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Who could blame Jim Lehrer for hiding today?


From the New York Times:

[Jim] Lehrer’s light touch was widely criticized during and after the debate on Wednesday night, particularly by Democrats who felt that President Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, effectively moderated the debate himself. ...

Mr. Lehrer, 78, the former anchor of the “NewsHour” on PBS, moderated 11 presidential debates between 1988 and 2008. He had sworn off moderating future debates until the Commission on Presidential Debates convinced him to come back earlier this year. Mr. Lehrer declined an interview request on Thursday.

So Lehrer declined to speak with the New York Times about last night's debate. But who could blame him?

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