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VP Debate Moderator Martha Raddatz Hosted President Obama at Wedding, Never Told Public
Newsbusters ^ | 10/8/2012 | By Matthew Sheffield

Posted on 10/10/2012 4:37:29 AM PDT by tobyhill

he liberal media/politician/bureaucrat revolving door spins so rapidly, sometimes it's hard to keep pace. Today we learn via the Daily Caller that the moderator for tomorrow's vice presidential debate, ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz, hosted President Obama as a guest at her 1991 wedding to the man who would later become Obama's FCC commissioner, Julius Genachowski.

That's shocking enough in its own right but things are further compounded by the fact that ABC News, home of veteran Democratic adviser George Stephanopolous, has long known about this conflict of interest and did nothing about it. Even worse, the network has actively tried to prevent the public from learning of it.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bias

1 posted on 10/10/2012 4:37:35 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Lying and covering up for the Dems. It’s what Big Media does. Who was it that agreed to 4 Dem moderators for the debates???


2 posted on 10/10/2012 4:39:26 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: tobyhill
“Hosted” Obama at her wedding? She and her husband invited him as a good friend. When I run for President, I'll have my college friend's wife be the moderator, too. Bet I'll win! I thought it was a little strange they keep saying Biden’s going to do so well...
3 posted on 10/10/2012 4:44:51 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: tobyhill
“Hosted” Obama at her wedding? She and her husband invited him as a good friend. When I run for President, I'll have my college friend's wife be the moderator, too. Bet I'll win! I thought it was a little strange they keep saying Biden’s going to do so well...
4 posted on 10/10/2012 4:45:02 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: tobyhill
President Obama...Can you tell us what your plan for the finances of our country are?

It's math...simple math.

"Thank You sir".

Mr. Romney...Can you tell us what the the US debt was for the years 1862, 1923, 1955, 1980, 2004 and what the solutions were to erase those debts. And also, can you tell us specifically what your plan is to erase the present Bush debt.

Response: I would have to review the records.

"You mean you have no idea. Thank you".

5 posted on 10/10/2012 4:47:11 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: originalbuckeye

Appalling revelation. I don’t think there is enough woodwork in the country to accommodate that which slithers out constantly.


6 posted on 10/10/2012 4:47:11 AM PDT by FryingPan101 (2016 looms)
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To: tobyhill

Opportunity to slip this information into debate by joking that there seems to be a “wedding” theme to the debate series, with the last one falling on the wedding anniversary of the President and this one hosted by someone who had Obama as a guest at her wedding..ha, ha. At least then everybody would know.


7 posted on 10/10/2012 4:48:12 AM PDT by Anima Mundi (ENVY IS JUST PASSIVE, LAZY GREED)
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To: Anima Mundi
I agree. Ryan should start off by stating, “Yes, I know that Obama attended the moderator's wedding but I still believe she can be fair” then let the people be the judge.
8 posted on 10/10/2012 4:52:38 AM PDT by tobyhill (Obamacare, the final nail in the US coffin.)
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To: tobyhill

I suspect that this late revelation will work out quite nicely for Ryan. Raddatz will have to be on her best behavior..play it right down the middle...everyone will be looking for any possible nuance of bias.


9 posted on 10/10/2012 4:54:22 AM PDT by ken5050 (Barack Obama: An empty suit sitting in an empty chair...)
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To: tobyhill

I am sure she is an honest journalist and can ignore the fact that she stands 100% behind Obama.

Bwaahahahahahhahahahaha.

What a set up. I still think Ryan will kick Biden’s ass.


10 posted on 10/10/2012 4:55:35 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: tobyhill

Being discussed all night here as well-—

ABC News scrambles to cover up Barack Obama’s attendance at VP debate moderator’s wedding

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2942635/posts


11 posted on 10/10/2012 4:57:32 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: originalbuckeye
Lying and covering up for the Dems. It’s what Big Media does.

Reagan knew how to handle Big Media.

Bypass them.

Call them out.

Speak directly to the American People.

BTW, he had a much tougher job. In his day, there was no alternative media to cover his back.

