Ifill Discusses Her Book, Her Debate, SNL

From Meet the Press:

    MR. BROKAW: There you go. When she said–and you asked her a question and she completely ignored it…

    MS. IFILL: More than ignored it.

    MR. BROKAW: More than ignored it and said, you know…

    MS. IFILL: She blew me off, I think, is the technical term.

    MR. BROKAW: …”I’m just going to talk directly to the American people.”

    MS. IFILL: Yeah.


    MR. BROKAW: Yeah. Well, and I could very well be the target of that because coming up Tuesday night–I think we have to explain to our audience–you are in the process of writing a book, which will come out in January, about the change in American politics, especially among African-American leaders…

    MR. IFILL: Right.

    MR. BROKAW: …in which you call the “Age of Obama.” And there were people on the right who said that disqualifies you as a moderator for the vice presidential debate. But what you did was keep your head high and not to respond those attacks.

    MS. IFILL: I kind of kept my head low, actually. But, but, but no, that’s the truth. I did not respond to it because it didn’t take much to figure out what the book was really about. I mean, it didn’t take but a couple of mouse clicks to discover that what they were saying about the book wasn’t true and that, in fact, I wasn’t writing the book they said, and I hadn’t–I hadn’t even written the Obama chapter yet because I don’t know how it ends. So I–my editors are thinking, “Really, have you written it? Good, give it to us. We’d like to see it.” So they used that, and it wasn’t really much worth fighting about. I figured it would be a 24-hour kerfuffle. But it was instructive about how often you can get in the way of somebody else’s plan.

On Ifill’s “Washington Week”:

    And I want to assert moderator’s privilege to say a special word of thanks to everyone who sent me so many kind words and offered support in a week when I moderated a debate, celebrated a bithday, broke my ankle and briefly became the story myself. All I can say is, ‘Thank God it’s Friday.’

And, SNL’s skit: