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Politics

Debate moderators feel the heat

After the first presidential debate — even during it — the media and the public piled on moderator Jim Lehrerfor being passive and letting the candidates talk over him. Mock Twitter accounts popped up, including @SilentJimLehrer.

Then at last week’s vice presidential debate, ABC’s Martha Raddatz took the opposite approach, interrupting repeatedly, pursuing answers. Once again, pundits pounced, some calling her partisan, while others praised her.

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