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Tough reviews for Jim Lehrer as debate moderator
San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate) ^ | 10/4/12 | David Bauder

Posted on 10/04/2012 5:33:52 AM PDT by Haiku Guy

NEW YORK — Jim Lehrer may be regretting his decision to come out of semi-retirement and moderate his 12th presidential debate.

The veteran PBS anchor drew caustic social media reviews for his performance on Wednesday, with critics saying he failed to keep control of the campaign's first direct exchange between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. The candidates talked over Lehrer's attempts to keep them to time limitations, and his open-ended questions frequently lacked sharpness.

The tough assessments crossed party lines: Republican commentator Laura Ingraham wrote on Twitter that Lehrer seemed "a bit overwhelmed." Comic and Democratic activist Bill Maher bluntly tweeted that "Lehrer sucked."

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Now they’re going after Jim Lehrer for screwing up as Moderator.

One of the three men on the stage was responsible for Obama’s disaster.

Clearly it was not Romney, who is a loser an old out-of-touch plutocrat. How could Romney have laid a glove on Boy Wonder?

Obviously it was not The Lightbringer, who can do no wrong.

By the process of elimination, it must be Jim Lehrer’s fault! He was the only other person there!

1 posted on 10/04/2012 5:33:58 AM PDT by Haiku Guy
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To: Haiku Guy

For a man who has moderated numerous Presidential debates in the past, he Lehrer looked disoriented yesterday.

Did he get enough sleep?


2 posted on 10/04/2012 5:35:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Haiku Guy

RE: “Lehrer sucked.”

I actually thought it was good that Lehrer got out of the way and let the Romney and Obama go at it.

I think he gave Romney more time than Obama to speak. Other than that... I thought Lehrer was OK.


3 posted on 10/04/2012 5:37:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Libs mad at Leaher for failing to throw Obama a life line as he thrashed around in the water.


4 posted on 10/04/2012 5:38:54 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Haiku Guy

lehrer did fine, he set the questions, asked follow ups and didnt get in the way, let them get on with it, they seem to forget that Obama actually got 5 minutes more answer time last night and still lost by a mile.


5 posted on 10/04/2012 5:39:58 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: Haiku Guy

Lehrer did a fairly absent job of it. He wasn’t that noticeable, and that’s good. He’s not the story.

On the other hand, when he did interject himself it was largely in interrupting Romney. The few times he interrupted Obama it was almost coaching: “Don’t you want to talk about this?”

Obama seemed to ramble on and on at times, and he didn’t get stopped. Romney would cross his 2 minutes, and the interruptions would begin.

This was fairly infrequent, however, in the total debate. It was just one-sided when it did happen.


6 posted on 10/04/2012 5:41:07 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Haiku Guy

To be fair, Conservatives have been fairly consistent in their criticism of Lehrer.

If things had gone the other way, Conservatives would be taking a much harsher tone on Lehrer.


7 posted on 10/04/2012 5:41:23 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Haiku Guy

Like I said before, Stephanie Cutter blamed Obama’s poor debate performance on Jim Lehrer. That is like blaming the Lincoln assassination on the lousy play being performed in Ford’s Theatre.


8 posted on 10/04/2012 5:42:07 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: Haiku Guy

It’s about time obama had to stand on his own two feet. He’s had media cover since 2008. If obama was able to support his own record he wouldn’t have lost the debate. It’s that simple.


9 posted on 10/04/2012 5:42:18 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind
I think he gave Romney more time than Obama to speak. Other than that... I thought Lehrer was OK.

According to the CNN Debate Clock, Obama spoke for three minutes more than Romney.

It just doesn't seem that way because Obama wasted his time hemming and hawing, and Romney was substantive throughout. Obama spoke more words, but Romney said a lot more.

10 posted on 10/04/2012 5:42:31 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lehrer tried to help obama by suggesting the answers to the questions is the thing I noticed. Guess the Democrats are mad that didn’t work


11 posted on 10/04/2012 5:42:45 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Haiku Guy

I thought Lehrer was a godsend. His open ended questions allowed the debaters to lay out their visions. I am sick of having moderators who use their questions to further the left’s agenda. Recall how little Georgie S and Diane (the spider) Sawyer tried to tie their talking point cans to the various GOP candidates in the primary debate series.

I remember George S. being the one who kicked off the ‘war on women’ meme by asking Romney some ludicrous question about states passing laws that would make birth control illegal. Huh?


12 posted on 10/04/2012 5:42:47 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: Haiku Guy

Well, we all know they are just pissed off because he didn’t control Romney enough and make Ostupid look good.

Hey lefties, nobody could have helped Obama, not even Lehrer, without making himself look foolish.


13 posted on 10/04/2012 5:43:10 AM PDT by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

Actually it was reported that Obama got four minutes more time during the debates than Rommney and it still did him no good.. I think the moderator done a good job overall but he could not contr9ol these guys. Obama?s ego wouldn’t let and Rommney did the right thing hitting back.


