Conservatives question debate moderator’s tie to Obama

By Laurie Bennett

October 11, 2012 at 5:55am

The moral of this story: You’re never rid of an ex-spouse.

Conservatives are up in arms over the objectivity of ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, who will moderate tonight’s vice presidential debate.

Barack Obama was a guest at Raddatz’s wedding in 1991. He was a friend of the groom, Julius Genachowski, a classmate from Harvard.

The couple divorced in 1997. Raddatz is currently married to NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten. Another ex is Ben Bradlee Jr., son of the former executive editor of the Washington Post. (Surely this is another potential conflict. Bradlee Sr. did, after all, supervise the story that deposed a Republican president.)

Martha Raddatz
Martha Raddatz

Genachowski, Obama’s appointee to chair the Federal Communications Commission, has also remarried. His wife, Rachel Goslins, is a documentary director and producer who heads the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Daily Caller sniffed out the scandal, quoting unnamed sources to report that Genachowski was called “Jay” at the time of the wedding. Drudge hyped the story.

ABC issued a statement saying: “”Martha Raddatz is known for her tough, fair reporting, which is why it was no surprise to her colleagues inside and outside ABC News that she was chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates for this assignment.”

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