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Liberal Ifill Is The Elephant In The Debate

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PBS’s Gwen Ifill’s failure to disclose or recuse herself from the debate is a clear violation of the code of Society of Professional Journalists ethics. Does Ifill belong to this organization and where is the Society of Professional Journalism in enforcing their own ethics with the drive by media?

Act Independently
Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.

Journalists should:

—Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
— Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.
— Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and
shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
— Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
— Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
— Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
— Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.

Anti-Palin Ifill will be on her best behavior tonight, of course, trying not to look biased. That doesn’t negate the fact that just by moderating the debate, this Obama supporter has raised her profile and the knowledge of the book, promoting and advertising it liberally, and possibly earning herself $350,000 with the book’s debut January 20, 2009. Nobody – even an average IQ – could argue that Ifill or her book company didn’t think about this when taking the job of moderator. This is a blatant scandal that will not be reported on except by the conservative blogs and right-wing talk shows.

I would like to see if any of the MSM’s are on the membership list for this professional membership association. Reading the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics left me stunned. I don’t believe today’s MSM’s have even read them, nevermind that they make a mockery of them on a daily basis.

Michelle Malkin’s take on Ifill’s non-partisan bias.

A Gift For Gwen Ifill


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