Sunday’s Town Hall Debate: Brace for More Clinton-Friendly Questions

October 8th, 2016 10:18 AM
The 2016 presidential and vice presidential debates have already been notable for their bias, with NBC’s Lester Holt pounding Donald Trump with a skewed set of questions during the first debate, and CBS’s Elaine Quijano doing the same with Mike Pence on Tuesday. So what should viewers expect at tomorrow night’s town hall-style debate? A look at the past six town hall debates finds — with one…

Stelter Pushes Fact-Checking Moderators, Shot Down by Debate Veterans

September 25th, 2016 3:55 PM
With the first presidential debate right around the corner CNN’s Brian Stelter amped up his call for debate moderators to be fact-checkers, during Sunday’s Reliable Sources. Of course, most of his concern is focused on Donald Trump with Hillary Clinton being an afterthought, seeing as he lambasted NBC’s Matt Lauer for not doing it. “Does a unique candidate like Donald Trump require a different…

Ex-PBS Anchor Lehrer Watches CNN, MSNBC 'A Lot,' No Mention of FNC

April 18th, 2016 10:59 AM
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, former PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer -- known for moderating a number of general election presidential debates in the past -- declared that he watches both CNN and MSNBC "a lot," but did not mention Fox News as part of his "well-rounded news diet."

Scarborough: Biased Debate Moderators Haven't Been Problem in the Past

October 30th, 2015 8:27 AM
When this NewsBuster began preparing today's item, the focus was going to be on Joe Scarborough's statement on today's Morning Joe that "90% of the people in our business vote for Democrats and Democratic primaries." Not that it was something we didn't already know [though query whether even 10% of MSMers are Republicans], but refreshing to hear it so starkly stated. But preparing the video clip…

Report: GOP Plans to Have Fewer Debates, Better Moderators in 2016 Ele

December 11th, 2013 7:30 PM
Still stinging from the large number of primary debates that often changed the momentum from one Republican candidate to another during the 2012 presidential contest and liberal moderators who all asked questions that favored Democratic incumbent Barack Obama over GOP candidate Mitt Romney, Republican officials are “quietly advancing a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining” what they call a…

Gwen Ifill and the Decline and Fall of ‘PBS NewsHour

November 2nd, 2013 7:00 AM
Over the years, we’ve written a lot about long, slow ratings collapse of broadcast news. But ABC, CBS, and NBC aren’t the only ones experiencing this decline. As reported by David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun, the ratings for PBS NewsHour show are almost in a freefall, even compared to their commercial competitors. By its own count, NewsHour had 2.5 million viewers in 2005. This year the show…

Lawrence O'Donnell 'Desperately Misses' Show Business, Still 'Doesn't

March 20th, 2013 9:50 AM
In a recent interview with Salon, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell candidly revealed just how much he dislikes his current job as the host of MSNBC's prime-time commentary show The Last Word. In fact, the former actor who just so happens to have a cameo in the new movie Olympus Has Fallen as a news anchor admitted that he still has no idea what he's doing. O'Donnell had recurring roles in the past…

Jim Lehrer Knocks Candy Crowley for Her Hectoring, False Defense of Ob

January 4th, 2013 3:50 PM
 PBS journalist Jim Lehrer chastised CNN's Candy Crowley for the assistance she provided Barack Obama during his presidential debate with Mitt Romney. Lehrer appeared at the Clinton School of Public Service on November 13 and critiqued, "As a general premise, I believe debate moderators are not there as fact-checkers...They are there to facilitate the exchange between the candidates."…

MRC Study: By 2-to-1 Margin, Journalists Favor Liberal Questions at To

October 16th, 2012 8:14 AM
Tonight’s town hall-style presidential debate will ostensibly feature questions from undecided voters, but the evening’s agenda will really be decided by the moderator, as CNN’s Candy Crowley will select which of the more than roughly 80 voters in the room will actually get a chance to talk to the candidates. Reviewing the five previous town hall debates, the journalist-moderators have tended…

MSNBC’s Scarborough Defends Jim Lehrer’s Moderating After Slamming

October 8th, 2012 1:07 PM
It is one thing to trash Jim Lehrer’s moderating behind his back.  It’s even worse when you then bring him on your show to praise his performance after you trash him.  No one does this better than Morning Joe’s Scarborough who did a complete 180 on his analysis of Lehrer’s moderating skills.  On the morning after the first presidential debate, Scarborough claimed that “Jim Lehrer got rolled…

Daily Kos Week in Review: Boxing Day

October 6th, 2012 6:38 AM
This past week's presidential debate put at least two Kossacks in mind of throwing punches and caused another to reflect upon which group Republicans hate more: women or those who pay no income taxes. And why do leftists hate all the liberal debate moderators, like first-timer Candy Crowley of CNN? As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

Stop the Presses: Lawrence O'Donnell Tells Politico 'I Liked the Job J

October 4th, 2012 8:54 AM
As Matt Vespa at NewsBusters noted earlier this morning, MSNBC's Howard Fineman was extremely unhappy with Jim Lehrer's performance as moderator in last night's first presidential debate. Vespa reports that Fineman "seemed agitated to the point of calling Lehrer 'useless' and equated his moderating of the debate to 'criminal negligence.'" In what may be seen as a surprise, the same network's…

Liberal on Liberal Violence: MSNBC’s Fineman Slams ‘Useless’ Jim

October 4th, 2012 2:11 AM
MSNBC contributor Howard Fineman lamented how the president was on the defensive in his first bout with Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Jim Lehrer, who moderated the October 3 debate, has a history of bias that is usually cloaked with his soporific disposition. However, Fineman seemed agitated to the point of calling Lehrer “useless” and equated his moderating of the debate to “criminal…

Flashback: Debate Moderator Jim Lehrer’s History of Favoring Democra

October 3rd, 2012 9:01 AM
Mitt Romney recently told CBS’s Scott Pelley that a leader would “say which of those things that you should take out of the budget that are no longer essential,” and when pressed to be specific, Romney nominated "the subsidy for PBS,” and subsidies for Amtrak, the NEA, and the NEH. This raises one obvious question. In moderating tonight's first general election debate of 2012, can longtime PBS…