Liberals are more pleased with moderator Martha Raddatz than conservatives are disappointed. And it’s easy to see why. Raddatz allowed Joe Biden to interrupt Paul Ryan repeatedly during the Vice Presidential debate, and interrupted Ryan herself, while posing questions that were radically in favor of the Obama team. Ryan overcame Raddatz’s bias and won the debate regardless, leaving less for conservatives to complain about.
Still, it is worth noting the facts. While the candidates’ speaking time was roughly equal–not counting crosstalk, Biden spoke for 38:25 and Ryan 37:27–Raddatz’s questions were not in any way a measure of equality. She hit the Republican no fewer than nine times with pointed questions that were either an attack on Romney/Ryan or a way to set up excuses for Obama.
The one time Raddatz confronted Biden, it was to ask him to elaborate on what he meant by “a bunch of stuff” in attacking Ryan’s honesty–setting Biden up to elaborate. That sole question is cited by Huffington Post as evidence of Raddatz’s even-handedness.