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  • Moderator Martha Raddatz, left, reaches across to greet Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, as Vice President Joe Biden, center, takes his seat for the start of the vice presidential debate. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    TAUBE: Presidential debate moderator mediocrity

    The first presidential debate, and last week’s vice-presidential debate, had many unusual twists and turns. In the former, Mitt Romney put on the performance of his career and beat the “greatest-orator-the-world-has-ever-seen” President Barack Obama. In the latter, the dignified Paul Ryan eked out a close victory over the buffoonish Joe Biden.

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    Jim Lehrer: Moderator has no regrets about debate

    Jim Lehrer said Monday that he accomplished precisely what he wanted to while moderating the first presidential debate: to get Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama talking to each other.

  • Jim Lehrer: No regrets for debate moderating

    Jim Lehrer said Monday that he accomplished precisely what he wanted to while moderating the first presidential debate: get Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talking to each other.

  • Social media renders rapid judgment on debate

    Big Bird is endangered. Jim Lehrer lost control. And Mitt Romney crushed President Barack Obama.

  • Tough reviews for Jim Lehrer as debate moderator

    Jim Lehrer may be regretting his decision to come out of semi-retirement and moderate his 12th presidential debate.

  • Lehrer's philosophy on moderator's role tested

    Former PBS anchor Jim Lehrer says a debate moderator should be like a baseball umpire _ get out of the way and let the candidates play. That philosophy may have compounded his troubles during the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as he tried and failed to stay out of the spotlight, an increasingly impossible dream for a moderator in the age of social media.

  • **FILE** This Aug. 30, 2009 photo shows Big Bird of the children's television show "Sesame Street" in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

    Social media renders rapid judgment on Obama-Romney debate

    Big Bird is endangered. Jim Lehrer lost control. And Mitt Romney crushed President Obama. Those were the judgments rendered across Twitter and Facebook Wednesday during the first debate of the 2012 presidential contest.

  • President Obama greets supporters on the tarmac upon his arrival at McCarran International airport, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 in Las Vegas. Obama traveled to Las Vegas for a campaign rally then will be staying in Henderson, Nev., to prepare for the first Presidential debate. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    CURL: Obama wins first debate, says everyone in world

    In a debate sure to sway millions of voters and quite possibly change the course of mankind if not the very orbit of the heavenly bodies in the Milky Way, President Obama last night crushed Mitt Romney like a bug, displaying an agile and fecund intellect rivaled only by Albert Einstein and possibly Socrates.

  • Candy Crowley (Courtesy of cnn.com)

    CNN's Crowley to moderate Oct. presidential debate

    For the first time in two decades, a woman has been tapped to moderate a presidential debate.

  • CNN's Crowley to moderate Oct. presidential debate

    For the first time in two decades, a woman has been tapped to moderate a presidential debate.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Tension City'

    Jim Lehrer is the avuncular, even-keeled executive editor and anchor of "PBS NewsHour" who has moderated 11 of the nationally televised presidential and vice-presidential debates. As a journalist and as a moderator, Mr. Lehrer tells us he attempts to play it straight down the middle, always aware that he and his opinions are never the story and never should inform the questions he asks.

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    Tuning In to TV

    Jim Lehrer says to keep the presidential debates coming, just don't ask him to moderate any more.

  • This July 1, 1952 file photo provided by CBS shows TV Washington newsman Walter Cronkite. (Photo: Associated Press)

    The List: Notable news broadcasters

    With the mighty Jim Lehrer retiring, let's look at some of the most famous folks who have delivered the news.

  • **FILE** Jim Lehrer (Associated Press)

    PBS' Jim Lehrer to retire as regular anchor

    Jim Lehrer has been delivering the news each weeknight to PBS viewers since the Gerald Ford administration. Now he says it's time to step away.

  • PBS' Jim Lehrer to retire as regular anchor

    Jim Lehrer has been delivering the news each weeknight to PBS viewers since the Gerald Ford administration. Now he says it's time to step away.

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  • But the way in which he says those things are so bland and so uninteresting and so hackneyed and so cartoonish that one begins to speed through the pages, plowing through language that rarely employs more than three syllables at a whack and never inspires the imagination or tickles the senses.

    BOOKS: 'Oh Johnny' →

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