More surprising was the reaction at PBS’s NewsHour, Mr. Lehrer’s home for more than 35 years until his retirement last year. The morning editorial meeting was under way on Monday when The Drudge Report revealed the names of the four moderators. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, the leaders of the program’s political coverage, were stunned to see the names.
In the suddenly gloomy meeting, some wondered if the list was legitimate. Others murmured that the selection of Mr. Lehrer was a setback for the “NewsHour,” which has been trying to show off younger stars like Ms. Ifill. Ms. Ifill, in particular, was livid, according to several people present. “I was indeed disappointed,” she confirmed Friday.
Ain’t that a shame?
Mind you, I’m gratified to see that the Commission on Presidential Debates agrees with me and @bdomenech that Ifill should not be permitted to moderate a debate. Frankly: if you can’t tell the difference between Bain Capital does and what Solyndra didn’t do, you should not only not oversee the discussion; you probably shouldn’t even be allowed to participate in it as an observer…