Rightbloggers Express Dark Suspicions About Ifill


We noticed a late flare-up of interest in our September 5 item, “Gwen Ifill’s Face Accused of Media Bias.” A few recent visitors dropped comments, some of the racist-doucebag variety (“AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POSTER CHILD,” “reminds me of King Kong,” etc). We expect this is because the PBS anchor is moderating tomorrow’s debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, and it has become a rightwing talking point that Ifill is fatally biased because she is working on a book about black politicians focusing on Obama, and (as some rightbloggers remind their readers by running Ifill’s picture) is herself black. It looks like our original headline has more resonance than we imagined.