By DAVID BAUDER
NEW YORK (AP) — Being selected the moderator for a vice presidential debate is something like opening a suitcase on “Deal or No Deal” and finding $1,000. Nice prize, but it’s no jackpot.
Not this year. The Oct. 2 showdown between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin will likely put Gwen Ifill before the biggest TV audience of her life.
Given the extraordinary attention paid to the campaign and Palin’s surprise selection as John McCain’s running mate, it stands a strong chance of becoming the most-watched vice presidential debate ever. The standard was the 56.7 million viewers in 1984, when Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman ever selected for a major party ticket.
Ifill, moderator of PBS’ “Washington Week” and senior correspondent on “The NewsHour,” is repeating her role from the 2004 debate between Dick Cheney and John Edwards. She had never done a debate before that, and admitted she was nervous about the large audience and all the people scrutinizing her performance.
The article also includes this:
PBS’ ombudsman, Michael Getler, received some letters from viewers complaining about Ifill’s facial expressions following Palin’s speech to the Republican convention. Even though Ifill said that GOP delegates “exploded with excitement” over Palin’s speech, those viewers apparently believed Ifill didn’t seem sufficiently excited herself.
Huh? Her facial expression?
So is Ms. Ifill suppose to be cheesing and grinning to make some folks comfortable and happy?
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