Raddatz Should be Sued for Malpractice

In the wake of the vice presidential debate Thursday night, I watched a gaggle of so-called journalists on network TV gibbering about the way Joe Biden “dominated” his GOP opposite number, Paul Ryan. Yes, the old screwball dominated the debate in the same sense that someone who pulls down his pants and takes a dump in the punchbowl would dominate a Christmas party. It was the most disgraceful performance by a politician that I can remember, and I remember quite a few.

But let me not belabor the obvious. Millions of American TV viewers, though they might previously have noticed that something was not quite right about Uncle Joe, finally were exposed to the full horror of this repulsive political hack. He has spent forty years swilling at the public trough, and it shows.

Instead, let me muse for a while on what might have happened if there had been a journalist on that stage, rather than the lugubrious Martha Raddatz, the moderator borrowed for the evening from ABC News.

Martha was so busy counting seconds and stepping on Ryan’s best lines that she failed to even notice when the babbling Biden served up the fattest pitch of the playoff season. Or did she merely pretend not to notice?

It happened when Biden explained, in regard to the murderous terror attack in Benghazi, Libya on the anniversary of 9/11, that the incident was mistaken at first as a mere protest against a  video defaming the Prophet Mohammed because that was the initial “assessment” of the “intelligence community.”

Oh, how I wish I had been sitting on Martha’s lap, or in any event her chair. I would have hit Biden with a few pointed questions that any good journalist would have deemed appropriate.

How did the ”community” arrive at that “assessment”? Did they interview terrorists and patiently listen to them lament the production of that video? They couldn’t have interviewed the new president of Libya, Mohammed el-Megarif, who knew from the get-go that this had been a preplanned terror attack, not a spontaneous outburst of righteous wrath.

And what caused the community to change its assessment? Did the terrorists they interviewed finally break down and admit that they had been joshing, that they knew nothing about any  video after all, that in fact they were getting back at President Obama for spiking the football  by mentioning ad nauseam that he had ordered the assassination of Osama bin Laden?

And by the way, who exactly are those wacky madcaps in the intelligence community who  came up with the preposterous cover story that conveniently obscured the failure of Obama’s Middle East policy? Could one of them have been named Hillary Clinton? As Rush Limbaugh is fond of pointing out, the State Department itself has intelligence operatives who are intimate members of the community.

None of those questions got asked, and I have to place some of the blame on Ryan, who by default was the only person left on stage with the integrity to ask them.

But on further reflection let’s give poor Ryan a pass. He had to cope with the horrid manners of the boorish, braying, chuckling donkey alongside him, and that was understandably distracting. And he must have been terribly disappointed to find that the punch had been ruined.

Author Bio:

Arthur Louis spent more than forty years as a print journalist, with the Philadelphia Inquirer, McGraw-Hill, Fortune magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, but he is not asking for sympathy. He is the author of two non-fiction books: The Tycoons, and Journalism and Other Atrocities, as well as a novel, The Little Champ. In retirement, he has decided unilaterally that he is a profound political pundit.
Author website: http://bernardgoldberg.com
  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    How in the world would anyone in their right mind allow all FOUR moderators for the debates come from the LIBERAL press pool (cesspool)?   There was nothing wrong with Raddatz, she loves Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden, she voted for them and probably contributed to them via a family member or from one of the off shore accounts she has.  

  • Wheels55

    It seems that Raddatz tried her best to be impartial and she didn’t pull that off. Imagine if she didn’t try.

  • jujubeebee

    Biden is blaming intelligence and the very next question was on Iran and getting a nuclear weapon and he says “We will know” repeatedly.    I am sitting in my chair watching this and turned to my husband and said “Didn’t he just say a second ago that our intelligence sucked and now he says that it is so good that we will know?”    He can’t have it both ways.
    Ryan should have said something but didn’t.  
    Biden was so rude and childish with the mocking, laughing and interrupting and talking loudly over Ryan’s answers that there couldn’t possibly be anyone who thought he won the debate.   Above all else we want honesty in our leaders.   We saw dishonesty in Biden’s Benghazi comment.   Does it matter any more how well someone makes a speech?  Shouldn’t we be more concerned about fixing the country and less concerned about how someone makes a speech?   We need someone with business success to get us out of this mess….not someone who can read a teleprompter and smile and act, or scream over his opponent and act like a child mocking him.

