Bob Schieffer, the host of Face the Nation on CBS and the moderator of the final and the third presidential debate, faces mounting pressure going into the final debate of the US Presidential Elections 2012.
As this season has been open on all the three journalists who have moderated the presidential debatesin this campaign; thanks to the growth of social media and enthusiastic media outlets, Schiffer must gear himself up for the entire negative and positive feedback!
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Jim Lehrer was widely criticized for not performing well as the moderator during the first presidential debate.Annoyance against him poached mostly among Democrats like Michael Moore and Rachel Maddow who were closely observing Obama's bad performance in the first debate.
In the second presidential debateCandy Crowley was targeted for over doing everything and criticism at her was a persistent post-debate topic on different Channels.
For Martha Raddatz, the Vice Presidential debate moderator trouble started early on too. A story broke a few days before the VP debate that president Obama attended her wedding to Julius Genachowski, Obama's Harvard classmate in 1991, raised a few eye brows. The fact was, her wedding had ended more than a decade ago!Raddatz in general received powerful reviewsfor her work as a moderator during the Vice Presidential debatebetween Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Therefore, she was targeted of being biased towards Obama!
Even Twitter starts floodingwith reactions as the debates progress. You just type in the moderator's name in the search tab and lo and behold, hundreds of tweets start appearing every second!
"There are millions of people with their hands over their keyboards ready to analyze every single moment of what's happening," said veteran TV journalist Jeff Greenfield. "That puts even more pressure on ... It's a no-win situation.
Schieffer needs to craft sharp questions, keep an eye on the clock, remain focused, flexible and firm, if he wants to do well as the moderator. If his tough Southern charm manages to take care of all of this, he’ll definitely get his job done!