Today Show host Matt Lauer was pilloried on social media on Wednesday night for his line of questioning toward former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during an NBC event hosted by a veterans group.
As Reuters reported, despite the “Commander-in-Chief Forum” being geared toward veterans’ issues, Lauer opened the show by asking Clinton about her emails.
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Clinton supporters online accused Lauer of not only revisiting questions that weren’t germane to the forum, but repeatedly interrupting her while doing so, as seen below:
Boy, the real problem with this format is there is just not enough time for Matt Lauer to talk.
— Mark Sumner (@Devilstower) September 8, 2016
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) September 8, 2016
30 minutes is just not enough time for #CommanderInChiefForum particularly when Matt Lauer wastes 12 minutes on emails.
— Kyle Leith (@KyleLeith) September 8, 2016
— Mike Spangenberg (@MikeSpangenberg) September 8, 2016
Matt Lauer, you have just surrendered your credentials as a legitimate journalist. Your bias was palpable and offensive. Shame.
— Court is In Recess (@SamKeaton4) September 8, 2016
— Darryl Walter (@darrylwalter) September 8, 2016
— Mike Lindeman (@AnotherMikeL) September 8, 2016
.@MLauer spent 10 min on emails, something that’s been beaten to death, hoping for some gotcha scoop. He spent rest of time cutting her off.
— Wilson (@wc_thats_me) September 8, 2016
Matt Lauer says they’re gonna keep it on policy, then asks Hillary how she thinks vets FEEL about her.
— Lifetimey Jen (@jenboudinot) September 8, 2016
Nice thing about Lauer botching this debate so badly is we have a poster child for “Failed Journalism 2016.”
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) September 8, 2016
Lauer’s handling of Republican Donald Trump, however, drew a different reaction:
— William Roberts (@Will_0004) September 8, 2016
RT paigelav: Matt Lauer wouldn’t lay off Clinton for her emails. He asked Trump 1 question about Iraq War — Trump lied, then Lauer moved o…
— Haseeb (@Haseeb5551) September 8, 2016