  • Kathie Ampela

    A question a 6th grader with an interest in journalism would have asked Uncle Joe at the debate but Martha Raddatz, a supposedly “good” journalist, did not: 

    Why would you NOT give additional security to the U.S. embassy in Libya, A HOT ZONE, on the 9/11 anniversary of ALL days? An intelligent 4th grader knows this…but our WH and State Department does not?

     The question is not if they lied about Benghazi, for that is self-evident, but WHY are they lying? Their happy narrative that Al Qaeda is on the run and one drone attack away form annihilation is the biggest lie of all. They are lying about our national security situation to win re-election. This is a bipartisan issue that has NOTHING to do with politics but our fragile national security situation.

    I remember the words of Charles Krauthammer on Hannity the other night: Once you start throwing people under the bus, whistleblowers start to come forward in Intel and the State Department. Someone out there knows something and will start singing soon…the Clintons will guarantee it. You KNOW Hillary is not taking the fall for this one alone…she’s taking Obama with her.

    • jujubeebee

      They gave Valerie Jarrett security on her vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.   Who needed that security more?   Chris Stevens on 911 in Libya or Valerie Jarrett on vacation?

      • Kathie Ampela

        Not only that, why is CNN in possession of the dead ambassador’s journal…why didn’t the FBI take it? Isn’t the consolute in Benghazi a crime scene?

        • Deny916

          I thought exactly the same thing Kathie!  There’s no crime scene left now since they’ve stalled everything so much. 

          • Kathie Ampela

            Where did the story of a YouTube video causing the Libya attack come from? Intelligence sources say the WH knew by 6 a.m. the next morning it was a terrorist attack..who came up with the video story?

        • Deny916

          I agree about the video.  This whole story the White House concocted stinks to high heaven. 

          Now the savages are saying “Let’s have a jihad” over this video…I wonder who (the administration maybe) gave them that idea???? 

  • Shyster11

    Does anyone really believe Candy Crowley will be unbiased with her questions?

    • Deny916

      I think she will be.  Candy is the only one I can stand at CNN.

  • Ken

    All the points Arthur made are valid but the real problem is the journalistic community being involved EVER in presidential debates.  journalist don’t seem to know anything about a true debate format.  Although Lehrer did a good job it was incredibly rare.  I dont remember seeing a debate like that in the last 20 years.  The best one I saw in the primaries this year were done by think tank people.   I dont want to see what a “lively rock em sock em ” debate where the journalist moderator is supposed to keep them honest, that is NOT their job.  The moderator is not the truth police, that is up to each debater to keep the other honest…or not.  The Radditz debate was not a debate it was a 90 minute interview of the 2 VP candidates.  And nowhere was my problems with debates more prominent that the ABC Diane Sawyer/George Stepanopolos debacle.  That was nothing more than a liberal journalist an an ex senior political advisor to Clinton trying to roast a few rebublicans.  There needs to be a public outcry to get journalist completely out of the debate format.  I suggest at the very least  a format like the Lehrer debate with 1 person from a liberal think tank and 1 from a conservative think tank.   My rant for the day  :) 

    • Artlouis

       I like your idea for a balanced panel.

    • http://twitter.com/talers1 T Alers

      Everyone here should keep in mind that the RNC and the DNC, (through the guise of the Commission for Presidential Debates (CPD)), *agree* to a secret set of guidelines for the debates; that–in the past–has included even who will moderate and what questions they will be allowed to ask.  Not to mention excluding third party candidates.  With that much potential control over the debates, they have only themselves to blame for the outcome.

