NBC’s Lester Holt was widely condemned for his biased moderating during the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
The next debate, on Sunday night, will be co-moderated by mainstream journalists Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC. Will they be able to contain their liberal bias? Or will they suffer the same fate as Holt, whose Nightly News program suffered a historic decline in ratings following his performance at the first debate.
The second presidential debate will be a “town-hall” style affair, which could pose a challenge for two members of the notoriously ego-driven network news industry. Will Anderson Cooper make it all about himself? Will he bully Raddatz and interrupt her like a dirty sexist?
The two stars are reportedly already feuding over who will get to be the lead co-moderator, or something:
— Page Six (@PageSix) October 5, 2016
Donald Trump has already accused Cooper of being a “very biased” moderator. Will he be proven right?
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 16, 2016
The thrice-married Raddatz, on the other hand, has also faced accusations of liberal bias. President Obama attended her second wedding in 1991, before he became a celebrity. Years later, as president, Obama would appoint the man she married, Julius Genachowski, as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, which controls the liberal media very liberally.
Raddatz has also been married to journalist Ben Bradlee, Jr., the son of the late crusading liberal Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, and (currently) to Tom Gjelten, a correspondent for NPR, which is among the most liberal of the liberal media, and beloved by nerds.
Raddatz is also the junior anchor of the liberal Sunday public affairs program “This Week” on ABC. She’s the primary fill-in for former Clinton employee and Clinton Foundation donor George Stephanopoulos, who has essentially been banned from moderating debates because he is too liberally biased.
In recent years, Raddatz has appeared on ABC programs and described Clinton’s Benghazi testimony as “charming” and “disarming” and referred to Clinton as “cool” for how she drinks and dances on foreign trips and sometimes wears a scrunchie.
Raddatz’s “This Week” program is already a distant third in the ratings behind “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation”, so she may be less worried about suffering a Lester-like fate and alienating her ABC viewers through her bias. As for Anderson, he’s so shamelessly liberal on his low-rated CNN program that it’s really hard to imagine there are any viewers left to drive away.
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