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Jim Lehrer: 'I Have No Apologies' for My Debate Moderator Performance

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Under fire for losing control of the Denver debate, the longtime PBS anchor tells Howard Kurtz his strategy was deliberate--and what's more, it produced a new kind of presidential face-off.

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Kit B (276)
Friday October 5, 2012, 3:48 pm

I may stand alone on this, but I don't think Jim Lehrer owes an apology, the debate was supposed to be mostly self-monitored, it was not. Jim did come into things a number of times to get things back on track. I watched the democratic debates with John Edwards, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, then those with John McCain. I don't see all that much has changed. Obama is a mild mannered man, and I do mean mannered in many ways. I don't expect, but would not mind, if in the next debate he still will not cut-off the speaker, will not interrupt Romney nor do I expect Obama to resort to the same tactics used by Romney. These are two very different men. I will not resort to calling names here, I don't think it's needed. President Obama is a gentleman, he believes that what he is doing and has tried to do is the best for the country, he doesn't toss his own ego into the fray.

Carrie B (306)
Friday October 5, 2012, 3:56 pm
I don't think Lehrer owes an apology, but I do think he was an ineffective moderator both in his questions and lack of any semblance of control. Yes, the candidates were supposed to self-moderate, but Lehrer allowed Romney take over as moderator as well as participant.

John B (185)
Friday October 5, 2012, 4:32 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article. I too don't think Mr Lehrer needs to apologize. However I think he let Romney walk all over him. I'm sure he did what he felt was right but i was disappointed.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday October 5, 2012, 5:35 pm
I remember when the camera went to Lehrer's face...the expressions sometimes made me smile--and why can't I get Nirvana's song, "All Apologies" out of my head? LOL

JL A (281)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 12:05 am
any rumors that no more self-monitoring in the other two debates since it didn't work/wasn't honored?

Michael Carney (217)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 2:39 am
But, regrets, he's got a

Patrick Donovan (344)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 12:49 pm
I may be in the minority, but I do believe he owes an apology for not respecting the rules of a debate.

Giana P (398)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 12:18 am
Noted. Didn't view the debate so cannot comment.

Diane O (194)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 4:29 am
If you watched the debate, Lehrer appeared uncomfortable by Obama's lackluster contribution. Obama actually had four more minutes than Romney did. Romney didn't walk all over Lehrer....he walked all over Obama.

David C (131)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 5:13 am
...he should be......

Sunday October 7, 2012, 8:59 am
Jim Lehrer needed to put some habanero sauce in President Obama 's tacos before the debate,lol!

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 12:47 pm
They should all be town hall format.

That was just a show of flip flops by Romney et al and Obama's plan to wait it out. Jim was exactly what we'd expect from a tired old man.

Great theater, republicans. Bravo. Encore! lol

Dianna M (16)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 3:50 pm
Kit B., no--you don't stand alone. Even Lawrence O'Donnell agrees: “He made the moderator not a factor in the debate. He left the debate up to the debaters."

Bias, John? You do know, don't you, that Solyndra's loans were approved by the Bush administration, that the company was selected from 143 applicants for that first loan? And to quote the New York Daily News, "Republicans later subpoenaed 300,000 pages of administration documents, and they never found any evidence of politics behind the decision to award the loan."

Ray M (0)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 3:51 pm
He didn't do anything to shut Romney up. Mitt ran the show as if Lehrer was an empty chair. Bad job.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 4:29 pm
Jim did a GOOD job!!!

Carol H (229)
Monday October 8, 2012, 4:28 am
I agree Carrie, just ineffective!

Mike m (9)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 12:43 pm
I don't watch debates that don't have all the candidates. Since Gary Johnson, Dr. Jill Stein and Virgil Goode weren't included, the debate was irrelevant.
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