-By Warner Todd Huston
Obama shocked the country with his horrible debate performance last October. After it was all over many of his supporters blamed debate moderator Jim Leher of PBS for the debacle–especially on Twitter. But Leher remained blissfully ignorant of all the criticism because he refuses to bother with Twitter.
“I never read any of them, never got a report on them, didn’t want to know anything about them,” Leher said as he sat on Kalb Report panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Monday night.
Leher told the Press Club audience that he was unaware of the criticism immediately after the debate but caught wind of it all much later. Afterwards I heard about these millions and millions of tweets, and I knew that some of them were critical about me. You know, look, the bottom line here on this, I felt good about that debate, so no Tweet and Twitter…10 million tweets or twitters weren’t going to change my view of that.”
Politico reports that Vice Presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz had exactly the opposite experience when she was attacked on Twitter after her night in the spotlight. Raddatz did battle with many detractors on Twitter. “I was worried because there was such nasty stuff,” Raddatz said. Her son, though, warned her not to obsess over people Tweeting “from a basement filled with cats.”
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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