14 posted on 10/04/2012 5:44:09 AM PDT by Americanexpat (�It is going to get even worse now that the)
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To: SeekAndFind

I liked it. I hate the idea that you can get your idea across in one liners, and I liked that both sides were allowed to rebut what the other had said. It allowed Romney to point out weaknesses, and reinforced that Obama is a socialist.


15 posted on 10/04/2012 5:44:56 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: chickadee

and Obama’s day just got worse...

BREAKING: U.S. unemployment benefit applications rise to 367,000, level consistent with only modest hiring.


16 posted on 10/04/2012 5:45:19 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: SeekAndFind
Lehrer looked disoriented yesterday.

I thought "dementia" as soon as I saw him. That diminished, frightened look in the eyes.

17 posted on 10/04/2012 5:45:19 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Col Frank Slade
Libs mad at Leaher for failing to throw Obama a life line as he thrashed around in the water.

How about Lehrer's question on cost cutting vs. revenues... "Don't you call for a balanced approach, Mr. President"?

Obama picked that up and ran with it. That was a clear thumb on the scale in Obama's favor. By that time, though, it seemed like mercy more than an attempt to aid...

18 posted on 10/04/2012 5:45:26 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!)
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To: Haiku Guy
I thought it was the best moderated Presidential debate in the last 40 years. Like a good referee in a boxing match, the moderator should be almost invisible letting the combatants go after one another. The debate is about the participants and their views, not the moderator. The public got an unfiltered look at Romney and Obama. Now the libs and their MSM allies are upset that the emperor has no clothes.
19 posted on 10/04/2012 5:46:42 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind
I think he gave Romney more time than Obama to speak. Other than that... I thought Lehrer was OK.

It's not being pointed out by the Obama whiners but Lehrer gave Obama a total of 4 minutes longer to speak during the debate.

20 posted on 10/04/2012 5:46:42 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: All

they were upset that Jimmy boy didn’t take up the typical media spot under Obama’s podium... Jimmy expected the debate to be between two adults, not an unprepared agitator and a serious business person.


21 posted on 10/04/2012 5:47:22 AM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: Haiku Guy

When Lehrer kept trying to interrupt Romney, it gave him an opportunity to just talk past him. That’s the kind of thing we were looking for, since we know the mods *all* suck.


22 posted on 10/04/2012 5:48:15 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Americanexpat
Actually it was reported that Obama got four minutes more time during the debates than Rommney and it still did him no good.

I imagine Romney was happy to sit back and let Obama keep on diggin' that hole... Romney looked good when he was talking, but he looked even better when Obama was talking...

23 posted on 10/04/2012 5:48:20 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!)
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To: Haiku Guy

Mr. Leherer has, I’m sure, been disinvited from all future Beltway cocktail parties.

Get ready to spend the rest of your Saturday nights down at TGI Fridays with Bernard Shaw....


24 posted on 10/04/2012 5:48:52 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Haiku Guy
If Gov. Romney had not talked over Jim Lehrer, Mr. Lehrer would have weighted the questions and maybe even the response times toward the Messiah. Gov. Romney had to do what he did as he was opposing not only our Marxist President, but very Liberal moderators, also.
25 posted on 10/04/2012 5:51:59 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Haiku Guy

Blaming Lehrer for Obama’s incompetence and bumbling responses is typical of the MSM’s coddling of poor little Obie - bama.


26 posted on 10/04/2012 5:52:07 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Haiku Guy

I enjoyed the debate last night. No red and green lights or interruptions by the peanut gallery. Just a good back and forth. Too bad it was a slaughter libs.


27 posted on 10/04/2012 5:52:46 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lehrer was perfect and right on top of things.

Lehrer gave a nice long speech before the debate started, which you could’ve seen on cspan. What’s greatis he gave Obama the opportunity to filibuster, and Obama took it much to his detriment.

The debate format didn’t call for buzzers, bells, or hard time cut offs when the candidates went over their time.

Notice it’s mostly democratic isealogus who are complaining about the format, the moderator, and trying to explain away Obamas miserable performance last night.


28 posted on 10/04/2012 5:53:35 AM PDT by o2bfree (Mitt needs Obama's Obamaphone!!!)
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To: kabar
I thought it was the best moderated Presidential debate in the last 40 years. Like a good referee in a boxing match, the moderator should be almost invisible letting the combatants go after one another.

I agree. If it were not for all the Lefty whining, nobody would remember this morning who the moderator was last night. That is as it should be.

Lehrer did not use the opportunity to promote himself. He gave the general topics, kept time (more or less) and kept the crowd out of it. Except for the one "Balanced Approach" lifeline to Obama, he played it right down the middle.

29 posted on 10/04/2012 5:53:45 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father. Prepare to DIE!)
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To: Haiku Guy

Lehrer messed up according to the Obamamedia by letting Romney speak. That is verboten in debates making it one of the best debates in decades.

We finally have an articulate candidate.

Pray for America


30 posted on 10/04/2012 5:54:35 AM PDT by bray (If you vote for a communist what does that make you?)
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To: Haiku Guy

We’ve gone from Bush’s fault to Lehrer’s fault.


31 posted on 10/04/2012 5:55:12 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Haiku Guy
Why are the Presidential debate moderators always Lefty "journalists?"

Is there some law requiring it?

32 posted on 10/04/2012 5:55:39 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Americanexpat

Obama got more time to stumble and stutter. That didn’t help him. Without his teleprompter, he should have kept his answers short.


33 posted on 10/04/2012 5:57:49 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Haiku Guy

The problem is, the Democrats are so used to a partisan media in their favor, that playing it down the middle looks like gross partisanship to them.

Kind of like a golfer relying on a big handicap. When he gets into match play, he’s a goner!


34 posted on 10/04/2012 5:59:14 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (HELLO! My name is INIGO MONTOYA! You killed my father! Prepare to DIE!!!)
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To: Haiku Guy

Right. Liberals rely on moderators to help them out in these debates. CNN in “fact check” mode this am trashing romney. These people are zombies who refuse to die and they will try to sping and detract from romney’s impressive performance last night.


35 posted on 10/04/2012 5:59:14 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: SeekAndFind

Lehrer’s problem as a moderator came from his trying to favor Obama without being obviously unfair: he lost control of time by letting Obama ramble on unanswered, then (to seem fair once Romney insisted) giving Romney a chance to respond. Mostly it happened in the “first segment”. Once he was behind on time Lehrer was burdened with trying to make up time without cutting the candidates off.


36 posted on 10/04/2012 6:01:15 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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“Now they’re going after Jim Lehrer for screwing up as Moderator.”

He was expected to drag Hussein’s putrid corpse (spelled and pronounced correctly) across the finish line last night.

Leftist freaks who aren’t parroting the usual Hussein Head horseclinton are ticked off at Lehrer for not pushing Hussein to victory.

FU Hussein Heads!


37 posted on 10/04/2012 6:03:50 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: yldstrk

Lehrer helped Obama in the fashion you described at least twice, possibly three times. I noted each such occurrence to my wife. I asked her, “When is he going to assist Romney with an answer?”

Disgusting. I knew Lehrer was a leftist, but this was blatant partiality.


38 posted on 10/04/2012 6:05:27 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: AppyPappy
Obama got more time to stumble and stutter. That didn’t help him. Without his teleprompter, he should have kept his answers short.

Obama fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Asia" or the only slightly less well-known which is this: "Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line"!

You see, Obama read his own press, and believed it! He believes he is a great communicator and that he can convince anybody of anything, as long as he talks long enough.

This open-ended response format is just what Obama thinks he wants, but is the thing that is poison to somebody with his rambling-on tendencies...

39 posted on 10/04/2012 6:09:59 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (HELLO! MY name is INIGO MONTOYA! You killed my FATHER! PREPARE to DIE!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

he did look tired, but he always does as i remember.


40 posted on 10/04/2012 6:11:33 AM PDT by wwcj
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To: Haiku Guy

When you go into a debate expecting the ref to be on your team you’re mad when the score’s lopsided. That’s liberalism.


41 posted on 10/04/2012 6:12:22 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Haiku Guy

That’s it! It’s Jim Lehrer’s fault Obama sucked! Lehrer is obviously racist.


42 posted on 10/04/2012 6:12:57 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: Col Frank Slade

Exactly. The dims wanted Romney shouted into silence.


43 posted on 10/04/2012 6:13:09 AM PDT by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: Haiku Guy

How dare Lehrer allow Romney to expose Obama’s lies.


44 posted on 10/04/2012 6:13:58 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!r)
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To: Haiku Guy
How about Lehrer's question on cost cutting vs. revenues... "Don't you call for a balanced approach, Mr. President"?

Lehrer later threw Obama the clue, "and you don't support that" after another point Romney made.

45 posted on 10/04/2012 6:14:22 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too... @Onelifetogive)
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To: Haiku Guy

When Obama fails, someone must be blamed as it cannot be his fault.

UNDER THE BUS WITH YOU, JIM LEHRER!


46 posted on 10/04/2012 6:17:05 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I haven't seen a butt-kicking like that since the first round of Rocky III)
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To: JaguarXKE

The people around Obama who have shielded him from serious challenge for the last four years have done him a grave dis-service. Here he was in a Heavyweight Championship Bout, on live TV, when he gets punched hard for the very first time.

Too bad, Obamabots. Your guy has a glass jaw. Who knew... Sucks to be you...


47 posted on 10/04/2012 6:18:39 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (HELLO! MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA! You KILLED my FATHER!!! PREPARE TO DIE!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Actuallly, Obama had 4 more minutes of speaking time than Romney did. It just seemed the other way around because of the level of the beating.


48 posted on 10/04/2012 6:18:50 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I haven't seen a butt-kicking like that since the first round of Rocky III)
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To: Haiku Guy

They are just upset that they did not have two fighters in the ring againstthe bated Romney. How much extra time did the ONE get? I k ow it was about 5 minutes in the debate. These shiny jerks are so used to having their thumbs on the scale that the can notnhandle it if someone forgets or ill not put their thumb on the scale.


49 posted on 10/04/2012 6:19:05 AM PDT by airedale
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To: Personal Responsibility

To leftist freaks, Hussein is too dumb to fail.


50 posted on 10/04/2012 6:19:18 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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