Newsperson That Cried Live On Air When Trump Was Elected Honored With Award

Martha Raddatz of ABC News is a veteran newswoman that has been on top of some of the biggest stories of our generation. Few will find qualms with her loaded resume, but her objectivity as a journalist has been called into question a number of times over the past year. Nonetheless, it has been announced that she will be this year’s recipient of the Free Expression award presented by Newseum.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, the last few months of 2016 were not her finest hour by any means. She moderated a contentious presidential debate between then-candidate Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and she thrust herself right into the middle of things. While Trump was peppered with impossible questions and interrupted constantly, Raddatz smirked with Clinton while lobbing her some softballs and allowing her to exceed her allotted time.

For an encore, Raddatz would become visibly upset - live on the air - when it became clear that Trump had won the election. Those two facts make Newseum’s choice pretty curious, to say the least.

“On April 18, the Newseum will award ABC News' Martha Raddatz the Free Expression Award in the free press category. A prominent journalist, Raddatz has covered all aspects of foreign policy for nearly 20 years, reporting from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House and from conflict zones around the world,” a release announcing the award reads in part.

If we’re viewing the award in terms of lifetime achievement, then few would take umbrage with her selection. However, the rest of the release has caused some observers heads to spin.

“The second annual Free Expression Awards recognize those who exhibit passion for and dedication to free expression. Honorees have taken personal or professional risks in sharing critical information with the public, have been censored or punished by authorities or other groups for their work, or have pushed boundaries in artistic and media expression,” the release continued.

Source: IJR
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