16 thoughts on “Matt Lauer Screws Up Forum Bigly

  1. If Fox News is going to get a debate and this asshole gets a forum, why not let other networks have one? Let Discovery or the Weather Channel get one, they'd probably do a better job.

  2. Watching a replay of the affair, it’s not that Matt Lauer interrupted some of Hillary Clinton’s answers. It’s that he interrupted all of HIllary Clinton’s answers. Repeatedly, he leaped in mid-sentence, first to spew out ‘questions’ that were actually lengthy position statements allowing no obvious response, then to break in and remind Clinton that they were running out of time when she tried to beat Lauer’s words into an actual question. Lauer displayed a level of disrespect and antagonism to Hillary Clinton that wasn’t just unprofessional, it was punchable.

    Even when Trump was producing a running stream of non-connected thoughts, Lauer sat back until Trump had come stumbling to a halt. He didn’t challenge Trump’s flat-out lies, and several times handed the Republican candidate open-ended questions with an intellectual challenge between “what’s your favorite color” and “how cool are puppies?” Lauer never hit Trump with anything remotely equivalent to emails—nothing about his taxes, his failed business deals, his 3,500 lawsuits, or the handy bribes that made some of those lawsuits go away.

      1. And if a woman interrupts a man even once that is reason enough for attacking her as "pushy" "bossy" or the worst: "not nice."

        1. Or she's told to smile and… wait, that happened too.

          @Reince

          @HillaryClinton was angry + defensive the entire time – no smile and uncomfortable – upset that she was caught wrongly sending our secrets.

  3. And still, pundits are on your television right this moment, pretending that there was some equivalence between Trump’s and Clinton’s performance. Because … Honestly, I no longer know.

    It's all about the fucking ratings, people…

    /FFS

    1. I was listening to public radio an hour ago in the car and that daytime news show Here and Now was on. They were talking about the candidate forum last night and their ability to create a non-existing equivalence was pretty amazing. And irresponsible. Honestly, I don't think it should be that hard for journalists to find a way to accurately and even-handedly report events. Here's the link: http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2016/09/08/clinton

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