12 posted on 10/10/2012 4:58:04 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (2010 All Over Again. Make it happen. Get Busy!)
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To: ken5050
I suspect that this late revelation will work out quite nicely for Ryan

You are assuming the revelation goes beyond Newsbusters. I doubt we'll hear George talking about it on Good Morning American today.

13 posted on 10/10/2012 5:00:22 AM PDT by PLK
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To: Anima Mundi

“Opportunity to slip this information into debate...”

Absolutely, but Romney should just flat out ask:

“Ms Moderator, for the record, is it true that Barack Obama attended your wedding, and your ex-husband has now become the FCC chairman in the Obama administration?”


14 posted on 10/10/2012 5:01:05 AM PDT by moovova (Obama was Swiftboated...er... Big-Birded by Romney. Is there no decency left in this world?)
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To: tobyhill
“Yes, I know that Obama attended the moderator's wedding, and that her Husband currently works for Obama, but I still believe she can be fair”

Fixed
15 posted on 10/10/2012 5:02:18 AM PDT by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: moovova

Oops..meant Ryan.


16 posted on 10/10/2012 5:03:26 AM PDT by moovova (Obama was Swiftboated...er... Big-Birded by Romney. Is there no decency left in this world?)
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To: tobyhill
A Ryan question: Why do you and Mr. Romney want to kill women?

A biden question: Why is president Obama so wonderful?

17 posted on 10/10/2012 5:05:17 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: tobyhill
ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz, hosted President Obama as a guest at her 1991 wedding to the man who would later become Obama's FCC commissioner, Julius Genachowski.

Great debate question. For Ryan. "Say, before we get going tonight, I want to thank our moderator, Martha Raddatz, for handling this debate. Is it true that you're old friends with Mr. Obama—my opponent's running mate—and your husband, Julius Genachowski, works for him right now as chairman of the FCC?

"Considering that if I do well in this debate and my running-mate and I win the election, your husband is out of a job, how can you convince the voters of America that you'll be objective and non-partisan in tonight's contest?

"Isn't it true that you have what is known in the law as a conflict of interest? Tell the American people right now: Who do you want to win tonight?"

18 posted on 10/10/2012 5:06:20 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: SamuraiScot
Wiki has Radditz being born in BOTH Idaho' Falls and SLC.

She should know Mormons well and be able to peg Hairy Reid as a Jack Mormon.

19 posted on 10/10/2012 5:15:47 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: RandallFlagg

Biden has been given all the questions, I’m sure.


20 posted on 10/10/2012 5:15:49 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

It won’t help. He’ll peg the Stupid meter anyway.


21 posted on 10/10/2012 5:18:29 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: SamuraiScot

Her husband is Tom Gjelten. She is divorced from Genachowski


22 posted on 10/10/2012 5:20:47 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: All
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2942635/posts

Also being discussed, the cover up.

23 posted on 10/10/2012 5:21:37 AM PDT by tobyhill (Obamacare, the final nail in the US coffin.)
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To: tobyhill

Biden is a hateful monster.
He will be ugly ugly ugly .
He will cut off Ryan and call him
SON to belittle him !

The media will swoon !


24 posted on 10/10/2012 5:24:30 AM PDT by ncalburt (Axelrod Psych OPS has gone to 24/7 non stop - "The election is over " status until Nov)
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To: AppyPappy

Hmmmm.... apparently she goes for G men


25 posted on 10/10/2012 5:27:03 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: AppyPappy
Her husband is Tom Gjelten. She is divorced from Genachowski

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. They seemed like such a nice couple . . . /s

26 posted on 10/10/2012 5:39:59 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: originalbuckeye
George Stephanopolous of ABC News used to be a strategist for Bill Clinton and even after becoming Chief Washington Correspondent still engaged in regular conversations with Rahm Emanuel, James Carville, and Paul Begala from the Clinton days. (Ironic, isn’t it, that John Harris wrote that story)

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-sheffield/2012/10/10/vp-debate-moderator-martha-raddatz-friends-obama-wedding#ixzz28taWWfqY

Journalism has a perspective. Journalism’s interest lies in promoting itself at the expense of the people who work to a bottom line - those upon whom we depend, not for mere talk, but for food, clothing, shelter, security, fuel, etc. Those people are "the man who is actually in the arena,” and journalists are merely critics. So why do journalists cozy up to “liberal” politicians? The question answers itself - socialism is nothing other than the political expression of the sentiments which journalists are inherently motivated to promote.

