Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The Winner? The Debate Moderator's Agenda
The Winner – Mr. Holt, the moderator with an agenda
We were told that this Monday’s first presidential debate would have three focuses: “securing America, America’s direction, and achieving prosperity. The debate moderator traditionally chooses the themes and the questions for the presidential debates.
Heavy reports that Lester Holt, NBC anchor and moderator of this Monday’s debate, solely chose the night’s topics and wrote its questions.
Mr. Holt should explain why he questioned Donald Trump about releasing his tax returns. How does the release of those returns, however desirable that may be, impact “securing America, America’s direction, or achieving prosperity?
Mr. Holt should also explain why he questioned Donald Trump about his view about the location of President Obama’s birth? How do those remarks impact “securing America, America’s direction, or achieving prosperity?
While Mr. Holt is dreaming up answers to those two questions, here is a third. Why did he not ask former Secretary of State lies about her e-mails, the destruction of e-mails, and her decisions regarding Benghazi? Why did she not retain all e-mails and let a judge determine which were personal and not to be released?
In fact, Mr. Holt could have pursued an array of questions about Mrs. Clinton’s involvement in many suspicious actions that had a direct bearing on the security of America.
It was obvious to this observer that Mr. Holt came loaded for Donald Trump. I predict that the media will ignore the obvious bias of Mr. Holt and Mr. Holt won the debate.