Democalypse 2012 - V.P. Debate: Battle for the Historical Footnote - Martha Raddatz

  • Aired:  10/15/12
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Martha Raddatz controls the vice-presidential debate while the media focuses on facial expressions and tweets. (5:18)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT LAST WEEK'S VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE.

THERE WAS SOMETHING VERY UNUSUAL ABOUT THAT DEBATE.

HAD TO DO WITH THE MODERATOR MARTHA RADDATZ

>> WASN'T THIS A MASSIVE INTELLIGENCE FAILURE, VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN?

YOU HAVE REFUSED AGAIN TO OFFER SPECIFICS ON HOW YOU PAY FOR THAT 20% ACROSS-THE-BOARD TAX CUT

>> NOT A SINGLE THING HE SAID IS ACCURATE.

FIRST OF ALL...

>> BE SPECIFIC.

THAT'S ANOTHER QUESTION.

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

MILITARY FOLLOWS ORDERS.

I MEAN, TRUST ME, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT PULLING OUT.

DO YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THE SPECIFICS OR ARE YOU STILL WORKING ON IT AND THAT'S WHY YOU WON'T TELL VOTERS?

>> Jon: I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS BUT IT WAS THE LANGUAGE OF JOURNALISM BEING SPOKEN ON MODERN TELEVISION.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

MARTHA RADDATZ!

WATCHING HER MODERATE THAT DEBATE WITH... OH, MY GOD, EDITORIAL... LIKE GOING TO AMISH COUNTRY AND SEEING THEM MAKING

BEAUTIFUL CHAIRS BY HAND.

YOU'RE LIKE I THOUGHT THIS CRAFT HAD BEEN COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN.

WHY CAN'T EVERY CHAIR BE MADE LIKE THIS?

ESPECIALLY AFTER THE PREVIOUS DEBATE WHEN JIM LEHRER APPARENTLY FELT HIS JOB WAS TO SIMPLY ESTABLISH THAT THE STAGE

HAD MORE THAN ONE PERSON ON IT

>> DO YOU SEE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU ON SOCIAL SECURITY?

DO YOU BELIEVE THERE'S A FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU AS TO HOW YOU VIEW THE MISSION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU?

>> Jon: LET ME ASK YOU THIS.

DO YOU EVEN SEE TWO PEOPLE?

BECAUSE I SEE TWO PEOPLE.

I DON'T WANT TO INTRUDE, BUT OBVIOUSLY THERE LOOKS LIKE, I DON'T KNOW, TWO.

I DON'T KNOW.

I DON'T KNOW.

HOW GOOD A JOB DID MARTHA RADDATZ DO?

BOTH PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS HAVE ALREADY LAUNCHED PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKES ON THE NEXT DEBATE MODERATOR

>> THE CAMPAIGNS HAVE ASKED THE COMMISSION TO CHECK WITH CANDY CROWLEY TO SAY DO YOU GET THE FACTS?

WE THINK THERE SHOULD BE A VERY LIMITED ROLE, VERY FEW FOLLOW-UPS, TRAFFIC COPS

>> Jon: OR TRAFFIC CONE OR THE PAINT ON THE ROAD.

I GUESS WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE THERE, CANDY.

DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.

JUST DON'T POINT [BLEEP] IT OUT TO EITHER ONE OF US.

I WASN'T THE ONLY HEARING DREAM WEAVER WHENEVER MARTHA RADDATZ SPOKE

>> MARTHA RADDATZ DID SUPERBLY AN EXCELLENT EXCELLENT JOB TODAY KEEPING BOTH OF THESE CANDIDATES IN PLACE, ASKING

FIRST-RATE QUESTIONS

>> SHE WAS COMMANDING.

SHE FOLLOWED UP WHEN SHE NEEDED TO.

>> Jon: I MEAN, WE ALL REALLY CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT SHE DID.

I MEAN REALLY MADE US LOOK LIKE

[BLEEP].

REALLY [BLEEP].

WITH THAT WHOLE JOURNALISM THING.

ANY-WHO, WE NOW TURN BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED SHOW, ROGUE PARTISANS KILLING TIME WITH TWEETS AND OTHER GIMMICKY CRAFTS.

>> JOE BIDEN WAS HAVING AN ABSOLUTE MELTDOWN IN TERMS OF HIS FACE MOVEMENTS

>> RYAN WAS COMING ACROSS AS ROBOTIC

>> I'M SEEING SPIKES NOW ON THING LIKE RUDE

>> TWITTER WAS AFIRE AFTER THE DEBATE LAST NIGHT.

>> WE SAW THE CONGRESSMAN DRINKING A LOT OF WATER.

BIDEN ON THE OTHER HAND WAS NOT SO THIRSTY.

>> WHAT IS THIS ON PAUL RYAN'S FACE?

>> WHAT YOU'RE SEEING ARE 491 DIFFERENT POINTS ON HIS FACE THAT ARE MEASURING DIFFERENT MUSCLE MOVEMENT.

>> Jon: JUST QUIT.

CNN DIDN'T JUST TALK TO A GUY WITH A 3-D MODEL OF PAUL RYAN'S FACE.

THEY TALKED FOR FIVE MINUTES WITH A GUY WITH A 3-D MODEL OF PAUL RYAN'S FACE.

THE FIRST STEP IN UNDERSTANDING SOMEONE'S FACE IS OBSCURING IT ENTIRELY WITH COMPUTER GRAPHICS.

REALLY SUMS UP CNN'S APPROACH TO ALMOST EVERY STORY.

SURE, PAUL RYAN LOOKS ANNOYED.

BUT HOW CAN YOU TELL?

YOU'RE PROBABLY ONLY PROCESSING 410 OF HIS FACIAL DATA POINTS.

NOW I GET WHAT HE'S FEELING.

BUT OF COURSE AS WE LEARNED FROM THE PUNDITS, WHAT DO WE HAVE TO GO ON?

OTHER THAN THE FACE?

>> IF YOU READ THE TRANSCRIPT, YOU MIGHT WELL CONCLUDE THAT THE VICE PRESIDENT HAD A VERY STRONG DEBATE.

>> IF YOU HEARD IT ON RADIO, BIDEN WON.

IF YOU WATCHED IT ON TELEVISION, HE LOST.

>> IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHO WINS A DEBATE AND WHO DOESN'T, TURN OFF THE SOUND AND AND WATCH THEM

>> Jon: REALLY?

TURN OFF THE SOUND.

DO YOU MEAN A DEBATE OR THE PRICE IS RIGHT SHOW CASE SHOWDOWN?

ACTUALLY, HOWARD DEAN IS RIGHT.

SOME THINGS ARE BETTER WHEN YOU WATCH THEM WITH THE SOUND OFF.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

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