Whoever signs up to be a “liberal” is cozying up to journalism. And is rewarded with positive labels such as “moderate,” “centrist,” “progressive,” or “liberal.” All of which belong in scare quotes, because what a journalist calls “liberal” has nothing to do with promoting liberty, what the journalist calls “progressive” has nothing to do with progress (at least, not progress of, by, and for the people, as the Constitution contemplates) and so on. All those labels are mere euphemisms for socialist. The only positive label journalists do not assign to socialists is “objective.” That label they reserve to themselves. But it is a distinction without a difference, as the above description of George Stephanopolous amply illustrates. It is only a question of what hat a particular socialist happens to wear. And of course “objective” belongs in scare quotes, because in the nature of things no one can know that he or she is actually objective.

A diligent effort to attempt to be objective is of course laudable - but then, any actual effort to attempt objectivity must begin with openness about one’s own motives and interests. And discussion of journalists’ motives - to interest the public and to promote themselves - is politically incorrect, and taboo. It follows that a journalism which calls itself “objective” is anything but objective about itself. There is no reason in logic why I should accept journalism’s self-hype about “objectivity.”

The alert reader may object that I have spoken of journalism in the singular, and take no account of diversity of journalism outlets, and of the (very few) newspapers with conservative (in American political context, a negative label) editorial pages. My answer to that is that

People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty and justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary. - Wealth of nations, Book I, Ch 10
And all major news outlets belong to wire services, principally the Associated Press. The newswire represents a virtual “meeting” of all major journalism outlets - one which has been running continuously since the Civil War era. I do not pretend that all newspapers express the exact same attitude on their editorial pages - but on the front page and the body of the paper, they do. And they call their uniform and politically correct slant “objective."

Journalism and Objectivity


27 posted on 10/10/2012 5:41:59 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: tobyhill; Anoreth

If Paul Ryan didn’t already know the moderator would be 100% in the tank for the Democrats, then he’s all hair and no smarts. (This still puts him far above Slow Joe “Plugs” Biden, of course.)


28 posted on 10/10/2012 5:49:12 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Una bruja.)
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To: tobyhill

Who would marry her? I thought Ray Charles is dead and Stevie Wonder was unavailable.


29 posted on 10/10/2012 5:53:38 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: tobyhill

ABC = All Barack Channel.


30 posted on 10/10/2012 5:54:05 AM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: tobyhill

And her ex-husband’s (Julius Genachowski) new wife - Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

And Martha’s current husband - Tom Gjelten, a correspondent for ...NPR.

Its a tight circle.


31 posted on 10/10/2012 6:15:19 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: ncalburt
A real simple tactic ought to work.

After being repeatedly interrupted by Braintrust Biden, Ryan merely has to say, “Mr. Vice President, I realize that you want the American people to believe Gov. Romney and I that we are the most despicable human beings in American politics, but you as President of the Senate, can you tell us how many of President Obama’s budgets have passed during his term and the vote totals? I can: None and Zero. Also as President if the Senate, do you know how many DemocRat budgets have been submitted for votes on the Senate floor by Majority Leader Reid. I do. None. What is more despicable Mr. Vice President, someone who has a genuine interest in at least putting forth a plan to try and deal with the economic realities of this country, or a man whose plan cannot even get votes from his own party, which in turn refuses to pass a budget so they do not have a record of their votes for an ever expanding, ever demanding central government bureaucracy reminiscent of and exceeding the old Soviet Union?”

32 posted on 10/10/2012 6:21:17 AM PDT by cashless (Unlike Obama and his supporters, I'd rather be a TEA BAGGER than a TEA BAGGEE.)
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To: tobyhill

“Hello. I’m Martha Raddatz, and I’ve got a secret.”


