NEW YORK — ABC’s Martha Raddatz took a forceful approach to moderating the vice presidential debate on Thursday, winning many positive reviews from instant pundits on social media but some complaints from Republicans. Her performance was a clear contrast to PBS’ Jim Lehrer’s work in last week’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Lehrer let the presidential candidates talk almost freely, while Raddatz sought to be more specific and keep things under control. Raddatz, a foreign policy correspondent at ABC News since 1999, was moderating her first vice presidential or presidential debate.
Comments: What a shock. The leftists at APee give her praise. s/o Yeah, she was forceful against Paul Ryan. She continually cut off his answers. Biden remained untouched and was allowed to continue his disgraceful, rude behavior.
Seems that the only way the left can sorta win is if they control the situation, because if they are left to discuss they can't. Sorry but Raddatz was not impressive and in fact quite annoying to us mere citizens.
Her question about appologizing for a couple of troops peeing on Al Queda bodies... why did she ask Ryan that? He isn't second in line as CinC, he isn't the supposed foreign affairs expert, he isn't the one bragging about how many times he's been on the scene.
Martha Raddatz interrupted Ryan and argued with him so often that he actually asked her at one point, "Are you throwing in with him?"
It was two against one! She was the worst moderator in history! She has that Diane Sawyer-like breathiness and hair flip. She is a leftist and clearly favored Biden. She had it in her power to say, "...with all due respect Mr. Vice President, please let your opponent answer the questions without interruptions and I will do the same thing if he interrupts you..." She chose not to do that because she had an agenda.
Yep, she was a moderator all right, moderating Ryan and giving Joe a pass. I'm convinced she and Biden got together and plotted/planned to keep Ryan down and interrupt him making points, IT WAS OBVIOUS. The timing of Joe's 82 interruptions, and Raddatz's interruptions as Ryan was finalizing his points...and this is why the Libs, sicko's that they strive to be, are happy.
It was 2 against 1 -- Raddatz & Biden vs Ryan. Ryan still won, but barely. Can you imagine what a rout it would have been had Raddatz & Biden played by the rules? R&B used to be a form of music. Now it's a form of blatant political cheating.
Zippy is not going around apologizing for a couple of soldiers peeing on Al Qaeda corpses (though god knows they deserve worse). He is going around groveling about America exerting its values and standing its ground to defend its (and other people's) liberty and freedom. Ryan should have ignored the snarky question and gone to the heart of the matter.
Such a shocker that the liberal media hack draws 'praise' from the AP. There was a clear agenda for her to help the 'jackass'. First moderator I've ever seen that spent more time spewing her own worthless opinions than letting the participants talk.
Praise? Huh? Au contraire, Ass Press... Biden's act was far more cringe-worthy than praiseworthy.
Somebody with more patience than me needs to run some stats on that debate. We know Bite-me interrupted eighty some times. But how many times did Raddatz: - allow each candidate to complete their answer? - interrupt each candidate? - press or follow up question each candidate? - switch topic away from interrupted before they were done? Any other stats???
We need to color code these various events on a time line. I firmly believe that a definite pattern will emerge of Biden and Ryan getting distinctly different treatment from Raddatz. And the proof would be objective... Just the stats, Ma'm.
Subjectively viewed, she interjected herself WAY too much into the debate. She did have a challenge with Biden out of control. But her response to this mayhem seemed to be to throttle Ryan more, not troublesome Biden, for some curious reason. I was very unhappy with her moderating. It was like a basketball game where the ref's were calling the game too close. And calling one-sided. I think if she would have backed off, Ryan would have HAD to step forward more assertively and backed Biden off more firmly. He brought up Biden's behavior once, but he seems mainly eager to get his zinger out --- ''I know you're under duress...'' than to actually get Biden to just cool it. As mentioned by some pundit, if Ryan HAD made a firm stand to settle Biden down, it would have been the most played clip of the entire debate.
