Many of you shared our dismay about the news yesterday that lefty and Clinton crony Matt Lauer will be “moderating” the first presidential forum with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. As we noted, one of Lauer’s is a “notable past member” on the Clinton Global Initiative’s website — along with Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric.Well, today the moderators for all of this fall’s debates — the ones where the two candidates appear on stage together — have just been announced. And there is very little “moderate” about them. The lineup even includes one of Matt Lauer’s fellow Clinton Global Initiative “notable past members” — how nice to give Hillary such a friendly lineup.
As Politico reports:NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Fox News’ Chris Wallace and CBS’ Elaine Quijano will moderate presidential and vice presidential debates this fall, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday.
Holt, anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News,” will moderate the first debate at Hofstra University in New York on Sept. 26, which will be a traditional debate divided into six segments of 15 minutes each on major topics to be determined by Holt.
Quijano, an anchor on CBS’ live streaming service CBSN, will moderate the vice presidential debate on Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Virginia, which will be a traditional debate as well — divided into nine timed segments of 10 minutes each.Raddatz, ABC’s Chief Global Correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week,” along with CNN anchor Cooper, will moderate a town-meeting style debate on Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis. There, the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants made up of uncommitted voters based on topics “of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources.”
Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” will become the first Fox News host to moderate a general election debate since the network’s founding. He will host the final presidential debate on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The format of the final debate will be the same as the first.
While Chris Wallace might give us some confidence in the integrity of the debate, the rest of the lineup makes one wonder, who in the world agreed to this on behalf of Republicans?As Powerline writes of the other moderators:
“Holt is a rabid partisan advocate of left-wing dogmas. He was the perfect moderator to serve obnoxious loaded questions to the Democratic presidential candidates in their NBC debate this past January. Scott Whitlock documented the four most obnoxious such questions for NewsBusters here.
Austin Bay showed why Anderson Cooper “has no business moderating a presidential debate”in a good column for the New York Observer.I disqualified Martha Raddatz from further proceedings involving Republicans in this postwithout further explanation this past February. NewsBusters did the hard work of selecting some of Raddatz’s worst liberal outbursts.
I am unfamiliar with Elaine Quijano, who is to moderate the vice presidential candidates’ debate, but the signs are not good. She is a correspondent and digital anchor for CBS News. I will only add that CBS News is run by David Rhodes, the brother of Ben Rhodes. David Rhodes runs CBS News as a media adjunct of the Democratic Party. See Sharyl Attkisson’s book Stonewalled for a definitive inside account.
Quotable quote from Martha Raddatz on ABC’s This Week, April 20, 2014 (trigger warning: may induce nausea): “Very important question: What do you think Hillary Clinton should be called as a grandma?…I say maybe ‘Glam-Ma.’ Maybe ‘Glam-Ma?’”
Exactly the type of tough questions Hillary Clinton can expect during the upcoming debates. And let’s just imagine, in contrast, what Donald Trump can look forward to.
Again, one just has to ask, have Republicans learned anything from history? Former CNN host Candy Crowley’s blatant interference on behalf of President Obama in the 2012 debate with GOP nominee Mitt Romney seared a painful mark in all of our memories. And in this election cycle, where the press has actually been rather open about its bias — in many cases, giving up even the pretense of objectivity — we might have reason to expect the coming debates to be an even more shameful show of bias.
What IS different this year, however, is that we have a Republican candidate who’s not afraid to call the media out on its blatant bias. With this lineup of moderators, you can bet we’ll be seeing some of that this fall.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]