Gwen Ifill 'Livid' At Snub, Chorus Of Protests Continues Over Diversity [View all]
This follows days of vocal protest from Univision, the largest Spanish-language network, about the situation. (Univision has called for a fourth debate to be held.)
Then, there is the disappointment among the ranks of the snubbed. NBC, for instance, has nobody represented. Nor does Fox News. A gossipy New York Times article revealed late Friday that Fox News had lobbied intensely for a slot, but had been snubbed -- and that the Romney camp had threatened to boycott the debates if anybody from MSNBC was chosen.
However, nobody appears to have been more infuriated than PBS' Gwen Ifill. According to the Times, she was shocked and "livid" to find that, for the first time in eight years, she had been left off the list of moderators -- especially since PBS colleague Lehrer had insisted that his moderating days were completely over. She admitted to the paper, "I was indeed disappointed." (Ifill can take comfort that she is making history this election cycle by being part of the first-ever all-female team to anchor presidential convention coverage.)
Oh, and of course, there's Rush Limbaugh, who trashed all four moderators as "far left" or "far far left" Democrats.