Thursday, October 2, 2008

ifill's situs

I really don't care about Ifill's bias. The entire MSM is biased in one direction or another. The problem is the false premise upon which moderators are chosen: They should come from a different pool than the media. I think presidential historians would be an appropriate starting point.

Regardless, I am sure her publisher took note of this quote: Ifill said Wednesday that she hasn't even written her chapter on Obama for the book "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," which is to be published by Doubleday on Jan. 20, 2009, the day a new president is inaugurated.

The book is going to be on the shelves in roughly 110 days and you haven't written a word about the central character yet? It's not like he's a sideline, love. His NAME is in the TITLE. How much of an advance did we give you, babe?

Oh wait, maybe the entire book is written, explaining in detail the world of African-Americans in politics and how it is all changing in the post-Jesse Jackson world, how Shirley Chisholm opened some eyes, and now comes the new generation. The Obama Generation. But you haven't actually written, put to text, a chapter on Obama yet. You have merely written the entire set-up over 15 chapters, laid all the ground work, and constructed your argument for why he is the best thing - the most defining thing - since the Reconstruction Amendments. Perhaps you have also written chapters 19 through 23. All that is left are the Obama chapters and the wrap-up.

But if that's the case, darling, your money quote above is rather splitting hairs.

So should I be upset that you are being cute with your public announcement - or pissed off as a publisher that you haven't written anything.

Which is it?

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