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Jim Lehrer as Moderator Criticism

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    Wow. That was bad. Lots of criticism all over social media on Jim Lehrer's job as debate moderator. Rachel Maddow's first comment was, "We saw this debate format die tonight." after the debate.
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    But that is okay, Romney was more than happy to stand up and moderate and referee the debate. He interrupted countless number of times. I think he border-line yelled at Lehrer once and Lehrer just sat there quietly and took it.
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    I too was disappointed in Lehrer's meekness. He was looking forward to the format for the debates and came out of retirement to do so, but he can't have felt good about
    tonight.
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    We saw the corporate "Bully Romney" tonight and Lehrer let him grab the bully pulpit.
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    When you're right, YOU'RE RIGHT! Jim Lehrer completely lost control tonight! SAD! But Romney stayed true to his character. He went overseas and insulted 3 of our Allies. He get's totally out of control during the Debate. He's RUDE at Best. I heard some talking about President Obama not bringing up the 47%. I think that was a wise decision. He doesn't need to stoop to Romney's level. And he knows it! That was Classy!
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    Jim Lehrer did a poor job last night. I wish him well, but last nights debate should be the last debate he should ever be allowed to moderate.
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    Jim's handling of the debate reminded me of my first year of teaching. His good intentions were lost in his inability to control the participants. Governor Romney was rude when he interupted, rude, when he ignored Jim's efforts to gain control, and rude as he employed his bully-like tactics. Unfortunately,the govenor's actions won the approval of many viewers. Shame on them!

    I hope the second debate is conducted with stronger efforts to control the candidates. I do not believe that the president should stoop to the govenor's level. It is my hope that those supporting the govenor's actions, will realize that, as most bullies, there is little of value behind the action.

    Romney owes the moderator an apology. He failed to give Jim the respect due a man of his intelligence and integrity. Jim Lehrer should seek the advice of a qualified teacher in how to gain control of a classroom
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    cls Wrote: Jim&#39;s handling of the debate reminded me of my first year of teaching. His good intentions were lost in his inability to control the participants. Governor Romney was rude when he interupted, rude, when he ignored Jim&#39;s efforts to gain control, and rude as he employed his bully-like tactics. Unfortunately,the govenor&#39;s actions won the approval of many viewers. Shame on them!<br /> <br /> I hope the second debate is conducted with stronger efforts to control the candidates. I do not believe that the president should stoop to the govenor&#39;s level. It is my hope that those supporting the govenor&#39;s actions, will realize that, as most bullies, there is little of value behind the action.<br /> <br /> Romney owes the moderator an apology. He failed to give Jim the respect due a man of his intelligence and integrity. Jim Lehrer should seek the advice of a qualified teacher in how to gain control of a classroom
    I could not believe what I saw. Jim Leher lost control of the debate. Romney in two exchanges had the opening AND the closing statements-he bullied his way through. Plus he's going to get rid of funding for PBS and Big Bird! I would hope that ALL faithful supporters of PBS take that to heart at the ballot box! I wouldn't feel bad losing Jim Leher. His time has passed-he lost it. Romney was very loose with the facts. Deceitful would describe him better. I hope people take seriously the "substance" of what he offered and not only his aggressiveness as a CEO when they vote. Talk about flip-flopping!!!! And his denial of his 5 trillion dollar stance which he has been promoting on the stump. All of a sudden he never said that?????
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    Kosko Wrote: Wow. That was bad. Lots of criticism all over social media on Jim Lehrer's job as debate moderator. Rachel Maddow's first comment was, "We saw this debate format die tonight." after the debate.


