Schieffer gets mostly good reviews as moderator of Monday’s presidential debate

As President Obama and Mitt Romney met for their third debate Monday, viewers and journalists settled into a slightly rote script. We sent funny tweets, then compiled the best ones. The nation’s fact-checkers went to work, as did our makers of memes. Twitter collected data related to all these efforts.

Here’s what journalists had to say about Bob Schieffer as moderator:

Schieffer said at the opening that all the questions were his and that no one had seen them in advance. When it comes time for debates again, the organizers might want to think seriously about changing that policy.

“The candidates knew foreign policy decides few elections,” NPR’s David Folkenflik writes in his review. “And that came through loud and clear on TV.”

Like its predecessors, the third debate shared a nebulous border with pop culture. Some of the weirdness:

There were some practical digital takeaways amid the wackiness, Charlie Warzel writes. Monday’s event was “the first debate where the Twitter-sponsored hashtag “#debates” failed to trend across the U.S. for the duration of the debates,” he notes. Blame the high-ticket sporting events it competed with, or foreign policy, he suggests, a subject “simply harder for average Americans to get excited about compared to the more tangible domestic issues.”

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  • Anonymous

    The Globe and Mail below. The mystery is why Romney backed away from Benghazi. He set it up as a make-or-break issue in the campaign, and then backed off. That shows two things, just how shaky he is as a candidate, and how insensitive to context American media are.

    The proof is in the type of debate that emerges. Both women, on this count, performed extremely well. Both men were robots.
    Robotic. Just going through the motions. A disease of the American media.

    There are several issues that remain unexamined. The odd behavior and conflicts of interest of Gallup.
    The lack of analysis of either Romney or Obama’s statements on education.
    There should be a powerful panel of American academics and journalists to ask some penetrating questions during the foreign affairs debate.

    –Even on Libya, a subject on which the President is vulnerable because of a series of White House miscommunications about what happened when in the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Mr. Romney suddenly played the elder statesman and practically complimented Mr. Obama on his handling of the situation.

  • Anonymous

    The Globe and Mail below. The mystery is why Romney backed away from Benghazi. He set it up as a make-or-break issue in the campaign, and then backed off. That shows two things, just how shaky he is as a candidate, and how insensitive to context American media are.

    The proof is in the type of debate that emerges. Both women, on this count, performed extremely well. Both men were robots.
    Robotic. Just going through the motions. A disease of the American media.

    There are several issues that remain unexamined. The odd behavior and conflicts of interest of Gallup.
    The lack of analysis of either Romney or Obama’s statements on education.
    There should be a powerful panel of American academics and journalists to ask some penetrating questions during the foreign affairs debate.

    –Even on Libya, a subject on which the President is vulnerable because of a series of White House miscommunications about what happened when in the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Mr. Romney suddenly played the elder statesman and practically complimented Mr. Obama on his handling of the situation.

  • Anonymous

    The Globe and Mail below. The mystery is why Romney backed away from Benghazi. He set it up as a make-or-break issue in the campaign, and then backed off. That shows two things, just how shaky he is as a candidate, and how insensitive to context American media are.

    The proof is in the type of debate that emerges. Both women, on this count, performed extremely well. Both men were robots.
    Robotic. Just going through the motions. A disease of the American media.

    There are several issues that remain unexamined. The odd behavior and conflicts of interest of Gallup.
    The lack of analysis of either Romney or Obama’s statements on education.
    There should be a powerful panel of American academics and journalists to ask some penetrating questions during the foreign affairs debate.

    –Even on Libya, a subject on which the President is vulnerable because of a series of White House miscommunications about what happened when in the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Mr. Romney suddenly played the elder statesman and practically complimented Mr. Obama on his handling of the situation.

  • Anonymous

    Bozell isn’t exactly an unbiased observer and the political position of his org should be noted. The text of the post isn’t congruent with the headline. It looks like Schieffer received mixed reviews.

  • Anonymous

    Bozell isn’t exactly an unbiased observer and the political position of his org should be noted. The text of the post isn’t congruent with the headline. It looks like Schieffer received mixed reviews.