      Control of the debate requirements should be returned to the League of Women Voters.

  • TarHeel456

    I’ve heard Paul Ryan use the word “tragedy” in reference to what happened in Benghazi, not unlike many in the media.  However, I disagree that it was a “tragedy” – travesty would be a better word.  It was a total failure by this administration (the executive branch) to do the ONE thing that they have exclusive jurisdiction over and which is their most sacred duty:  to protect the lives of Americans, particularly when they are on American soil.  The continued use of the word “tragedy” for this terrible event helps to assuage the guilt that should be sitting squarely on the shoulders of Barack Obama.  Harry S Truman was right; the buck does stop there.

  • Shyster11

    I am sorry if I offended anyone by using the term negro. Iam not a racist. I would vote for and be proud to have Alan West as President and Commander in Chief.

    • Artlouis

       ”Negro” means black, and black is the word I prefer, out of habit. It is not the word that offended me or others so much as our difficulty in understanding with certainty what you might have meant. Best to avoid any hint of racism, but I am glad to hear that you are not racist.

  • packersrock

    I wish Ryan could have asked  the Jackass how he could trust “the intelligence” that told him Iran isn’t close to developing a nuclear weapon when “the intelligence” told them this was a spontaneous attack, which we now know, it clearly was not, and it cost 4 American lives.

    • Artlouis

       packers,  Biden was willing to throw “intelligence” under the bus, as they say, to get Obama re-elected. That is rather ungrateful of him, considering that the CIA got it right about Bin Laden last year. I think this talk about an initial intelligence assessment is just a fib. The administration made a guess, and a bad one, designed to cover its incompetence.  

  • Lynnrapp

    A donkey!  Perfect.

    • Artlouis

       Thanks, Lynn, they can use him as the party emblem.

  • Michael Harris

    Too often commentators miss the salient point– Benghazi had a real time open phone line to Washington and there were no protestors before the attack. So either Clinton hid the truth or Obama and Biden are lying. What does common sense tell you?

    • Artlouis

       It’s the usual “It’s not our fault,” the standard response from this misbegotten administration.

  • Larry B

    “Saturday Night Live” opened (of course) with a lame skit of the VP debate.  The big problem with it was the actor’s failure to get Crazy Joe’s dentures right. Without that stupid Cheshire Cat grin, why bother?

    • Artlouis

       Glad I missed it, Larry.

  • twin130

    I was starting to think I was the only one who noticed the extreme bias of Martha Raddatz.  Love this article!  Why are so few conservatives screaming about this? Its as though they’ve grown so accustomed to being mistreated by the lamestream media, they think they have to surrender to it.  You know the bias is obvious when the left-wing loons announced after the debate that Raddatz was a much better moderator than Lehrer.  Martha and others like her should just officially  join the Obama campaign team and stop calling themselves journalists.

    • Artlouis

       Thanks, twin. You said it all.

  • Kitcrsn68

    Never have I witnessed such a disgraceful debate.  The moderator, a leftist, proved without a doubt she was clearly in the tank for Biden.  Not only did she allow old Joe to continually interrupt and act like an asshole, she also interrupted Ryan not allowing him to finish  his statements.  Yes, she should be sued for malpractice.

    • Artlouis

       Thanks, K.

  • floridahank

    On articles such as this which I get regularly,  the writer’s make a big mistake by not showing the email address of the people involved, so that we chould send them emails directly — nothing like getting numerous emails with comments, either negative or positive.   A thousand emails will make an impression on that journalist/writer.

  • floridahank

    In Numbers 22:28 of the Holy Bible, ”
    And the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and it spoke to Balaam,…. This was a very extraordinary and miraculous affair, and effected by a supernatural power, that a dumb creature, which had not organs endued with speech, should speak”.

    I believe this donkey is related to Joe Biden, but probably had more intelligence than did old Joe.

    • wally

      I liked Dennis Miller’s statement that “Biden is so dumb that he needs a spotter to do Sudoku puzzles”.

