#LaueringtheBar: Matt Lauer Takes Media Criticism Over Clinton-Trump Forum Moderation


lauerAfter last night’s Commander-In-Chief forum, a significant deal of discussion appears to suggest that NBC’s Matt Lauer didn’t give viewers the preview they wanted for his upcoming moderation of the first 2016 presidential debate.

Lauer hosted both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last night, and media critics are having mixed feelings over how well Lauer handled the overall event. In terms of his discussion with Clinton, Lauer took a firm approach as he kept on pressing the former Secretary of State over the new details of her email scandal. Viewers noted that Lauer challenged her on her questionable justifications, but also constantly talked over and interrupted her answers. Other critics said the exchange didn’t leave Clinton with enough time to address the military and national security topics at hand for the evening.

While the Today Show host managed to ask Trump several major questions about his controversial statements from the past, critics feel that he gave Trump too many open-ended softball questions, and did not adequately fact-check him. One particular instance occurred when Trump again claimed that he was always opposed to the Iraq War, and Lauer let it go without addressing the significant indications to the contrary.

After the event concluded, numerous media figures and publications expressed frustration with Lauer over the way in which the forum was handled. Several outlets have released pieces taking issue with the lack of push-back and fact-checking on Trump, and the conversation spilled out on Twitter before taking form in #LaueringtheBar.

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