Skip to comments.Is There a Fix in for the Vice Presidential Debate?
Posted on 10/10/2012 2:49:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Posted By Bryan Preston On October 10, 2012 @ 8:29 am In media,Politics | 52 Comments
The Daily Caller has a disturbing story up today. The outline goes like this: The moderator of Thursday's vice presidential debate is Martha Raddatz of ABC News. She is the network's senior foreign correspondent, and she is the sole moderator of the veep debate, which will center on foreign policy.
Raddatz has a connection with Barack Obama going all the way back to their days at Harvard. They worked on the Harvard Law Review together, and Obama attended her 1991 wedding. Fast forward to the present, and President Obama has appointed Raddatz's husband, Julius Genachowski, to the Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski is also an Obama campaign bundler, meaning that he is a major fundraiser for the president's re-election effort. That storyline alone raises questions of corruption and rewarding political supporters with powerful federal posts. Yet ABC insists that Raddatz has no conflict of interest in moderating the debate.
As if that all wasn't bad enough, the Caller raised all of this with ABC on Monday but the network stonewalled. It finally admitted Raddatz’s connections to Obama, but only after ABC went to Politico, the Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post to get some damage control printed on those liberal sites first.
Is this how an allegedly neutral news network should behave?
This is the kind of story a Jake Tapper would ordinarily raise in a White House press briefing, but whoops! Tapper works for ABC. And whoops! the Obama White House quietly scuttled press briefings a couple of weeks ago. The White House press corps didn’t even raise a fuss about that.
Thursday’s debate, as I mentioned earlier, is supposed to center on foreign policy. Right now the Obama administration is embroiled in what looks very much like a cover-up regarding the sacking in Benghazi. But Vice President Biden has, so far, managed to escape any scrutiny or questions about what happened in Benghazi and who knew what and when. Will moderator Martha Raddatz grill Biden about this very serious foreign policy question, or will she let him off the hook?
In the wake of last week’s presidential debate, many on the left assailed debate moderator Jim Lehrer for his performance as a way of distracting from President Obama’s weak showing. Raddatz surely knows this. Her husband’s status with the Obama campaign plus her own longstanding connection to the president himself suggests where her political sympathies lie. She has to know that if she aggressively questions Biden, she stands a strong chance of being ripped by the left as Lehrer was.
Her and her husband’s connections to Obama plus ABC’s behavior suggest that there is a fix in for Thursday’s vice presidential debate. If Raddatz does not press Biden hard about Libya, America will know that that debate was rigged to favor the Obama administration.
According to the MSM that is.
He'll smile with a twinkle in his eye like ol' Lunchbox Joe, but he's as big a bastard as there is when he wants to be.
The FIX? Joe has already been fed the questions to be asked.
Lots of errors here. Genachowski was on the Harvard Law Review with O not Raddatz. He’s also her ex husband ,she’s married to some guy from NPR. The lady does get around, one of her husbands was Ben Bradlee’s son.
The lady has an attitude and I doubt very much she’ll be unbiased.
Did you know that the person that is the moderator is a friend of Obama’s he even went to her wedding..I heard that on news today..And you know it wasn't the communist news..
May God give Paul Ryan the words to say so that all may see the clear difference between he and Joe Biden.
Can't find a camera and a tripod?
Cerially!!!! We don't NEED them anymore!
Why hold the primaries sham show? We have the ability to telecommute the entire nation at once. Why do we hold on to wasteful and harmful processes?
It's a new century. Let's act like it!
the more time Biden talks, the better.
The VP debate is suppose to be on both, foreign and domestic.
Who involved with producing are running the debate is smart enough to pull it off with it being obvious?
Question for Vice President Biden: “some say” you rival Winston Churchill as a statesman. Please tell the audience how you honed your awesome diplomatic skills.
Question for Congressman Ryan: As you may know — but probably don’t — the country of Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet republic. Spell it, and list and spell each of its enclaves, and name and spell the leaders of each enclave.
President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.
Having Raddatz be the moderator is just another symptoms of the liberal disease. That is, one of their biggest problems is having a focus on style, process and packaging rather than on substance.
Lack of substance is the explanation for Obama’s poor debate performance.
Trying to manipulate the process by putting in pro-Obama moderators is a continuation of this error.
It’s an error they can never fix, because liberalism is defined by lack of substance.
Amen! Agreeing with you in the Name of Jesus!
>> Why the hockey sticks doesn’t the RNC hold their OWN debates?
Have you ever seen one of those French debates? Just the two candidates, seated at a round table — not too big, not too small :-) — and they ask each OTHER questions. No time limits. NO moderator.
Ryan would wipe the floor with Plugs in such a format.
She should have backed out of the deal herself ~ which any person with integrity would have done.
Her husband's career is an entertaining read. Far leftwingtard fanatic does business and makes money ~ that'd be a title for his bio.
This guy is as phoney as his old buddy Chucky Schumer
I think Ryan will be able to deflect any and all of that kind of crap. He’ can pull a Newt and turn the tables back in their face easily.
That's what I want to know. I agree w/ Newt. Let there be Lincoln/Douglas debate formats for all of them and screw the left wing media altogether!
Why would any of that domestic rape nonsense or medicare be featured in a debate on foreign policy?