      • Artlouis

         Thanks, Wally. And he needed an Axelrod to tell him how to behave.

    • Artlouis

       Great parallel, Florida!

    • Solidgranite

      Perfect

  • k962

    Biden’s lies were pouring forth like a water fountain!  Many of  us who have been following the Libya story, could have nailed Biden!

    • Artlouis

       k962, Thanks. I agree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1480837079 Steven R. Roy Sr.

    if obama gets re-elected you can count on hillary being the next nominee to the supreme court. watch and see…

    • Artlouis

       What a horrible thought, but you may very well be correct. Still, any next nominee is bound to be dreadful.

  • Bruce A.

    Joe Biden does not need a moderator.  He needs a babysitter.

    • Artlouis

       Bruce, I like that.

  • justlisa

    Martha “Be Specific” Raddatz should have asked “Uncle Joe”:

    WHEN did the intelligence community tell the administration that it was not “spontaneous”…that it was NOT based on a YouTube video…that it might have been a n act of terrorism…and “please be specific”??????

    But, she allowed Uncle Joe to imply that the intelligence community had not changed its “initial assessment” and informed the administration for at least a week…or two.

    She, also, should have asked “Uncle Joe”:

    “You say that you and the president didn’t know aboutthe requests for more security. Shouldn’t you have known? And, isn’t the administration responsible…accountable for knowing?”

    • Sahyan

      What I find amusing – though irritating- about all this is that the Left shrieks when Bush relied on the assessment of the “intelligence community” that Sadaam Hussein had WMD in Iraq (though we know he did, at least at one point; he used ‘em on the Kurds), but wants Emperor Palpatine to get an absolute pass because he “relied on the assessment of the intelligence community.” Obama lied; our Ambassador died.

      • Artlouis

         No getting around the fact, Sahyan. Thanks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1480837079 Steven R. Roy Sr.

      seems like information like that might have been gleaned from one of the many security briefings that both of them seemed to have missed attending…

      • Artlouis

         True, Steven, but Biden was intent on lying no matter what.

    • Artlouis

       lisa, good, commonsense points. Completely over Martha’s head.

      • justlisa

        Even Chris Wallace danced around it with Axelrod, today…

        Why won’t anyone ask (and hold their feet to the fire) for a specific date? And then ask the intelligence community for a specific date?

        At the committee hearing: Why didn’t they ask Lamb exactly who she had discussed the security requests with…who was made aware? Then subpoena those people… subpoena records…? They didn’t cut to the bone either.

        These people must be forced to answer on the record…in public.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OPNB6IPETRLINDT2YVYONNTUEY BARBARA

    Love the article Mr. Louis, you were spot on.  I thought Paul Ryan did a good job considering he was interrupted over 110 times in 40 minutes.  Consider the following: 
    1)  The interruptions made it so disjointed people were turning it off unless they work in media and HAD to watch it.   So much for gettting the message to the people.
    2)  I know people say Ryan missed the perfect comeback for this or that, BUT who wouldn’t when you are being interrupted every 20 seconds.
    3) Martha Raddatz interrupted Ryan over 30 times and Biden interrupted Ryan over 80 times.  
    4) Martha Raddatz did not control the tone or the civility of the debate which is as much the duties of a moderator as keeping time.
    5)  Martha Raddatz interjected herself into the debate WAY to much.   It was Biden’s job to quiz for clarification on statements made by Ryan not the moderators.   I particularly took offense to her snarky comments about the math on Romney’s tax plan.  This was so far out of line for a moderator.

    Every debate rule in the book was broken in this debate either directly by Raddatz or by her allowing Biden to act like a cretin.  I agree completely with your headline, she should NEVER moderate again EVER.  Horrible job.

    • Artlouis

       Thanks, Barbara. She was clearly partial to one side, though she made feeble efforts to disguise this.

