Lehrer was soft on Petraeus and Crocker

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Like many viewers, PBS ombudsman Michael Getler wasn’t too impressed with Jim Lehrer’s questioning of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker on Sept. 12. Getler writes of the NewsHour segment, “For an issue that is at the heart of this moment in our history, the half-hour, as a whole, seemed too flat and dry to me, an under-utilized opportunity. It offered a calm nod to those frustrations that engulf millions of Americans about where this war is going without really pressing more specific questions about military and diplomatic strategy and the associated costs in lives, money and reputation that are on people’s minds.” (See video and transcript of the segment.)