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.
Why do NL teams use the stupid Designated Hitter when playing games against the AL?
You use the rules in effect at the time of the game. Doesn't mean they aren't wrong rules.
Since there’s websites dedicated to Biden’s stupidity I thinmk the outcome would be obvious.
(Announcer whispers softly "Michelle is no where to be found" ~ just as we notice the golf club tucked under Obama's left arm.)
Obviously they have an interest in none of this Middle Eastern stuff being discussed ~ much easier for them to survive discussions of the relative merits of ultrasonic internal or external probes!
Ryan should wear a simple silver cross on his chest ~ she'll burn up in its presence.
Ryan definitely needs to throw in a
“My wife told me to ask you what DID Baraq give you for a wedding gift?”
Somewhere in there, LOL
Why do Romney and Republicans agree to the moderators? Why do the moderators have to be from a major network?
Think of her, her former husband and Obama more in the light of Billy James Hargis.
I don’t think that Biden can escape both an asswhoopin’ and a footchewin’.
the problem isn’t ‘soft peddling’
the issue is that biden has been given the questions and has had ample time to prepare his responses
I predict Slow Joe will come out insulting and provoking Ryan in an attempt to put him off his game.
I predict it will not work.
And let’s not forget who’s moderating the 3rd presidential debate, liberal Bob Schieffer. I’m sure that will be “fair” too.
I’d love to see Mitt ask old Bob:
Bob, you’re 76 years old, making millions per year and solidly in the 1% group. Why haven’t you retired and let the network hire a bunch of starving Columbia journalism grads with 100 grand in student debt?
"Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves....and it was calm."
Who is in charge of this committee that elects the moderators? Where is John Boehner in calling out this obvious bias?
People are onto this corrupt game now and this is just another glaring, in your face, example of it. The country is tired of this.
* Wolf Blitzer
*Candy "Cupcake" Crowley
*Terry Gross (Fresh Aire host from NPR)
*Bill Moyers from PBS
Looks like I wasn't far off. Who the crap is agreeing to this on the Republican side? Where is a Sean Hannity moderator spot or Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin? Hell why not Rush or Glenn Beck even?
BTW who is going to be the moderator for the 2nd Presidential debate?
Everybody has a camera, and internet access.
The RNC needs to host it's own debates!
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