Looking at the role of moderator in presidential debates
What to expect from Bob Schieffer
- Duration 4:29
- Date Oct 22, 2012
What to expect from Bob Schieffer
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The moderator of tonight's foreign policy debate Bob Schieffer of CBS news says he wants to help viewers get a better understanding of the candidates.
But the moderator is in the previous debates came in for a fair share of criticism over the way they handled their roles.
She for telling the star telegram in Texas that people paid too much attention to moderator is.
We're like the umpire is you only hear criticism from the losing team.
Jim Pinkerton is a contributing editor and writer for the American conservative magazine Alan Colmes is host of the Alan Colmes radio show his new book is.
Thanks for the liberals for saving America so -- we thank you for that stuff I'm Jim Eddy are you one of those who is critical of the job for instance a Candy Crowley did in moderate moderating the last debate and is that is that simply a case of conservatives saying that you know she handed the debate.
To the president.
Now I I don't think so I think that anybody including Ellen Ratner over the weekend on FOX News Watch said look into the liberals said it was wrong for probably to get up there -- get on the field of the war and and trying and tackle.
Mitt Romney -- I think Bob Schieffer who I think is it a good guy and a gentleman.
Has a choice to make tonight if he is like you Jim Lehrer in the first debate.
Which is safe -- -- call that play its low key and mild.
Then he'll get clobbered by the mainstream media whereas Candy Crowley we mentioned and Martha Raddatz who -- moderate the vice presidential debate.
-- more much more in the face of the Republican.
Presidential or vice presidential nominee is and they've been lauded.
CNN's actually doing ads praising -- I left out how proud they are ever ends I think that's achievers choice has got -- -- look I wanna go low -- and get clobbered like got a letter.
Are -- wanna get in the face of -- -- Mitt Mitt Romney be phrased -- -- his choice let's take another look at that Candy -- moment -- I know you have some thoughts on it here it is.
Let me let me if they call -- an active here and allowed it and it -- it.
College active terror it did as well.
Take it it is well take -- two weeks or so for the whole idea of their being a -- out there about this tape.
But to come out you're correct this that.
Alan you don't have a problem with what -- got a -- haywire if you actually back up to take a little bit -- -- the Mitt Romney who's basically Candy Crowley space.
And -- challenging her on that particular point.
-- she was responding to Mitt Romney who I thought was quite aggressive back up I was actually acting like a bully and that debate but the and a demanding time that was not necessarily has so.
It it was.
She -- he was in her face and she was responding to him addressing her -- I didn't have a public.
That the of this.
The point that I've made before though is that -- -- -- -- -- Mitt Romney first and addressed to the president said you know you called an act of terror the president had an opportunity to answer really -- and well he didn't and I like you actually had checked the transcript of -- if in fact shows they called it an act of terror if he did the same that the same thing the next day.
In that Denver so.
In fact she was right on the facts there but he was challenging Candy Crowley at that point -- she was responding to him being her base I -- I saw a look this idea of attacking the moderator -- -- cheaper as of right.
The losing team -- the losing person seems to attack the moderator and and let's not go when it there were attacking Candy Crowley.
Before that the debate even well place.
Alan Alan here let us to preserve protect about my future here here's a book but I actually dug out of my whole library at moments from 1989.
-- Bob Schieffer trying to co -- has called -- the title the book is the acting president.
Ronald Reagan and so supporting players who helped him create the illusion.
That he had that he held America -- -- Allusions spellbound.
Actor this is you know this is not to say this is and horrible but I just it just means that -- to you or do the liberal mindset.
That ray did it take example of another a previous Republican president -- the new satellite editor's note along YouTube does and it and that's that's why SE could actually co wrote co author of that book with I got -- -- -- -- -- CBS has also wrote all of Dan -- -- you use a -- a little bit about where.
It was coming -- and 1989 book now you've decided that five cheaper will not be a fair and balanced moderator.
I think it has got its forty year record as CBS -- to answer for a while I've not got very very good record as a matter of fact I think both sides have been pretty praiseworthy about -- not -- -- -- the guy out for the -- -- -- -- -- the history is worth noting that I've been -- done things for granted I don't know what they label you as well subject.