  • venter

    Could it be that Crazy Joe  did something right  on Thursday?  He acted up each time Ryan was saying something that would make Joe look bad.  Ryan was always interupted by Joe’s sillyness when he was giving information to the viewers.  Ryan did very well considering what he had sitting across from him.  I hope the American people can see things more clearly.  The last month is the climax of 4 years of hell.  Lies ,lies, and more lies all coming to a head Libya, Video, 7.8% will hopefully have people thinking . We should vote for the constitution, and to keep  the USA safe.  It has nothing to do with race as we are lead to believe.  It has to do with voting one man out , to give another a chance to do a  better job and if he can’t do it better he will be voted out not because of race but because he too did a bad job.
    Who ever came up with the video story got a little to sure of themselves and thought the American people are stupid.  This could be the straw that broke the camel’s back.  OBL is dead but the war on terrorism is not.  Perhaps the war should have been fought  now we are 4 years behind.  Obama  should call on his friend Big Bird.   Yellow (his nickname)  sold lots of books and learning tools  that could help Obama  be a  President

  • Shyster11

    Anybody care to try another negro for president?

    • Artlouis

       It is  possible, I suppose, that the comment above was posted by someone who is trying to make conservatives look bad by playing to the liberal fantasy that anyone who  opposes Obama is racist.

      If the comment is sincere, then I consider it in poor taste.

      • bookman65000

        Right on Art.  No true thinking Conservative would dare suggest such a thing.  But of course, if anybody used the words “Chicago”, “inept”, “incompetent”, or any of the other liberal buzz-words would be a racist.

      • Deny916

        Totally agree Art.  Very poor taste.  It’s not his color we disagree with.

      • Bruce A.

        Art.  The majortiy of people who visit this website are 100% in agreement with your post.

        • Artlouis

           Many thanks, Bruce.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OPNB6IPETRLINDT2YVYONNTUEY BARBARA

      I feared when Obama was elected he was so far to the left and so completely unqualified for the office he would ruin the future chances of a competent qualified black American to be elected as President.  So here we are in 2012 and have endured his complete failures that leave us with no hope in his ability to govern.   Now we have people like Shyster who will look at someones skin pigment and remember the horrible job Obama has done and not vote for a black person.  I hope this isn’t true, but if this is what happens in our future, it will be the complete and utter fault of the MSM who failed to properly vet Barack Obama.  

      • Aeffesstoo

         Shyster is not looking at anyone’s skin color. Shyster is using the only thing his weak mind can conjure up to discredit anyone who is against the socialism that the current administration is inflicting on us. In my day to day interactions, I have NEVER heard anyone make an issue of Obama’s race, only his miserable performance as president.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1480837079 Steven R. Roy Sr.

        that may be true but it seems to be more and more just how obama got elected in the first place. 95% of the black vote? really? that many black people thought he was qualified to be president? based on what??? certainly not experience in any leadership positions. i am sick and tired of the liberal mantra that anything whites say in disagreement of obama and the trainwreck of his adminstration is solely based on his skin color.

    • criolle

      I think Shyster’s name gives away the motivation for this comment.

    • floridahank

      Why is it that journalists refer to them as African-Americans, but to people like us as whites?  My parents came here from Hungary, should I be referred to as Hungarian American?
      There is so much racist fear to call blacks as blacks — I wish someone would ask these journalists why they do this.

      • Artlouis

         florida, It is political correctness run wild. We have the same situation with the so-called Native Americans, who in facgt prefer to call themselves Indians!

      • Kitcrsn68

        It’s called political correctness. Guilty white  Liberals have a tendency to usurp words/meanings.  First it was Negroes, then Blacks, now African Americans.  Soon they won’t like being addressed as African Americans.  Negroes is the correct term in my opinion; that’s what they are.  Liberals concocted the term Native American, which by the way is disdained by most American Indians. They prefer Indians.

        • Larry B

          We can all thank Jesse Jackson for the currently approved way of referring to negroes.  I can recall what happened when he started agitating for the change, and how quick it took the culture to start using it.  Whenever I hear a Conservative use the term, I cringe!

