Gwen Ifill Junks Journalistic Integrity – Again

After yesterday’s “achievement” of coercing 34 Democrats to join his “Let’s give Iran a Nuke” agreement, President Obama must have taken a victory lap.

So did PBS host Gwen Ifill. She tweeted “Take that, Bibi.” She was referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has strongly opposed the agreement and came to Washington at the invitation of Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner to argue against it.

So much for journalistic integrity. But that hasn’t ever stopped Ms. Ifill. Matthew Sheffield at Newsbusters reminds us that “In 1998, she went after opponents of new campaign finance regulations by comparing them to terrorists. In the 2012 presidential campaign she had no problem echoing the Obama campaign’s attempt to turn Republican nominee Mitt Romney into Gordon Gekko.

“Ifill has persistently tried to brush away the various scandals that have plagued President Obama’s second term as “distractions.” She also rued how the White House’s lies about the Benghazi attacks continue to be a problem for the administration. ‘Why is this stuck? Why is this a story that never went away?,’ she asked in May. In September of last year, she sniffed at it as merely a ‘dustup.’

“Away from the camera, Ifill’s liberalism has become even more apparent. In 2008, a year in which she moderated a vice presidential debate, Ifill wrote a lengthy magazine profile of Obama that was almost a love letter. A few months later, she expanded her adulation in the form of a book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, where she hailed Obama and several other black Democratic politicians. Once word of the book-length valentine got out it nearly got her blocked from moderating the debate. Her partisan reputation likely stopped her from being permitted to moderate a debate in 2012, a decision that was said to have made her ‘livid.'”

She’s been so over the top that even PBS ombudsman Michael Getler has attacked her. But she’s still host of PBS NewsHour.

Getler got a lot of angry emails in his inbox following her tweet. “I asked Ifill and the NewsHour for a response and explanation. She explained, in an email to me and in a tweet to many others, that she was ‘RT’ing a @TheIranDeal tweet,’ and added that she ‘should have been clearer that it was their argument, not mine.’

“One would have to lean way over backwards to give her the benefit of the doubt that she was simply shedding light on the administration’s view of portions of Netanyahu’s arguments,” Getler wrote. “But to personalize it by saying, ‘Take that, Bibi’ is, in my book, inexcusable for an experienced journalist who is the co-anchor of a nightly news program watched by millions of people over the course of any week.”

Will this get any attention or significant blow back? Don’t bet on it. Our Republican House and Senate acts like they are observers at a football game, not participants. With Labor Day weekend upon us, the public will not care anyhow.

But then again, no one trusts the media anymore. They seem to be the last people who see that.

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