Your Black World Reports
Earlier this week, respected journalists Soledad O’Brien and Gwen Ifill were inducted as honorary members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
“I’ve been waiting a long time to say, ‘hey sorors!’” O’Brien said on Twitter. “To have a sisterhood that supports you is heartening…Before I would say that service is what you do, now I say it’s what we do.”
Essence may have scooped Vogue, sort of, in being the first women’s magazine to put Michelle Obama on its cover since the presidential election, but the Time Inc. title did so by relying on archival images. Essence’s January issue is dedicated to President-elect Barack Obama, with essays and commentary from Maya Angelou, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Gwen Ifill and other notable African-Americans:
In a 90-minute V.P. debate devoid of any mention – despite the Black moderator – on issues afflicting Black people around the globe, who won? The loquacious Senator from Delaware, or the gun-toting puerile-minded Governor from Alaska?
John McCain, who less than 24 hrs. ago, expressed complete confidence in Gwen Ifill’s ability to be “totally objective,” now wants to recant his statements. What prompted this erratic move? Only time can tell. In an interview this morning on the laughable FOX News Comedy show, FOX & Friends, John McCain betrayed his previous statement, and embraced the fascistic right-wing attack on Ifill. Sen. McCain remarked that he only wished “they had picked a moderator that isn’t writing a book favorable to Barack Obama.” Adding that, “Life isn’t fair.” Oh, what’s a mega-wealthy 13-cars-and-9-houses-having White male to do (Read: Sarcasm). Well, Senator, you and I both agree on one thing. Life isn’t fair. But before you self-congratulate, think of the billions of Black, Brown, Red and Yellow peoples of the world, and the everyday horror they are subdued by. An horror simply called, reality. Now think of how your overpriviledged status so glaringly contrasts their underprivileged plight. As for whom is both suitable and competent to replace Gwen Ifill on such short notice, I’m not sure, but in the words of a famed Gov. from Alaska, “I’ll try to find you some and I’ll bring them to you.”
From Your Black News
FOX News’s Greta Van Susteren, who last week compared Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright to reputed Klansman David Duke, took a curious look, last night, at the folly-induced controversy brewing over legendary journalist/moderator Gwen Ifill’s status as the moderator for tonight’s V.P. debate. In a segment titled, “Fair and Balanced?” the FOX News tabloid queen went to unbelievable lengths in attacking the character, integrity and dignity of Ms. Ifill — all the while claiming to be doing otherwise. As most YBW readers are aware, FOX News is neither fair nor balanced to begin with, and when journalistic ethics are mentioned, FOX is nowhere to be found. This intentional chauvinistic and racist assault upon Gwen Ifill’s character confirms two things. First, that Black women are still subjugated to the consideration, analysis, preference and dictate of White men — a la Michelle Obama. Secondly, that the GOP is so fretful over the expectable disastrous performance by their V.P. selection tonight – Gov. Palin – and a preemptive strike against the moderator was strategically formulated to make an excuse for why Palin might not be able to answer questions in a coherent and decipherable format. Gwen Ifill, being the brilliant and elegant journalist that she is, responded in an AP interview yesterday, questioning her detractors if “they made the same assumptions about Lou Cannon (who is white) when he wrote his book about Reagan?” As one might suspect, the silence was deafening. So I say more power to Gwen Ifill, for she is the embodiment of the great legacies of fierce Black Women such as Fannie Lou Hamer, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Callie House. As for FOX News and Greta Van Susteren, they only furthermore proved to be the goose which lays a thousand retarded eggs:
From Your Black Life
A few weeks ago, there was a story (a rather silly story, actually) about whether African-American journalists could cover Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and maintain their impartiality. Now there’s a growing stink (from some conservatives) about whether PBS journalist Gwen Ifill, who’s black, can moderate Thursday’s vice presidential debate between Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin because Ifill has a book coming out on Obama…
Ifill’s detractors say that the book is pro-Obama and that the author of such a tome couldn’t possibly sit as an impartial moderator.
They’ve got to be kidding. I’ve not read the book—-I’m certain Ifill’s detractors have not read it—-so what exactly can one glean from the publisher’s description that allows one to believe she can’t do her job? I think conservatives are nervous about Palin’s upcoming performance and are running scared…
Gwen Ifill has just shot back at her detractors, and apparently the veteran journalist is not even sweating the corporate hacks and powerless operatives of the GOP who seek to use her race as a legitimate point of disqualification for the moderation of the V.P. debate tomorrow. In an interview with the Associated Press today, she replied saying, “I’ve got a pretty long track record covering politics and news, so I’m not particularly worried that one-day blog chatter is going to destroy my reputation. The proof is in the pudding. They can watch the debate tomorrow night and make their own decisions about whether or not I’ve done my job.”