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Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:43 AM

Jim Lehrer Debate Moderating Performance Savaged

Source: Huffington Post

"I'm not going to say I've done a poor job..."

That was Jim Lehrer's assessment of his performance as the moderator of the first presidential debate of the 2012 election. Sadly for him, many disagreed.

It was Lehrer's 12th time moderating, but he was largely unsuccessful in his attempts to corral the candidates. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney rolled right over him as, with increasing plaintiveness, he tried to get them to stop talking. "No, no, no," he said to Romney at one point. Romney didn't listen.

By the end of the debate, Obama and Romney had taken so much free time that Lehrer had to inform them that they would not get to one of the 15-minute segments he had intended to moderate.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/03/jim-lehrer-debate-moderator-reviews_n_1937896.html

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Reply Jim Lehrer Debate Moderating Performance Savaged (Original post)
onehandle Oct 2012 OP
Gormy Cuss Oct 2012 #1
LibGranny Oct 2012 #2
skeewee08 Oct 2012 #4
DallasNE Oct 2012 #6
awoke_in_2003 Oct 2012 #12
DallasNE Oct 2012 #17
magical thyme Oct 2012 #33
AnneD Oct 2012 #13
awoke_in_2003 Oct 2012 #29
Frank Cannon Oct 2012 #30
AnneD Oct 2012 #32
LibGranny Oct 2012 #24
Panasonic Oct 2012 #3
hrmjustin Oct 2012 #26
mainstreetonce Oct 2012 #5
mulsh Oct 2012 #7
lumberjack_jeff Oct 2012 #8
PavePusher Oct 2012 #19
FailureToCommunicate Oct 2012 #9
onehandle Oct 2012 #10
BumRushDaShow Oct 2012 #15
Panasonic Oct 2012 #16
LongTomH Oct 2012 #18
SemperEadem Oct 2012 #21
SoapBox Oct 2012 #11
alphafemale Oct 2012 #23
Frank Cannon Oct 2012 #31
magic59 Oct 2012 #14
SemperEadem Oct 2012 #20
wordpix Oct 2012 #27
StarryNite Oct 2012 #22
joshcryer Oct 2012 #25
Indpndnt Oct 2012 #34
ThoughtCriminal Oct 2012 #28

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:45 AM

1. I hope there are criticisms of the debaters for violating the time limits too

although to be fair, Romney's the one who started it and exploited it the most.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:47 AM

2. I hope it's the LAST TIME

Lehrer's is afforded the opportunity to be a "moderator"! He was astoundingly TERRIBLE! He had no control whatsoever and, in my opinion, totally dissed the President!

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Response to LibGranny (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:49 AM

4. Yep...

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Response to LibGranny (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:52 AM

6. Predictable And Predicted

When the 3 moderators were announced I said that both Lehrer and Schieffer were terrible choices because they are too old to be able to control the debate. I was proven correct regarding Lehrer and will be proven correct with Schieffer. Both should have retired at least 5 years ago. The losers are the American people.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:26 PM

12. His inability to control the debate...

has nothing to do with his age.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #12)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:41 PM

17. This Was His 12th Debate As Moderator

And by far his worst. What has changed is his age. That made it predictable that it would be his worst.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #17)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:00 PM

33. that is not the only thing that has changed over the years

In tandem with its push to the right, the GOP has become increasingly bellicose and boorish. Or have you not noticed the talk shows where whoever talks loudest, incessantly, interrupts the most and doesn't allow the opposition to state their side "wins?"

Pres O did what he had to and nothing more.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:33 PM

13. The debates .....

have devolved into nothing more than infomercials since the League of Women voters pulled out.

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Response to AnneD (Reply #13)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:38 PM

29. Did they pull out...

or were they forced out?

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #29)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 05:18 AM

30. They pulled out.

They were tired of the demands the campaigns were placing on them, and they issued a press release in 1988 saying they didn't want to be party to "perpetrate a fraud on the American voter."

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Response to Frank Cannon (Reply #30)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 03:48 PM

32. Truer words were never spoken.....

I am old enough to remember when debates were an exchange and comparison of ideas. I always got a copy of the LOWV election guideline. I checked the candidates and their position and went in with my filled out ballot. I was what every democracy needs, an educated voter. It is increasingly time consuming to make intelligent choices, but it is my duty as a citizen.

