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Liberal bullies attack Matt Lauer to intimidate Lester Holt

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The professional Left is attacking NBC’s Matt Lauer for his performance as moderator at the Commander-in-Chief Forum in New York this week.

These people are doing this in order to intimidate Lester Holt (pictured above) into being hard on Republican candidate Donald Trump when he moderates the first presidential debate on Sept. 26. It is sending Holt and other moderators for upcoming debates an unmistakable message: play ball or somebody will get a dead fish in the mail.

That’s how these thugs operate.

In my view Lauer wasn’t great at the forum on Wednesday but he wasn’t awful either. The man was under intense pressure and it seems like he was trying to be fair on the whole. The media piling on is ridiculous. Lauer is no Candy Crowley.

But the way left-wingers look at it, asking Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton real, probing questions is somehow unfair. How dare they!

A headline in a mass email from the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America screams “How Matt Lauer failed America[.]” The brief item reads:

NBC’s Commander-in-Chief forum was a mess. Moderated by Matt Lauer, the event opened with a series of questions about Hillary Clinton’s email, which then led Lauer to rush discussion of actual foreign policy subjects like ISIS. And while the Clinton interview was bad, the Trump segment was a complete disaster, as Lauer let Trump just flat-out lie about his position on the Iraq War. It was the same exact lie that Lauer also let Trump get away with in April. Trump later made a claim about intelligence officers that briefed him that Lauer also did not challenge. Lauer’s moderation was so bad that the media widely erupted in outrage. Political Action’s media relations director Brian Stewart sent out a mass email to members that said:

During this week’s Commander in Chief Forum hosted by NBC News—the first joint forum for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—moderator and “The Today Show” host Matt Lauer failed to do his job as a journalist. He let Donald Trump’s lies—including his comment that he never supported the Iraq War—go unquestioned, while continuing to ask the Republican candidate soft, open-ended questions.

Will you join me in asking NBC News Anchor Lester Holt, moderator of the first presidential debate, and presidential debate hosts Martha Raddatz (ABC News), Anderson Cooper (CNN), and Chris Wallace (Fox News) to do their jobs and fact check at the presidential debates?

Presidential forum and debate moderators have an obligation to hold candidates accountable and correct misinformation. We encourage Lester Holt and every other presidential debate moderator to avoid repeating Matt Lauer’s mistakes and to instead ask serious, substantial questions and hold candidates accountable with real-time fact checking of misleading and factually inaccurate statements.

As the The New York Times editorial board warned today, there is “a debate disaster waiting to happen” unless the moderators do better then Lauer, who “largely neglected to ask penetrating questions, call out falsehoods or insist on answers when it was obvious that Mr. Trump’s responses had drifted off.”

It was obvious some time ago that the Left would play the “sexist” card.

My favorite indication of this comes from a run-in I had with leftist Jesse Benn on Twitter on Sept. 8, 2015. I asked him to identify something that Hillary Clinton had accomplished.

Benn claimed offense at the question. He explained, “It’s not that I can’t. I won’t. I’m not going to validate your sexist bullshit question.”

Yes, he actually wrote that. Here’s a grab from the discussion:


Meanwhile, on Twitter the hashtag #laueringthebar became popular after the presidential forum.

Something called SmartWomen4Hillary called Lauer a woman hater on Twitter:

[email protected] What the heck was THAT? #NBCNewsForum was a debacle. #MattLauer should be fired. Not a journalist. Horrible. Misogynistic. GAK

Incidentally, I have no idea what GAK stands for here.

Moving along, the legendarily wrongheaded Norm Ornstein whined, accusing Lauer of sexism: “Lauer interrupted Clinton’s answers repeatedly to move on. Not once for Trump. Tough to be a woman running for president.”

The buffoonish un-funnyman Trevor Noah said of Lauer “I don’t know what the f**k he was doing — and neither did he!” He added, “Matt Lauer asked so many questions about email, I felt like I was stuck in line at the [Apple Store’s] Genius Bar,” Noah said.

Yada yada yada.

(Updated to correct the spelling of Norm Ornstein’s name.)