    Uhmmm Money talks. I will not wonder if anyone was paid to do a lousy job. Jim Lehrer has nothing to loose....PBS will be eliminated by Mitt Romney (if he become President) no doubt about that, he loudly proclaimed it to all of us million viewers. If Jim was paid, more power to him.
    Who I really felt sorry for was for Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz.....I can see the deep disappointment on both of them. It seem their high hopes for the President was just completely shut down. Nothing has changed really....maybe on the Republican side maybe it's a huge deal. The Democrat Governors has plenty good to say about the President which I resonate the same. The President did not lose this debate, if any, he's wise. Wise in displaying an even temper which actually is his natural tendency. I watch the 2008 debate with John McCain, he took a lot of condescending remark from McCain like the line "THAT ONE" and the President just sat there and smiled. When Obama became President, that was a sweet REVENGE for me. But McCain was not all that bad when he defended the President on that stranger who insisted that the President was "not one of us" "he's a Muslim"
    I would bet....that the President has his own strategy on this Debates.....knowing or sensing his abstract thinking. if I were Romney, I will not take the President lightly. Remember anyone......the President took on Bin Laden without a whisper, went on to address the White House Communication Dinner cracks jokes during the event and on the same night announced that Bid Laden is DEAD. The President moves in a very cautious and deliberate manner...he never act on impulse. There are two debates left....WE WILL SEE HOW THAT GOES.
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    Don't blame Lehrer. He may have done a bad job, and I think he did, but that's not the reason that Romney won. This was probably the worst speaking performance I've seen from the president. Never fear, one down two to go.
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    jamesn Wrote: Don't blame Lehrer. He may have done a bad job, and I think he did, but that's not the reason that Romney won. This was probably the worst speaking performance I've seen from the president. Never fear, one down two to go.
    This format was particularly poorly thought out, and poorly moderated. But there were other disturbing things leading up to the debate. Namely, the endless discussions by anyone of any stripe about what had to be done, and what had to be said, and how, and statements about how "determining" the first debate usually is. Then why bother having three debates>
    Therefore I think that the media coverage was so overdone, that it seemed to be the main event, along with the post-debate discussions! Then there was the visual presentation onscreen. It was odd that the President and the candidate appeared in little boxes, quite separate, seemingly, from each other. The camera angle seemed to focus on Romney full on, more or less, while President Obama was shown less in portrait style, but more in profile mode. That was distracting, and did not provide the feeling that they were actually in this debate together. Bad format, no doubt about it, that seemed o remove the greater intimacy that such a debate would require, so the public could see both men equally, fully, adn not separately in different poses.
    Then back to the moderator, whose job, unfortunately, appeared to be to give the reins over to Mr.Romney, while interrupting the President who still had due time left. As for the idea that the format was supposed to allow for a free-flowing interaction, it was utter nonsense. There was not enough time, nor chance, to get at the meat of things, or to call out someone on their statements.
    All I could see was Mr. Romney's nose growing longer and longer by the minute. He flat-out lied: disclaiming tht the 47% of voters that he didn't care about was not how he meant it, or that it was just wrong. Previously, on the stump, he had still stuck to that, only claiming that he was not "eloquent" enough. Oddly, his running mate, Paul Ryan, seems to have a lack of expressing himself, too, because he referred to Mr. Romney's lapse as being "inarticulate." Wrong choice of words, but revealing that they do not know of what they speak.
    The long preamble, leading up to the event, as I already mentioned, detracted from the actual exchange, and it, and the dissectioin afterward were the main event.
    There was no room here for confronting Mr. Romney with the facts, and it was proved by the fact that he didn't come out with some reasonable explanation, but totally disowned not only the 47% percent secretly taped comments---the truth spoken behind closed doors of wealthy contributors--but that he also denied other things he had been campaigning on, such as taxes, fixing the deficit, while letting the very rich not contribute their fair share, yet giving the military serious money it had not even requested. Maybe this was aimed at teh Beghazi incident, but that was not, and is not, a military budget matter, as far as I can tell.
    The claim of adding a million jobs, but with no explanation is something that a local governor could not run on. In fact, there was no supporting idea, even, how it was to be established.
    The energy issue was tackled with denouncing the fact that the Preident did not use "Crown Land".Any caution about the environment was thrown to the four directions of the earth, with reliance on more driling on Crown lands, using "clean coal energy" and other sources of energy like oil. (I have not forgotten the earthquake near Wqashington that was caused by drilling for oil, but apparently he, and his party have.
    To my eyes, the Republican--and the rabid Tea Party position is this: there was a "money grab"and that grab has to be held on to, with no pesky regulations to protect the mnidde class, which had been robbed in several ways.
    As to foreign policy, which is the next issue to be debated, I believe, what has already been said is disastrous. Maybe more wars are on the way, with manucturers and weapons dealers would benefit from. This day and age, no one can count on a war or multiple wars to revive an economy.
    Regarding personal freedoms and rights, Mr. Romney, and his Trojan horse, Paul Ryan, are scary characters. They apparently don't see the separation between church and state, which we should have. They are against abortions, or contraception--at least in Mr. Ryan's position--but are willing to have children brought into the world, who then, if they have no means, are allowed to die of perhaps treatable diseases. The medical community expects great breakthroughs in treating/curing many devastating illnesses, but they are, and will be very expensive. Who will get those treatments,? It doesn't sound as though it would be those 47% who "feel they are entitled to everytying, you name it," to paraphrase the candidate.
    It is hard to get away from the debate, but one can draw conclusions. Governor Romney has no compunction about lying, about deception, and this is his character trait, maybe a carrryover from his business practices, or maybe because not everyone is as "exclusive" as he is. He wants to fulfill an ambition for his father, and not to serve the American people. America consists of all its citizens, not just the affluent and the wealthy.
    I digressed from my original criticism of the format, the moderator, and the media. Perhaps the moderator found himself somewhat helpless because a format was chosen that was narrow and totally inadquate. The media made their coverage the main event, pre and post debate.
    Let us hope these things won't happen again. Perhaps there was no need to call on the outright untruths Governor Romeny told: they spoke for themselves, for his attitude, hiw willingness to tamper with the truth depending on what forum he is on, or whom he is trying to appeal to.
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    P.S. to my post above. There was a typo, (among others, that were less significant) that Governor Romney spoke of adding 12 million jobs. How he would accomplish this was not revelated, except by some vague reference to stimulation due to his strategy and "growth." It did not say anything about bringing jobs from abroad back home, since, I assume, as e previously stated, outsourcing is good for Americans. the_ark
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    President Obama and Gov Romney both entered the debate with the same rules in place. You may think the rules are no good but its too late to change the rules now. Much like the electoral college the rules are in place and too late to change them now. Maybe President Obama will make a better showing in the next one. He better.