Is Gwen Ifill’s ‘Age of Obama’ Book a Conflict of Interest Problem?

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That’s what Matt Drudge would have you believe. His Website has been blaring a banner headline (plus picture!) about Ifill’s book, The Breakthrough, fretting over the fact that she’s moderating the vice-presidential debate tomorrow night. The unfinished book, scheduled to come out in January, will focus on young black leaders who are emerging with real political clout at the beginning of the 21st century, with Barack Obama as a hook. The McCain campaign claims they didn’t know about it, even though it was reported by the AP in July. Andrew Sullivan, Howard Kurtz, Michael Calderone, Greta Van Susteren, and Moe Tkacik have already weighed in. What do you think?