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Debate Reaction: Debating Schieffer

schieffer_10-16.jpgThe final debate of 2008 (49 in total) is over, and there are just 19 days until the election. In the general election, we’ve debated Lehrer, Ifill and Brokaw. One more left — CBS’ Bob Schieffer:

• The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes Schieffer gave, “a smooth and unobtrusive performance.” He writes Schieffer was also able to bring, “the most personal and illuminating conversation between the two men,” with his question about campaign ads.

Jessica Heslam writes in the Boston Herald about how Schieffer was able to get the candidates to do “something last night that the other moderators failed to do — debate each other.” As for his stated goal before the debate to keep the candidates off their talking points, Heslam writes Schieffer, “did a decent job.”

Robert G. Kaiser, associate editor of the Washington Post, calls Schieffer the “best moderator,” of this election cycle in an online Q&A this morning. “He tried the hardest to keep the debaters on topic, and to evoke some new responses,” he writes. Still he doesn’t think the moderator deserves all the credit: “The table does too,” he says of the format.

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Debate Reaction: Debating Brokaw

brokaw_10-8.jpgIn the first debate with a different format, allowing for questions from the audience and from the web, the role of moderator was slightly modified. How did Tom Brokaw do? Some reaction:

• The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes, “After Gwen Ifill seemed frustrated at losing control of last week’s vice presidential debate, Tom Brokaw seemed determined not to let that happen.” Bauder described how Brokaw had to act like a “schoolmarm trying to keey unruly students at bay” at times, since “the rules seemed routinely violated.”

Jessica Heslam writes in the Boston Herald about the strong beginning to the moderating performance. “It started off with potential, with Brokaw telling John McCain and Barack Obama that the world had changed a great deal from the last time they debated,” she wrote. But the candidates seemed determined to change the rules: “‘I’m just the hired help here,’ an exasperated Brokaw said at one point.”

• The Hartford Courant’s Stan Simpson writes, “I like and respect Tom Brokaw, but he lost control of this second presidential debate.” Simpson cited Brokaw’s loosening of the rules as a factor. “Brokaw was too deferential and it resulted in a tepid debate,” he writes.

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Biz Profiling: Burnett and Willard

burnett_10-2.JPG• The Boston Herald’s Jessica Heslam profiles CNBC anchor Erin Burnett and she talks of the shock of Monday’s failed House vote. “It was just incredible because nobody could believe it,” she said. “Usually on Wall Street people expect things. Nobody was prepared for that bill to not pass.”

She also is asked about her colleague Maria Bartiromo. Burnett describes the two as “ships passing in the night in terms of our schedules,” but says they “have always, always been friendly.”

willard_10-2.JPG• FBN anchor Cody Willard is profiled in The Ruidoso News (NM), who was back in his hometown for an upcoming FBN feature earlier this week. “I don’t know a single person here who is for the bailout,” Willard wrote on his blog about the trip. “A well-off elderly couple even laughed today when I asked if they thought they’d have trouble getting a loan from the local bank if Wall Street isn’t bailed out.”

“He’s made a name for himself in the concrete canyons of New York City, both as a financial analyst for Fox and as the founder of an investment management company,” writes Todd Fuqua.