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 (@Mark Sumner) 1473294354.0
So Matt Lauer spends forever on emails but tells Clinton to speed it up on #ISIS? Are you serious? #NBCNewsForum— Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮ (@Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮) 1473294304.0
Why would @nbc let @MLauer near something like this?— Mike Spangenberg (@Mike Spangenberg) 1473295130.0
Matt Lauer, you have just surrendered your credentials as a legitimate journalist. Your bias was palpable and offensive. Shame.— Sam Eaton (@Sam Eaton) 1473295130.0
@RichardEngel Your colleague @MLauer needs to go back to J School and learn how to ask a follow-up question.— Darryl Walter (@Darryl Walter) 1473295130.0
.@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 (@Wilson) 1473294945.0
Nice thing about Lauer botching this debate so badly is we have a poster child for "Failed Journalism 2016."— Dr. emptywheel (@Dr. emptywheel) 1473295530.0
Lauer's handling of Republican Donald Trump, however, drew a different reaction:
I guess @MLauer is just gonna let Trump lie about supporting the war in Iraq. #NBCNewsForum— Will Roberts (@Will Roberts) 1473294995.0
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…— Mohammed Haseeb (@Mohammed Haseeb) 1473294995.0