PBS journalist Gwen Ifill isn't even trying to hide her cheerleading for the Obama administration. After the president gained the 34th and final vote needed to secure his nuclear negotiation with Iran Wednesday, Ifill posted a simple message for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on her Twitter account.
Take that, Bibi. https://t.co/V9Gn9vP6xN— gwen ifill (@gwenifill) September 2, 2015
The graph she retweeted was originally posted by the official White House account. It appeared to be a mockery of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to the United Nations in 2012, when he presented an illustration of a nuclear bomb to demonstrate how Iran would progress in its dangerous pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
In the past, Ifill has been tasked with moderating vice presidential debates, covering seven presidential campaigns and interviewing politicians on significant policy issues. In other words, she is not in a role that is supposed to be open to editorializing.
Her online bio includes the reason she decided to pursue broadcast journalism:
"I always knew I wanted to be a journalist, and my first love was newspapers," Ifill said. "But public broadcasting provides the best of both worlds-combining the depth of newspapering with the immediate impact of broadcast television."
Now, she is feeling the immediate impact of posting a biased tweet, as outraged social media users are promptly responding:
One last note: Despite the media bias and Secretary of State John Kerry's reassurances that the administration's framework will 'get the job done,' Guy reported earlier today that Americans oppose the deal by (a not even close) 30 points.
@gwenifill Tweeting propaganda at a guy whose country is threatened with nuclear obliteration by a murderous regime? You tell him, girl!— Angela Morabito (@Bear2theRight) September 2, 2015