Many of us have been eagerly awaiting the chance for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump to face off with Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. While we’ll have to wait a few weeks for an actual face-off, they will be on the same stage (though at separate times) next week in the first presidential forum.
Moderating it will be none other than Matt Lauer — described as a “notable past member” on the Clinton Global Initiative’s website.
Breaking: Matt Lauer has been chosen to moderate the first-ever forum featuring Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump on September 7 in NYC.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) September 1, 2016
As The Daily Caller reports:
On Wednesday, Sept. 7, NBC News and MSNBC — along with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America — will host the the Commander-in-Chief Forum in New York City.
It will be a one-hour forum where Clinton and Trump will answer questions about national security, military affairs and veterans issues in front of an audience mainly made up of members of the military. The two candidates will not be on the stage at the same time, but will instead go back to back.
It’s worth noting that Lauer is listed as a “notable past member” on the Clinton Global Initiative’s website — along with Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric.
In the past, a Clinton Foundation official has said that the journalists who are part of the foundation were never asked to pay the $20,000 member fee.
“In fact, in 2012, we reclassified members of the media who participate as ‘guests’ rather than ‘members’ to acknowledge this distinction,” the official has said.
Here’s Lauer cozying up with one of the candidates he will be interviewing — they don’t look at all chummy, do they? <Sarc>
One just has to ask, have Republicans learned anything from history? Who can forget (now former) CNN host Candy Crowley’s blatant interference on behalf of President Obama in the 2012 debate with GOP nominee Mitt Romney?
How is it that we’re agreeing to a forum not just on MSNBC, but hosted by a known leftie and Hillary shill? Who is agreeing to these terms? Should we expect the next forum to be moderated by Sean Hannity or Michael Savage perhaps?
The only upside I can see here is the possibility that Trump will call out any blatant bias to Lauer’s face — in which case, plan for popcorn.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]