PBS host and debate moderator, Jim Lehrer, is ‘seething’ over criticisms already being directed at the Commission on Presidential Debates according to a report in the New York Times. From the topics to be discussed to the racial and demographic makeup of the moderators, many of the CPD’s choices have come under intense scrutiny. Lehrer is, reportedly, having none of it. The CPD and the debates are already coming under fire from critics who do not see enough diversity in the lineup of moderators or the topics up for discussion. The moderators for the three presidential debates and
I have never understood the rationale for debate commissions, moderators, arbitrary questions, and all the rest of the window dressing. If Lincoln and Douglas et al. could debate without all the extras surely moderns could do so as well. The extra baggage just gets in the way and distorts the view of the candidates. It converts the debates into a weird combination of a TV quiz show and a beauty pageant.
It would be far simpler and much more informative merely to give the candidates a forum with a few simple rules and let them have at it, i.e. each other. There is too much process and too little content to the present format, regardless of who the "moderators" are.
Abolishing the question and answer format would also eliminate the ever present possibility of cheating by advance preparation from leaked questions.
Jim Lehrer. Jim Liar. Obama Public Media. Don't bother to watch the debate. Obama has already won the debate. He is THE WON. Get it? It is over. He has been re-immaculated. We don't need ballots in November. We have the lame-stream media to tell us what to think. The America I know is a country full of folks who do not like to be pushed around. Are you one of the 91% The 91% are the non-respondents to polls. With 91% non-response, all polls are without meaning. I am mathman. I know about these things.
I'm actually surprised that Romney let the debate preparers get away with appointing such a stacked deck of moderators and topics. Couldn't he demand that at least one of the debates be moderated by, say, Brit Hume?
Let him seethe. Want diversity? How about Arthel Nevill or Charles Payne, both African Americans from Fox. Want Asian minorities, how about Melissa Lee from CNBC or Betty Lu from Bloomberg. The criticism is correct. It's all white and liberal. While Lehrer is the least offensive of the three for the first debate they could have done a whole lot better.
Liehrer, propagandist not journalist could never make it at FOX NEWS. He would not be fit to sweep the mail room.
R&R should listen to those of us who have been calling for an end of taxpayer money going to PBS & NPR. Romney can issue a blanket reversal of ALL of 0's executive edicts on day one. On day two he can close down the 'public TV & radio' branch of the demoRAT campaign, permanently.
Safe and reliable Jim Lehrer will safely and reliably ask Gov. Romney questions about abortion, same sex marriage, don't-ask-don't-tell, Obamacare contraception and that should safely and reliably fill up the allotted time for questions on "domestic policy." Debt, deficit, gun-running, exploding insurance premiums, death panels, gas prices and the "lesser issues" will just have to wait until 2016.
Lehrer asked John Kerry “You've repeatedly accused President Bush - not here tonight, but elsewhere before - of not telling the truth about Iraq, essentially of lying to the American people about Iraq. Give us some examples of what you consider to be his not telling the truth.” Want to bet that Jim "I have no bias" Lehrer asks Romney this question about Libya and Obama?
#5 has it absolutely right! These are not debates just Q&A sessions. You want questions? OK each candidate should be able to ask the other candidate whatever he wants. I hope, if Romney senses a setup, 'gotcha' question that he refuses to answer it. Newt did that in one of the debates and came off looking very good.
Romney is a gifted debater. If the questions are slanted against him, he'll use it to his advantage. The moderators will be judged on their fairness, and if they fail to pose tough questions to the President, it will show.
Let him seethe. With the current crop of Pravda journalists foisting their political leanings on everyone daily what was he expecting? That we would bow down in awe at their debate moderators? They were probably all hand picked by Valerie Jarrett.
For Mr. Leher: "Mr. President, you have said the United States is a post-Christian country. Then you just said 'The future does not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.' So my question is, 'Just who the hell you do think you are?'"
I might believe the debates were more objective if the panels included people like Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson or Mark Levin. Until that happens they're nothing more than a bunch of liberal hack journalists fighting to protect their boy.
They don't care about diversity of ideology. They only care about the "racial and demographic makeup of the moderators" -- which should be completely IRRELEVANT!!
I can just see these idiots trying to create their perfect "diversity": Okay, we need a token poor moderator, a token black, a token Asian, a token LGBT, a token womyn, a token Native American, a token rich WASP, a token cannibal, a token shaman, a token muslim, a token....
Aw poor little and I mean little Jimmy got all wee weed up. I will be watching the debate tonight jut to see what questions will be asked by this putz to Governor Romney. We all know that Lehrer would love nothing more than to ask the Gungan softball questions but we will see. Now about diversity. How about someone good from Fox News moderating like Hannity or Charles Payne.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Country Music Hall of Fame member and country music legend Ray Price, 87, plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler on Thursday to go to his home in Mount Pleasant where he will be provided with hospice care. Price, who is best known for his country classics, including Release Me, Crazy Arms and For the Good Times, has been battling pancreatic cancer since 2011. Since then, the disease has spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, even with aggressive treatment. Price and his wife, Janie, who have been married for 45 years, made the
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(Video) Speaker John Boehner´s (R-Ohio) outburst Thursday at outside conservative groups is going viral on the Internet. Boehner voiced incredulity Thursday that the same groups that pushed Republicans to shut down the government later said they knew the strategy wouldn´t succeed in defunding ObamaCare. “Are you kidding me?!” Boehner exclaimed at the GOP´s press conference at the Capitol. It’s the second day in a row Boehner has criticized the groups. People began tweeting that Boehner’s outburst would make a good Gif.
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
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The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans