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Jim Lehrer, Bob Schieffer: Debate moderators should not intrude

Presidential debate moderators announced The two most-experienced U.S. Presidential Debate moderators say the candidates, not the moderators, should be the primary fact-checkers on the debate stage. Speaking on a panel at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, Jim Lehrer and Bob Schieffer — who have moderated 15 presidential debates between them — stressed that moderators should take a back seat to the candidates. Their collective assessment appears to vindicate the view of Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, the moderator of the third and final debate, who has drawn ...

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Matt Lauer ups ante for debate moderators

Matt Lauer panned for NBC forum performance While Matt Lauer spent the last 24 hours getting raked over the coals, his colleague Lester Holt was focused on preparing for his own role as moderator of the first presidential debate. But even as Holt was researching the candidates’ records and gathering the facts that will inform his questions, the NBC Nightly News host was aware of the criticism surrounding Lauer, sources at the network told CNNMoney. Lauer’s handling of Wednesday night’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” — described by one NBC executive as a ...

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Trump says he “respects” moderators, will attend all three debates

Presidential debate moderators announced Over the summer Donald Trump objected to the presidential debate schedule, but “as of this moment,” he is on board for all three debates. He told reporters Monday that he has no qualms with the moderators, who were announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates last week. “I like them. I respect the moderators. I do respect them. It’s interesting,” Trump said during a Q&A session on board his plane. The commission had a harder-than-usual time choosing the moderators due to Trump’s history of media-bashing and ...

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Univision CEO to debate commission: why no Latino moderators?

Presidential debate moderators announced The 2016 Presidential Debates will not include a Latino moderator, and Univision isn’t pleased. Randy Falco, the President and CEO of Univision, the largest Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, wrote an open letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday expressing “disappointment, and frankly disbelief,” that the Commission did not choose a Hispanic journalist to moderate one of the debates. The Commission announced Friday that the three presidential debates will be moderated, respectively, by NBC’s Lester Holt; CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Radiate; ...

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Debate Commission faces new challenge in selecting moderators

Trump camp accuses Dems of rigging debate dates The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is in just over a month, and yet neither candidate knows who the moderator will be. They won’t know until after Labor Day, sources with knowledge of the matter told CNNMoney. The Commission on Presidential Debates had planned to announce moderators in late August, but it now intends to wait until after September 5, the sources said. The delay is due in part to an unprecedented challenge the bipartisan Commission faces in ...

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