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Mariah Carey is under fire amid reports that she was paid $1 million last weekend to perform for Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who has been labeled a dictator by human rights groups. Dos Santos is accused of ordering executions of his political opponents and journalists and exploiting the impoverished country´s resources. “Mariah Carey can’t seem to get enough dictator cash, reportedly more than $1 million this time," said the Human Rights Foundation´s Thor Halvorssen, according to Reuters. "It is the sad spectacle of an international artist purchased by a ruthless police state to entertain and whitewash the father-daughter kleptocracy that
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So, leftist religious broadcaster MSNBC is taking A&E’s side in the Duck war. That’s their right, although, like the network’s unyielding support for Barack Obama, it’s a minority position. But when the Nation’s Richard Kim suggested today that if Phil Robertson and Bobby Jindal tried anal sex, they might like it, and host Chris Hayes giggled and said he wished Kim had gotten to do the GQ interview so he could ask them that question, well, honestly I don’t even know what to say. For an ideology that talks a great deal about keeping everyone out of everyone else’s bedroom,
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By extrapolating quotes and just plain old lying, the elite media are using a GQ interview with "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson as an excuse to go on an anti-Christian rampage that they hope will further their longstanding goal of toxifying Biblical beliefs as bigoted and anti-gay. If you read the full GQ interview, though, it is glaringly obvious that Robertson is anti-sin, not anti-gay, and that he believes we should all love one another. To begin with, the Duck Commander did not single out homosexual behavior; he listed over a half-dozen sins, including adultery, greed, bestiality, drunkenness, idolatry, etc.
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Two members of the Duck Dynasty reality show received a surprise request during April´s White House Correspondents Dinner. Jennifer Wishon of the CBN Beltway Buzz blog says she attended the Dinner along with Willie and Korie Robertson from the hit A&E show. Wishon says the pair were called away by a White House representative at one point during the night and didn´t reappear for 45 minutes. Turns out they were getting a personal greeting from President Barack Obama. Wow, that´s great!" I said. "What did you talk to him about?" "He said he loves the show and watches it on
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Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know
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For a few hours, it looked like Americans would quietly accept the suspension of popular “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for his unfiltered opinions about sin, sex, gays and blacks in a magazine interview. But then, as if on cue, hundreds of thousands of fans of the openly Christian, duck-hunting businessman took to social networks and started their backlash. As of Thursday night, more than 1.1 million people “liked” the “Stand With Phil Robertson” Facebook page, while about the same number had clicked their support for another Facebook page called “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck
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The A&E Network’s suspension of Phil Robertson, star of the most popular reality show in the history of television, for espousing views on homosexuality identical to those found in the New Testament may not be the first PC lynching in the history of our country, but it is certainly now the most prominent. It is also a singular example of how political correctness, via cultural relativism, is used to undermine democracy and freedom of speech and is, at its core, fascistic. Yes, I just used the f-word and quite deliberately. PC and cultural relativism are the godchildren of Martin Heidegger
The Ivy-League educated half-brother of President Obama is publishing his autobiography in which he makes the shocking claim their father dished out alcohol-fueled beatings to him and his mother and in one terrifying instance held a knife to her throat. Mark Obama Ndesandjo, 48, also uses his new book to set the U.S. president straight on inaccuracies he claims exist in his best-selling 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father and confirms they have never seen eye-to-eye because ´Barack thought I was too white and I thought he was too black.´ The self-published book, Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery, which will be
At 9:30 a.m. on December 19th, CNN´s Piers Morgan tweeted that the First Amendment "shouldn´t protect vile bigots" like Phil Robertson. And while making this claim, Morgan also reiterated his position that the Second Amendment "shouldn´t protect assault rifle devotees." Twitchy.com posted Morgan´s tweet, as well as one he sent six minutes earlier in he which typed, "Phil Robertson is not a ´victim of political correctness.´ He´s a victim of his own repulsively racist, homophobic bigotry." When defenders of Robertson´s right to speak his mind took to Twitter to tell Morgan how the First Amendment works, Morgan hedged himself in by tweeting, "Calm
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Phil Robertson´s anti-gay comments aren´t the only part of his interview with GQ causing controversy. The 67-year-old "Duck Dynasty" star was suspended by A&E Wednesday for calling homosexuality sinful — and putting gay people in same category as terrorists. While those quotes quickly went viral, it wasn´t his only brow-raising statement in the interview; he also implied that African Americans were happier living under Jim Crow laws. "I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once," the reality star said of growing up in pre-Civil-Rights-era Louisiana. "Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked