The lineup of moderators for this fall’s presidential debates notably excludes any representatives of racial minorities, and that omission is now being called into question.
The National Association of Black Journalists complained on Friday that the Commission was “treating black reporters as if they were unqualified, invisible or both.”
A few days earlier, the president of the Spanish language network Univision had noted the lack of Latino representatives and suggested that his network might sponsor a separate forum hosted by two Univision personalities.
The designated moderators for the three presidential debates are Candy Crowley of CNN, Jim Lehrer of PBS, and Bob Schieffer of CBS. Martha Raddatz of ABC will moderate the vice presidential debate.
All four journalists are white, work for major television networks, and are between 59 and 78 years of age.
The commission has responded to criticism by saying that it is impossible to accommodate everyone but that the journalists see themselves as representing all Americans.
Meanwhile, ultra-conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has accused the moderators of being “far, far left-wing liberal Democrats.”
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell believes that Limbaugh may be using a time-honored conservative trick of “intimidating” the moderators into attempting to prove their impartiality by going easy on Mitt Romney and harder on President Obama.
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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019