cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The Vice Presidential Debate tonight has a choice of three from which we’ll determine the winner or loser, but we can probably safely make that selection now.
Martha Raddatz of ABC News is the moderator tonight and she is now directly in the crosshairs of critics on both sides. She has known Barack Obama since she got married and he attended her wedding. ABC News didn’t foresee any potential conflict of interest apparently when this decision was made. That certainly ought to bring that network’s decision tree into question, but shouldn’t be too surprising since it is part of the mainstream media.
If Raddatz is not tough enough on Paul Ryan, she will be demonized by the left. If she is too tough on Paul Ryan, she will be demonized by the right. She is in that classic position of being damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t.
Expectations are running high on both sides of the political structure and that simply means that she is going to catch heck almost without regard to which of the two debaters is declared the winner. Maybe the safest position will be for the press to declare this debate a draw. That might take the glaring light off Raddatz and protect the media from the discussion about ethics that might well follow.
These are the things that make some of us so certain there is media bias operating in the United States while others seem to be unable to find any evidence of such goings on.
Joe Biden is an engaging master of such events so Paul Ryan will have to be at the top of his game. One way or the other, I expect an entertaining debate. Hope I’m not disappointed.