You may remember Jim Lehrer taking a beating after the last Presidential debate. Martha Raddatz, a reporter for ABC News, is moderating tonight's Vice-President debate. The people love her. They really, really love her.
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Raddatz is being praised for controlling the candidates and guiding the discussion in meaningful ways. She is asking tough questions and, when she feels it, asking the appropriate follow-up questions. All the things Jim Lehrer was criticized for not doing.
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What has the response been? On Twitter, people loved her:
Major props to @martharaddatz for her job moderating tonight.— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz for Postmaster General— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) October 12, 2012
Hey, Jim Lehrer, you see how the moderator is following up to get better answers?— daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 12, 2012
Raddatz has been a fantastic moderator. She's remained calm but strong, never shrill or tense. Awesome lady, awesome journo. #debates— Callie Schweitzer (@cschweitz) October 12, 2012
Raddatz did the republic a good service tonight. #VPDebate— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) October 12, 2012
And the winner is @martharaddatz!— Stephanie Yera (@S_Yera) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz FTW.— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz is an American treasure.— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz won the debate.— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 12, 2012
The thing about @martharaddatz is she's a reporter, not an anchor.— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) October 12, 2012
martha raddatz for permanent debate moderator— Matt Langer (@mattlanger) October 12, 2012
Raddatz was smart, firm and confident. Go girl! #martharaddatz— carol giacomo (@giacomonyt) October 12, 2012
The praise wasn't totally universal, though.
I miss Jim Lehrer. @newshour #debate— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) October 12, 2012