33 posted on 10/10/2012 6:24:33 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Loves To Spend My $$$$$$$$$$$$)
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To: Anima Mundi

perfect! Definitely hope Ryan’s staffers see your suggestion and put it in his notes.

They never want their dirty secrets to be aired, so it’s absolutely paramount that Romney and Ryan tactfully and calmly put them out there in the open air for all to see/hear.


34 posted on 10/10/2012 6:32:28 AM PDT by sassy steel magnolia (USAF life and Navy wife...God Bless the USA!)
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To: tobyhill

Thanks for posting. It’s up on Drudge.


35 posted on 10/10/2012 7:18:32 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: tobyhill

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/fashion/martha-raddatz-tells-war-stories-with-a-human-angle.html?pagewanted=all


36 posted on 10/10/2012 7:44:31 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Anima Mundi

Oh, that’s perfect. Romney should mention it, and your way is the most non-snarky of all.


37 posted on 10/10/2012 7:49:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: PGalt

Not a fan of Drudge; but he ALWAYS posts the most flattering photos available... :-)


38 posted on 10/10/2012 8:00:07 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: tobyhill

Maybe, just MAYBE the GOP will get a clue one day and stop idiotically agreeing to let liberals moderate every debate. I don’t know what else it will take.


39 posted on 10/10/2012 8:11:26 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: tobyhill
Of course, NBC is the propaganda organ for the Obama administration.
40 posted on 10/10/2012 8:27:35 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: moovova

You are right, but it is Ryan who is debating tomorrow.


41 posted on 10/10/2012 8:27:55 AM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight (47%, pull off the leeches in 2012!)
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To: CatherineofAragon; lacrew

CatherineofAragon~: “ Maybe, just MAYBE the GOP will get a clue one day and stop idiotically agreeing to let liberals moderate every debate...”

lacrew ~: “And her ex-husband’s (Julius Genachowski) new wife - Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
And Martha’s current husband - Tom Gjelten, a correspondent for ...NPR.
Its a tight circle.”

I believe that it is called INCEST ( genetic in-breeding of the elites)
Thank goodness that it hasn’t tainted the rest of the genetic pool
Have you ever noticed that they begin to look like ?
Its a tight circle ~ true that !


42 posted on 10/10/2012 8:42:53 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Islam is a religion AND a political system. There is no separation of church and state in Islam)
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To: PGalt

That is not just a tight circle. It is downright incest.


43 posted on 10/10/2012 11:08:54 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: ncalburt

Your Post #24 is spot-on.

Biden will repeatedly go for the kill shot. He wants the kind of moment that Lloyd Bentsen had against Dan Quyale back in ‘88.

Biden (and the Obama campaign) are hoping for this kind of moment because an all-too-willing MSM will broadcast the moment extensively in an effort to discredit Ryan.


44 posted on 10/10/2012 11:18:05 AM PDT by MplsSteve (General Mills is pro-gay marriage! Boycott their products!)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I’ve long believed the same thing.

When is the GOP gonna put their foot down and say “Enough of this crap!”

On a side note, did the GOP not bother to vet Raddatz’s past? Or did they not have time to do so?


45 posted on 10/10/2012 11:20:19 AM PDT by MplsSteve (General Mills is pro-gay marriage! Boycott their products!)
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To: tobyhill

Perfect he has to mention it


46 posted on 10/10/2012 12:07:49 PM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: MplsSteve
"On a side note, did the GOP not bother to vet Raddatz’s past? Or did they not have time to do so?"

If I had to guess, I'd say they didn't bother; rock-bottom stupidity is hard to overcome.

47 posted on 10/10/2012 12:10:18 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: NowApproachingMidnight

Yep, caught myself too late. Thx.


48 posted on 10/10/2012 12:15:23 PM PDT by moovova (Obama was Swiftboated...er... Big-Birded by Romney. Is there no decency left in this world?)
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To: tobyhill
We need to thank Tucker Carlson.

He's our Breibart now

49 posted on 10/10/2012 1:58:15 PM PDT by hans56
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