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Debate moderator crossed line by sharing backstage impressions

 Jon Keller (center) moderated the first debate Sept. 20 between Senator Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

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Jon Keller (center) moderated the first debate Sept. 20 between Senator Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

RE “THE Brown-Warren debate up close” by Jon Keller (Op-ed, Sept. 26): What are the ethics involved in a moderator for a political debate using backstage information and his own analysis of the debate in an opinion piece?

As moderator, Keller was clearly not in the role of reporter at the debate between Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.

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I find his use of the information he gathered to be almost insidious. I think the moderator loses the right to reveal such information, particularly during an ongoing campaign, when she or he accepts the role of moderator.

Perhaps I am splitting a hair, but the moderator in such an instance is using a power that was his alone: to witness that which was granted only to him because of his standing.

I don’t think Keller should be tapped to be a moderator of a political debate again.

Kathleen M. Henry

Jamaica Plain

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