LESTER HOLT AND HILLARY CLINTON TEAM UP TO DEBATE DONALD TRUMP
NBC News’ Lester Holt channeled CNN’s Candy Crowley on Monday night during the first presidential debate of 2016 between the Republican Party nominee Donald Trump and the Democrat Party nominee Hillary Clinton.
During the 2012 second presidential debate, Crowley “corrected” Mitt Romney and agreed with Barack Obama that he had called the September 11 anniversary attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, an act of terrorism during his Rose Garden press conference following the attack. Crowley’s “fact-check” intrusion was incorrect as she would later admit.
As the debate moderator for the first presidential debate in 2016, Holt abandoned any pretense of objectivity, making Crowley’s disgraceful performance in 2012 look ethical by comparison.
Throughout the debate, Holt asked Donald Trump questions that mimicked Clinton campaign talking points. Holt not only matched Crowley’s fact checking incompetence, but he also exceeded her impudence when he entered the fray himself and argued with Trump about tax records, Obama’s birth certificate, and opposition to the Iraq War.
The Holt-Clinton tag team kept Trump on the defensive for much of the debate, preventing important issues such as ObamaCare, illegal immigration, the importation of Syrian refugees, the Clinton Foundation, and Clinton’s deleted emails and illegal email server from being introduced or getting traction.
Holt intentionally misled millions of America’s electorate. He shamelessly shilled for Clinton and never asked her any tough questions; yet many of his peers in the news media and from the chattering classes praised his performance as moderator.