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John J. Jakubczyk has been active in the Pro-Life Movement since 1975.  He served as President of Arizona Right to Life, Arizona's largest, oldest and strongest pro-life organization.  He was on the board of AzRTL for many years and now acts as the Arizona delegate to the National Right to Life Committee.  As the founder and president of Southwest Life & Law Center, he continues to use his legal skills to assist in advising, counseling and defending women, children, pro-life activists, organizations, as well as victims of abortion. A national speaker, motivator and adviser since the 1980s, he is very familiar with the history of the movement at the national level.   A founder and past president of Ville de Marie Academy, he served as a trustee for 15 years.  He has been an attorney in private practice for 35 years, is active in his church, married, the father of 11 children, and a proud grandfather.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Gwen Ifill Should Step Down

The recent disclosure that PBS anchor and journalist Gwen Ifill has a book coming out on the emergence of Black power in the politics which centers on the candidacy of Barack Obama should disqualify her from being the moderator and questioner at the vice presidential debate scheduled for Thursday October 2, 2008 in St. Louis.

According to a story published on World Net Daily Ifill spent a great deal of time with Obama in researching for this book. The book is scheduled to be released in January at the same time as the Inaugural festivities. It is only in her and the publishers' interest to see an Obama victory which would help fuel sales of her book. this itself creates an appearance of journalistic impropriety.

Since the McCain campaign did not know about this conflict of interest, it could not have made any objection.

This is another reason for removing her or having her step down. She should have disclosed to the Commission on Debates that she was working on this project. She should have declined the opportunity to moderate the debate as her presence would give the appearance of bias. Had she disclosed the project, the McCain Campaign could have then discussed the appropriateness of her involvement. Now one day before the debate, there is this additional blemish on the presentation of the candidates by the press.

It is always interesting t hear the left complain that someone is biased because of his or her religious belief. The left will scream and moan about some judge who actually believes in God. But let there be a real conflict of interest and it is ignored.

It will be interesting to hear the questions that are asked on Thursday.