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Back In Boston, Liberal Debate Question from Martha Raddatz Helped Sink a Conservative Democrat

posted at 6:58 pm on October 11, 2012 by

With the Vice Presidential debate hours away, new developments concerning its moderator, Martha Raddatz have been disturbing. As Joel B. Pollak at Breitbart reported today, during the 1990 Massachusetts gubernatorial race, Raddatz, who was then known as Martha Bradlee (she was married to Ben Bradlee Jr.), moderated the debate where, like a good race-baiting liberal, she asked Democratic candidate John Silber “why he had not campaigned more frequently in poor minority communities, prompting him to respond: “There is no point in my making a speech on crime control to a group of drug addicts.”

This proved to be a disastrous answer a la Dukakis since “ Silber, amidst accusations of racism, fought to clarify his remarks in the days that followed, and visited the predominantly black community of Roxbury in Boston–though he refused to apologize. He went on to win the Democratic primary by 10 points, though he lost to Republican William Weld in the general election.”

This story was drudged up from old Boston Globe articles at the time and it should prompt a retraction from ABC News since they released this statement about her when ‘wedding-gate’ broke.

Martha Raddatz is known for her tough, fair reporting, which is why it was no surprise to her colleagues inside and outside ABC News that she was chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates for this assignment. Barack Obama was a law school classmate of Raddatz’s ex-husband Julius Genachowski at Harvard. At the time Barack Obama was a student and president of the Law Review. He attended their wedding over two decades ago along with nearly the entire Law Review, many of whom went on to successful careers including some in the Bush administration. Raddatz and Mr. Genachowski divorced in 1997 and both are now remarried.

Planting questions that implode candidacies isn’t “tough” or “fair reporting.”  It’s political hackery of the worst form.  Will Raddatz put a hit on Rep. Paul Ryan tonight?  We shall find out and see, but it wouldn’t be surprising in the slightest.

Originally posted on Newsbusters.

 

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Woof. That’s quite a face there.

And…. BISHOP!

bofh on October 11, 2012 at 7:13 PM

how many times has this lib been married?

burserker on October 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

she asked Democratic candidate John Silber “why he had not campaigned more frequently in poor minority communities

Admittedly, more of a question that should have been asked by an opponent, rather than a moderator. But still, hardly “when did you stop beating your wife?”.

A candidate with a sense of self-preservation would have sidestepped it and launched into any semi-related talking point; it’s hard to imagine any serious candidate, especially a democrat, giving the “to a group of drug addicts” response.

You could probably find a similar grievance against any and all of the LSM debate moderators of the last 20 years.

bofh on October 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

how many times has this lib been married?

burserker on October 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

1. Ben Bradlee III (WaPo)

2. Julius Genachowski (FCC) who was on the Harvard Law Review with BHO while they were a couple after which he was a >$500,000 bundler for BHO in 2008.

3. Now married to Tom Gjelten of NPR.

Should be an interesting night.

Green eyed Lady on October 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I was thinking this was a town hall format. Doesn’t that mean questions are from the audience? Or is it still more like a sit down back and forth with the moderator taking sides?

Ronaldusmax on October 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM

We don’t expect Joe Biden to best Ryan in a debate, so if Martha Raddatz decides to play goalkeeper for the Obama camp, people will notice, and it will empower the Republican base through accusations of liberal bias in the media.

This seems like a win-win to me.

mintycrys on October 11, 2012 at 7:56 PM

1. Ben Bradlee III (WaPo)
2. Julius Genachowski (FCC) who was on the Harvard Law Review with BHO while they were a couple after which he was a >$500,000 bundler for BHO in 2008.
3. Now married to Tom Gjelten of NPR.

Should be an interesting night.

Green eyed Lady on October 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

She ain’t a lib is she?

arnold ziffel on October 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I was thinking this was a town hall format. Doesn’t that mean questions are from the audience? Or is it still more like a sit down back and forth with the moderator taking sides?

Ronaldusmax on October 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM

That’s the next Presidential debate.

CurtZHP on October 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Will Raddatz put a hit on Rep. Paul Ryan tonight?

If he is dumb enough to jump on a baited question the way the other guy did, he should not be a heartbeat away from the nuclear button.

“why he had not campaigned more frequently in poor minority communities,”
Trying to figure out why this is a bad question. If you are running for office, you are running to be the representative of the entire community and should sell yourself at least a little bit to everyone.

Not saying you should make special policies for any group as you sell yourself, I am saying that you should get your message out to the entire electorate.

astonerii on October 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Asking why Silber had not campaigned more in poor minority communities was a weak question — however, Silber’s response suggesting that poor minorities were all “a bunch of drug addicts” was about the worst possible answer one could think of. The fact that the candidate chose to give a completely awful answer doesn’t mean that the moderator should be blamed for that.

J.S.K. on October 11, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I watched the debate and she set Ryan up at least one time for Biden was able to run over him and she tried to set him throughout the debate and I think Biden had prior information on the questions as a lead in which is why he pulled the abortion topic out of thin air early in the debate. She also allowed Biden to over talk Ryan when he was making a devastating point against Obama and economic cronyism and she never did it to Biden.

The whole debate was slanted and I don’t know why the RNC even agreed to nothing but pinko moderators for every debate. What a bunch of pussies. It’s sickening.

woodNfish on October 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM

The illogic of this piece is perfect for newsbusters.

Dante on October 12, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Trying to figure out why this is a bad question.

astonerii on October 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Because newsbusters is a paranoid-fueled website where the contributors see boogeymen in every shadow.

Dante on October 12, 2012 at 12:04 AM

All I needed to hear was that “Obama had attended her wedding”. OK, so he may have just (in theory) attended as a friend of the groom with a bunch of the Harvard Law Review flunkies, but, seemed to me that she would have been more than likely a prog. I don’t understand WTH the GOP thinks it’s doing, agreeing to have these debates with liberal moderators.

I just knew this woman was going to be bad news at the VP debate, and was proven correct. Did the GOP think that she and Plugs were going to actually have a “fair and balanced” discussion? The man is a fruitcake, for pete’s sake, and that and the history of this woman should have given Romney/Ryan more than ample warning! *frustrated”

Romney needs to wake up and smell the coffee…he’s had warning of what Obozo is going to try to do with the next debate. Will he heed that warning? Or just assume that Obozo won’t follow the same route?

This is all making me rather tense. I don’t even like Romney, but what alternative do I have? Four more years of Jugears will destroy this country.

OT, speaking of which, my husband just came home with a tale of what was on our KBOI (Boise) morning show about how the US supplied Al Qaeda with “a fluid number (10,000 to 20,000) surface to air missiles (the shoulder mounted jobbies)” in Libya??? WTH??? This was in a congressional hearing YESTERDAY, and I haven’t seen anybody reporting it anywhere? Can anyone expound on this?

sage0925 on October 12, 2012 at 1:04 AM

She ain’t a lib is she?

arnold ziffel on October 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

How many times has Limbaugh been married?

Unfortunately, selfishness & incompatibility are on both sides of the aisle.

itsnotaboutme on October 12, 2012 at 6:50 AM

During his MA gubenatorial campaign he was known for “Silber Shockers”. He bounced between “that sort of makes sense” and “he’s a complete nut” diatribes. With only had one arm, his stump would flap up & down when he talked which added to the visual.

roy_batty on October 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

She ain’t a lib is she?

arnold ziffel on October 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Unfortunately, selfishness & incompatibility are on both sides of the aisle.

itsnotaboutme on October 12, 2012 at 6:50 AM

I think my bro, Arnold, was speaking in regards to the employers of each husband: WaPo, FCC and NPR.

Fallon on October 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM