Two of Israel's oldest newspapers are having a tough time competing financially with one that was established by U.S. casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and is being given away free of charge. Adelson is a strong supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the paper is nicknamed the "Bibi Press."
Pundits fretted that the town hall format for Tuesday's presidential exchange would yield tepid results: undecided voters posing questions with little more than a passing touch from the moderator. The media's storyline quickly shifted, however, from the pressure facing the president after the previous debate to his more energetic performance.
Since April, more than 825,000 presidential campaign ads have been broadcast in the battleground states. Oddly, the dominant Republican voice on TV hasn't been that of nominee Mitt Romney. The big advertisers are four heavily funded SuperPacs and tax-exempt groups.
Jim Lehrer was slammed for losing control of last week's presidential debate, and Martha Raddatz is confronting criticism in the lead up to Thursday's VP battle. But how much control can a moderator exert over ambitious and strong-willed candidates, especially when the stakes are so high?
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