Who is this “we” the alleged impartial reporter is referring to?
PBS NewsHour host Gwen Ifill may have slipped Sunday when she said “we haven’t been laughing much in Washington” after President Obama’s brutal week, perhaps referring to herself and other press corps members.
Speaking on ABC’s This Week, the panel began with a clip of a fake advertisement from NBC’s Saturday Night Live mocking Obama’s “presidential depression” and medication he might take to combat it.
Ifill thanked host Martha Raddatz for the laugh and made her remark before recovering and saying, “And they’re not laughing a lot at the White House this week.”
Ifill is the author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” which was written before the 2008 election and published the day Obama was inaugurated in 2009. It was widely regarded as favorable to Obama, and it stirred controversy at the time because she was the moderator for the 2008 vice-presidential debate.