Matt Lauer has come under strong doses of criticism following this week’s shoddy way of conducting most important interviews with the main presidential candidates. He has earned every sour word aimed at him.
What was clearly in need on Wednesday night when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were interviewed was an actual political expert as moderator. How did Lauer, who has not offered any heavy mental lifting for years on the Today Show, be given such an important assignment? The American public would have been much more informed and educated had the questions been directed from the likes of Chuck Todd or Chris Matthews. If John Dickerson were at NBC I would also champion him for the job. The same for Gwen Ifill.
Lauer was just plain dismal at not keeping the candidates on topic, and was lousy and simply afraid to “push” a candidate or “call them out” when they hedged or did not answer the question(s).
I want the best and most experienced to ask the questions of the next person to be the president of the free world. I truly mean no disrespect to Lester Holt, Elaine Quijano, Martha Radiate, or Chris Wallace when it comes to moderating the presidential debates—but seriously how did they make the cut when others who are far more qualified with proven credentials not get selected? The only moderator I am hopeful will hold firm and keep the candidates accountable while delivering a nice debate environment/atmosphere is Anderson Cooper.
Bring on the political experts for the main interviews and debates and leave the Matt Lauer types to report on the latest movie openings this weekend across the nation.