On the heels of this week’s news that the four debate moderators would be Jim Lehrer, Bob Schieffer, Candy Crowley and Martha Raddatz, a wide variety of people have voiced strong concerns about the selections.
Several days ago, Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives have slammed the moderators for being too “liberal.” Univision, America’s largest Spanish-language network, complained about the lack of a Latino presence. And on Friday, two minority-based groups, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, spoke out publicly against the the lack of black or Latino moderators planned for the debates.
The Times described Ifill as particularly “livid,” and she confirmed by telling the paper that “I was indeed disappointed.” Ifill had been a moderator during both the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates.
The paper also reported that Fox News had lobbied for a moderator slot, but had been denied. As a result, the paper alleges, the Romney camp threatened a boycott of the debates if anybody from decidedly left-leaning MSNBC’s political team was chosen.
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