Anyone else still can’t figure out why the Republicans allow the presidential debates to be hosted by the Clinton propaganda networks like NBC (Nobody But Clinton) and CNN (Clinton News Network)? One of those things that make you go hmmmm… Who’s side are they on anyway?
And in case you weren’t already wondering how tonight’s debate would go — at least with regard to the “moderators” — we’ve just learned what the first question will be.
The first set of questions at Sunday night’s presidential debate will be about Donald Trump’s vulgar comments on a newly published 2005 videotape, and the fallout from it.
And Hillary Clinton will get the first question.
Moderators Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC have adjusted their plan for the debate in light of the Trump tape, sources told CNNMoney.
Hmm, think they might have adjusted their plan for the debate in light of other big news emerging in the past few days, like the excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s paid Wall Street speeches that were released Friday? Or — gosh, here’s a stretch — how about the horrific jobs report also released that same day. Or maybe the quickly-devolving situation with Russia… or the revelations about Hillary’s gun-running in the Middle East — which also surfaced in the past few days.
While everything is subject to change until air time, an ABC source said — perhaps confirming the obvious — that Trump and Clinton will both be prompted to address the matter.
A coin toss by the Commission on Presidential Debates determined that Clinton will speak first.
While the debates are hosted by the commission, not the television networks, Raddatz and Cooper have been in debate prep with producers from their respective networks.
Forty town-hall participants were selected by Gallup. They will also be sitting on stage. The participants are described as “uncommitted voters.”
The participants submitted their questions to the moderators on Sunday morning, which means they have had time to include questions about the Trump tape; the ensuing crisis within the Republican party; and Trump’s response, which included invoking Bill Clinton’s past infidelity.
Raddatz and Cooper are meeting on Sunday morning to sort through the questions and come up with a final plan for the 90-minute debate.
The commission says the co-moderators have sole discretion about which participants to call on.
One of the goals, according to two sources, is to involve the town hall participants as much as possible. “This is the peoples’ debate,” one of the sources said.
If indeed it is “the peoples’ debate,” as the debate is billed, then the moderators will address the Trump tape briefly — and then move on to the many serious issues affecting the daily lives of Americans. NOT the issue the Clinton campaign wants us all to be obsessing over.
But, of course, we may be hoping for too much, given the moderators. As Powerline writes:
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.
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?’”
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]