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Martha Raddatz’s Approach
Should Be The Standard For
Future Debate Moderators

Mediaite, by Josh Feldman

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/12/2012 12:40:59 AM

Jim Lehrer tried to defend his performance moderating last week’s presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney by saying he wanted to “facilitate direct, extended exchanges between the candidates about issues of substance” and he wanted to make sure he was “stay[ing] out of the way of the flow.” But what tonight’s debate definitively proved is that a good exchange of ideas does not require the moderator to stay above the fray. Martha Raddatz not only asked better questions of the two candidates, but she asserted enough control so that the candidates did not go too far over their

Say WHAT? Raddatz was even more a part of this debate than Lehrer and actively seemed to help Biden more. This format started to turn into allowing Biden to shout louder and so give him time to speak and interrupt. If you don't go after the candidates as to answering the question and not cutting off their opponent's replies so the audience can hear them you might as well have them pudding wrestling up there.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 10/12/2012 12:44:42 AM     (No. 8927360)

Should have dropped one of those 10,000 pound weights on Biden, like in Monty Python. Or slapped him with a mackerel.

I thought Raddatz did a pretty good job overall, but if she could have handed out red cards or something, Biden would have spent thirty minutes in a penalty box.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: turninggrey, 10/12/2012 12:48:38 AM     (No. 8927367)

Here it comes. The big lie. Turn the truth upside down, and say it over and over. Times are changing though, and as much as the LSM tries their Alinsky tactics on us, we get stronger. We do not need them anymore, so no, the moderator does not get a pass. No, we will speak of her unfairness.
Lets also get something straight. Ryan did not just "tie" this thing. He won hands down. Laughing Joe can spout what he wants, but the 42 year old Ryan had the presidential demeanor that will serve him well in 2020 after he is VP for 8 years.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: G-Tom, 10/12/2012 12:49:18 AM     (No. 8927371)

She was CLEARLY favoring the idiot and should have stopped him on numerous occasions when he WOULDN'T SHUTUP.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: rlcnutter, 10/12/2012 12:49:30 AM     (No. 8927375)

Raddatz should be the standard? Are you serious. So the standard for future debates should be to allow the Democrat to interrupt and cut off the Republican in the middle of his comment? And when that doesn't work to allow the moderator to cut off the Republican mid-sentence? Really? That should be the standard? Biden did what he had to do: make Democrats feel good about the themselves, the smirking and rudeness notwithstanding. Ryan also was competent in reaching his base. As a debate it was a wash. But to say Raddatz should be the standard is ridiculous.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: radrelic, 10/12/2012 12:52:58 AM     (No. 8927382)

She was okay but didn't even try to rein in interrupting old smirker,Joe and twice cut off Ryan mid sentence. But considering the usual dem corruption in media she was okay.

Ryan was the clear winner on not letting the rude old buzzard rile him or throw him off stride.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/12/2012 12:56:28 AM     (No. 8927389)

This debate was a buffoonish Joe Biden. The moderator couldn't do anything with him. I thought I saw a desire in her to say cool it Joe.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 10/12/2012 12:58:31 AM     (No. 8927393)

Tonight, after watching that boorish, emotive display, I feel like the man on the bridge in Monk's 'scream' painting. These media people are akin to a cult: they manufacture truth, inbreed, obfuscate sensory perception, reject rationality. And, yet, they and their b@&$@& child are running the country.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mseegal, 10/12/2012 1:01:05 AM     (No. 8927397)

I thought Raddatz's questions were substantial and thoughtful, BUT...everytime Ryan tried to answer/rebut Biden, she interjected "Let's move on. I want to discuss____ now." Between Biden interrupting and Raddatz cutting Ryan off, the flow of the debate was terrible. Disjointed and distracted by Biden's cackling, etc. I found him more annoying than Al Gore. Meaner and more condesending.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: fayebeck, 10/12/2012 1:08:12 AM     (No. 8927406)

Is Raddatz the same Dick who was a relief pitcher for the Red Sox in the 60's?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 10/12/2012 1:09:37 AM     (No. 8927410)

The only thing the Martha chick should do is quit her profession as soon as possible. It is no coincidence that a tabloid like Mediaite, funded by some washed up news reading bimbo, is heralding what was an absolute cacophony of flapping gums. There needs to be a sober debate in this country, soon.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ivehadit, 10/12/2012 1:11:51 AM     (No. 8927412)

She seems scared if her own shadow, IMHO. Very whiney IMHO. And I thought she was trying to impress the cocktail circuit in DC, IMHO.
One of the worst debates I have ever seen, Ryan winning notwithstanding.

