Last night, NBC hosted a “Commander-in-Chief” forum, at which Matt Lauer sat down separately for 30 minutes with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. To call it one of the most epic failures of journalism this year, if not the entire decade, would be a charitable assessment.
Lauer, along with the rest of NBC, completely failed to adhere to any standard of journalistic integrity at all. To sum it up, he soft-balled questions to Trump while allowing him to spout outrageous lies in front of the nation almost completely uninterrupted. There was no fact checking, and no meaningful challenges to any of his statements.
Trump’s biggest lie of the night was that he’s always been against the Iraq war, despite the fact we literally have the tapes of him on the Howard Stern Show admitting he was in favor of it. Half of the entire internet knows Trump was for the Iraq war, so to suggest Lauer didn’t know it is unrealistic. Yet, he allowed him to just rattle off his BS without the slightest push-back.
Lauer also neglected the opportunity to force Trump to explain his disrespectful attitude towards fallen veterans and their surviving families. He was in a room with veterans, so it would have the perfect time to hear Trump’s explanation.
Because of this nonsense, NBC has been lambasted, along with Lauer personally, for making a mockery of American journalism. Not only did NBC put forth their absolutely worst excuse for an interviewer, but they completely surrendered their journalistic integrity by turning themselves into the Trump Propaganda Network.
It’s so bad, that even President Obama has decided to weigh in with some much-deserved criticism of NBC and Lauer personally. While Obama didn’t name names directly, the simple fact that there was only one presidential forum last night completely negates any uncertainty as to who Mr. Obama was talking about.
A portion of President Obama’s remarks about Trump are as follows:
I think the most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen what he says and follow-up, and ask questions about what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or outright bad ideas. There is this process that seems to take place over the course of the election season, where somehow, behavior, that in normal times we would consider completely unacceptable and outrageous, becomes normalized. People start thinking that we should be grading on a curve.
As far as Mr. Trump, I think I’ve already offered my opinion. I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be President of the United States, and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed.
By comparison, Lauer grilled Hillary over her emails, yet again, in spite of the fact that there’s nothing there, there never has been anything there and there won’t ever be anything there. NBC turned this forum into a Hillary hatchet-job while allowing Trump to run a 30-minute self-narrated infomercial for himself.
President Obama was visibly annoyed at this, which was apparent when he gave some comments regarding the situation today, and he’s completely right. We depend on our media to allow us to develop an informed opinion on who we should be voting for to run our nation.
If they abdicate their duties in this regard, they become just another Fox News.
Watch President Obama’s remarks below: