Tough reviews for Jim Lehrer as debate moderator

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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Some of the commentary on Twitter compared Lehrer to a substitute teacher who had lost control of a classroom. "I'm waiting for one of them to throw a spitball at the teacher ... I mean Jim Lehrer," tweeted Sherri Shepherd of ABC's "The View."

"Regardless of who is winning this debate, Jim Lehrer is losing," tweeted Dan Abrams of ABC News, adding that Obama was "not honest" when he said that Lehrer had done a good job.

Veteran political writer Michael Tomasky of The Daily Best wrote: "Definitely Lehrer's last debate."

Conservative talk show host Dana Loesch tweeted at one point that "Romney just ran right over Lehrer."

Democrats weren't pleased about with Lehrer either. Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager, told CNN that "I wondered if we needed a moderator since we had Mitt Romney." On MSNBC, commentator Rachel Maddow said that Romney "spent much of the night battling not just President Obama, but also the moderator of the debate, Jim Lehrer. And Mr. Romney won every exchange."

The Huffington Post also tweeted: "Mitt Romney and Barack Obama moderated this debate. Where was Jim Lehrer?"

To add insult to injury, Romney during the debate promised to cut off federal subsidies to PBS, even though he said, "I love PBS, I love Big Bird. I like you, too, Jim."