The reaction to last night’s ‘commander in chief’ forum on NBC was absolutely surreal.
Matt Lauer actually had the temerity, just for a few minutes, to question Hillary Clinton like an actual journalist and to actually allow a questioner to be critical of her. And he’s in a world of sh*t because of it. Look at these headlines:
CNN “Behind the scenes, NBC execs concede Matt Lauer forum performance was “disaster”
New York Times “Matt Lauer Loses the War in a Battle Between the Candidates”
Jonathon Chait,New York Magazine “Matt Lauer’s Pathetic Interview of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Is the Scariest Thing I’ve Seen in This Campaign”
There’s tons more, but you get the drift.
He should have known better, really. Remember how the press crucified Bob Schieffer for being even handed during that first Obama-Romney debate in 2012? Schieffer,of course was indeed a fairly Left leaning Democrat, but he came from an older generation where there were still some journalistic ethics and standards.
The infamous Candy Crowley, who ‘moderated’ the second 2012 debate learned from Schieffer’s faux pas and did everything she could short of pepper spraying Romney to make sure Obama came out looking good. Rest assured that ABC’s Lester Holt, who’s ‘moderating’ the first debate has taken note of Lauer’s gang stomping and will behave the same way Crowley did.The presidential debates will be custom designed to attack Trump and destroy him at all costs, and to let Mrs. Clinton to slither into the Oval Office.
Actually, Matt Lauer was relatively easy on Hillary. Yes, he actually asked a few questions that stung a little, but he let her get away with blatant falsehoods.