More than 10 million tweets were posted during the presidential debate. This set a record as the most tweeted-about event in U.S. politics.
Conservative columnist John Podhoretz tweeted that “Jim Lehrer may be the worst moderator in the history of moderation.
“Crazy that Lehrer thinks any of these answers will come in under 15
mins given how broad the questions are,” MSNBC’s Alex Wagner tweeted.
Lehrer responded to his critics by saying that part of his job was simply “to stay out of the way,” reports Politico, and that he “had no problems with doing so.”
After the debate, hundreds of postings from news sites and bloggers
came about as to who they speculated the “winner” of the debate to be.
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow said that
she could not quite declare a winner; however, she could declare a
loser-Jim Lehrer. “That manifested in a way in which the debt format
was just dismantled – the format and I think the moderator, with all due
respect to Jim Lehrer,” said Maddow.