With the revelation that vice-presidential debate moderator Gwen Ifill is writing a book that will be very favorable to the Democrat presidential nominee, Sen. Messiah Barack Obama, there is a possibility that Miss Ifill will actually moderate a fair debate.
Now, this reaction by Miss Ifill does not offer a lot of hope, it may simply be a defensive reaction.
Most important is twofold.
One, that someone who is clearly very favorable to a particular candidate should either do one of two things. Distance his or her self from that candidate. Do not write a glowing article in a magazine that reaches a large target audience of said candidate. Do not write an audacious book that includes name of said candidate. If you do, be very, very upfront about it. That way, no one can be taken by surprise.
Or can they?
Secondly, if you are Team McCain, to say that you did not know the debate moderator was in the process of writing a book that is favorable to the Democrat presidential nominee, you better know what you are talking about. Apparently, it was reported in Time magazine that Miss Ifill was in the process of writing a book on the next generation of black political leaders. So either Team McCain did not do a new media Internet search or they are not completely telling the truth.
At the end of the day, all this light on Miss Ifill puts pressure on her to be extraordinarily fair to both candidates. And in the end, that is all we can ask of these debate moderators.