1. Daily Caller attacks ABC flack – In a story today by The Daily Caller brass, Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, they go after ABC for the choice of Martha Raddatz moderating tonight’s VP debate. After all, President Obama attended her wedding and her then-husband, his. In the piece, they pointedly go after ABC flack David Ford. “ABC flacks refused to answer his questions. They hid the information from public view,” they write, adding, “A network flack named David Ford sent a statement to sympathetic liberal news outlets attacking [DC reporter Josh] Peterson for daring to question Raddatz’s impartiality.” Read the story here. We reached out to Ford for comment on the story and accusations. His email this morning says he’s traveling for the VP debate and will only be checking his email periodically.
2. Women and R-E-S-P-E-C-T — Speaking of Raddatz, this morning WaPo‘s Paul Farhi wonders whether a woman will get more respect than PBS’s Chief Boring Correspondent Jim Lehrer did. Tonight it’s Raddatz, next week we’ll see CNN’s extremely well-liked Candy Crowley take the hot moderator’s seat. Farhi quotes sources who say men will go after a female moderator as easily as they have their male counterparts. He also quotes linguistics prof Deborah Tannen, who says a woman cutting men off may be viewed as “aggressive.” Farhi asks, “Isn’t equality grand?” Read the story here.
3. Love him or hate him, Joe Biden doesn’t change — Craig Crawford, a pundit and blogger, rehashes a story he wrote for the Orlando Sentinel in 1987. It wouldn’t be timely, except the material is more than timely, as are his experiences and observations about VP Biden. “Talking to Joe Biden is a physical contest. First, he stands practically on your toes, stares right between your eyeballs and says loudly, ‘So what’s up?’” The story includes an interesting detail on the warning Jill Biden received from Joe’s brothers before marrying him. Read the story here.