Questions raised about moderator's impartiality

NEW YORK (AP) -- PBS journalist Gwen Ifill, moderator of the upcoming vice presidential debate, dismisses conservative questions about her impartiality because she is writing a book that includes material on Barack Obama.

Ifill said Wednesday that she hasn't even written her chapter on Obama for the book "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," which is to be published by Doubleday on Jan. 20, 2009, the day a new president is inaugurated.

The day before the Joe Biden-Sarah Palin debate, columnist Michelle Malkin writes in the New York Post about Ifill's book, saying, "She's so far in the tank for the Democratic presidential candidate, her oxygen delivery line is running out."

Says Ifill, "They can watch the debate tomorrow night and make their own decisions about whether or not I've done my job."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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