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Ifill's Conflict of Interest?

Matt:  It strikes me that almost any MSM moderator has a "conflict of interest" when it comes to treating the Republican/conservative in the race fairly.  They're conflicted by their own ideology and personal wishes.
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That remains true for Gwen Ifill.  The only difference now is that, one could argue, she also has a financial (along with an ideological) interest in seeing Barack win.

So, in a sense, she has dual incentives, but her financial interest in the outcome of the race hasn't changed the nature or the fact of the pre-existing, foundational (ideological) interest.  And what it has done is brought the ever-present ideological conflict into sharper relief.

In the end, most of the MSM couldn't be more in the tank for Barack if they did have a financial interest in the race's outcome.  That's why you have to respect former ABC reporter Linda Douglass at least a little bit -- she just went ahead and got a job with the campaign, out in the open.  Many reporters haven't been that honest.

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