The First Debate: The Biggest Loser

Brian Lowry reviews the debate and the coverage, and pins blame on Jim Lehrer: "The biggest loser, perception-wise, was PBS' Jim Lehrer. Certainly no stranger to moderating debates,  he allowed the two contenders to express their views to a fault, and
essentially gave up in terms of any effort to rein in the content or
duration of their answers. If there was any challenging going to be
done, any follow-up questioning, it would have to come from the opponent
— or wait for the fact-checking process that follows"

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