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Organizers Name TV Journalists To Moderate Presidential Debates

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Organizers Name TV Journalists To Moderate Presidential Debates

Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper at the CNN Town Hall at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ben Brewer

Journalists from NBC, ABC, CNN and Fox News will moderate the three scheduled debates between U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ahead of the Nov. 8 election, the nonpartisan group organizing the events said on Friday.

NBC anchor Lester Holt will ask questions at the first debate on Sept. 26 in New York, while ABC global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will co-moderate the Oct. 9 “town meeting” style debate in St. Louis, the Commission on Presidential Debates said.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace will moderate on Oct. 19 in Las Vegas, it said in a statement.

CBS journalist Elaine Quijano will moderate the single vice presidential debate on Oct. 4 between Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his Democratic rival, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, the commission said.

C-SPAN’s Steve Scully will be a back-up moderator for all four of the debates, it added.

Trump, the Republican candidate, has said he will take part in the three debates but wants to see the conditions. Representatives for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday’s announcement.

The New York businessman, who has never held elected office, has had repeated run-ins with the media since launching his campaign last year, charging networks like CNN with “phony reporting,” sparring with MSNBC hosts and insulting Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly. His campaign has also black-listed several reporters and news outlets.

Clinton, the Democratic candidate, has said she will participate in all three debates as scheduled.

Separately, NBC has said Trump and Clinton will participate in a “commander-in-chief” forum focused on military issues on Sept. 7 in New York, appearing separately.

On Friday, Trump’s son Eric raised questions about ties between the anchor for that event, Matt Lauer, and the Clinton Foundation and said NBC and its cable offshoot MSNBC have been against his father.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of speculation because of his involvement with the foundation,” Eric Trump told Fox News in an interview. “I hope he’ll be fair.”

Representatives for NBC said Lauer was not a member of the foundation and that he had interviewed former President Bill Clinton for the network’s “Today” show, not on behalf of the foundation.

Trump’s reality television show, “The Apprentice,” debuted on NBC in 2004. NBC later cut other ties with the businessman, dropping his “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants, and Trump sued.

NBC is a unit of Comcast Corp.. Fox News is part of the Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, ABC News is owned by Walt Disney Co, while Time Warner Inc owns CNN. CBS Corp is also publicly traded.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Frances Kerry)

Photo: Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper at the CNN Town Hall at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ben Brewer



  1. Jim Samaras September 3, 2016

    I can’t imagine why Trump might worry about the debate being fair…..

    here’s a little background of our MSM:

    ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.
    CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.
    ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former Whitehouse Press Secretary Jay Carney
    ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary
    ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood
    CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides.
    And now you know why it is no surprise the media is in Obama’s pocket.

    1. 788eddie September 3, 2016

      The media is not in Obama’s pocket. It’s just that noone wants to be even near Trump.

      And after almost eight years of putting up with abuse from Conservative Republicans, and no hint of even one scandal for the Obama family (unlike some former presidents), I think the press, in general, has begun to give our President some of the respect he deserves.

      1. Jim Samaras September 3, 2016

        You don’t know about his history of being Bath House Barry in Chicago do ya? Respect? This divider in chief?

        Connect the dots you blind idiots!

        1. 788eddie September 3, 2016

          Please try to remember just where we were as a country at the close of the G.W.Bush administration.

          I am very grateful to President Obama for helping to lead us out of dark times.

          BTW, I am, and always have been, a registered Republican (just not one of the “rabid-right”).

          And, please, in your commentary, try to be respectful.

          1. Jim Samaras September 4, 2016

            Where we were as a country was a result of administrations before G.W., Bill Clinton and H.W. Bush. I am also a non rabid-right Republican that actually voted for Obama in 08 because of my desire for “change”. What I got was the Chicago mob style politics and the LEAST transparent administration in history. Anybody could have gotten us out of those dark times by printing 700 Billion and helping out the big banks and saving his voter base (unions).

            The above post are some of the reasons I believe that the media coddles this administration. The double standard is ludicrous.

            And there’s no disrespect in the truth!

          2. 788eddie September 4, 2016

            You’re obfuscating again, Jim. I wrote that you should “try to remember just where we were as a country at the close of the G.W.Bush administration.” That is where we went downhill in my estimation. Remember that with Bill Clinton, we ended with a budgetary surplus. G. W. Bush and cronies managed to wreck our economy. We are once again doing a lot better. I credit a lot of that to President Obama. I expect that we will continue in a healthy direction under President Hillary Clinton. The absolutely last person I would like to see in the White House is Donald Trump. Al least Hillary can tell the difference between Shiite and Shinola.

            Take a deep breath; we will survive the next four years.

          3. Jim Samaras September 5, 2016

            Of course we will survive but I want us (everybody) to thrive! Not just Wall street and the 1%

          4. 788eddie September 5, 2016

            Check out Donald Trump’s economic plan (the one he has already given us; Tax cuts for everyone (but the more you make, the bigger the tax cut). Where is the responsibility in that?

