I haven’t heard back from Gwen Ifill (see yesterday’s post) but Ifill did talk to the Associated Press to respond to what the AP characterizes as “conservative questions about her impartiality because she is writing a book that includes material on Barack Obama,” questions which Ifill “dismissed.” Said Ifill:

I’ve got a pretty long track record covering politics and news, so I’m not particularly worried that one-day blog chatter is going to destroy my reputation. The proof is in the pudding. They can watch the debate tomorrow night and make their own decisions about whether or not I’ve done my job.

Ifill’s not worried…that it will destroy her (yes, very solid) reputation. Is she at all worried it could distract or detract from or otherwise loom over the debate?

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.