Conservatives are inflamed over a report that the moderator of the upcoming vice presidential debate is the former wife of a high-level Obama appointee.
The moderator is ABC senior foreign correspondent Martha Raddatz, who is scheduled to moderate an Oct. 11 debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden.
Her ex-husband is FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, whom the Forward profiled as a “Talmud ace” two years ago.
Genachowski and Raddatz divorced in 1997, according to right-leaning news site The Daily Caller.
“How could it be? How could it be a conflict of interest?” Rush Limbaugh asked facetiously on his show today. Slightly misrepresenting the report, Limbaugh continued: “If you are in the dominant liberal culture of Washington, and you have a former top Obama official married to a debate moderator, where could there be a conflict?”
The dispute mirrors a recent criticism of former CNN host Campbell Brown, who was accused of not sufficiently disclosing her marriage to Romney advisor Dan Senor.
Conservatives Howl Over Veep Debate Moderator
Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.