Martha Raddatz, moderator for the Vice presidential debate, faces charges of favoritism and bias from conservative outlets. The charges have been made on grounds related to a Daily Caller reportthat said President Obama was a guest at Raddatz's wedding to Julius Genachowski in 1991. At that time, Obama and Genachowski were students at Harvard law school. The couple later got divorced in 1997. .
Conservative media outlets are now casting doubts on Raddatz as a debate moderator. "The liberal media/politician/bureaucrat revolving door spins so rapidly, sometimes it's hard to keep pace," wrote NewsBusters' Matthew Sheffield, who added that Raddatz should be replaced.
"Is it too much to ask of our corrupt media overlords that if the president of the United States was a guest at one of your staffers weddings that maybe that staffer shouldn't moderate a vice presidential debate?" wrote Breitbart's John Nolte.
ABC News, where Raddatz is a correspondent called the Daily Caller's story "absurd," and the Commission on Presidential Debates defended Raddatz shortly after its publication.
"This is absurd. Martha Raddatz is known for her tough, fair reporting, which is why it was no surprise to her colleagues inside and outside ABC News that she was chosen by the Commission on President Debates for this assignment," reads the ABC statement.
Peter Eyre, an adviser to the non-partisan debate commission, said ‘the organization doesn't care that Obama attended Raddatz's wedding more than 20 years ago.’
"We selected Martha Raddatz because she is a terrific journalist and will be a terrific moderator and we're thrilled to have her. The notion that that somehow affects her ability is not something we have given a moment's thought to," Eyre told USA TODAY.