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."

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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