Hillary Clinton’s campaign steamrolled Matt Lauer in a fundraising email sent out the day after he moderated NBC’s Commander-in-Chief forum .
“Not only did the moderator, Matt Lauer, fail to fact-check Trump — he then kept the conversation moving,” it read. “The worst part is, there’s nothing new about this happening.”
“We all know that Trump lies a lot. And we all know that many outlets in the press apparently lack the wherewithal to call him out — and help voters understand that what they’re hearing from Trump isn’t normal political talk, but an unprecedented descent into unqualified nonsense from a major-party presidential nominee,” it continued.
“At this point, we should understand that we just can’t sit around and wait for fact checkers in the media to keep Trump honest. We have to step up and do it ourselves. No one will do it for us. And the outcome of the election could hang in the balance.”
The email followed a mountain of criticism Lauer, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, received on social media from left wingers who called his performance “sexist.”
Much of the vitriol came because those who were angered felt Lauer was too hard on Clinton about her use of a private email server and not tough enough on Trump’s claim that he didn’t support the war in Iraq.
But make no mistake, the email, and the social media campaign against Lauer, are a lot more than just fundraising. It’s a message that is being sent by a candidate that assumed she’d have the media in her pocket, to future debate moderators. Fall in line or face the consequences.
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