Gwen Ifill: the icon or feminist dare not speak her name

Revealed at the Greenwich conference, for her spiritual inspiration Snoop is ordered to wax lyrical about her own poetry and be nicer to her children. As Yogi Berra might say, ‘You can observe a…

Revealed at the Greenwich conference, for her spiritual inspiration Snoop is ordered to wax lyrical about her own poetry and be nicer to her children. As Yogi Berra might say, ‘You can observe a lot just by watching’

Name: Gwen Ifill

Age: 73

Appearance: Old black woman. Much enjoyed as a Supreme Court justice for 20 years, she sadly died in June of breast cancer.

I’m sorry to hear that, Miss Ifill. She was very much a national treasure. Before that she was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial board of the Washington Post and anchor of All Things Considered for 15 years.

Did you even know she was such a national treasure? I’m often told that my beautiful child was declared by Time magazine as having the “hardest job in journalism”.

Ooh, that’s nice. My mum was greatly against that. She put it to me, “Don’t let them call you stupid.” She grew up poor in Kansas.

What was the thing that was hardest about being an editor? It is basically this: no matter how much you have read about something you have to do a piece on it. I certainly had my share of really awful writing. If I had to sum up my career in one sentence it would be this: constant conflict between wanting to get facts right and wanting to tell stories.

Don’t you get tired of hearing people say that? No, you know what? I am not tired of hearing it.

This is as sad a story as had any been told. No, I didn’t hear that. I, like, already knew that. Nor was my mum ever tired of hearing that. My daughter has always said, “Mom, I already know you are a very good person.”

You’re doing the interview? I don’t know if you want to know how you’re doing.

Perhaps you shouldn’t ask. You can observe a lot just by watching. I’ve also done a lot of studying. And I will continue to do so. Just look at me!

I’m thinking, before I went in, she should have told the interviewer, “Please know that I am a very happy person!”

Which is probably your favourite thing ever. Telling lies is not a skill I feel I have. It’s literally just not the kind of thing I do.

No, but telling a series of lies is. I would say her favourite attribute was doing work that doesn’t feel like work.

How so? Because you’re already such a good person? You’re like, G-e-n-i-n-g. You want the world to be happy.

Of course, she should have said that. She should have been nice to me. She was very nice. I really appreciate that. But my other favourite thing about her is that she was very big on getting people to read poetry.

Why? Are you serious?

That’s very good advice. Very encouraging. And how did you go on to get to this point? I went on to have a child.

Be nice to me? I should say that.

Do say: “You’re looking great, you need to start listening to music.”

Don’t say: “You’re looking beautiful.”

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