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  • After a New-Look Debate, a Harsh Light Falls on the Moderator

    The New York Times - 10/04/2012

    The new format for the presidential debate prompted plenty of partisan debate online — as did the performance of the moderator, Jim Lehrer.

    Mr. Lehrer’s light touch was widely criticized during and after the debate on Wednesday night, particularly by Democrats who felt that President Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, effectively moderated the debate himself.

    Alan Schroeder, a Northeastern University professor who has written books about debates, said that “in Jim Lehrer’s defense, this was an untested format.”