September 30, 2012
GWEN IFILL PREEMPTS THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE:
Sure sign that President Obama’s media cheerleaders are worried about his upcoming debate performance? Four days before the first debate, Gwen Ifill of PBS has an op-ed in The Washington Post downplaying the importance of . . . debates. Or, as she puts it, “debunk[ing] five myths about presidential debates.”
Myth Number One: “Voters use debates to decide.”
As Ms. Ifill explains, “Gallup polls going back decades show precious little shift in established voter trends before and after debates.”
And yet Ifill was certainly eager to moderate one in 2008, despite having a pro-Obama book already scheduled for publication early the next year.