The Commission on Presidential Debates has named the moderators for the fall debates.
Republicans are usually concerned the moderators are always selected from left-leaning outfits that are hostile to their candidate.
Is that the case in 2016?
The moderators for the three Presidential and one Vice Presidential debates are NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Fox News’ Chris Wallace and CBS’ Elaine Quijano.
Politico reports on the moderators and the format of the debates they will host:
NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Fox News’ Chris Wallace and CBS’ Elaine Quijano will moderate presidential and vice presidential debates this fall, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday.
Holt, anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News,” will moderate the first debate at Hofstra University in New York on Sept. 26, which will be a traditional debate divided into six segments of 15 minutes each on major topics to be determined by Holt.
Quijano, an anchor on CBS’ live streaming service CBSN, will moderate the vice presidential debate on Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Virginia, which will be a traditional debate as well — divided into nine timed segments of 10 minutes each.
Raddatz, ABC’s Chief Global Correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week,” along with CNN anchor Cooper, will moderate a town-meeting style debate on Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis. There, the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants made up of uncommitted voters based on topics “of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources.”
Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” will become the first Fox News host to moderate a general election debate since the network’s founding. He will host the final presidential debate on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The format of the final debate will be the same as the first.
Questions were immediately raised about Cooper’s selection.
The Weekly Standard previously reported on his ties to the Clintons:
CNN host Anderson Cooper, who is set to moderate tonight’s Democratic debate, was listed as a “notable past member” on the Clinton Global Initiative’s website, along with a number of other big name journalists:
The list includes: CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour, Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, NBC’s Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw, New York Times’ Thomas Friedman and Nicholas Kristof, Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Yahoo’s Katie Couric, The Economist‘s Matthew Bishop, and Financial Times’ Lionel Barber.
The Clinton Foundation later told Mediaite that none of these journalists were asked to pay the $20,000 membership fee required of members. However, it’s safe to say that access to big name journalists was a key selling point for paying Clinton Global Initiative members. In a nutshell, Anderson Cooper helped Hillary Clinton raise money, and now he’s presented as an impartial moderator for tonight’s debate.
Republicans have cause for concern about biased moderators.
In 2012, CNN’s Candy Crowley incorrectly “fact checked” Mitt Romney mid-debate on his claims about Obama’s response to Benghazi.
It was an unbelievable breach of decorum and no one seriously believes any network anchor would have rushed to the aid of a Republican candidate.
Cooper denied being in the tank for the Clintons and sought to downplay his role with the Clinton Global Initiative.
Even still, Trump has claimed he has boycotted watching CNN and has regularly referred to it as the “Clinton News Network.”
One of their anchors moderating a debate is cause for concern.