    • TarHeel456

      Race has nothing to do with this.  I’d be more than happy to vote for Condoleeza Rice or Adam West or Thomas Sowell for President.

      Barry is a failure because his intent is to destroy this country, so he can “rebuild” it by distributing our citizens’ wealth around the world.  It has NOTHING to do with his race.

      • CCNV

        I think you meant Allen West, but even Batman would be better than who we have in the White House. =)

        • TarHeel456

          YES, I meant ALLEN West!  Laughing at your comment on my inadvertent Batman reference!  Heck, even ROBIN would be better.

    • wally

      I would if the person is like Cain. Yes, he might be guilty of an extra marital affair but humans are not perfect. We will never get a perfect president but I want someone who knows how to lead which is the exact opposite of Obama.

      • TarHeel456

        Thanks, wally – I totally forgot to add Cain to my list:  he was my top choice for nominee.  Also, I’m not convinced he ever had any affair, as if that made a difference anyway.  JFK (not a favorite of mine, but seems to be for many) had MANY affairs, and in the White House, too!

        Back to Cain:  he was smeared by the BO machine because, I believe, their greatest fear was having to face a nominee who was also black.  Pretty hard for them to use the race card if that had happened.  How much scarier would it have been for them if the nominee was Condoleeza Rice, not only black but FEMALE?!

        • Deny916

          Totally agree TarHeel!  Mr. Cain was SMEARED and I don’t think he had an affair with that woman either.  The dumbocraps were scared to death of Mr. Cain because he is a conservative, a buismann, and black!  He was my first choice too.  It was disgusting what they did to him!

        • Ozrally03

          You’re wrong they would have called Rice every name in the book, liberals and democrats can’t handle women who are conservative.

      • 50scars

         How come Cain took it in the neck over unproven semi-allegations–from a woman who lived in Axelrod’s apartment building and knew him?  Nobody went after Bill Clinton or the Kennedy’s.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/OPNB6IPETRLINDT2YVYONNTUEY BARBARA

          Because Clinton and Kennedy did not have the MSM camping on their doorstep trying to CREATE news like poor Mr. Cain.  He was lambasted by the Chicago propaganda machine and the MSM was an active partner in his character assassination.   I think Mr. Cain realized they would stop at nothing including inventing trash talk that would hurt his wife and children and it was simply too high of a price to pay.  There really needs to be some changes on what is considered “actual malice” in our media laws.  One change would be that the Defendent should have to prove there was “absence of malice” not the Plantiff.  

  • Deny916

    ” He had to cope with the horrid manners of the boorish, braying, chuckling donkey alongside him.”  Art…that summed up Biden perfectly!  And to think this fool is so close to being the president.  THAT is a really scary thought!

    I wish Ryan had hammered Biden harder, but he could hardly get a full sentence out with those two interrupting him so much.  Where did they get that loser from anyway?  oh yeah…ABC!

    • Artlouis

      Deny, Maybe Ryan should feel grateful that they let him speak at all.

      • Deny916

        That’s for sure Art!  Honestly those two morons ganged up on Ryan pretty good!  Can’t wait to see what happens during the upcoming debate!  Any thoughts on that?

        Jeez…I forgot to tell you I loved the article too!  : )

         

        • Artlouis

           Thanks, Deny. I think Obama will take a similar approach, trying to put Romney down aggressively, make him look callow and inept, but will avoid the clownish antics and try to seem presidential. A ticket with Bozo at both the top and bottom wouldn’t have much appeal.  

    • Patrick

       It’s funny how liberals complain about how conservatives on Fox are always cutting them off and interrupting them, but don’t seem to care when liberals cut off conservatives like here. Of course, you reverse it, but the point still remains the same.

      • Artlouis

         Patrick, Quite right, and you might add that conservatives don’t even get invited to appear on the likes of MSNBC.