Journalists Defend Politico’s Tim Alberta Following Report That DNC Doesn’t Want Him to Moderate Debate
A number of journalists and commentators defended Politico’s Tim Alberta following a new report that alleges Democratic Party officials don’t want him to moderate an upcoming debate.
The report from NBC’s Dylan Byers says the DNC thinks Alberta is “ill-suited” to moderate the Democratic debate in December because he used to write for National Review and writes about the Republican Party, and other journalists at Politico and PBS agree with the assessment.
“Politico’s decision to push for Alberta has rankled officials at the DNC, as well as some journalists at PBS and even Politico, the sources said. The reason: Alberta previously wrote for National Review, a conservative magazine, and has spent the bulk of his recent career chronicling the Republican Party.
Democratic Party officials say such a journalist is ill-suited to co-moderate a debate meant to better inform Democratic voters about their potential nominees.”
Representatives from both Politico and the DNC declined to comment and Alberta declined to comment to NBC.
A number of journalists and others who know Alberta tweeted out their support for him following the report’s publication, stressing that they know Alberta – Politico’s chief political correspondent – to be plenty qualified to moderate.
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 18, 2019
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) November 18, 2019
2. The “view from nowhere” politics of top news anchors is also a bias. Smart moderation from the left and right would be preferable.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 18, 2019
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) November 18, 2019
Not a good look. https://t.co/JsAUfjZIq2
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) November 18, 2019
I don’t know what @TimAlberta’s political beliefs are and I’ve never asked him in years of working together.
I just know he’s one of the most thorough, thoughtful and talented reporters I’ve ever worked with. He’s dedicated to his craft and cares deeply about accuracy.
— Blake News (@blakehounshell) November 18, 2019
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) November 18, 2019
— James Oliphant (@jamesoliphant) November 18, 2019
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) November 18, 2019
Seems to me @TimAlberta would be at pains to be/appear fair at such an event, whereas “mainstream” debate moderators have consistently forced Dems to respond to one stupid GOP talking point after another. https://t.co/ybX4Pd8Mh3
— David Roberts (@drvox) November 18, 2019
Tim is a great reporter & colleague & would be a terrific moderator. https://t.co/eBAhHQ882b
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) November 18, 2019
actually Tim Alberta should moderate all of the debates. thanks https://t.co/3H2wfKsCxG
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) November 18, 2019
Did…did they read Tim’s book? Deeply sorry that good journalism appears to have “rankled” the DNC: https://t.co/nDDEBHhkuH
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) November 18, 2019
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