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Obama was a guest at the veep debate moderator’s wedding

On the eve of the vice-presidential debate, the Daily Caller has discovered a connection whose significance is illustrated by the profound reluctance of ABC News to discuss it:

President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.

After TheDC made preliminary inquiries Monday to confirm Obama’s attendance at the wedding, ABC leaked a pre-emptive statement to liberal-leaning news outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast Tuesday, revealing what may have been internal network pressure felt just days before Raddatz was scheduled to moderate the one and only vice-presidential debate Thursday night.

Both Politico and The Daily Beast jumped to ABC and Raddatz’s defense. The Huffington Post, another liberal news outlet, joined them shortly thereafter, while calling “unusual” ABC’s attempt to kill the story before it gained wide circulation.

That’s right – the debate moderator was married to a top Obama campaign fundraiser, who wound up getting appointed FCC chairman by the President he supported, and Obama was a guest at their wedding.  They’re not married anymore, having divorced in 1997, and they have both remarried.

The Daily Caller has been trying to pin down this connection since August, and ABC has been avoiding discussion of it with equal vigor.  The current line is to dismiss suspicions about the impartiality or Raddatz as “absurd,” and insist that the entire Harvard Law Review attended her 1991 wedding, not just the man one attendee remembers as “Barry Obama.”  ABC has not been able to provide any supporting documentation for this claim, or verify exactly how many of the 70 contemporaneous employees of the Review were at the wedding.  The FCC and the Obama campaign have thus far refused to discuss the matter.

It’s interesting to watch ABC’s clumsy efforts to spike the story, but it’s really not all that surprising.  The revolving door between the media and Democrat politics is a long-standing fixture of the Washington architecture, whose occasionally squeaky operation is politely ignored.

The previous vice-presidential debate moderator wrote a loving biography of Obama, and apparently that was just peachy.  An actual operative from Bill Clinton’s team, George Snuffleupagus, moderated one of the Republican primary debates, and used the opportunity to introduce Obama’s idiotic “War on Women” campaign theme by asking a then-baffling non sequitur question about whether states had the Constitutional right to ban contraception.  The moderator of the first presidential debate of 2012, Big Bird, is employed by a taxpayer-funded broadcast network whose subsidies Mitt Romney famously confirmed he wishes to cut.

A fifteen-year-old marriage to an Obama fundraiser who gained appointment to high office is a relatively tenuous connection by the standards of debate moderators.  But this relationship should have been disclosed and discussed forthrightly.  No one can expect us to believe that Martha Raddatz doesn’t remember Barry Obama dancing at her wedding.  Have a peek into the alternate universe where John McCain is the incumbent president, and one of the debate moderators is a Fox News reporter who used to be married to his FCC commissioner, but didn’t disclose the fact that McCain was a guest at her wedding until an investigative reporter ferreted it out, a couple of days before the debate she was scheduled to supervise.  I’m sure you’ll find the reaction of alternate-universe liberals entertaining.

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