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Left-wing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow may be too biased for The New York Times, but she was front and center during NBC’s technical-issue-plagued debate between 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls — and critics say it made for a softball fest that was “a loss for journalism and a lost opportunity for media balance.”
With Maddow and Chuck Todd, the NBC News star who began his career as a top aide to liberal former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, asking most of the questions, none of the 10 candidates were tested rigorously. Debate moderators are historically straight-news journalists, as opposed to partisan pundits but NBC News decided Maddow, on whose show New York Times reporters are forbidden to appear, was fit to grill presidential hopefuls in an event further tarnished by embarrassing audio glitches.
The article goes on to state the following:
“One would think that NBC News, which purports to be a news organization, would go above and beyond to make sure its hosts’ line of questioning was fair and honest, especially given the backlash the network received for its decision to have a far-left pundit moderate a presidential debate,” BlazeTV White House correspondent Jon Miller told Fox News.
“Instead, Maddow served up questions about her favorite conspiracy theories including that Miami will be underwater because of global warming and that the Mueller report actually contains secret gems that could still lead to Trump’s prosecution,” Miller said. “These are unserious questions unbefitting of a news organization but perfectly suitable for this batch of equally unserious candidates, who made a mockery of themselves and the American people with shameless pandering and outright falsehoods.”
Maddow managed to speak more than fellow moderators Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Jose Diaz-Balart, with the often-criticized Chuck Todd being the only moderator to get more words in, according to ABC News. In fact, Maddow also spoke more than candidates John Delaney, Bill de Blasio and Jay Inslee.
Great piece from @briansflood at Fox explaining how critics (including myself) saw far-left conspiracy theorist @maddow‘s front-and-center presence at the debates last night to be a total affront to journalism! https://t.co/7X5NHg1zvW
— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) June 27, 2019
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) June 27, 2019
Reminder: CNN’s crack media team would have to be shoveling graphite off their HQ building from the meltdown if Sean Hannity was a guest host at a GOP debate but Maddow as a moderator barely gets a heavy dramatic exhale from @brianstelter
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 27, 2019
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