And btw, Biden sold his soul for a few minutes of leftist love, IMHO.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: annie xango, 10/12/2012 1:31:58 AM     (No. 8927428)

Martha R is Martha Bradlee..Ben's little girl..if I am not mistaken..the apple doesn't fall...etc. etc.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/12/2012 1:48:46 AM     (No. 8927442)

What he means is that moderators should either allow the Democrat to constantly interrupt the Republican or do it themselves. Never let the Republican get momentum when they're giving an answer.

That's what they want the "moderator" to be doing.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: roytheelectrician, 10/12/2012 2:08:57 AM     (No. 8927458)

She did not ask plugs for specifics although she insisted on specifics from Ryan.

She cut Ryan off but not plugs.

She was not fair, being fair by lib\prog standards is not being fair.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: kono, 10/12/2012 2:33:49 AM     (No. 8927465)

So the standard for moderators should be ones who take an active part in the debate on the side of the Democrat?

Oh, what a huge surprise that is...

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Reply 16 - Posted by: harper, 10/12/2012 2:44:08 AM     (No. 8927470)

Paul Ryan may be a young sprout, but he more than held his own against two seasoned liberal pros that were out to get him.

Hemingway said that courage was grace under pressure...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/12/2012 3:17:23 AM     (No. 8927485)

#12, actually, Ben Bradlee, Jr., is one of Martha's three husbands.

She did a dreadful job moderating. She seemed to be on Biden's side, interrupting Ryan just as he was about to make a point, and otherwise letting Biden run wild. A democrat would appreciate her performance, though.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/12/2012 3:29:33 AM     (No. 8927493)

Funny how the left roots for the moderator more than the candidate. It's like rooting for the ref over your team.If this person thinks she did a good job, it really means skewing the debate towards the liberal.

This is probably the first time millions of people got a good look at Ryan.They were checking him out to see if he's up to the task of being president under some dreadful circumstance.If he convinced people of that,it doesn't matter what Biden said or did,everybody knows him to some extent.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Muguy, 10/12/2012 3:58:45 AM     (No. 8927507)

Why is the news about the moderator? Ryan kept trying to make salient points, but was constantly being interrupted by Bite Me and Ms.Raddatz--

People count how many time someone interrupts as though it is what the news is about, and Bite Me did a great job of being foolishly rude, but the moderator jumped in there interrupting Ryan before he could get a complete sentence out!!

It sure is hard to have a decent debate about issues of substance when such childish and rude standards exist with everyone trying to shout down the other.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: JAN, 10/12/2012 4:49:08 AM     (No. 8927532)

Raditch petulant and rude when she was unable to trip up Congressman Ryan.

Badgering, carrying dem dirty water, and then interrupting Ryan almost as often as Biden did.


America deserved better but we've come to expect dreck from the msm.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: tillster, 10/12/2012 5:09:51 AM     (No. 8927546)

At times neither Raddatz nor Biden could come up for air. It was two against one with Ryan having no time for a response. Looked like a Sunday morning show.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 10/12/2012 7:29:21 AM     (No. 8927665)

I say Ryan held up remarkably well against the two liberals.I was also surprised to find that there is another woman besides Hillary that doesn't mind going on camera without washing her hair.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Malia2012, 10/12/2012 7:46:59 AM     (No. 8927701)

I agree with ALL posters who saw the nasty-raddatz=insult-dog for what she is. A demonrat with no integrity OR civility, much like biden-obama! Paul Ryan was debating TWO leftists last night and only a bottom-feeding-scribe like "mediaite's-josh feldman" would see the worst "debate" in memory, and say THAT should be "the standard" for future debates! What a joke!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: LadyVet, 10/12/2012 9:02:08 AM     (No. 8927858)

#21, I agree that she mistook her role and that it was more like a Sunday morning political talk show. She was too much into the discussion herself. I thought she injected her own premises into the debate, such as "Al Qaeda is on the decline." It appears that Ms. Foreign Policy Expert has not noticed that Al Qaeda is having a bit of a surge lately.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mickturn, 10/12/2012 10:03:17 AM     (No. 8928029)

I guess the gloves are off...does your statement include brass knuckles to take out the moderator AND the debate opponent...if so, I'M IN!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 10/12/2012 10:04:00 AM     (No. 8928030)

Feldman couldn't be more wrong.

Raddatz made Lehrer look like a hero. She was more awful than expected.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/12/2012 10:05:31 AM     (No. 8928040)

Martha was Nurse Raddatz in a scene from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" starring Plugs as the Cuckoo.

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