Martha Raddatz

  • Aired:  11/05/12
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ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz shares her journalistic approach to moderating the vice-presidential debate. (7:10)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE SENIOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT FOR ABC NEWS.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM MARTHA RADDATZ.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE

>> THANK YOU.

Jon: THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

I VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT.

I KNOW YOU CAME UP FROM D.C.

>> UP FROM D.C., YEAH.

NOT TOO FAR

>> Jon: DID YOU BRING US ANY GASOLINE?

>> A WHOLE TRUCK LOAD Jon: ANY M.R.E.s?

EVERYTHING OKAY DOWN THERE

>> WE WORRIED ABOUT IT BUT GOT THROUGH IT OKAY.

>> Jon: WHERE IT'S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE HERE.

I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE YOU.

YOU MODERATED THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE BETWEEN JOE BIDEN -- AND HE DIDN'T CURSE THE

WHOLE TIME.

AND PAUL RYAN.

HE WAS VERY THIRSTY.

>> DO YOU KNOW WHY YOU MISSED THAT, MARTHA?

BECAUSE YOU WERE MODERATING THE DEBATE.

I THOUGHT YOU WERE VERY IMPRESSIVE IN YOUR EXERCISE OF AUTHORITY.

YOU DIDN'T LET IT... YOU DIDN'T PRETEND THAT THE ROLE OF THE JOURNALIST IS TO BE A LUMP OF

MALLEABLE CLAY TO ABSOLVE YOURSELF OF ANY CHARGES OF LIBERAL BIAS OR, YOU KNOW, BEING

ON THAT TEAM.

IS THAT A PROBLEM WITHIN THE JOURNALISTS' WORLD NOW?

>> ACTUALLY THAT'S HOW I APPROACHED THE DEBATE.

I JUST WAS DOING MY JOB.

I'M A JOURNALIST.

I'M NOT A HOST OF ANYTHING.

I'M NOT AN ANCHOR.

I'M A JOURNALIST.

THAT'S WHAT I DO EVERY SINGLE DAY.

IT NEVER OCCURRED TO ME TO DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT.

I TO SAY THAT

>> Jon: WHERE DOES THE PRESSURE COME FROM ON JOURNALISTS TO NOT BE JOURNALISTS ANYMORE, FOR THE MODERATING?

THAT IDEA THAT, HAS THE PRESSURE ON JOURNALISTS TO NOT SHOW AN OPINION IN ANYWAY RUINED THEIR

ABILITY TO CALL OUT FACTS OR LIES?

>> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I THINK EVERYBODY HAS A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO THIS OBVIOUSLY

>> Jon: SURE I THINK YOU HAVE TO TUNE OUT THE REST OF THE WORLD WHEN YOU'RE STUDYING FOR THIS, WHEN

YOU'RE GOING INTO IT, AND JUST DO THE JOB YOU'VE PREPARED FOR

>> Jon: YOU PREPARED?

I PREPARED CONSTANTLY.

I DIDN'T KNOW A WHOLE LOT ABOUT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID GOING INTO THIS.

I LEARNED ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY

>> Jon: YOU LRNED ABOUT THE ISSUES

>> I DID INDEED.

RIGHT THAT DOWN

>> Jon: DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE CANDIDATES' POSITION

>> I LEARNED ABOUT EVERYTHING I POSSIBLY COULD

>> Jon: WHEN THEY WOULD SAY THINGS THAT WERE DECEITFUL, YOU COULD SAY ACTUALLY IT WAS THIS

THAT WE WERE ASKING ABOUT AND BRING THEM BACK TO WHAT YOU CONSIDERED SALIENT

>> AND I USE THE HAND JUST LIKE YOU DO.

>> Jon: YOU DID USE THE HAND.

GENTLEMEN Jon: IT WAS VERY EFFECTIVE.

HAVING THEM AT THE TABLE, IS THAT HELPFUL?

BECAUSE IS THE PROBLEM JIM LEHRER WAS SO FAR AWAY IT'S LIKE I CAN'T EVEN SEE WHO IS THERE?

IS THERE A DIFFERENT BETWEEN YOU TWO?

I'M AN OLD LEHRER

>> THE TABLE WAS HELPFUL.

THE TABLE WAS DEFINITELY HELPFUL.

YOU LIKE THE TABLE TOO YOU CAN DO ICON TACT.

IF YOU WERE OVER THERE...

>> Jon: CAN I TELL YOU WHAT'S BETTER THAN THE TABLE IS THE ROLLING CHAIR

>> I TRIED THE ROLLING CHAIR.

I DIDN'T TAKE OFF MY SHOE AND BANG IT ON THE TABLE BUT I MIGHT HAVE GONE THERE

>> Jon: IT SEEMS THAT POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS AND POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE BECOME WHINY

BASTIONS OF FAUX PERSECUTED VICTIMIZED INDIVIDUALS THAT FEEL LIKE ANYONE WHO DOESN'T AGREE

WITH THEIR WORLD VIEW IS PERSECUTING THEM.

DO YOU EVER WANT TO PUNCH THEM.

>> HERE'S A SIMPLE ANSWER.

YES.

>> Jon: HOW CAN YOU NOT?

