Questions About VP Debate Moderator a "Red Herring," Prof. Bob Steele '69 Tells AP
October 10, 2012
"The day before the vice presidential debate, the guest list for moderator Martha Raddatz's 1991 wedding has become an issue, of sorts," begins an Associated Press report by David Bauder. Barack Obama, then a student at the Harvard Law School, was among those in attendance at the wedding, which is raising some questions hours before Joe Biden and Paul Ryan debate.
Dr. Steele, Distinguished Professor of Journalism Ethics at DePauw, tells AP, "I don't see any substance to the argument that there is a conflict of interest."
Bauder adds, "But Steele said that Raddatz should have made Obama's wedding attendance known to the debate commission before she was selected to moderate the debate."
You'll find the full article at the Detroit News' website.
Robert M. Steele also serves as Phyllis W. Nicholas Director of DePauw's Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics. A 1969 graduate of DePauw, Steele is one of the nation's top experts on journalism ethics and is frequently cited in media reports, including a recent Washington Guardian piece. He received an honorary doctorate from DePauw in 2007.
Source: Associated PressBack