Jim Lehrer has been widely criticized for the passive role he played as moderator of last night's first presidential debate. But in a statement sent via a PBS spokesperson, Lehrer said part of his job was simply "to stay out of the way," and that he "had no problems with doing so" "I thought the format accomplished its purpose, which was to facilitate direct, extended exchanges between the candidates about issues of substance," Lehrer said. "Part of my moderator mission was to stay out of the way of the flow and I had no problems with doing so.
For the first time in my life, I was please with a debate. The candidates were able to slug it out without having to keep answers to a two minute maximum. Until last night, the debates always went the same way....the democrat would answer with some short hope and change crock and then level a dozen charges against the republican. The republican then had 2 minutes to answer the question and rebut all of the allegations.
Do not forget that in the 2000 debates Lehrer let Gore do as he please,roam around the stage and interrupt and in effect blow off all the debate rules. Of course Gore being Gore, Gore came off as a buffoon and lost the election as a result..These debates do matter.
Lehrer did it just right. He allowed maximum scope to the candidates to say their piece. Americans got a good look at how both men handled themselves in something resembling a real debate. He was a pleasant surprise as a moderator and an example for others to follow - though it is unlikely they will do so. They have to try to resuscitate Obama and keep him on life support until the election.
Disappointed Obama fans have to blame somebody, however. Pinning this one on Bush being too much of a stretch even for them, Lehrer was the best excuse they could come up with for their champion's bad, very bad night.
But they need not despair. All is not (yet) lost. Obama is just now hitting his stride as he carries on the debate all by himself. The real reason he did not live up to expectations is perfectly obvious: the presence and responses of Mitt Romney served to distract him. He does much better debating solo before a friendly audience with no one to interrupt or question him. He is actually a masterful debater when he is the only one speaking.
I agree this was the best debate in years. They actually debated and it came off just as conservatives have thought. Lehrer did fine, even though he couldnt help being sympathetic to Zippy's plight. bwhahaha
Lehrer may be a many things but one thing he's not is stupid, when the left was in control of the media Lehrer probably could have gotten away with bias and there would have been nobody to call him on it, not any more and Jim knows that.
Good job, Jim. Very skillfully done. You went up a notch in my estimation. In a well run game, you don't notice the refs. Interesting how soon after the debate many shocked and desperate Leftoids tried to blame the ref, Jim Lehrer.
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Bla Bla, 10/5/2012 12:45:37 AM (No. 8911001)
"Your mission, JIm, should you decide to accept it, is to fall on the sword for our President. This message will self-destruct in 60 seconds."
Actually, pretty consistently, Lehrer kept asking Obama if he wanted to respond, after Mitt made Lehrer (who was trying to stop his response) let him respond again to the 2nd response Obama had already made on the topic! And he gave Obama more than 3 minutes of extra time on the clock to boot.
I agree with the posters who said he tried to lead obama to the right answers and the extra four minutes for obama was not well done on Lehrer's part. However, he did not do as bad as all the other debate moderators have done for decades.
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