NOW, FOR YOU, ARE YOU GOING TO BE COVERING... YOU OFTENTIMES COVER VERY DANGEROUS... YOU'VE

BEEN TO AFGHANISTAN MANY MANY TIMES.

DONE ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL REPORTING THERE AS WELL

>> THANK YOU Jon: ARE YOU COVERING THE ELECTION OR ARE YOU HEADING OUT...

>> I THINK I'LL BE TOMORROW NIGHT ON ABC NEWSY LECHES COVERAGE.

I'M GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY SO I DON'T THINK I'LL BE SAYING MUCH UNTIL LATE,

LATE IN THE EVENING WHEN HOPEFULLY WE HAVE A WINNER.

THEN IT WILL BE WHAT DIRE SITUATIONS WILL THAT PARTICULAR PERSON HAVE TO DEAL WITH.

THAT'S WHEN THEY CALL ME IN

>> Jon: DEPENDING ON WHO WINS, HOW QUICKLY DO YOU THINK WE COULD KNOW IF WE'RE AT WAR WITH

IRAN BY THE END OF THE NIGHT?

OR DO YOU THINK THEY MIGHT WAIT TO CALL THAT?

>> I THINK THEY MIGHT WAIT A COUPLE OF MONTHS.

DEAL WITH A FEW OTHER THINGS BEFORE THEY DEAL WITH IRAN BUT IRAN WILL BE RIGHT THERE AT THE

TOP OF THE LIST

>> Jon: HAVE YOU BEEN SURPRISED WITH THE ECONOMIC SITUATION WE'RE IN HOW FOREIGN POLICY HAS

GONE ON SORT OF THE BACK BURNER?

IT'S REASSERTED ITSELF A LITTLE BIT WITH LIBYA

>> AND IRAN SNON THAT SEEMED TO BE MORE OF A POLITICIZATION OF SOMETHING.

HAVE PEOPLE TALKED A LOT ABOUT AFGHANISTAN?

>> I THINK IT'S HEART BREAKING THAT PEOPLE DON'T TALK ABOUT IT AT ALL.

WE'RE STILL A NATION AT WAR.

YOU KNOW THIS VERY WELL.

WE HAVE 68,000 TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN RIGHT NOW.

WE HAVE PEOPLE FIGHTING FOR THIS COUNTRY.

NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IT.

I UNDERSTAND AS A JOURNALIST THAT YEAR AFTER YEAR I TRY TO TELL STORIES THAT I HOPE WILL

INTEREST PEOPLE.

I WANT TO TELL THOSE STORIES THAT THEY'LL CARE ABOUT.

BOY, IS IT HARD.

IT'S HARDER AND HARDER.

I'M GOING TO GO BACK IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND TRY AGAIN

>> Jon: I COMMEND YOU FOR DOING THIS.

NOW IT'S MORE DANGEROUS.

THIS IDEA OF GREEN ON BLUE VIOLENCE WHICH IS AFGHANI TROOPS EMBEDDED WITH AMERICAN TROOPS

TURNING ON THAT.

HAS THAT BEEN SOMETHING THAT HAS CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE MEDIA

>> IT DID FOR A WHILE.

IT CERTAINLY CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE MEDIA.

I THINK IT CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT HAS FADED.

I WANT TO GO AND TALK TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN.

I'VE SEEN THIS UP CLOSE.

THERE ARE A LOT OF AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES WHO ARE IN A POSITION WHERE THEY FEEL

FORCEDDED INTO SOME OF THIS.

SOMETIMES BECAUSE THEIR FAMILIES ARE THREATENED BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE AROUND ARE THREATENED.

TALIBAN JUST GOES AFTER THEM AND SAYS IF YOU DON'T DO THIS...

>> Jon: BOY, THIS IDEA THAT THEY WERE SELLING A YEAR AGO ABOUT THE TALIBAN MODERATING AND

BECOMING A PART OF AFGHANISTAN

>> THAT BROKE DOWN, DIDN'T IT Jon: DID THAT BREAK DOWN.

IS THE HOPE HERE THAT THE ELECTION IN SOME WAYS BREAKS THIS WEIRD POLITICIZED FEVER IN

THE WAY HURRICANE SANDY BROKE THAT FEVER FOR, LET'S SAY, SOME OF THE LOCAL GOVERNORS AND

PEOPLE WILL REALIZE, OH, RIGHT, WE ALL SHOULD PROBABLY DO SOMETHING.

>> WE SHOULD PROBABLY PAY ATTENTION.

I HOPE IT DOES.

I HOPE PEOPLE START PAYING ATTENTION AGAIN.

I THINK WHOEVER IS PRESIDENT WILL PROBABLY ENGAGE OR REENGAGE IN THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.

HOPEFULLY AMERICANS CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY WANT TO DO THERE AND WHAT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

>> Jon: I WON'T ASK YOU FOR A PREDICTION BUT I WILL ASK YOU THIS.

NADER?

DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE NADER?

>> I'LL GO THERE Jon: MARTHA, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US.

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.

YOU CAN SEE MARTHA RADDATZ ALTHOUGH YOU WON'T BE WATCHING BUT YOU'LL BE WATCHING COMEDY

CENTRAL WHICH I IMAGINE WE'LL ALSO BE QUITE GOOD THAT NIGHT.

MARTHA

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