            I get by comfortably; my house sits on a 40′ x 100′ plot. My wife and I each have cars that run well. I have never complained about the taxes I paid (I count it as “dues to the Country Club of the World [good ‘ol USA]). If my taxes went us, in order to help pay off our country’s debt, I would proudly do it.

            I see Donald Trump’s plan as giving more to the upper end. I really feel that Hillary Clinton’s crowd would be better at helping to even things out.

            As I have already revealed, I am a registered Republican, and always have been, but this time around, I am NOT comfortable with the way the Republicans are shuffling the cards.

          5. Jim Samaras September 5, 2016

            If this were a “regular” election with a regular republican I would feel the same way Eddie. I was not excited in 12 with Romney as I am for DT. Not only did I expect Obama to win especially after hearing that “he would have more flexibility after the election” when speaking with the Russian diplomat, but I was finally waking up to the fact that both sides give us wonderful theater, fighting between themselves, accomplishing nothing except making laws that enrich each other while totally ignoring the needs of the public. But with Trump I truly feel a positive change in the air for EVERYONE in the bottom 90%.

            The top 10% create the most jobs in this country so why not give them a tax break to create more make total revenue greater than ever? He is talking about taxing investment income at a higher rate than today. Investment income produces nothing for the economy and perhaps will motivate that money back into the economy in the form of small business. Bring back money from overseas with the caveat that 10% be invested just that way.

            Overall, I trust Donald Trump to make EVERY move for the betterment of the USA unlike traditional politicians that talk a good game then wind up doing nothing. He’s a deal maker, which is evident eddie, why not let him work some magic for us for a change. You sound to be a patriot and I will join you in happily paying more in taxes if it means the betterment of America but I really think everyone will be surprised at the progress he will make in only the first two years. Will the left scrutinize and bemoan some programs that may not show that betterment immediately for their constituents? For sure but the adage no pain no gain certainly applies in our country today! Come back to your Republican roots keeping in mind DT is CHANGING the party for, imo, the better.

          6. 788eddie September 5, 2016

            I’m in the top 10%, Jim (easily!). I don’t need a tax break, and neither do most of the others at this level. A lot of them do invest in creating jobs, but they’re overseas. Like your “buddy” Donald, who makes his clothing lines in China, Thiland and other places. That does squat for citizens in this country.

            I feel Donald Trump would be a disaster for our country!

            I think I’ll support the candidate favored by every single living Nobel laureate and 50 Republican former security agents. Can you guess just who that is?

            Not even leading Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are actively supporting Trump!

            You might want to seriously re-evaluate your support.

          7. Dan September 6, 2016

            Giving tax breaks to the rich in the interest of job creation is a myth, it has been for 40+ years and besides, the top 10% do not create most of the jobs, they create wealth, something the other 90% don’t get to share in.

            You seem to be relying on Trump’s business acumen, you say, “he’s a deal maker”, but is he really? He bankrupted a casino, how the hell do you bankrupt a casino?!? There have been suggestions from people familiar with Trump’s business that say a big part of why he doesn’t want you to see his taxes is that he actually made no money over the last few years, he has filed losses… There have been financial experts that say is not nearly as rich as he would like you to believe and if he had just simply put the money he inherited from his family in a few simple investment accounts, he probably would be worth over $10 billion, as it is, they estimate he’s probably more in the $250 million range. Don’t forget, he’s up to his ears in debt to the Chinese bankers and a pretty big group of Russians as well.

            None of the products with a Trump name on them are made in America, he likes to cheat contractors he does business with here, and from what I read internationally, the leaders of the rest of the world think he’s a joke at best, and dangerous at worst, he won’t be making any deals with them…

            Trump will be a disaster for the GOP and if we elect him, he’ll be a disaster for the U.S. and possibly the world…

    2. iamproteus September 4, 2016

      How is any of that relevant to anything, Jim? You didn’t even mention the most important connection of all. Hint: start with the 5th grade teacher of the taxi driver that drove 2 CBS execs to the airport on May 7, 1996 and work straight to the 3rd trip that he made to the park where he picked up an old lady and drove her to the bus station where she took out a pistol and shot the driver. There you are…proof positive that you’re an idiot!

      1. Jim Samaras September 5, 2016

        Huh? Typical dumb sh^t you are! Man you people are naive…

        1. iamproteus September 5, 2016

          Huh, hell! Pay attention, dummy! And, for cryin’ out loud, get your head out of the orange one’s a$$!

    3. Dan September 6, 2016

      about 90% of our media is owned by 6 corporations, your short list of people has very little influence on the direction of out news. The media is in the share-holders pockets, not one politician’s.

  2. The lucky one September 3, 2016

    You’re talking about employees, former employees and spouses. Who OWNS the media Jim?

  3. rose528 September 3, 2016

    Drumpf needs to debate, not scream and yell as he did in the other debates, or what was called debates

  4. Jon September 3, 2016

    Trump has received so much free advertising under the guise of news, has all of the right wing media singing his praises and spewing his message of hatred, prejudice, and fear, has Stephen Bannon of Breitbart news as his campaign CEO, and has ex-Fox chief Roger Ailes teaching him how to debate. He cries unfair only when someone gets up the nerve to expose him for the dangerous demagogue he is.

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