After Jim Lehrer's widely panned presidential debate performance last week, many Twitter users raved about ABC News' Martha Raddatz as moderator, calling her tough, sensible and calm. Poynter.org deemed Raddatz the "debate winner." Raddatz questioned both candidates on foreign policy, the Benghazi attacks, the economy and abortion.
The People: They Love Martha Raddatz theatln.tc/OsegxW— The Atlantic Wire (@TheAtlanticWire) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz for moderator of everything.— daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 12, 2012
Yo, Jim Lehrer, This Is What Killing It Looks Like: the Martha Raddatz Story— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz for vice president. #vpdebate— Indecision (@indecision) October 12, 2012
Jim Lehrer, watching Martha Raddatz: "My stars and garters, she's saying so many things!" [faints]#VPDebate— BillCorbett (@BillCorbett) October 12, 2012
I'm a defender of Lehrer's performance in the first debate, but Martha Raddatz is doing a really excellent job here.— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 12, 2012
Drink every time #VPDebate moderator Martha Raddatz emasculates Jim Lehrer by being manlier than him.— Men's Humor (@MensHumor) October 12, 2012
Show em how it's done @martharaddatz ! She is CONTROLLING this debate! Way to go! This woman could herd cats!!!— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) October 12, 2012
The journalist's peers generally agreed. Brian Williams praised Raddatz for "moving that conversation along," while Fox News Channel's Bret Baier said, She interrupted much more and asked many more pointed questions."
Many conservatives, however, felt that Raddatz appeared biased toward Vice President Biden, allowing him to steamroll Rep. Paul Ryan.
Martha Raddatz is allowing Biden to interrupt and bluster on. If she doesn't shut him down, Paul should.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 12, 2012
Horrible Moderator: Martha Raddatz Interrupts Ryan Constantly, Asks Stupid Questions --- breitbart.com/Big-Journalism…— John Nolte(@NolteNC) October 12, 2012
What did you think of Raddatz's performance as moderator?