After the ugly affair that we witnessed on Tuesday night’s debate stage, it has been nice to hear that some changes will be made to the event’s format.
The American people deserve far better than the loud, pointless cacophony that they witnessed earlier this week. We deserve to hear the answers to the questions being asked, and we surely don’t want the world laughing at us the way that they did during that tragically petulant affair.
So, in addition to the possibility that microphones could be cut on rambling or interrupting candidates, there will be a team of moderators policing the dais as opposed to single, solitary Chris Wallace.
But just who has been chosen lends itself to criticism.
The Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday announced the moderators for the three presidential debates and sole vice presidential debate.
Chris Wallace, the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” will moderate the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on September 29 in Cleveland. Steve Scully of C-SPAN will moderate the second debate on October 15, a town-hall style event which will take place in Miami. The third debate in Nashville will be moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News on October 22.
The vice presidential debate between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence will take place in Salt Lake City on October 7, and will be moderated by Susan Page of USA Today.
Here is where it could get hairy:
The Trump campaign published a list of potential moderators last month which it deemed acceptable, including right-leaning commentators and some journalists from traditional networks. Wallace, Scully, Welker and Page were not on the list.
The additions of Scully and Welker to the moderator team has been a subject of debate online.
It did not take long for a social media user to do a bit of research on both Scully and Welker and figure out that Trump might not gain any favors from any of them in the upcoming debates, and it would be not unlike how he was treated by Wallace. “FAIR DEBATES?! Presidential Debates Commission chooses FORMER BIDEN INTERN Steve Scully C-SPAN to moderate a Trump-Biden Debate. Also Chris Wallace FOX (a major Trump hater) & Kristen Welker NBC (far left Trump hater) to moderate debates. THIS IS SHAMEFUL!” the user wrote.
The next debate is scheduled for October 15th in Miami, Florida, but there are fears that President Trump could refuse to participate on account of the coming rules changes.
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