'If the moderators of the coming debates do not figure out a better way to get the candidates to speak accurately about their records and policies... then they will have done the country a grave disservice.'
The New York Times today warned that the three presidential debates could prove to be a disaster if the chosen moderators do not ask tougher questions, and follow-up when the candidates give answers that are patently false.
“Mr. Lauer 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,” the NYT editorial said.
“If the moderators of the coming debates do not figure out a better way to get the candidates to speak accurately about their records and policies — especially Mr. Trump, who seems to feel he can skate by unchallenged with his own version of reality while Mrs. Clinton is grilled and entangled in the fine points of domestic and foreign policy — then they will have done the country a grave disservice.”
Lester Holt, the anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” will moderate the first debate on September 26. After that, Martha Raddatz of ABC and Anderson Cooper of CNN will moderate the town hall debate on October 9. The final debate will be moderated by Mike Wallace of Fox News on October 19.