Apparently criticizing Jim Lehrer is a bipartisan affair. The “PBS NewsHour” anchor was roundly criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for various perceived infractions.
NowThis News put together a supercut:
The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple argues that it wasn’t Lehrer’s fault, he just had a thankless task:
Lehrer’s real problem was that, for one night, he had to play stand-in for the entire American media. And if there’s one thing the American public enjoys, it’s bashing the American media, no matter how it performs.
The AP’s David Bauder rounds up many of the critiques on social media:
The tough assessments crossed party lines: Republican commentator Laura Ingraham wrote on Twitter that Lehrer seemed “a bit overwhelmed.” Comic and Democratic activist Bill Maher bluntly tweeted that “Lehrer sucked.”