You may remember Jim Lehrer taking a beating after the last Presidential debate. Martha Raddatz, a reporter for ABC News, is moderating tonight's Vice-President debate. The people love her. They really, really love her.
Raddatz is being praised for controlling the candidates and guiding the discussion in meaningful ways. She is asking tough questions and, when she feels it, asking the appropriate follow-up questions. All the things Jim Lehrer was criticized for not doing.
What has the response been? On Twitter, people loved her:
Major props to @martharaddatz for her job moderating tonight.— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz for Postmaster General— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) October 12, 2012
Hey, Jim Lehrer, you see how the moderator is following up to get better answers?— daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 12, 2012
Raddatz has been a fantastic moderator. She's remained calm but strong, never shrill or tense. Awesome lady, awesome journo. #debates— Callie Schweitzer (@cschweitz) October 12, 2012
Raddatz did the republic a good service tonight. #VPDebate— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) October 12, 2012
And the winner is @martharaddatz!— Stephanie Yera (@S_Yera) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz FTW.— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz is an American treasure.— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) October 12, 2012
Martha Raddatz won the debate.— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 12, 2012
The thing about @martharaddatz is she's a reporter, not an anchor.— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) October 12, 2012
martha raddatz for permanent debate moderator— Matt Langer (@mattlanger) October 12, 2012
Raddatz was smart, firm and confident. Go girl! #martharaddatz— carol giacomo (@giacomonyt) October 12, 2012
The praise wasn't totally universal, though.