I miss the League of Women Voters.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:26 PM

24. and then there's Candy Crowley (CNN's

right wing broadcaster) to moderate another one.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:48 AM

3. Lehrer needs to retire from journalism

 

Shut everything down, and quit.

If he can't control Mitt during a debate, why bother?

Hell, replace him with Rachel Maddow, and she'll make sure Mitt will shut up when he's supposed to.

In other words, the Commission needs to rethink their moderators.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:46 PM

26. +1

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 11:51 AM

5. There was no moderating.

He was the real loser

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:01 PM

7. years of moderating the opposing views of the AEI & Herritage, Cato sock puppets

have taken their toll on Mr. Lerher.

I stopped watching The News Hour's talking head rodeo a few years ago when it began to be mostly conservative/libertarian unemployable think tank shills

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:11 PM

8. A moderator who doesn't hold the microphone switch is powerless.

If the microphone switches are two 6" diameter bright red panic buttons affixed to the top of the moderator's podium, he or she would be better able to enforce the rules.

No need to whine, complain or negotiate. It's been 180 seconds, your time is up.

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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 01:39 PM

19. This.

 

You beat me too it. Why is this difficult to figure out? Hell, simply put them on an automatic timer. Hit the button, time starts and your mic goes live. Two minutes is up and your mic goes dead. Put a cheap LCD clock in the circuit on each podium for pacing.

Fuck me, let's join the goddamn mid-20th century already, eh?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:11 PM

9. And guess who's 'moderating' the next debate...

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:14 PM

10. Oh, FFS.

Kill me now.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #10)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:40 PM

15. I have said that the present day moderators influence the debate tone completely

I still refuse to forgive Stupidfuckidous for his "flag pin" bullshit on 2008. Creepy Crawly will be worse.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:40 PM

16. Fortunately it's a town hall format debate

 

Candy Crowley will be ignored.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:48 PM

18. Ohhhh!!!!! Shit!!!!

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 02:46 PM

21. oh, she'll make sure mittiot gets all the time in the world

and she will interrupt the president long before his allotted time is up. She does it every week on her sunday talking head show. I hate having to edit her stuff because she doesn't know when to shut her effin' trap.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:18 PM

11. The mods need one of those canned HORNS!

Or a GONG...something...anything!!!

Mittens was just outright disrespectful, trying to take over the host job AND lecture America.

...arrogant asshole.

And now he admits he lied.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 04:54 PM

23. A warning beep and then the mic is switched off ten seconds later.

Easy.

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #23)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 05:22 AM

31. Seems like a simple enough solution to me.

Maybe also have an orchestra play them off like they do at the Academy Awards.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:35 PM

14. I'm not blaming Lehrer

 

When dealing with a flim flam man all rules fly out the door. Mitt is experienced in the art of BS to an extent that he probably has a doctorate of BS. He out bullied and lied his way through the whole non-debate. The president, sad sack, wasn't much help either.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 02:43 PM

20. Fine. I will say it

You did a poor job. A really poor job. You were being way too gentlemanly. You needed to shut down mittiot and you let him hold you down and cut your hair.

Who they needed to moderate the debate was Chris Hayes. The way he shut down rudy giuliani after the debate program last night was a thing of beauty.

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Response to SemperEadem (Reply #20)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:56 PM

27. hahaha, and Chris really got under Ghouleyani's skin

It was so great, Chris reduced Ghouly to the whimpering whining mittiot he is.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 03:44 PM

22. WTF???

Both candidates? What the fuck debate were they watching? It was romney that wouldn't shut the fuck up and who kept interrupting both Obama and Lehrer.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:34 PM

25. Simple solution. Turn off their mics when their time is up. Full stop.

If they keep talking then they look like morons.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #25)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 04:05 PM

34. This. Exactly. ^^

Turn off their mikes. And make a big deal out of it, too, so that everyone knows what's about to happen. They'll know why.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:39 PM

28. Let an elementary school teacher moderate

If my 1st grade teacher was still around and put in charge, they wouldn't dare.

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